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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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Army looks to blend cyber, electronic warfare capabilities on battlefield

Posted  October 31, 2013

U.S. Army scientists and engineers continue to define next-generation protocols and system architectures to help develop technology capabilities to combat these threats in an integrated and expedited fashion.

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Business

Jobs top issue in Pratt & Whitney-Machinists talks

Posted  October 31, 2013

As jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and the Machinists Union begin negotiations Oct. 31 for a new contract governing pay, benefits, work rules and other conditions, the top issue will be jobs. Neither company nor union representatives would discuss the issues expected to dominate negotiations. But union officials have said they may not recommend…

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Northrop Grumman receives $43 million to retrofit Joint STARS Fleet

Posted  October 31, 2013

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $43 million contract to retrofit the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft, trainers and laboratories. The contract has options for an additional three years to complete retrofit of the entire fleet. The contract replaces computers in both the operator work stations and radar…

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Aviano AB F-16 accident report released

Posted  October 31, 2013

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials released the results of their investigation into the Jan. 28 crash of an F-16 Fighting Falcon over the Adriatic Sea, resulting in the death of the pilot on board. At the conclusion of the investigation, the board president, Brig. Gen. Derek P. Rydholm, found clear…

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Space

Dream Chaser landing gear failure spoils first free flight test

Posted  October 31, 2013

The first glitch in a successful program to qualify the Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser as a Space Station crew taxi vehicle happened March 26. The Dream Chaser engineering test article was released from an Erickson Sky Crane helicopter at 12,500 feet. The unmanned prototype followed its automated flight programs perfectly, first diving at 50 degrees,…

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Veterans

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and ceremonies coming to Palmdale Amphitheater

Posted  October 31, 2013

Point Man Antelope Valley and the City of Palmdale will present the Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall for the Antelope Valley on display Nov. 7 through Nov. 12 at 8 a.m. at the Palmdale Amphitheater. The public will have 24 hour a day access to the AV Wall while it is on display. An opening…

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Raytheon expands international footprint of electronic warfare capability

Posted  October 31, 2013

Raytheon has been selected by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to provide its Advanced Countermeasure Electronic System for the second group of Iraq’s F-16IQ aircraft ordered this year. ACES was also selected by Lockheed Martin in 2012 for the first group of F-16IQs and is the integrated electronic warfare system of choice for other international air forces….

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Utah facility reaches 10-year safety milestone

Posted  October 31, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced Oct. 24 that its Clearfield, Utah, site has achieved a significant safety milestone in operating for 10 years without a lost-time injury. The Utah facility, primarily a manufacturing-based operation, reached the decade-long milestone in late September. “We are extraordinarily proud of the safety accomplishments by our Utah teammates,” said…

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Defense officials detail nuke upgrade program

Posted  October 31, 2013

Defense Department officials testified on Capitol Hill Oct. 29 about the program to modernize one of the oldest weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Madelyn R. Creedon, the assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs, and Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, spoke at a hearing of the House…

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Events

Save the date: AVBOT Business Outlook Conference set for Feb. 21

Posted  October 31, 2013

The 2014 Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference will be held at Mojave Air & Space Port’s newly completed Events Center Feb. 21, 2014. This year’s Board of Trade sponsored conference theme is “Breaking Boundaries.” The site is the completely renovated Events Center, a hangar style structure dating back to World War II. The building is designed…

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