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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 Navy√≠s 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 NASA book reveals pressure suits are height of fashion

Posted  September 5, 2012

NASA has published a colorful, picture-filled book that details the development and use of the protective clothing worn by test pilots, astronauts and others as they soar high above Earth. “Dressing for Altitude: U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits – Wiley Post to Space Shuttle” provides a 526-page survey of the partial- and full-pressure suits designed to…

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NASA announces asteroid naming contest for students

Posted  September 5, 2012

Students worldwide have an opportunity to name an asteroid from which an upcoming NASA mission will return the first samples to Earth. Scheduled to launch in 2016, the mission is called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx). Samples returned from the primitive surface of the near-Earth asteroid currently called (101955) 1999 RQ36 could hold clues…

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ORS Office organizing three new programs

Posted  September 5, 2012

Perhaps the Operationally Responsive Space Office should consider changing its motto of “Employ. Deploy. Develop” to “Reaching the Reality of Rapid Response.” In the past 14 months, the organization experienced success with its initial satellite, ORS-1, transitioned for operational use to U.S. Central Command in January, approximately six months after launch. It also funded the…

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Boeing celebrates delivery of LAN Airlines’ first 787 Dreamliner

Posted  September 5, 2012

Boeing and LAN Airlines, one of Latin America’s leading passenger and cargo carriers, celebrated the delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner to LAN making it the first airline in the Americas to receive the new airplane. LAN is only the fourth customer in the world to include the Boeing 787 in its fleet with 32…

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Two firefighting C-130s head home

Posted  September 5, 2012

Two C-130 Hercules from the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing were deactivated Sept. 2, and returned to Cheyenne, Wyo., from Boise, Idaho. Four other Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System units remain activated. The Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd Airlift Wing out of Colorado Springs, Colo., has two C-130s operating out of Boise. The…

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Boeing forecasts China will need 5,260 new airplanes by 2031

Posted  September 5, 2012

Boeing, China’s leading provider of passenger airplanes, projects that China will need 5,260 new commercial airplanes valued at $670 billion over the next 20 years. China is forecast to be the second largest market for new commercial airplanes. “It’s impressive that over 75 percent of the demand in China will be for growth instead of…

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Purple Heart Medal Forever Stamp honors veterans’ sacrifices

Posted  September 5, 2012

The U.S. Postal Service continues to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military with the issuance of the new Purple Heart Medal Forever stamp. First issued as a 37-cent First-Class stamp in 2003, this new Forever Stamp differs from the 2011 Forever Stamp design displaying a slightly larger…

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NASA’s SOFIA to embark on new cycle of science observations

Posted  September 5, 2012

PALMDALE, Calif. – The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, a joint program between NASA and the German Aerospace Center DLR, is set to begin its first full cycle of science flights starting in November 2012 and extending through December 2013. SOFIA’s Science Mission Operations Director Erick Young today announced the list of researchers…

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Boeing 702MP selected for first Intelsat EpicNG satellite

Posted  September 5, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Boeing 702MP has been selected by Intelsat S.A. for the Intelsat 29e satellite, the first of the recently announced Intelsat EpicNG next-generation high-performance system. “Boeing is proud to have been selected to build the Intelsat 29e satellite, which is designed to raise the industry bar for performance and reliability and…

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Solid rocket boosters arrive at Dryden for storage

Posted  September 5, 2012

Two space shuttle solid rocket booster casings arrived at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center Aug. 29 after a transcontinental trip from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The inert boosters, each of which is more than 149 feet long and more than 12 feet wide, were hauled overland by a modified tractor-trailer rig. Now owned…

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