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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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NASA’s WISE finds mysterious centaurs may be Comets

Posted  July 26, 2013

The true identity of centaurs, the small celestial bodies orbiting the sun between Jupiter and Neptune, is one of the enduring mysteries of astrophysics. Are they asteroids or comets? A new study of observations from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer finds most centaurs are comets. Until now, astronomers were not certain whether centaurs are asteroids…

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Army honors service, sacrifice of Korean War veterans

Posted  July 26, 2013

Just three days in advance of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended fighting in Korea, veterans who fought in that conflict were honored with a Twilight Tattoo in the nation's capital.

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Vice chief addresses current Army challenges

Posted  July 26, 2013

While budget cuts and sequestration are a challenge, Americans won't accept them as an excuse for the Army failing to maintain a fighting force able to win the nation's wars, said the Army's vice chief of staff.

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NASA IRIS observatory – designed, built By Lockheed Martin – sees first light

Posted  July 26, 2013

The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph observatory, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for NASA, has produced its first images and spectra of a little understood region of the sun through which the energy that supports the Sun’s hot corona is transported.

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Northrop Grumman to supply steering gear systems for Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers

Posted  July 26, 2013

Northrop Grumman has been awarded contracts totaling $14.4 million by prime contractors General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries to supply the steering gear system for three new DDG 51 Class Arleigh Burke destroyers. The steering gear system is vital for the control and maneuverability of the ship and is directly linked to…

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News Briefs July 24, 2013

Posted  July 24, 2013

Northrop Grumman second quarter net income rises two percent Defense contractor Northrop Grumman said July 24 that second-quarter net income rose 2 percent, easily beating Wall Street expectations, and the company boosted its outlook for the full year. Northrop Grumman, based in Falls Church, Va., earned $488 million, or $2.05 per share, up from $480…

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Lockheed Martin ships third AEHF satellite to U.S. Air Force for upcoming launch

Posted  July 24, 2013

Lockheed Martin shipped the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communications satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., July 10, where it will be prepared for a September liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket.

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Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s second C-17 Globemaster III

Posted  July 24, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing delivered the Indian Air Forceís second C-17 Globemaster III July 22, a month after Indiaís first C-17 arrived in the country and immediately began supporting IAF operations. This second IAF C-17 also will immediately enter service. India will receive 10 aircraft by 2014. “Our first C-17 Globemaster III not only…

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Boeing completes 737 MAX 8 firm configuration

Posted  July 24, 2013

Boeing has completed the firm configuration of the 737 MAX 8. This milestone marks completion of the major trade studies that define the capabilities of the 737 MAX family. “We have defined the design requirements for the 737 MAX that provide our customers with the most value in the single-aisle market,” said Michael Teal, chief…

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United Tech posts big second quarter profit, revenue gains

Posted  July 24, 2013

United Technologies, citing strong orders at its elevator business in China and for commercial airline parts, posted double-digit percentage increases in profit and revenue for the second quarter Tuesday. The aerospace and building systems conglomerate is benefiting from its $18.4 billion purchase of Goodrich, and subsidiary Pratt & Whitney’s $1.5 billion deal to buy Rolls-Royce…

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