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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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Coast Guard to acquire three additional Lockheed Martin HC-130J surveillance aircraft

Posted  October 3, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $218 million contract for three additional HC-130Js for the U.S. Coast Guard. This will increase the U.S. Coast Guard fleet of HC-130Js from six to nine. The contract also includes funding for two mission suites, which are critical in supporting U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue operations. The new aircraft…

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BAE, EADS blast merger ‘myths and misconceptions’

Posted  October 3, 2012

The chief executives of BAE Systems PLC and EADS NV sought to drum up support Oct. 1 for the merger of their two aeronautics and defense companies in the face of growing criticism to the deal, saying in a joint newspaper article an agreement would help both organizations grow. The deal would create a global…

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New Super Hercules for Norway

Posted  October 3, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph At ceremonies in Marietta, Ga., Sept. 28, the Royal Norwegian Air Force formally accepted a C-130J Super Hercules for the aircraft that was tragically lost in March of this year. Through strong cooperation between the Governments of the United States and Norway, a C-130J originally destined for Dyess Air Force Base, Texas,…

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Airbus hosting supplier conference in Los Angeles

Posted  October 3, 2012

The Airbus Procurement team, along with several major U.S. suppliers, is hosting supplier conference Oct. 19 in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the Airbus team will conduct one-on-one meetings with prospective suppliers, to discuss potential partnership opportunities. Companies who want to take part must register at www.airbussuppliersummit.eventbrite.com. Participants include: Allan…

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VSI to enhance Royal Danish Air Force’s F-16 night-attack capability

Posted  October 3, 2012

Vision Systems International, LLC, a world leader in advanced Helmet Mounted Displays, has been awarded a contract from the Royal Danish Air Force to provide its Night Vision Cueing and Display-Aviator’s Night Vision Imaging Systems technology, the night module for the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System. “We are extremely proud of this award from the…

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Dempsey: Americans will shape image of modern vet

Posted  October 3, 2012

DOD photograph by D. Myles Cullen Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks during the Landon lecture series on public issues at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., Oct. 1, 2012. Now is when the image of todayís generation of veterans is being formed, and Americans need to have…

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NASA selects facilities operations, maintenance services contract

Posted  October 3, 2012

NASA has selected Chugach Federal Systems Inc., of Anchorage, Alaska, for facilities operations and maintenance services for the Management Operations Directorate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This is a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a technical performance incentive fee for the core services. It has an indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity provision for issuing task orders for…

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SAE International symposium focuses on all aspects of composites

Posted  October 3, 2012

The performance of composites makes them attractive in a variety of applications. However, composites have historically not been a very cost competitive option to metals due to several factors – primarily very expensive materials and labor intensive manufacturing methods. As more automated manufacturing methods for composite components are beginning to be developed, the total cost…

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AEDC’s newest world-class national space testing asset on its way to mission readiness

Posted  October 3, 2012

Air Force photograph by Jacqueline Cowan From left, Dawn Battles, ATK Space Threat Assessment Testbed program manager; Keith Holt, Aerospace Testing Allianceís STAT program manager; and Nikki Tracey, AEDCís Air Force STAT program manager, listen as John Prebola, ATAís STAT technical director, speaks about some features of the Space Threat Assessment Testbed Facility, located in…

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ATK names senior VP, general counsel, secretary

Posted  October 3, 2012

ATK announced Sept. 26 that Scott D. Chaplin will become the company’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, effective Oct. 1, 2012. Chaplin will have overall responsibility for the corporate legal function, including government contract oversight, regulatory compliance, ATK’s global sales team support, and oversight for product and intellectual property management. He will be…

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