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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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New Mexico couple’s defraud ‘apology’ letter rejected

Posted  July 24, 2013

A federal judge has rejected a letter of apology from a New Mexico couple found guilty of defrauding the U.S. Air Force out of millions. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery ruled July 22 that Donald Dean Brewer and his wife, Sherri Lynn Brewer, both 64, face federal prison time unless they resubmit a draft of…

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United Tech posts big second quarter profit, revenue gains

Posted  July 24, 2013

United Technologies, citing strong orders at its elevator business in China and for commercial airline parts, posted double-digit percentage increases in profit and revenue for the second quarter Tuesday. The aerospace and building systems conglomerate is benefiting from its $18.4 billion purchase of Goodrich, and subsidiary Pratt & Whitney’s $1.5 billion deal to buy Rolls-Royce…

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U.S. Army soldiers test JLENS in real-world scenarios

Posted  July 24, 2013

The U.S. Army has completed Early User Testing of the Raytheon developed JLENS. During the six-week-long EUT at the Utah Test and Training Range, soldiers tested JLENS’ ability to operate in a number of complex scenarios that replicated an operational environment. The soldiers also tested JLENS’ endurance by operating the system continually for 20 days….

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Boeing completes 737 MAX 8 firm configuration

Posted  July 24, 2013

Boeing has completed the firm configuration of the 737 MAX 8. This milestone marks completion of the major trade studies that define the capabilities of the 737 MAX family. “We have defined the design requirements for the 737 MAX that provide our customers with the most value in the single-aisle market,” said Michael Teal, chief…

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Lockheed Martin ships third AEHF satellite to U.S. Air Force for upcoming launch

Posted  July 24, 2013

Lockheed Martin shipped the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communications satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., July 10, where it will be prepared for a September liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket.

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Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s second C-17 Globemaster III

Posted  July 24, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing delivered the Indian Air Forceís second C-17 Globemaster III July 22, a month after Indiaís first C-17 arrived in the country and immediately began supporting IAF operations. This second IAF C-17 also will immediately enter service. India will receive 10 aircraft by 2014. “Our first C-17 Globemaster III not only…

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News Briefs July 24, 2013

Posted  July 24, 2013

Northrop Grumman second quarter net income rises two percent Defense contractor Northrop Grumman said July 24 that second-quarter net income rose 2 percent, easily beating Wall Street expectations, and the company boosted its outlook for the full year. Northrop Grumman, based in Falls Church, Va., earned $488 million, or $2.05 per share, up from $480…

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Northrop Grumman to supply steering gear systems for Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers

Posted  July 26, 2013

Northrop Grumman has been awarded contracts totaling $14.4 million by prime contractors General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries to supply the steering gear system for three new DDG 51 Class Arleigh Burke destroyers. The steering gear system is vital for the control and maneuverability of the ship and is directly linked to…

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NASA IRIS observatory – designed, built By Lockheed Martin – sees first light

Posted  July 26, 2013

The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph observatory, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for NASA, has produced its first images and spectra of a little understood region of the sun through which the energy that supports the Sun’s hot corona is transported.

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Vice chief addresses current Army challenges

Posted  July 26, 2013

While budget cuts and sequestration are a challenge, Americans won't accept them as an excuse for the Army failing to maintain a fighting force able to win the nation's wars, said the Army's vice chief of staff.

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