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AirRobot, Northrop Grumman Remotec sign distribution agreement for unmanned aerial systems

Northrop Grumman photograph An AirRobot unmanned aerial system flies at Fort Benning, Ga.. Northrop Grumman Remotec is the sole reseller of the systems to law enforcement and first responders under a distribution agreement signed recently. Northrop Grumman’s subsidiary Remotec Inc. and AirRobot US have entered into a distribution agreement for AirRobot’s line of small unmanned…

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission passes critical milestone

Image courtesy of NASA Goddard Artist concept of OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth. NASA’s groundbreaking science mission to retrieve a sample from an ancient space rock has moved closer to fruition. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has passed a critical milestone…

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

Lockheed Martin photograph In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid. In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians began assembling a NASA spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid for scientific study. Working toward a September 2016…

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1,000th F-35 training sortie flown at Luke AFB

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Staci Miller A pilot from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew the 1,000th F-35A Lightning II training sortie March 31, 2015. The 56th Fighter Wing is the fastest F-35 wing to reach the 1,000-sortie milestone in the Defense Department. The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew…

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Ball Aerospace GEMS instrument passes critical design review

The Ball Aerospace air quality sensor being built for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute under South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research in the Ministry of Environment has passed a major milestone toward its launch. The Critical Design Review was successfully completed for the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer in February. GEMS is a scanning ultraviolet-visible…


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Cassini probe to take photo of Earth from deep space

Posted  June 19, 2013

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, now exploring Saturn, will take a picture of our home planet from a distance of hundreds of millions of miles July 19. NASA is inviting the public to help acknowledge the historic interplanetary portrait as it is being taken. Earth will appear as a small, pale blue dot between the rings of…

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Embraer, Boeing team to market, sell KC-390 medium-airlift aircraft

Posted  June 19, 2013

Embraer and Boeing are partnering on the sales and marketing of Embraer’s KC-390 – a multi-mission mobility and aerial refueling aircraft with advanced capabilities in the medium-sized airlift market. Under the agreement, Boeing is the lead for KC-390 sales, sustainment and training opportunities in the U.S., UK and select Middle East markets. Embraer will manufacture…

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Fighter squadron inactivation signals end of A-10s in Europe

Posted  June 19, 2013

The Air Force inactivated the 81st Fighter Squadron June 18, at Spandgahlem Air Base, Germany, in support of force-shaping procedures across the service.

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College students study Earth from NASA’s DC-8 flying lab

Posted  June 19, 2013

Photograph courtesy of James Mumaw Bristling with numerous experiment probes projecting from its fuselage and wingtips, NASA’s DC-8 flying science laboratory descends for landing in this 2008 photo. The modified jetliner will be carrying more than 30 college students and their experiments during low-level flights over various areas in California June 17 20, 2013, as…

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AAR to extend airlift support for U.S. Military

Posted  June 19, 2013

AAR announced June 18 that the United States Transportation Command has exercised a renewal option for AAR to provide airlift support in Afghanistan through May 31, 2014. The option has a value of approximately $98 million and is part of a contract awarded to AAR in June 2010. The company’s AAR Airlift business will continue…

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Afghan forces take security lead for entire nation

Posted  June 19, 2013

Afghans now are in the lead for security throughout their country, and this inflection point points the way toward a stable nation, the commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said June 18. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. told Pentagon reporters via a phone hook-up from the Afghan capital of Kabul that…

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NASA announces asteroid grand challenge

Posted  June 19, 2013

NASA announced June 18 a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them. The challenge, which was announced at an asteroid initiative industry and partner day at NASA Headquarters in Washington, is a large-scale effort that will use multi-disciplinary collaborations and a variety of partnerships…

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Events for July 2013

Posted  June 19, 2013

July 1-2 – Australian Astrobiology Meeting, Sydney, Australia http://aca.unsw.edu.au/aa-meeting July 1-3 – Exoplanet Characterization Observatory Open Science Workshop, Noordwijk, The Netherlands www.echo2013.net/ July 1-4 – International Symposium on Planetary Sciences, Shanghai, China http://202.127.29.4/meetings/iaps2013/ July 1-5 – 8th Annual International Conference on Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows, Biarritz, France www.maisondelasimulation.fr/astronum2013/ July 1-5 – Conference: Tracing…

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Tehachapi hosts intermediate space challenge

Posted  June 19, 2013

Photographs by Linda KC Reynolds Students from Janice Tietz class took the overall top score at the Tehachapi Space Challenge and will proudly display the Traveling Trophy for one year at Tompkins Elementary School. More than 500 students, guests and volunteers participated in the event. High winds and cool temperatures didnít keep rockets on their…

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B-1B Lancer: More than meets the eye

Posted  June 19, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Benjamin Stratton Capt. Brandon Packard performs pre-flight checks of a B-1B Lancer June 11, 2013, at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia. Packard is a 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron weapons systems officer deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided…

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