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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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Air Force, Raytheon successfully evaluate Ground Based Sense and Avoid capabilities

Posted  November 16, 2012

As the U.S. government prepares for unmanned aerial systems in the National Airspace System by 2015, the U.S. Air Force and Raytheon have conducted concept evaluation demonstrations that show existing air traffic control equipment could be modified to safely track the presence of nearby unmanned aircraft. Ground Based Sense and Avoid — based on the…

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NASA announces leadership changes at Glenn, Johnson

Posted  November 16, 2012

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced leadership changes Nov. 16 for the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and Johnson Space Center in Houston. James Free will succeed Ramon (Ray) Lugo as Glenn’s center director when Lugo retires in January. Free has served as Glenn’s deputy director since January 2011. Ellen Ochoa will succeed Michael Coats…

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SpaceX Grasshopper test

Posted  November 16, 2012

On Nov. 1, 2012, SpaceX’s Grasshopper – a 10-story vertical takeoff and landing vehicle – lifted nearly two stories in an 8-second duration test hop. The rocket rose 17.7 feet, hovered, and touched back down safely on the pad at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Grasshopper consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first…

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Moss Point, Miss., marks production of drone fuselage

Posted  November 16, 2012

Production has begun at a Northrop Grumman plant in Moss Point, Miss., on fuselages for a new line of surveillance drones. Officials marked the development with a Nov. 13 ceremony at Northrop’s Unmanned Systems Center. The Triton high-altitude surveillance drone being built for the Navy will be able to stay aloft for 24 hours, flying…

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A raft and a prayer

Posted  November 16, 2012

A typhoon named “Ida” took a crew of 31 sailors by surprise and sent their ship to the bottom of the ocean. This was the story of Bill Harrison in 1945 shortly after the conclusion of World War II. In honor of Veterans Day, Harrison was invited to share his story at a special “Salute…

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Students conduct live conversations with orbiting NASA astronauts

Posted  November 16, 2012

More than 9,500 student participants from the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program took part in a live video downlink with International Space Station Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams and Flight Engineer Kevin Ford. The long-distance conversation took place Nov. 15 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The event was co-hosted with the…

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Boeing adapts innovative training technologies to F/A-18E, F-15E

Posted  November 16, 2012

Two military aircraft produced by Boeing – the F-15E Eagle and the F/A-18E Super Hornet – now are equipped to train in an environment that puts them at odds against real aircraft and computer-generated enemy threats at the same time. Under a $6.3 million, three-year contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing is…

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NASA’s Kepler completes prime mission,begins extended mission

Posted  November 16, 2012

NASA is marking two milestones in the search for planets like Earth; the successful completion of the Kepler Space Telescope’s 3 1/2- year prime mission and the beginning of an extended mission that could last as long as four years. Scientists have used Kepler data to identify more than 2,300 planet candidates and confirm more…

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U.S., Thai leaders move defense alliance into 21st century

Posted  November 16, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Thai Defense Minister Sukampol Suwannathat affirmed their nations’ long-term military partnership in Bangkok Nov. 15, updating a vision for the alliance whose most recent statement, in 1962, focused on fighting communism. Before attending the signing ceremony on the manicured grounds of the Ministry of Defense, Sukampol accompanied Panetta as…

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Patriot performs flawlessly in Japan test firings

Posted  November 16, 2012

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force continued its track record of successfully test firing Raytheon’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System during its annual training exercise at McGregor Range, N.M. The exercise included target engagement and firings of Patriot in stressing tactical mission scenarios. “The results of this annual exercise speak to the operational readiness of…

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