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747 shuttle carrier makes big move to Space Center Houston

To safely move 318,000 pounds of aircraft parts nearly eight miles it will take more than a determined education foundation; in fact Space Center Houston is teaming with 30 public, private and government agencies to "bring the legacy home" - many of whom offered their services at little or no charge.

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NASA satellites show drought may take toll on Congo rainforest

A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

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It is easy being green Green Hornet team strikes, wins environmental excellence award

Navy photograph The Green Hornet flies over Naval Air Station Patuxent River April 22, 2010. On Earth Day 2010, the Super Hornet became the first Navy aircraft to demonstrate alternative fuel capability using a 50/50 blend of camelina biofuel and the Navyís primary jet fuel, jet propellant (JP)-5. For the seventh consecutive year, the F/A-18…

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Optionally piloted Black Hawk demonstrator helo takes successful first flight

In cooperation with the U.S. Army, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has successfully demonstrated optionally piloted flight of a Black Hawk helicopter, a significant step toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the U.S. Army. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk Demonstrator, known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter…

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Fifth generation Army tank cartridge reports loudly for duty

Army photograph A new tank cartridge was recently tested at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Pictured here are: (from left) Kent Evans, TRADOC Capability Manager – Armored Brigade Combat Team; Kevin Mulligan, Armament Research, Development and Engineering Command; Maj. Juan Santiago, assistant product manager; Lt. Col. Brian Gruchacz Product Manager; Greg Malejko, ARDEC; Steve Peralta, is…


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Real-world projects prepare students for future flight test

Posted  December 21, 2012

When students arrive at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, they enter as the top operational pilots, navigators and engineers from the Air Force, sister services and allies. After completing the intense year-long master’s program, they emerge as the next generation of elite test professionals that will handcraft war-winning capabilities of the future. The…

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works awarded $49 million for DDG 51 programs

Posted  December 21, 2012

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, two contracts in support of the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke -class guided missile destroyer program. Bath Iron Works is the lead shipyard and design agent for the class. The first contract, valued at $28.3 million, is for lead yard services…

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Successful Northrop Grumman 2012 holiday giving campaign shows commitment to communities, those in need

Posted  December 21, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Employees of Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector continued their tradition of bringing seasonal cheer to people in need during this year’s holiday giving campaign. The company’s employee-driven program, active for more than 50 years, made the holidays easier by donating prepaid phone cards, new toys and gifts of food to communities…

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Boeing’s final design for Wedgetail AEW&C airborne mission segment accepted by Australia

Posted  December 21, 2012

The Commonwealth of Australia has completed its acquisition of six Boeing 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft and related mission systems by accepting the final design of the Wedgetail airborne mission segment. The Royal Australian Air Force operates the aircraft, which provide Australia with advanced airborne surveillance, communications and battle management. “Australia has worked…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne reaches milestone in development of America’s next rocket engine for human spaceflight

Posted  December 21, 2012

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed the last hot-fire test on the J-2X powerpack – an important step toward development of America’s next rocket engine designed for human spaceflight. NASA has selected the J-2X as the upper-stage propulsion for the Space Launch System, an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle. Pratt & Whitney…

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General Dynamics’ 30,000th combat SAR radio goes to work for U.S. Air Force

Posted  December 21, 2012

General Dynamics C4 Systems’ recent delivery of 674 AN/PRC-112G® radios to the U.S. Air Force included the 30,000th combat search and rescue radio fielded by General Dynamics. The PRC-112 radio, which is part of the HOOK2® CSAR system, has been connecting downed military pilots, aircrew and isolated personnel to search and rescue team members since…

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Robot to serve as future military’s pack mule

Posted  December 21, 2012

The war fighter who carries up to 100 pounds of equipment on his back is expected to get relief from the cumbersome weight, officials at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency say. Enter the robot. Itís not just any robot. DARPAís semiautonomous Legged Squad Support System – also known as the LS3 – will carry…

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NASA puts Orion backup parachutes to the test

Posted  December 21, 2012

NASA completed the latest in a series of parachute tests for its Orion spacecraft Dec .20 at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona, marking another step toward a first flight test in 2014. The test verified Orion can land safely even if one of its two drogue parachutes does not open during…

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Raytheon’s U.S. Navy satellite terminals reach full rate production milestone

Posted  December 21, 2012

Raytheon’s Navy Multiband Terminal, which will be installed on more than 300 U.S. Navy ships, subs and shore stations, has successfully completed a Full Rate Production review by the Navy. The review included a report that determined NMT was both operationally suitable and operationally effective, and further recommended the continued fleet introduction of NMT as…

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Space Fence program moving forward

Posted  December 21, 2012

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., recently put out a request for proposal to move the Space Fence program forward. Space Fence will be a system of up to two land-based radars, the first site located at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, to track objects entering Earth’s…

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