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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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Air Force C-130 firefighting efforts reach milestone

Posted  August 29, 2012

Air Force Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s reached a major mission milestone Aug. 24 by dropping the 2 millionth gallon of retardant for the season. MAFFS 5, assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd Airlift Wing here, dropped the record-breaking gallon during its third sortie of the day battling the Halstead fire north…

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Boeing celebrates delivery of first Aeroloft(tm) installed on a BBJ 747-8

Posted  August 29, 2012

Boeing today celebrated the delivery of the first Aeroloft(tm) installed on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 747-8 Aug. 29. The Aeroloft(tm), designed and built by Greenpoint Technologies of Kirkland, Wash., provides 393 square feet (36.5 square meters) of additional cabin space bringing the VIP-configured 747-8 to a total 5,179 square feet (481.2 square meters) of…

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News Briefs – August 28, 2012

Posted  August 28, 2012

Iran could open military site to visits   Iran could allow representatives from nonaligned nations to visit a military site that the U.N. nuclear watchdog suspects has housed nuclear experiments. Access for diplomats and others to the Parchin base would be an attempt by Iran to show openness during this week’s Non-Aligned Movement gathering, but…

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Thousands of Guardsmen available to governors in Isaac’s path

Posted  August 28, 2012

More than 33,500 National Guard personnel and nearly 100 aircraft are available to the governors of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens states along the Gulf of Mexico, Defense Department officials said Aug. 27......

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West Point cadets get adventures in autonomous manipulation, mobility

Posted  August 28, 2012

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Autonomous Systems Division of the Vehicle Technology Directorate recently sponsored two U.S. Military Academy cadets for three weeks as part of their Academic Individual Advancement Development....

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SAIC Awarded contract by U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific

Posted  August 28, 2012

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific to provide life-cycle command, control, communications, computers and intelligence services in support of the Network Integration Engineering Facility. The single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has one-year base period of performance with a value of approximately $21 million,…

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101st Airborne Division female soldiers first to test prototype body armor

Posted  August 28, 2012

Cartoonist Bob Thaves once said, "Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels." This quote is applicable to the Army's female soldiers of today, who now make up 14 percent of the total force....

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NASA selects space, Earth science data analysis contract

Posted  August 28, 2012

NASA has selected ADNET Systems Inc. of Rockville, Md., to provide a broad range of services to support Earth and space science research and development at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This is a cost-plus fixed-fee contract with a total estimated value of $249 million, which includes one base year and four…

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NASA hosts social media event to welcome Endeavour to California

Posted  August 28, 2012

To welcome space shuttle Endeavour to Southern California, NASA is inviting 40 of its social media followers to a “NASA Social” Sept. 19 – 20 at the agency’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Portions of the social will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Endeavour is…

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Hiding in plain sight

Posted  August 28, 2012

This robot is made of silicone. It can walk, change color and light up in the dark. It can even change temperature. In the future, robots like this might be made for just a few dollars.....

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