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NASA airborne campaigns tackle climate questions from Africa to Arctic

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.

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16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests

The reactivation of the 16T Pitch Boom mechanism at the 16 foot transonic wind tunnel (16T) is providing an alternate model system for new Arnold Engineering Development Complex test customers.

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Scientists turn handheld JCAD into a dual-use chemical, explosives detector

Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., proved it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks by adding the ability to detect explosive materials to the Joint Chemical Agent Detector.

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Boeing delivers first direct purchase 737-700 to Ruili Airlines

Boeing and Ruili Airlines Nov. 25 celebrated the arrival of the airline's first direct purchase Next-Generation 737-700. Ruili is a newly established private airline based at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, the capital city of China's Yunnan province.

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New crew arrives at space station to continue scientific research

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station.


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Super Guppy swallows T-38s; heads for El Paso

Posted  March 29, 2013

NASA photograph by Jim Ross Two retired NASA T-38 trainers mounted on a transport pallet atop a mobile transporter are positioned for loading aboard NASA’s Super Guppy prior to ferrying them to El Paso, Texas, for disassembly. A NASA Super Guppy transport plane “swallowed” two NASA T-38 aircraft whole March 18, right out on NASA…

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Lockheed Martin marks 30th anniversary of first search, rescue hosted payload on U.S. weather satellites

Posted  March 29, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph The NOAA-E weather satellite is seen in a cleanroom at the East Windsor, N.J. facility in October 1982 during the spacecraft level vibration test. NOAA-E would carry the first search and rescue hosted payload on a U.S. satellite into space on March 28, 1983. Thirty years ago March 28 the premier launch…

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New crew aboard station after express flight

Posted  March 29, 2013

Docking Launch Hatch opening New crew aboard station after express flight NASA TV Shortly after the arrival of three new crewmates aboard the International Space Station, all six Expedition 35 crew members speak with family members and mission officials back on Earth. The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft carrying three new Expedition 35 crew members docked with…

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Budget crisis threatens severe readiness impact

Posted  March 29, 2013

The Pentagon comptroller painted a sobering picture of the Defense Departmentís fiscal landscape March 28, telling members of the financial community that unless sequestration is de-triggered soon, military readiness will suffer deeply. The continuing resolution that President Barack Obama signed into law yesterday provides slight relief in authorizing the Defense Department to shift funds between…

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Northrop Grumman wins Navy performance-based logistics contract for Carrier Aircraft Inertial Navigation System

Posted  March 29, 2013

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has been awarded a follow-on performance-based logistics contract to provide logistics, material and technical support for the AN/ASN-139 Carrier Aircraft Inertial Navigation System (CAINS II) installed on various U.S. Navy and foreign aircraft. The U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command granted the five-year, firm-fixed-price contract, which has a total value…

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TSA expedites airport screening for wounded warriors

Posted  March 29, 2013

The Transportation Security Administration now offers expedited airport screening to severely injured members of the armed forces. In addition to offering curb-to-gate service, TSA now allows wounded warriors to move through security checkpoints without having to remove shoes, light outerwear jackets or hats, officials said. ìIn recognition of the sacrifices of our men and women…

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Fire-resistant ghillie suit, enhanced rocket fuze win DOD awards

Posted  March 29, 2013

U.S. Army program managers earned Department of Defense acquisition awards recently for rapidly fielding a fire-resistant ghillie suit and an enhanced fuze rocket warhead. After two soldiers from the Army’s 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment burned to death when their camouflaged sniper gear caught on fire in Iraq, an urgent requirement for a fire-resistant suit was…

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ATK successfully ground tests new CASTOR 30XL upper stage solid rocket motor

Posted  March 29, 2013

ATK/AEDC photograph ATK successfully tested itsCASTORÆ 30XL upper stage solid rocket motor March 27, at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Complex in Tennessee. ATK successfully tested its newly developed CASTORÆ 30XL upper stage solid rocket motor March 27 at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Complex in Tennessee. The test was the…

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B-2 bombers conduct extended deterrence mission to South Korea

Posted  March 29, 2013

Air Force photograph U.S. Strategic Command officials sent two B-2 Spirit bombers for a long-duration, round-trip training mission from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., to South Korea March 28 as part of the ongoing bilateral Foal Eagle training exercise. The exercise demonstrates the commitment of the United States and its capability to defend South Korea…

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Peru’s new military draft, avoided with fine, called discriminatory against poor

Posted  March 29, 2013

Facing a shortage of recruits, Peru’s government has reinstated selective, obligatory military service. But it can be avoided by paying a $700 fine, prompting accusations that what is really being imposed is a draft for the poor. Military service had been voluntary since 1998, but meager wages, scant job training and a lack of other…

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