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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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Lockheed Martin receives $150 million contract to produce THAAD weapon system equipment for U.S. Army

Posted  August 18, 2012

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $150 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency to produce Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Weapon System launchers and fire control and communications equipment for the U.S. Army. The contract includes 12 launchers, two fire control and communications units, and associated support equipment. This contract will provide six launchers…

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Army to streamline NIE process for industry, small businesses

Posted  August 18, 2012

The Army is refining its buying methods and reaching out to small businesses in order to smooth the path for industry to participate in the Network Integration Evaluations.

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Civ-Mil Support Group elects officers, directors

Posted  August 18, 2012

Business transacted at the Aug. 9 meeting of the Edwards Civ-Mil Support Group directors included annual elections, reports on the Edwards improvements projects, and a recap of the barbeque and the Aerospace Appreciation weekend at the JetHawks. The Airman’s Attic beautification project has been completed. Civ-Mil’s success in obtaining appliances to be donated to junior…

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Helicopter crash in Afghanistan Kills 11

Posted  August 18, 2012

Eleven people were killed Aug. 16 when their International Security Assistance Force helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, ISAF officials reported. The crash killed four ISAF service members, three U.S. Afghanistan service members, three members of the Afghan national security forces and an Afghan civilian interpreter, officials said. The cause of the crash is under investigation,…

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Israel sees month long war after Iran strike

Posted  August 18, 2012

An Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program could trigger a bloody month long war on multiple fronts, killing hundreds of Israelis or more, the Israeli Cabinet’s civil defense chief warned in an interview published Wednesday. It was the most explicit assessment yet of how the government sees events unfolding in the aftermath of an Israeli…

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SpaceShipTwo glide flight envelope cleared

Posted  August 18, 2012

In the last month and a half, SpaceShipTwo has had six consecutive successful glide tests. Starting June 26, there have been about weekly droop tests from its mother ship, WhiteKnightTwo. The flight durations have ranged from about 8 to 11 minutes. The Scaled Composites flight log report, usually just the bare facts, states that after…

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Palmdale Aerospace Academy ready to launch

Posted  August 17, 2012

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy opened its doors to the public Aug. 10 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and will open with a total of 540 students on Sept. 5 for grades seventh to ninth....

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COMAC of China, Boeing open energy conservation technology center

Posted  August 17, 2012

Aug. 16, Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China and Boeing opened the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions Technology Center, a collaborative effort to support commercial aviation industry growth. The two companies also announced that the Boeing-COMAC Technology Center’s first research project will explore opportunities to refine waste cooking oil, often described in China as…

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Navy helicopters team with CALFIRE to fight wildfires

Posted  August 17, 2012

Navy helicopters teamed with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection units Aug. 15 to conduct aerial firefighting against several wildfires in eastern San Diego County...

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Junior ROTC teaches youth about citizenship

Posted  August 17, 2012

Maj. Conrad Hernandez, senior aerospace science instructor at Highland High School, has been a part of the Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps for nearly two decades. Aug. 9, Hernandez shared his intimate knowledge of the program during a live interview with Aerotech NewsRadio...

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