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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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General Dynamics to acquire Fidelis Security Systems

Posted  August 20, 2012

General Dynamics has executed a definitive agreement to acquire Fidelis Security Systems, Inc., a market leader in cyber security tools that provide real-time network visibility, analysis and control. The value of the cash transaction has not been disclosed. Fidelis Security Systems employs approximately 70 people at locations in Waltham, Mass., and Bethesda, Md. The acquisition…

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NASA awards Caltech five-year Jet Propulsion Laboratory contract

Posted  August 20, 2012

NASA has awarded the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena a new five-year contract to manage the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The contractor’s primary mission is to support NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in carrying out specific objectives identified in the SMD Science Plan. The contract is for $8.5 billion. The contract extends the agreement between…

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Black Hawk crash kills seven Americans, four Afghans

Posted  August 20, 2012

A U.S. military helicopter crashed during a firefight with insurgents in a remote area of southern Afghanistan Aug. 16, killing seven Americans and four Afghans in one of the deadliest air disasters of a war now into its second decade. The Taliban claimed they gunned down the Black Hawk. American service personnel in Afghanistan are…

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SAE International to host counterfeit parts avoidance symposium

Posted  August 20, 2012

The increase of counterfeit parts entering the supply chain is causing serious challenges for aerospace and defense manufacturers on a global level. To address this critical time-sensitive issue, SAE International and TTI, Inc. have partnered to present the first “SAE 2012 Counterfeit Parts Avoidance Symposium.” This powerful one-day educational and networking event will be Nov….

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Spirit AeroSystems names treasurer

Posted  August 20, 2012

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. has named Mark J. Suchinski vice president of Finance and Treasurer, reporting to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Phil Anderson. Suchinski has served as VP of Financial Planning & Analysis and Corporate Contracts where he is responsible for development of integrated long-range business plans as well as managing the customer…

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NASA picks revolutionary space tech proposals for development

Posted  August 20, 2012

NASA’s Space Technology Program has selected five technologies that could revolutionize America’s space capabilities. In March, NASA issued a call for proposal focused on sudden and unexpected innovations that hold a potential for providing a “game-changing” impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the agency’s space capabilities. NASA has selected the following proposals for funding:…

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Marines apply lessons from MV-22 crash throughout force

Posted  August 20, 2012

Pilots from throughout the Marine Corps are already applying lessons learned from the investigation of an MV-22 Osprey crash in Morocco in April, the chief of Marine aviation said in Washington, D.C., Aug. 17....

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NASA completes pilot program for one-on-one virtual mentoring of middle school girls

Posted  August 20, 2012

NASA’s new virtual mentoring program is helping girls get excited about careers in science and technology by working one-on-one with agency professionals. Twenty-one girls in grades 5-8, representing 12 states from New York to Hawaii, have completed a pilot mentoring program called NASA Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Science. NASA GIRLS is the first…

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Fabrication of Northrop Grumman-built spacecraft for Webb Telescope moves forward

Posted  August 20, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The spacecraft that will carry NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to its orbit nearly a million miles from Earth has completed a Critical Design Review for the structure that supports Webb’s data link to NASA’s ground station. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.,…

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Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation receives largest ever donation from Lockheed Martin

Posted  August 20, 2012

Lockheed martin has committed $2.5 million over 10 years to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. The money will support the foundation’s education outreach, including expanding the reach of the Medal of Honor Character Development Program. “This marvelous grant from Lockheed Martin is an investment in the education and character development of America’s future leaders,”…

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