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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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Georgia launches new effort to protect military bases

Posted  December 17, 2012

With nine bases contributing an estimated $20 billion to the state’s economy each year, Georgia has good reason to want to protect its investment in the U.S. military – and good reason to be nervous about the coming years. The state would suffer a share of automatic budget cuts targeting the Pentagon if the president…

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Dempsey warns of sequestration’s potential impact

Posted  December 17, 2012

The potential impact of sequestration, if it happens, could significantly degrade the Defense Department’s overall readiness for years to come, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs said in Manama, Bahrain, Dec. 13. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey was responding to a sailor’s question on the possible effects of the massive budget cuts that could take…

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AMETEK acquires Aero Components International, Avtech Avionics and Instruments

Posted  December 17, 2012

AMETEK, Inc. announced Dec. 17 the acquisitions of Aero Components International (ACI) and Avtech Avionics and Instruments (Avtech), both privately owned, FAA-certified aviation repair operations located in Miami, Fla. ACI repairs and overhauls fuel, hydraulic, pneumatic, power generation and heat exchanger components and is one of the few independent aviation repair shops with fuel repair…

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News Briefs – December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,035   As of Dec. 11, 2012, at least 2,035 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,698 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a…

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Raytheon wins DARPA contract to design new military imaging satellites

Posted  December 14, 2012

Raytheon was awarded a $1.5 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract for phase one of the agency’s Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements (SeeMe) program. During the next nine months, the company will complete the design for small satellites to enhance warfighter situational awareness in the battlespace. The SeeMe program will provide useful on-demand…

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Iraq Takes Delivery of Super Hercs

Posted  December 14, 2012

Lockheed Martin delivered a C-130J Super Hercules to the Iraqi Air Force at formal ceremonies in Marietta, Ga., Dec. 12. This is one of the initial three aircraft of a total of six C-130Js ordered by Iraq. The other two of these initial three aircraft departed yesterday for Iraq. The remaining three C-130Js will be…

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ATK to deliver PERM capability for U.S. Marine Corps 120mm Mortar system

Posted  December 14, 2012

ATK announced Dec. 13 that it will begin execution of a $14.3 million contract awarded to develop a solution to meet the U.S. Marine Corps’ requirement for a rifled, 120mm, Precision Extended Range Mortar. ATK’s Armament Systems division will serve as the prime contractor to the Marine Corps for the 24-month PERM development program that…

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Twin NASA probes prepare for Dec. 17 mission-ending moon impact

Posted  December 14, 2012

Twin lunar-orbiting NASA spacecraft that have allowed scientists to learn more about the internal structure and composition of the moon are being prepared for their controlled descent and impact on a mountain near the moon’s north pole at about 2:28 p.m., PST, Dec. 17. Ebb and Flow, the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission…

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Lockheed Martin says its local presence solid

Posted  December 14, 2012

Lockheed Martin’s decision to move hundreds of jobs out of Cobb County, Ga., came under pressure from a lackluster economy and U.S. military budget cuts. But company officials said the company’s seven-decade presence in Marietta is not under threat – at least not for several years. “It’s about being competitive, it’s about being affordable and…

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EPA finds contamination at former rocket test site

Posted  December 14, 2012

Lingering radioactive contamination exists at a former rocket test lab outside of Los Angeles that was the site of a partial nuclear meltdown, federal environmental regulators said Dec. 12. The Environmental Protection Agency launched a $42 million study to investigate radioactive pollution at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, 25 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles….

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