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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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Headlines May 29, 2013

Posted  May 29, 2013

News Suspected U.S. drone crashes in Somalia A suspected U.S. drone has crashed in the southern Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, according to reports.   Business Pratt & Whitney finalizes $1 billion F-35 jet engine deal Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corps, said May 28 that has finalized a $1 billion deal…

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News Briefs May 29, 2013

Posted  May 29, 2013

NATO service member killed in Afghanistan An insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed a NATO service member, the coalition said. The U.S.-led military coalition says the service member died April 26 as a result of insurgent fire. It did not provide any other details. The death brings the number of international force members killed…

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U.S., EU lead global nonproliferation, biosurveillance efforts

Posted  May 29, 2013

As nuclear, biological and chemical threats continue to evolve worldwide, partnership between the United States and European Union countries to counter such threats remains critical, a senior Defense Department official said May 28 in Helsinki. Andrew C. Weber, assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs, spoke at a meeting of the…

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Army’s 2014 modernization plan prioritizes Soldiers in fight

Posted  May 29, 2013

Army photograph by SSgt. Elvis N. Umanzor The CH-47 Chinook helicopter will be getting upgrades for its F and G models under the proposed fiscal year 2014 Army Equipment Modernization Plan and the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle is replacing the Vietnam-era M113 armored personnel carrier in phases. Shown here, Soldiers from the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines boost latest communication satellite into orbit

Posted  May 29, 2013

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines provided the power to successfully place the fifth in a series of Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) communication satellites into orbit May 24 for the U.S. military. The mission was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV medium rocket with…

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Predator passes 20,000-hour mark in Afghanistan

Posted  May 29, 2013

An MQ-1 Predator assigned at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, recently became the first Predator to pass 20,000 flying hours over Afghanistan, a feat equivalent to flying 15 hours every other day, for 2,667 days.

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ATK Technologies support launch of ULA’s Delta IV rocket carrying WGS-5

Posted  May 29, 2013

ATK propulsion and composite technologies supported the May 24 successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This rocket carried the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) into orbit for the U.S. Air Force. WGS-5 is the fifth satellite delivered by prime contractor…

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Commission on Air Force structure to meet

Posted  May 29, 2013

The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force will hold its first public hearing June 4 in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. President Obama and the chairmen and ranking members of both Armed Services Committees recently appointed eight members to serve on the Commission. The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act…

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Air Force OCC chopper retires

Posted  May 29, 2013

Air Force photograph The Orange County Chopper on display at its new home at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. After more than five years of service, one of the Air Force’s mobile marketing assets, the F-22 Raptor-themed chopper, retired and moved to its new home in the National…

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Northrop Grumman-built Modular Space Vehicle nears completion of manufacturing phase

Posted  May 29, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – A Northrop Grumman-led team recently completed the third gate review of its first Modular Space Vehicle bus assembly, integration and test, marking completion of functional testing. The team will conduct comprehensive “day in the life” testing next for the Operationally Responsive Space-2 (ORS-2) bus, leading to hardware acceptance by the Air…

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