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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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SOFIA in New Zealand—Much attempted, much achieved

Posted  August 14, 2013

Fly 6,900 miles each way, deploy a cadre of flight and ground crew members along with an international science team for three weeks, and during that time fly three nights per week, 10 hours per flight, all while conducting world-class science.

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Army Research Lab, Purdue explore 3-D printing to fix deployed equipment, cut maintenance costs

Posted  August 14, 2013

New technology being developed by research engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Purdue University will soon help just about any soldier deployed in far-off locations to immediately spot and fix damaged aircraft and ground vehicle parts. Researchers found that combining the general purpose, finite-element analysis software ABAQUS with Python, an open-source code used…

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NASA Dryden pilots, photographers at CSC Science Camp

Posted  August 14, 2013

Several NASA Dryden pilots and photographers who had a central role in the Space Shuttle Endeavour's Tour of California last September shared their stories and images at the center's "Mission 26" hands-on science camp

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Northrop hosts ninth annual engineering competition, awards dinner for high school program

Posted  August 14, 2013

Northrop Grumman's Azusa campus recently concluded its year-end activities for the company's High School Involvement Partnership program with its ninth annual engineering competition and an awards dinner.

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NASA announces new strategic vision for aeronautics research

Posted  August 14, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has unveiled a new strategic vision that will better align the work of the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate to address looming challenges in global air transportation. Continuing a tradition of nearly a century of aviation research, NASA’s aeronautical innovators will bring to life new technology and ideas in flight to…

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Lockheed Martin selects CubeSat integrators for Athena to enhance launch systems integration

Posted  August 14, 2013

Lockheed Martin has chosen three world-class companies to provide CubeSat integration for Athena launch services. Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems LLC of Irvine, Calif., TriSept Corporation of Chantilly, Va., and Spaceflight, Inc. of Tukwila, Wash. will provide turnkey CubeSat integration services for multi-payload and RideShare missions using Athena launch services beginning in 2015. We are very pleased…

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SNC’s Dream Chaser rolls through ground tests

Posted  August 14, 2013

Hours before the heat rose in the Mojave Desert of Southern California on Aug. 2 the Dream Chaser rolled out of a hangar at dawn as teams prepared to pull the flight vehicle through a series of 60 mph ground tow tests.

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Former Air Force leader passes away

Posted  August 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was also a chief of staff of the Air Force, passed away†Aug. 10†in Falconís Landing military retirement community in Potomac Falls, Va. Retired Gen. David C. Jones served as the Air Forceís chief of staff from 1974 to 1978 until he was…

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Air Force nuclear unit fails key security test

Posted  August 14, 2013

An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the nation’s land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection, marking the second major setback this year for a force charged with the military’s most sensitive mission, the general in charge of the nuclear air force told The Associated Press Aug. 13. Lt. Gen. James…

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SOFIA Observatory returns from New Zealand deployment

Posted  August 14, 2013

NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory flares for landing at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., upon its return from its inaugural three-week southern hemisphere deployment to New Zealand Aug. 2.   NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy has returned to its base at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., following its inaugural three-week…

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