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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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Germany to take stake as EADS shakes up ownership

Posted  December 7, 2012

European aerospace and defense company EADS announced Dec. 7 a new ownership structure in which Germany is set to join France and Spain as state shareholders – even as overall government influence shrinks at the company. The parent company of plane maker Airbus, the archrival of U.S.-based Boeing, said the deal would eventually give the…

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Denmark selects U.S. Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopter

Posted  December 7, 2012

The Danish government signed an official letter of offer and acceptance formalizing its intent to buy nine MH-60R Seahawk® helicopters and comprehensive logistics support for its Maritime Helicopter Replacement Program. Valued at $686 million, the aircraft will be procured via the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program. “It’s great news that the Danish government has…

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Antelope Valley robotics teams helping seniors

Posted  December 7, 2012

Jedi Masters, Titanium Tigers, Panthers, F-22 Raptorbots and other robotic teams gathered at Joe Walker Middle school in Quartz Hill, Calif., to participate in the 3rd Annual AV Techno Classic LEGO Tournament. The 2012 theme was ëSenior Solutions: Independent. Engaged. Connected. First Lego League is a robotics program designed to excite students 9 to 14…

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Secretaries seek integrated military, veteran support system

Posted  December 7, 2012

The secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs are partnering to build an integrated military and veteran support system, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at a joint DOD-VA press conference at the Veterans Affairs Department Dec. 6. Calling their departments’ collaboration “a national security issue in many ways,” Panetta said the agreements between DOD and…

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Fermi improves its vision for thunderstorm gamma-ray flashes

Posted  December 7, 2012

Thanks to improved data analysis techniques and a new operating mode, the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor aboard NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is now 10 times better at catching the brief outbursts of high-energy light mysteriously produced above thunderstorms. The outbursts, known as terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, last only a few thousandths of a second, but their…

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SAIC to provide Blue Devil operations, maintenance support services to AFRL

Posted  December 7, 2012

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to provide Blue Devil Block 1 (Blue Devil) Outside the Continental United States operations and maintenance support services to the AFRL Sensors Directorate. The single-award cost-plus fixed-fee contract has a one-year period of performance and a total contract…

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Senators seek answers on $1 billion system cancellation

Posted  December 7, 2012

Two senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee have written to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta looking for answers regarding the Air Force’s recent decision to cancel its Expeditionary Combat Support System. The ECSS was touted as the largest change in Air Force logistics history, and was supposed to establish the service’s first capability to globally…

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Two local boy scouts earn the high rank of Eagle Scout

Posted  December 7, 2012

Two local youths transitioned from boys to young men when they achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America organization. Dylan Swenson and Ben Wright, both 17, shared the achievements that won them their hard-earned Eagle Scout rank Nov. 28, when they previewed their service projects at…

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Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 MSE missile successfully intercepts tactical ballistic missile target during test

Posted  December 7, 2012

Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement successfully engaged, intercepted and destroyed a tactical ballistic missile target Dec. 6 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The first interceptor destroyed the target and the second PAC-3 MSE Missile self-destructed as planned. “Today’s flight test provided another example of how the PAC-3 MSE Missile has significantly expanded the…

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CalVet hiring for West Los Angeles home

Posted  December 7, 2012

The Veterans Home of California in West Los Angeles has at least 20 full-time positions available now – and more positions are anticipated. The stunning, new state-of-the-art facility has the capability to care for 396 Veterans in two levels of care: a skilled nursing neighborhood with Memory Care; and an assisted living neighborhood. “The California…

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