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Future USNS Fall River delivered

Navy photograph The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship’s trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-sea trials during which the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated and demonstrated the performance of Fall River…

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NASA airborne campaigns focus on climate impacts in Arctic

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Changes in more than 130 Alaskan glaciers are being surveyed by scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a DHC-3 Otter as part of NASA’s multi-year Operation IceBridge Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist’s illustration depicts WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light years away. A planet may be causing…

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Enhanced F-35 Lightning II logistics system delivered to flight test locations

Lockheed Martin has delivered the next evolution of the F-35 Lightning II’s information technology backbone, called the Autonomic Logistics Information System, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.


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NASA’s original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft departs Dryden

Posted  November 19, 2012

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas NASA’s historic Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 905 points its nose skyward after takeoff from Edwards Air Force Base Oct. 24 on what is anticipated to be its final flight. One of NASA’s most familiar and recognizable aircraft, Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 905, has departed NASA’s Dryden Flight Research…

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Instrument delivered for NASA’s upcoming Mars mission

Posted  November 19, 2012

A remote sensing instrument that will peer into the ultraviolet to offer clues to how Mars might have lost its atmosphere has arrived at Lockheed Martin for integration into NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft. “The Remote Sensing package team built a system that meets all technical requirements and delivered it on schedule…

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U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman conducting Triton ground testing

Posted  November 19, 2012

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have added a second Triton unmanned aircraft to ground testing efforts in late September – part of an initial step in preparation for flight operations. Two Triton unmanned aircraft systems are being used to flight test and mature the system for operational use. Ground testing allows the team to…

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Upcoming reunions, November 2012

Posted  November 19, 2012

Nov. 28-30: Old Antarctic Explorer Assn. For more information, contact Bob Gaboury at (805) 322-3955 or email bobgaboury@gmail.com.  

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Expedition 33 crew returns to Earth

Posted  November 19, 2012

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft is seen shortly after it landed with Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko in a remote area of Kazakhstan, Nov. 19, 2012. Williams, Hoshide and Malenchenko returned from four months onboard the International Space Station….

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Conferences and Symposia, December 2012

Posted  November 19, 2012

Dec. 2 – MAVEN Science Community Workshop, San Francisco, Calif. http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/2012/04/05/maven-science-community-workshop/ Dec. 3-4 – Annual International Conference on Geological and Earth Sciences, Singapore www.geoearth.org/ Dec. 3-5 – Gluehwine Aarseth N-body Meeting in Bonn, Bonn, Germany www.astro.uni-bonn.de/~sambaran/christmas_nbody2012.html Dec. 3-7 – American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Calif. http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2012/ Dec. 3-8 – Symposium: New Trends of…

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Safety paramount as F-22 investigation continues

Posted  November 19, 2012

Air Force photograph by Lisa Norman Wreckage of an F-22 Raptor remains at the crash site on Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 15, 2012. Officials with the 325th Fighter Wing are continuing to investigate and secure the scene. The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft and first responders were on the scene in less…

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F-35A OUE events completed, success handed to AETC for review

Posted  November 19, 2012

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov SSgt. Travis Goll, a 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, begins communicating with the pilot of an F-35A Lightning II Nov. 14, 2012, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The landing of the aircraft marked the last sortie to complete the 33rd Fighter Wing’s flying and training portions…

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News Briefs – November 16, 2012

Posted  November 16, 2012

F-22 Raptor crashes at Florida base An F-22 Raptor crashed Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m. on Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., one quarter mile east of the drone runway. The pilot ejected from the aircraft safely and is currently under supervision of the 325th Medical Group. The cause of the crash is under investigation. U.S….

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Combat King reigns in the sky

Posted  November 16, 2012

An HC-130J Combat King II takes off for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. from Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Nov. 15. Aircraft number 5707 is the third of 15 HC-130Js to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command. The HC-130J replaces the HC-130P/N as the only dedicated fixed-wing personnel recovery platform…

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