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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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DRS Technologies to provide U.S. Army with target location, designation systems

Posted  May 1, 2013

DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced April 29 that it has been awarded a $15.5 million contract by the U.S. Army for an advanced targeting system. The cost-plus-fixed-fee, incrementally-funded contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Md., is for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of the Joint Effects Targeting System Target Location…

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Boeing rolls out first F-15SA for Royal Saudi Air Force

Posted  May 1, 2013

Boeing April 30 rolled out the F-15SA, ushering in a new era in fighter aircraft capability and affordability for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The F-15SA, the newest variant of the combat-proven F-15, provides improved performance and increased survivability at a lower life-cycle cost. The aircraft has two additional wing stations for increased payload and…

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Northrop Grumman selected to complete JCREW I1B1 Development

Posted  May 1, 2013

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a $14.1 million option to complete development of the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Increment 1, Block 1 (I1B1) System of Systems. JCREW is a next-generation system to protect warfighters, vehicles, watercraft, and permanent structures from RCIEDs. The award from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command…

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NASA selects U.S. small business technology transfer projects for further development

Posted  May 1, 2013

NASA has selected 14 proposals from small business and research institution teams to continue development of innovative technologies that are needed for future NASA missions and could become viable commercial products and services. The Phase II selectees in NASA’s Small Business Technology Transfer Program may enter negotiations for possible contract awards, worth a combined total…

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Secretary favors ‘third party’ approach to engage Congress

Posted  May 1, 2013

Army leaders may not make the best advocates when it comes to convincing Congress and the American people which systems soldiers really need, said the Army's secretary.

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NASA Extends crew flight contract with Russian space agency

Posted  May 1, 2013

NASA has signed a $424 million modification to its contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for full crew transportation services to the International Space Station in 2016 with return and rescue services extending through June 2017. NASA is facilitating development of a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of achieving safe,…

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AEDC Wind Tunnel upgrade improves flexible nozzle accuracy, reliability

Posted  May 1, 2013

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend ATA Mission Support Department construction manager Dusty Kirkham conducts calibration tests on the new roll mechanism that will be used at AEDC in the Propulsion Wind Tunnelís four foot transonic wind tunnel, 4T. The roll mechanism which supports the sting, or test support arm, and the test article provides…

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Intermediate Space Challenge set for May 13

Posted  May 1, 2013

Lots of well behaved, but loud, 4th to 6th graders will be participating in the 9th Annual Intermediate Space Challenge at the Mojave Air and Space Port May 13. The creation of Fiberset founder and CEO Marie Walker, ISC aims to show local school children that rocketry is a fun activity, and that scientific smarts…

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Aircraft crash in Afghanistan kills seven

Posted  May 1, 2013

A civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff April 29, killing all seven people aboard, the U.S.-led military coalition said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash, but the coalition said in a statement to The Associated Press: “Taliban’s claims are false.” It said the…

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SpaceShipTwo first powered flight goes as planned

Posted  May 1, 2013

http://www.aerotechnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/spaceshiptwo1.jpg Close up of SS2 during successful rocket-powered flight. It took eight and a half years and only lasted for 16 seconds, but all involved know the wait was worth it. SpaceShipTwo being developed for Virgin Galactic had its first powered flight on April 29. The unique hybrid nitrous oxide liquid oxidizer and hydroxyl terminated…

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