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Lockheed Martin makes tiny satellite cooling system

Lockheed Martin scientists are packing three times the power density into a key satellite cooling system whose previous design is already the lightest in its class. This project continues the company’s effort to reduce component size, enabling compact, higher-power spacecraft payloads and smaller sensor platforms back on Earth. Highly sophisticated electronics like satellite sensors and…

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Space Camp: Once in a lifetime experience

PALMDALE, Calif.–Amazing, inspiring and motivating were a few of the words Space Camp graduates Lauren Baker and Ethan Calderone used to describe their experience recent experience at Space Camp. Ethan Calderone, a Palmdale Aerospace Academy 8th grade student, saw Space Camp as a great opportunity. I find aerospace and astroscience extremely interesting and fun; and…

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Northrop Grumman delivers telescope structure for James Webb Space Telescope

Northrop Grumman delivered on schedule the telescope structure for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Aug. 24 to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., paving the way for the integration of the 18 hexagonal mirrors that will help scientists observe the formation of the first stars and galaxies over 13.5 billion years ago. 

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Integration lab to support C-5 software, hardware upgrades

Air Force photograph by Tommie Horton The 402nd Software Maintenance Group has been tasked by the C-5 System Program Office with updating the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex C-5 System Integration Lab with installation of a new Core Mission Computer and Color Weather Radar. The tasking is in support of an effort by Lockheed Martin…

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Senior leaders give State of the Air Force address

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III held a State of the Air Force address at the Pentagon, Aug. 24.


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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveals forces controlling Saturn moon jets

Posted  July 31, 2013

The intensity of jets of water ice and organic particles that shoot out from Saturn’s moon Enceladus depends on the moon’s proximity to the ringed planet, according to data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The finding adds to evidence that a liquid water reservoir or ocean lurks under the icy surface of the moon. This…

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Reunions and events for August 2013

Posted  July 31, 2013

555th Civil Eng Squadron Heavy Repair “Red Horse” (Vietnam) San Antonio, Texas Aug. 5-8 For more information, call Audra Ainsworth at (936) 675-4560 or email audraains@yahoo.com.   Retired Fire Chiefs Wilmington, N.C. Aug. 6-8 For more information, call Charles Richardson at (386) 760-6286 or email clardb@att.net.   Vietnam Guntruckers and all trans units Indianapolis, Ind….

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X-56A technology demonstrator achieves first flight

Posted  July 31, 2013

NASA photograph by Kenneth E. Ulbrich The X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed takes off on its inaugural flight July 26 at Edwards AFB, Calif. The unmanned aircraft is designed to study active aeroelastic control technologies such as active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation. The Air Force Research Laboratory, in conjunction with Lockheed Martin and NASA,…

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NASA’s Marshall Center honors hundreds of team members for contributions

Posted  July 31, 2013

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., July 30 honored more than 200 individual scientists, engineers and professional and administrative support personnel, plus 73 teams comprised of hundreds more, all of whom made significant, sustained contributions in 2012-13 to NASA’s mission and the work of the center. Marshall Center Director Patrick Scheuermann welcomed award…

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NASA’s Chandra sees eclipsing planet in s-rays for first time

Posted  July 31, 2013

For the first time since exoplanets, or planets around stars other than the sun, were discovered almost 20 years ago, X-ray observations have detected an exoplanet passing in front of its parent star.

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NASA extends contract for supercomputing support services

Posted  July 31, 2013

NASA will exercise the fifth one-year option on a contract with Computer Sciences Corp. of Lanham, Md., for supercomputing support services at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The option exercised on the cost-plus-award-fee contract is valued at about $62 million. It begins Aug. 1 and continues through July 31, 2014. The contract…

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Raytheon demonstrates revolutionary 3DELRR prototype

Posted  July 31, 2013

Raytheon has successfully completed a customer demonstration of a new U.S. Air Force expeditionary ground-based prototype radar. Designed to replace the decades old TPS-75 radar system, the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar will help defend warfighters against emerging threats by detecting, identifying and tracking fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, missiles and unmanned aircraft. During the June 27…

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Air Force looks to collaborate with public

Posted  July 31, 2013

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Air Force is seeking input from the public to help solve three real-world, unclassified projects. Known as “The Air Force Collaboratory,” the Air Force’s newest STEM initiative goes live Thursday on www.airforce.com/collaboratory. The educational online platform will offer the public an opportunity to engage with Airmen….

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Headlines July 29, 2013

Posted  July 29, 2013

News: Funding schemes in Congress could ground drones; FAA pressured over privacy The lagging federal effort to fully integrate drones into U.S. airspace is in danger of falling even further behind schedule. A funding bill now before the Senate essentially would stop the process in its tracks by prohibiting the Federal Aviation Administration from moving…

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News Briefs July 29, 2013

Posted  July 29, 2013

U.S. drone kills six suspected militants in Yemen A Yemeni military official says a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed six alleged al Qaeda militants in the group’s southern strongholds. The official said July 28 the attack took place late July 27 in the town of Mahfad in Abyan province and targeted a car carrying…

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