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F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Army photograph by SSgt. Angela Stafford Business

Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.

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Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott.

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NASA selects instruments to track climate impact on vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Wilcox Defense

Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor pilots.


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Defense

Hagel: Accountability key factor to defense management

Posted  February 1, 2013

Accountability is at the heart of managing the Defense Department, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 31. Hagel, President Barack Obama’s choice to succeed retiring Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, provided eight hours of testimony to the Senate panel. Senators asked Hagel how he will manage the largest institution…

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Space

NASA increases value of bioastronautics contract

Posted  February 1, 2013

NASA has increased the value of a contract with Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group of Houston to provide continuing support to the Human Health and Performance Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The modification increases the not-to-exceed indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity value of the contract by $49 million, from $914.5 million to $963.5 million….

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Body of missing pilot recovered in Adriatic

Posted  February 1, 2013

Courtesy photograph Capt. Lucas Gruenther, 31st Fighter Wing chief of flight safety, is pictured mountain climbing in Italy. Gruenther was declared missing during a nighttime training mission Jan. 28, 2013. The body of the fighter pilot who went missing during a training mission over the Adriatic Sea Jan. 28 was recovered early this afternoon by…

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Business

SPEEA contract vote will include strike authorization

Posted  February 1, 2013

SPEEA’s Professional and Technical Bargaining Unit Councils voted to include strike authorization on the ballots going out to members next week to decide whether Boeing’s latest contract offers are accepted or rejected. Council representatives voted to add strike authorization to the ballots during a special meeting Jan. 31. The councils’ also voted to join the…

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Veterans

Retiree ID cards now have expiration dates

Posted  February 1, 2013

Blue retiree identification cards issued prior to December 2012 had the word “indef” instead of an expiration date. Since December, retiree cards issued have an expiration date effective the day before the retiree’s 65th birthday. Although benefits will not automatically expire, some changes will take effect based on Medicare eligibility, Air Force Personnel Center officials…

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Tech

NASA Airborne Science Missions measuring pollutants from the ground up

Posted  February 1, 2013

An extensive program, aiming to correlate air pollution measurements by satellites, high and low altitude aircraft and ground stations is underway in southern California. A similar extensive set of measurements have already been done over Baltimore, Md., and in the coming months, similar studies will be made in the Houston Texas area, and in Colorado….

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne powers ULA Atlas V upper stage

Posted  February 1, 2013

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and RD AMROSS launched into the New Year Jan. 31 by successfully propelling NASA’s first, third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-K) into orbit. The mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The Atlas V is powered…

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NASA chief technologist visits Mojave innovators

Posted  February 1, 2013

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida NASA Dryden engineer and project manager Jerry Budd shows off the recently completed 1/3-scale Twin Ventus glider center section that would be used to flight validate the aerodynamics of his Towed Glider Air-Launch concept to NASA chief technologist Mason Peck and deputy chief technologist Jim Adams as Dryden’s technology chief…

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Business

Air Force award to FlexTech Alliance will accelerate development of new nano-bio devices

Posted  February 1, 2013

Remote, wireless monitoring of physiological functions and structural performance in real time has long been a goal of many manufacturing industries. Achievement of that goal is now a step closer to reality with the announcement today of an Air Force Research Laboratory award to FlexTech Alliance of San Jose, Calif. The Alliance has been selected…

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