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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

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AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.


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NASA’s Hubble helps solve mystery of ultra-compact, burned-out galaxies

Posted  January 29, 2014

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Europe’s Herschel Space Observatory have pieced together the evolutionary sequence of compact elliptical galaxies that erupted and burned out early in the history of the universe. Enabled by Hubble’s infrared imaging capabilities, astronomers have assembled for the first time a representative spectroscopic sampling of ultra-compact, burned-out elliptical galaxies…

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Dyess receives first operational IBS-upgraded B-1

Posted  January 29, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Richard Ebensberger Maj. James Silva, left, and Lt. Col. Steven Myers, both B-1B Lancer pilots, complete a flight in the first newly upgraded operational B1-B Lancer Jan. 21, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The B-1B Lancer was recently upgraded with an Integrated Battle Station. The IBS is a…

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NASA radar maps winter pace of Iceland’s glaciers

Posted  January 29, 2014

A high-precision NASA radar instrument left Southern California for Iceland today on a NASA research aircraft to create detailed maps of how glaciers move in the dead of winter.

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Arlington Cemetery expansion continues into Fort Myer South Post

Posted  January 29, 2014

With the construction of the Millennium Project and the Navy Annex expansion, burials at Arlington National Cemetery and inurnments will be available to veterans and service members for the next half century.

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Headlines – January 27, 2014

Posted  January 27, 2014

Business: Lockheed falls 4 percent as profit plunges amid U.S. budget cuts – Lockheed Martin, the U.S. government’s largest contractor, fell the most in more than two years after its fourth-quarter profit plunged 14 percent.  Boeing, General Dynamics reach $400 million A-12 settlement with U.S. Navy – Boeing and General Dynamics on Jan. 23 each agreed to…

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News Briefs January 27, 2014

Posted  January 27, 2014

North Korea says South should end drills with U.S. North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations is again demanding that South Korea cancel its upcoming joint military exercises with the United States. Sin Son Ho’s words echoed similar demands by the North’s National Defense Commission earlier this month, when it proposed the rivals halt military…

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James ceremoniously sworn-in by Hagel

Posted  January 27, 2014

A day after ordering an independent review of the militarys nuclear force amid allegations of cheating on proficiency exams by Air Force officers overseeing the nations ballistic nuclear missiles, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Jan. 24 vowed to restore confidence in the Air Forces nuclear mission. Whatever the factors – historical, institutional, cultural – the Department…

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NASA, JAXA prepare rain, snow satellite for launch

Posted  January 27, 2014

The world enters a new era of global weather observing and climate science in February with the launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, a new international science satellite built by NASA. GPM, a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, is scheduled to launch Feb. 27 from Tanegashima Space Center…

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AFOSR awards $15.5 million in research grants

Posted  January 27, 2014

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research today announced that it will award approximately $15.5 million in grants to 42 scientists and engineers from 32 research institutions who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program. The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States…

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Ball Aerospace completes integration of WorldView-3 spacecraft

Posted  January 27, 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed integration of WorldView-3, the next generation commercial remote-sensing satellite being built for DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions. WorldView-3, the fourth remote-sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe by Ball, is scheduled to launch from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in summer 2014. With the imagery…

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