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Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE, Calif. – The Northrop Grumman-built Unmanned MQ-4C Triton (SDD-1) left its desert testing grounds Sept. 17 and flew to Naval Air Station Patuxent…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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AFRL commander describes Air Force’s technology vision

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello takes a question from an audience member after discussing Air Force Research Laboratory breakthrough technologies during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington D.C. Masiello is the commander of Air Force Research Laboratory. The…

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Lockheed Martin successfully mates NOAA GOES-R satellite modules

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the companyís Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo. A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather…

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NASA Mars spacecraft ready for Sept. 21 orbit insertion

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.


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Navy secretary names multiple ships

Posted  June 7, 2013

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced June 6 the next three joint high speed vessels (JHSV) will be named USNS Yuma, USNS Bismarck and USNS Burlington, and two littoral combat ships will be named USS Billings and USS Tulsa. “It is my privilege as Secretary of the Navy to name these ships after five…

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Heroes Air Show 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

The 2013 American Heroes Air Show Lands at Hansen Dam in Southern Californiaís San Fernando Valley June 29. This is the only air show devoted exclusively to helicopters lands in the San Fernando Valley. Since 1993, this admission-free event has been educating the Southern California community as to the unique capabilities and dynamic role of…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft proves sound under pressure

Posted  June 7, 2013

After a month of being poked, prodded and pressurized in ways that mimicked the stresses of spaceflight, NASA’s Orion crew module successfully passed its static loads tests on Wednesday. When Orion launches on Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is targeted for September 2014, it will travel farther from Earth than any spacecraft built for humans…

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Another American high frontier first: 3-D manufacturing in space

Posted  June 7, 2013

In preparation for a future where parts and tools can be printed on demand in space, NASA and Made in Space Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., have joined to launch equipment for the first 3-D microgravity printing experiment to the International Space Station. If successful, the 3-D Printing in Zero G Experiment (3-D Print) will…

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Air Force changes military funeral honors requirements

Posted  June 7, 2013

Due to the impact sequestration has on resources, Air Force Services is adjusting requirements for military funeral honors of retirees. Air Force policy will revert to requiring a minimum of two personnel for retiree MFH details, consistent with statute and DOD policy. The Air Force historically went a step further by providing a seven-member detail…

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Lockheed Martin delivers modernized laser range finder for U.S. Armyís Apache helicopter

Posted  June 7, 2013

Lockheed Martin recently delivered the first Modernized Day Sensor Assembly Laser Range Finder Designator to the U.S. Army for the AH-64D/E Apache helicopter. ìThe new laser is the first component to be fielded in the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly,î said Lt. Col. Steve Van Riper, U.S. Army product manager of Apache Sensors. ìThe U.S. Army…

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Navy’s third Joint High Speed Vessel launched

Posted  June 7, 2013

USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) successfully launched, June 5, from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala. The third joint high speed vessel is a versatile, non-combatant, transport ship that will be used for fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment. “This launch is an important achievement for the program, as it’s the first…

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NASA’s Hubble maps 3-D structure of ejected material around erupting star

Posted  June 7, 2013

A flash of light from a stellar outburst has provided a rare look at the 3-D structure of material ejected by an erupting nova. Astronomers used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to observe the light emitted by the close double-star system T Pyxidis, or T Pyx, a recurring nova, during its latest outburst in April 2011….

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NASA exercises contract option on engineering support squadron

Posted  June 7, 2013

NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., has exercised the second option of its Technology, Engineering, and Aerospace Mission Support (TEAMS) 2 contract with Analytical Mechanics Associates Inc. (AMA), also of Hampton, to continue providing engineering support to the center. The current potential value of the contract, including the approximately $45 million one-year option that…

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Gathering celebrates veterans, history of Battle of Midway

Posted  June 7, 2013

Active duty, reserve and retired Sailors and Marines gathered to celebrate the 71st Anniversary of World War II’s tide-turning Battle of Midway, during a dinner at the Army Navy Country Club in Washington, D.C., June 4. The ceremony hosted seven veterans of the battle and featured remarks from former Undersecretary of the Navy Robert O….

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