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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 Navyís 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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Students, teachers become rocket scientists at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

Posted  June 14, 2013

More than 120 students and educators will delve into the world of rocket science June 15-21 during Rocket Week at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Activities during the week will include a RockOn! workshop for 50 university and community college-level participants, and the Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers and Students (WRATS) for…

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Raytheon radio system networks Stryker combat vehicles in theater

Posted  June 14, 2013

Raytheon’s jam-resistant, battlefield radio recently transmitted data securely over the air to more than 30 Stryker combat vehicles, proving that it could meet the U.S. Army’s need for a tactical wireless Internet via a vehicle-mounted mobile radio system. The EXF1915, an upgraded version of Enhanced Position Location Reporting System radios, completed several months of continual,…

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Boeing receives additional aircraft support contract from U.S. Navy

Posted  June 14, 2013

Boeing will continue to ensure the availability of U.S. aircraft including the F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8B Harrier, EA-6B Prowler and V-22 Osprey through a $5.5 million U.S. Navy contract to maintain the Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System. The U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force Special Operations use RTCASS ñ which Boeing also manufactures to troubleshoot…

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NASA-led study explains decades of black hole observations

Posted  June 14, 2013

A new study by astronomers at NASA, Johns Hopkins University and the Rochester Institute of Technology confirms long-held suspicions about how stellar-mass black holes produce their highest-energy light. “Our work traces the complex motions, particle interactions and turbulent magnetic fields in billion-degree gas on the threshold of a black hole, one of the most extreme…

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LONGBOW LLC receives $90 million contract for Saudi Arabia Apache radar systems

Posted  June 14, 2013

The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, has received a $90.6 million contract to provide Saudi Arabia with LONGBOW Fire Control Radars for the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter. The contract award includes AH-64E LONGBOW FCRs, spares and support for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command. The contract…

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Air Force C-130s drop 25,000 gallons of retardant on Colorado fire

Posted  June 14, 2013

Navy photograph by Lt. Cmdr. William Lewis Two Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130 Hecules from the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing prepare to take flight June 12, 2013, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The aircraft and their aircrews have been assigned to provide MAFFS support to wildland firefighting efforts in the Southwest and…

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems honored by AIAA

Posted  June 14, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced June 13 that two key employees recently have been honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics with local awards for outstanding aerospace engineering and outstanding aerospace management. The San Diego Section is dedicated…

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Northrop Grumman develops new aallium arsenide E-Band high-power monolithic microwave integrated sircuits

Posted  June 14, 2013

Northrop Grumman photographs Northrop Grumman has developed the APH667 (left) and the APH668, two new GaAs MMIC high-power amplifiers operating in the E-band frequency spectrum. They allow users to reach higher output power levels without combining multiple MMICs, a typical practice, simplifying product architecture and enhancing performance. REDONDO BEACH, Calif. Northrop Grumman has developed new…

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RQ-21A Small UAS completes first East Coast flight

Posted  June 14, 2013

The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System completed its first East Coast flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.,’s Webster Field Annex June 12, marking the start of the next phase of test for the program.

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Raytheon to improve US Army air defenses, better identify targets

Posted  June 14, 2013

Raytheon, under a contract modification from the U.S. Army, is adding new capabilities to the Identification Friend or Foe interrogator to reduce Radio Frequency emissions and enhance target identification for the warfighter. “We understood that the warfighter needed an improved identification capability, so Raytheon is both increasing the capability of the interrogator system and reducing…

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