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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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Navy EA-6B Crash Kills Three in Washington

Posted  March 13, 2013

All three crew members aboard a Navy EA-6B Prowler jet assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., were killed when the aircraft crashed this morning in an unpopulated area approximately 50 miles west of Spokane, Wash. The names of those killed in the crash will not be released…

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Mojave Air & Space Port finances discussed

Posted  March 13, 2013

A midyear budget update was presented by CFO Erika Westawski to the Mojave Air and Space Port directors at their March 5 meeting. CEO Stuart Witt discussed the current status of Mojave involvement in the FAA Screening Information Request solicitation regarding Unmanned Aviation Systems in the National Airspace. Several contract and purchase expenditures were approved….

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Northrop Grumman names VP of engineering, global product Development

Posted  March 13, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman announced March 8 that it has appointed Peggy Nelson vice president of engineering and global product development for its Aerospace Systems sector. In this role, Nelson will lead a sectorwide effort to deliver more reliable, sustainable and affordable products for Northrop Grumman customers. Nelson comes to the position from…

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Nation’s newest missile warning satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle payload fairing for March launch

Posted  March 13, 2013

The second Lockheed Martin built Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-2) spacecraft was encapsulated into its payload fairing March 4 in preparation for a March 19 liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. SBIRS GEO-2, the most technologically advanced infrared surveillance satellite, will enhance the nationís missile…

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Boeing receives FAA approval of certification plan for 787 battery solution

Posted  March 13, 2013

Boeing has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration of the company's plan to test and certify improvements to the 787's battery system.

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Northrop Grumman to produce more Fire Scouts for U.S. Navy

Posted  March 13, 2013

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract valued at more than $71 million to produce six additional next-generation Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. The Fire Scout endurance upgrade, designated the MQ-8C and based on Bell Helicopter’s 407, will provide ship commanders with increased range, endurance and payload capacity over the current MQ-8B variant. The…

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SpaceX Dragon cargo mission overcomes thrusters’ glitch

Posted  March 13, 2013

The March 1 launch of Cargo Resupply Service mission 2 [CRS2] to the International Space Station was flawless.  Space X’s Falcon 9 brought the Dragon capsule into orbit. But at 9 minutes into the flight, the Dragon capsule’s Draco thruster system did not activate as planned. The capsule is equipped with 18 of SpaceX’s Draco…

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Mitigating risk: NASA Dryden’s counterfeit parts screening system

Posted  March 13, 2013

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is at the forefront of developing aerospace technology and it is now recognized as a model for ensuring that none of that technology fails from the use of counterfeit parts.

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Future includes deployments, flexibility, Greenert says

Posted  March 13, 2013

About a year ago, defense leaders sat down and said, ìWeíre at an inflection point,î the chief of naval operations said March 11. In a speech at the McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference at the Newseum, Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert said defense leaders were faced with a complicated problem: draw up a new defense…

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Boeing ships fifth WGS satellite to Cape Canaveral for 2013 launch

Posted  March 13, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing recently shipped its fifth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite, which will provide the U.S. Air Force with faster transmission of airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance imagery, to Cape Canaveral in Florida for this year’s planned launch. Part of the upgraded Block II series, the satellite arrived at the Astrotech processing facility…

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