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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

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 Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.


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Boeing joins new BIOjet Abu Dhabi team to grow biofuel supply chain in UAE

Posted  January 22, 2014

Boeing, Etihad Airways, Takreer, Total and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology announced Jan. 19 they will collaborate on a new initiative to support a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in the United Arab Emirates. BIOjet Abu Dhabi: Flight Path to Sustainability will engage a broad range of stakeholders to develop a comprehensive framework for…

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U.S. Air Force receives first B-1 equipped with Boeing Integrated Battle Station

Posted  January 22, 2014

Boeing photograph The U.S. Air Force on Jan. 21 received the first B-1 bomber upgraded with the Boeing Integrated Battle Station, which essentially turns the B-1 into a new aircraft with the addition of full color displays, moving maps and a new diagnostics system. The upgrade, the most extensive modification program in B-1 history, enhances…

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Conferences and Events – February 2014

Posted  January 22, 2014

Feb. 2-6 – 94th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Ga. http://annual.ametsoc.org/2014/ Feb. 2-7 – Aspen Winter Conference 2014: Unveiling the Formation of Massive Galaxies – Theoretical and Observational Challenges, Ann Arbor, Mich. https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/massive-galaxies-aspen-2014/ Feb. 3-5 – Conference: Vesta in the Light of Dawn, Houston, Texas www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/vesta2014/ Feb. 3-6 – Workshop: Exoplanet Observations with the…

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NASA receives Mars 2020 rover instrument proposals for evaluation

Posted  January 22, 2014

NASA has received 58 proposals for science and exploration technology instruments to fly aboard the agency’s next Mars rover in 2020, twice the usual number submitted for instrument competitions in the recent past, and an indicator of the extraordinary interest in exploration of the Red Planet. The agency is beginning a thorough review to determine…

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Proud pathfinders CSULB graduates 18 engineers from the Antelope Valley program

Posted  January 22, 2014

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Eighteen engineering students graduated from the first California State University Long Beach Antelope Valley Engineering Program Dec. 19. The school will only admit 25 electrical and 25 mechanical engineers per school year, giving students personal attention and instruction. Students who desired to work in the aerospace industry were offered jobs…

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Officials release report on F-15 accident near Kadena AB

Posted  January 22, 2014

Pacific Air Forces officials released the results Jan. 21 of its investigation into a May 28, 2013, F-15C Eagle aircraft accident that occurred east of Kadena Air Base, Japan. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the Pacific Air Forces commander, directed an investigation into the incident. The accident investigation board found clear and convincing evidence the cause of…

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ATK awarded composite components contract for Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Posted  January 22, 2014

ATK was selected by Boeing for a contract, beginning immediately, to produce substructural composite components for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. “This is a great win for ATK that builds on our commitment and proven success of providing affordable innovation and customer satisfaction,” said Blake Larson, president of ATK Aerospace Group. “This work scope adds to…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX tests Dragon parachute system

Posted  January 22, 2014

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the company’s Dragon spacecraft’s parachute system would function in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent. The test was part of an optional milestone under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne welcomes Tyler Evans as VP of Defense Advanced Programs

Posted  January 22, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced Jan. 20 that Tyler Evans will join the company as vice president of its “Rocket Shop” Defense Advanced Programs unit. In this role, Evans primarily will be responsible for providing strategic guidance and leadership, and driving the process improvements needed to execute a diverse portfolio of defense-related new product…

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STEM Academy

Posted  January 22, 2014

Discovery School, a K-8 public school in the Lancaster School District, will be accepting applications for their 6th-8th grade STEM Academy for the 2014/2015 school year Jan. 28-March 7.†All students take two electives. In PLTW Gateway, students study engineering, fly rockets, study robotics and programming, build small solar cars, create Rube Goldberg machines, and draw…

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