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747 shuttle carrier makes big move to Space Center Houston

To safely move 318,000 pounds of aircraft parts nearly eight miles it will take more than a determined education foundation; in fact Space Center Houston is teaming with 30 public, private and government agencies to "bring the legacy home" - many of whom offered their services at little or no charge.

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NASA satellites show drought may take toll on Congo rainforest

A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

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It is easy being green Green Hornet team strikes, wins environmental excellence award

Navy photograph The Green Hornet flies over Naval Air Station Patuxent River April 22, 2010. On Earth Day 2010, the Super Hornet became the first Navy aircraft to demonstrate alternative fuel capability using a 50/50 blend of camelina biofuel and the Navy√≠s primary jet fuel, jet propellant (JP)-5. For the seventh consecutive year, the F/A-18…

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Optionally piloted Black Hawk demonstrator helo takes successful first flight

In cooperation with the U.S. Army, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has successfully demonstrated optionally piloted flight of a Black Hawk helicopter, a significant step toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the U.S. Army. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk Demonstrator, known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter…

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Fifth generation Army tank cartridge reports loudly for duty

Army photograph A new tank cartridge was recently tested at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Pictured here are: (from left) Kent Evans, TRADOC Capability Manager – Armored Brigade Combat Team; Kevin Mulligan, Armament Research, Development and Engineering Command; Maj. Juan Santiago, assistant product manager; Lt. Col. Brian Gruchacz Product Manager; Greg Malejko, ARDEC; Steve Peralta, is…


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Innovators wanted: Could you design the FANG vehicle?

Posted  October 24, 2012

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is calling on innovators with expertise in designing and engineering drivetrain and mobility systems to collaboratively design elements of a new amphibious infantry vehicle, the Fast, Adaptable, Next-Generation Ground Vehicle. Registration is now open for the FANG Mobility/Drivetrain Challenge, the first of three planned FANG Challenges, which is set…

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Northrop Grumman delivers new BACN-equipped Global Hawk to Air Force ahead of schedule

Posted  October 24, 2012

PALMDALE, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has delivered a Global Hawk unmanned aircraft to the U.S. Air Force carrying the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node – expanding airborne communications and information sharing among military units in harsh environments. Northrop Grumman produced and delivered the system four months ahead of schedule as part of an ongoing BACN development,…

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United Kingdom Ministry of Defence awards Raytheon new Phalanx contract

Posted  October 24, 2012

Raytheon has signed a contract for 42.8 million pounds to deliver five Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon Systems to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence starting in 2013. Installation and in-service support will be provided by Babcock Marine. “Phalanx provides unparalleled ship self-defense to fleets operating in blue water as well as littoral environments,” said…

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New director details elements of DARPA’s future success

Posted  October 24, 2012

Breakthrough national security capabilities, a differentiated U.S. technology base and a continued robust Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are elements of DARPA’s future success, Arati Prabhakar, the agency’s director, said in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22. Prabhakar, who started July 30 as DARPA’s new director, addressed an audience of Office of Naval Research leaders and program…

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Northrop Grumman employs FACE(TM) standards to bring enhanced avionics to war fighters

Posted  October 24, 2012

As the one-year anniversary of The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment(TM) Consortium’s publication of the FACE Technical Standard approaches, Northrop Grumman continues to leverage a modular, open architecture approach to rapidly bring new avionics capabilities to war fighters. The FACE Consortium aims to establish standards for a common operating environment to support software portability…

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VA medical facilities named to Joint Commission’s top performers list

Posted  October 24, 2012

Nineteen Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities from across the Nation were recently recognized by The Joint Commission as top performers on key health care quality measures for 2011/2012. “We at VA are very pleased with The Joint Commission recognition. We are proud of the medical facilities that made this list, proving VA’s commitment to…

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Green Flag keeps airmen, soldiers mission ready

Posted  October 24, 2012

Air Force photograph by SrA. Kristin High F-15E Strike Eagles from the 355th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., prepare to launch for early morning missions on Barksdale AFB, La., Oct. 19, 2012. The F-15s will be providing critical close air support during Green Flag East to allow the 2nd Brigade of…

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United Technologies third quarter profit, revenue up

Posted  October 24, 2012

United Technologies Corp. posted higher third-quarter net income and revenue Oct. 23 on rising orders in key businesses, but said it expects the U.S. economic recovery to remain anemic and offered a gloomy assessment of business in Europe. The parent company of Otis Elevator, jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky helicopter, Carrier heating and…

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Northrop Grumman third quarter net income falls 12 percent

Posted  October 24, 2012

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman said Oct. 24 its third-quarter net income fell 12 percent, pulled down by a $66 million drop in net pension income, along with lower revenue. But the company’s profit beat Wall Street predictions and it boosted its full-year profit outlook. The Falls Church, Va.,-based company earned $459 million, or $1.82 per…

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Lockheed Martin third quarter profit up, boost guidance

Posted  October 24, 2012

Lockheed Martin said Oct.2 4 its third-quarter net income rose 4 percent, as lower pension-related costs helped offset a drop in revenue. The results beat Wall Street predictions and the Bethesda, Md.,-based aerospace and defense contractor also raised its full-year profit and revenue predictions. Lockheed Martin earned $727 million, or $2.21 per share, in the…

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