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NASA selects instruments to track climate impact on vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

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Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor pilots.

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AF launches successful satellite mission

The 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., supported a successful United Launch Alliance Delta IV vehicle carrying Air Force Space Command mission assets for the Air Force July 28.

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F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary…

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NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars Oct. 19.


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NASA puts Orion backup parachutes to the test

Posted  December 21, 2012

NASA completed the latest in a series of parachute tests for its Orion spacecraft Dec .20 at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona, marking another step toward a first flight test in 2014. The test verified Orion can land safely even if one of its two drogue parachutes does not open during…

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Raytheon’s U.S. Navy satellite terminals reach full rate production milestone

Posted  December 21, 2012

Raytheon’s Navy Multiband Terminal, which will be installed on more than 300 U.S. Navy ships, subs and shore stations, has successfully completed a Full Rate Production review by the Navy. The review included a report that determined NMT was both operationally suitable and operationally effective, and further recommended the continued fleet introduction of NMT as…

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Space Fence program moving forward

Posted  December 21, 2012

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., recently put out a request for proposal to move the Space Fence program forward. Space Fence will be a system of up to two land-based radars, the first site located at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, to track objects entering Earth’s…

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Contract briefs – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

Navy awards General Dynamics $48 million for USS Toledo maintenance, modernization The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $47.7 million contract modification to perform routine maintenance and modernization work on the USS Toledo (SSN-769), a Los Angeles-class attack submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the terms…

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F-35 ‘pushes the envelope’

Posted  December 21, 2012

The F-35 Integrated Test Force made significant progress expanding the flight envelope of the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant over the past few months with numerous successes in High Angle of Attack (AoA) flight test, with the completion of the first intentional departure of controlled flight Dec. 4 and now having tested the aircraft…

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NASA awards test, operations support contract

Posted  December 21, 2012

NASA has awarded its Test and Operations Support Contract, or TOSC, to Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tenn. Jacobs will provide overall management and implementation of ground systems capabilities, flight hardware processing and launch operations at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. These tasks will support the International Space Station, Ground Systems Development and Operations,…

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Raytheon awarded $254.6 million for Tomahawk missile

Posted  December 21, 2012

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $254.6 million contract to procure Tomahawk Block IV tactical cruise missiles for fiscal year 2013. The contract calls for Raytheon to build and deliver Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles, conduct flight tests and provide life-cycle support. Production and delivery of the missiles is scheduled to begin in 2013. “Tomahawk…

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Panetta memo describes possible sequestration effects

Posted  December 21, 2012

While many remain hopeful that Congress and the administration will reach a deal that avoids sequestration, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has issued a memo describing the potential implications of going over the fiscal cliff. Planning for the effects of an across-the-board cut in defense spending as part of the Budget Reduction Act of 2011…

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NASA’s next-generation communications satellite arrives at Kennedy

Posted  December 21, 2012

NASA’s newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, known as TDRS-K, arrived Dec. 18 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a Jan. 29 launch. TDRS-K arrived aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 from the Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems assembly facility in El Segundo, Calif. For almost 30 years, the TDRS…

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Army invests in ideas for stronger future

Posted  December 21, 2012

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment a scientist gets a spark of inspiration when a new idea strikes like lightning. It’s even harder to harness innovation and mold it in tangible ways that benefit the greater good. That’s why the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, or ECBC, here, is giving its workforce the…

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