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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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U.S. Navy one step closer to first Australian Seahawk delivery

Posted  August 7, 2013

The MH-60R Seahawk, which will soon become the Royal Australian Navyís first, arrived July 24 at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems†and Training in Owego, N.Y.† This Seahawk will be mission ready and transferred to the RAN in December this year. Officially delivered by Sikorsky Aircraft and accepted by the U.S. Navy on June 29, the Seahawk…

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Honeywell’s 131-9 APU reaches 100 million hours of service milestone

Posted  August 7, 2013

A vital piece of Honeywell technology, the 131-9 series Auxiliary Power Unit, recently became the second from Honeywell’s family of APUs to surpass 100 million hours in service across more than 7,500 narrow-body aircraft around the world such as the Boeing 737, McDonnell Douglas MD-90, and Airbus A319, A320 and A321 models. “Honeywell’s 131-9 model…

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Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 completes initial fleet firing

Posted  August 7, 2013

The U.S. Navy completed the first fleet firing of Raytheon’sRolling Airframe Missile Block 2 as part of its ongoing developmental and operational testing. In an at-sea test conducted from the USS Arlington (LPD 24), two RAM Block 2 missiles engaged a subsonic target in a scenario designed to demonstrate the advanced missile’s defensive capabilities. This…

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News Briefs August 7, 2013

Posted  August 7, 2013

Manning’s max possible sentence cut to 90 years U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s possible sentence for disclosing classified information through WikiLeaks was trimmed from 136 years to 90 years Aug. 6 by a military judge who said some of his offenses were closely related. The ruling was largely a victory for defense attorneys, who had…

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F-35B completes 500th vertical landing

Posted  August 7, 2013

  Ready for sea trials  The Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing aircraft completed its 500th vertical landing Aug. 3. BF-1, the aircraft which completed this achievement, also accomplished the variant’s first vertical landing in March 2010 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Next week, Sea Trials, known as Developmental Test 2 (DT-2) are…

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Headlines August 7, 2013

Posted  August 7, 2013

News: How Buck McKeon created a global drone enterprise A U.S. lawmaker helped create the drone industry – and has reaped the benefits. A drone reportedly flew over North Dakota last year, taking pictures of a meth lab. The drone’s flight log was released in July in response to a lawsuit filed by the Electronic…

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Boeing, U.S. Navy demo new targeting, data systems on EA-18G

Posted  August 9, 2013

The U.S. Navy recently flew Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft with sensor system upgrades and its newest data network, demonstrating how the enhanced technologies would allow aircrews to locate threats more quickly and accurately. Ultimately, the secure, high-speed network will allow aircrews to share targeting data in real time. The technology will be incorporated into deployed…

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45th Space Wing launches satellite

Posted  August 9, 2013

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket carrying the sixth Wideband Global Satcom satellite at 8:29 p.m., Aug. 7 from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th SW provided support to the…

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Groups sue to block demolition at ex-nuclear site

Posted  August 9, 2013

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Several environmental groups Aug. 6 sued state regulators over the cleanup of a former nuclear research lab, saying low-level radioactive waste was improperly shipped to landfills. Consumer Watchdog, along with other groups, filed a lawsuit Aug. 6 in Sacramento County Superior Court against the Department of Public Health and Department of…

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope finds source of Magellanic Stream

Posted  August 9, 2013

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have solved a 40-year mystery on the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around our Milky Way galaxy. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way, are at the head of the gaseous stream. Since the stream’s…

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