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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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NATO defense ministers set post-2014 Afghanistan mission

Posted  June 5, 2013

NATO defense ministerial meetings June 4 and 5helped to cement the allianceís commitment to a ìtrain, advise and assistî mission that will begin after the International Security Assistance Force disbands at the end of 2014, NATOís senior civilian leader said June 5. The end of 2014 will mark the end of our combat mission, but…

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NASA’s Spitzer sees Milky Wayís blooming countryside

Posted  June 5, 2013

New views from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show blooming stars in our Milky Way galaxy’s more barren territories, far from its crowded core. The images are part of the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (Glimpse 360) project, which is mapping the celestial topography of our galaxy. The map and a full, 360-degree view of…

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U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $31 million to continue supporting airborne mission computers

Posted  June 5, 2013

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $31.5 million contract for the performance-based logistics support of the Advanced Mission Computers in the Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier aircrafts. This is the second five-year performance-based logistics contract that General Dynamics has won with the Naval Supply Systems Command. General Dynamics Advanced…

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Heftier unmanned ground vehicle offers more lifting, hauling strength

Posted  June 5, 2013

Photograph courtesy of iRobot The iRobot Warrior, using a tool on the end of its arm, is able to grab, lift and carry heavy items. The arm can lift up to 350 pounds and the Warrior can carry a payload of up to 150 pounds. A small car can’t pull a heavy trailer. Sports utility…

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Northrop Grumman begins sampling new gallium nitride packaged power amplifier for military, commercial high-power amplifier needs

Posted  June 5, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -†Northrop Grumman has developed a new gallium nitride (GaN) flange packaged power amplifier, APN180FP, targeting military and commercial Ka-band communication applications. This product represents the first commercial availability of a packaged, GaN-based component from the company. “The APN180FP provides customers with a powerful, easy-to-use, high-frequency product that greatly expands the accessibility of…

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Northrop Grumman supports STEM education initiatives by awarding grants to Los Angeles area teachers

Posted  June 5, 2013

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. -†Northrop Grumman) has provided grants worth a total of $3,300 to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational initiatives in Los Angeles metropolitan area schools. Northrop Grumman awarded 11 individual grants of $300 each to teachers in local elementary, middle and high schools to fund projects that promote STEM education and awareness….

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UTC Aerospace Systems awarded Boeing C17 Globemaster III landing gear system overhaul services contract

Posted  June 5, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has again been selected by Boeing to provide landing gear system maintenance services in support of the U.S. Air Force fleet of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. Included as part of the agreement, the company will partner with Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah supporting C-17 workload. UTC Aerospace Systems…

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Headlines June 5, 2013

Posted  June 5, 2013

News White House promises veto of GOP spending plan The White House stepped in June with a veto threat against a House GOP plan to advance a round of 2014 spending bills that would ease sequester-imposed cuts on the Pentagon while forcing even deeper cuts on non-defense programs. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/03/white-house-promises-veto-gop-spending-plan/ House panel votes to stop DOD…

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News Briefs June 5, 2013

Posted  June 5, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,097 As of June 4, 2013, at least 2,097 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 1,738 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Becker communication system selected for C-130 Hercules AMP

Posted  June 7, 2013

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected as part of a larger C-130 Hercules Avionics Modernization Program. The Intercom System modernization and avionics upgrade was selected by an undisclosed military customer, which will be managed in conjunction with a prime aircraft integration company. The project replaces the aging aircraft ICS system and wiring…

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