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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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Mojave Air & Space Port wins FAA grant

Posted  August 31, 2013

At its sole August meeting, the directors of Mojave Air & Space Port accepted an FAA grant of about $200,000; approved the purchase of two new vehicles for the security department; approved establishing a deputy general manager position; and committed financial support to a September Society of Experimental Test Pilots meeting. General Manager Stuart Witt also…

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Airmen perform first weapons load verfication on F-35A

Posted  August 31, 2013

After months of preparation the weapons troop Standardization Load Crew from the 33rd Maintenance Group performed the first munitions load verification on the F-35A Lightning II at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 27.

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Judge: VA can’t deny benefits to lesbian Army vet

Posted  August 31, 2013

A judge in Los Angeles ruled Aug 29 that a lesbian Army veteran and her spouse should be entitled to disability benefits given the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act. U.S. District Judge Consuelo Marshall said that a federal code defining a spouse as a person of…

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AAR to design, build mobile subsystems for Raytheon

Posted  August 31, 2013

AAR has won a contract to design and build Transportable/Mobile Subsystems for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems in support of a Raytheon C4I Systems customer. Integrated Technologies will integrate the Transportable/Mobile Subsystems using ISO shelters built by AAR Mobility in Cadillac, Mich. The mobile C4I systems, comprised of command control, communications, computers and intelligence, will provide…

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Army’s manufacturing improvements yield lighter body armor

Posted  August 31, 2013

  Soldiers facing rugged terrain and extreme temperatures are continually searching for ways to reduce the weight of their gear. In a search for solutions to this persistent issue, U.S. Army scientists and engineers have preliminarily demonstrated body armor that is 10 percent lighter through new manufacturing processes. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering…

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Promoting small business for basic research tech transfer

Posted  August 31, 2013

Aug. 20, the Basic Research Innovation and Collaboration Center, a partnership between the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, hosted a Basic Research Small Business Interchange in Arlington, Va.

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Navy saves plants from extinction

Posted  August 31, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced they will be reclassifying two plants from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The San Clemente Island lotus and the SCI paintbrush are two names that you nearly never heard again, unless you were talking about dinosaurs and dodo birds. The lotus and paintbrush were…

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F-35 Joint Program Office, Pratt & Whitney announce F-35 contract

Posted  August 31, 2013

The U.S. Department of Defense and Pratt & Whitney have reached an agreement in principle for a production contract for the sixth lot of F135 propulsion systems to power the F-35 Lightning II, which continues a reduction in costs associated with engine production. The low rate initial production contract covers 38 total engines, including program…

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NASA’s Chandra Observatory catches giant black hole rejecting material

Posted  August 31, 2013

Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have taken a major step in explaining why material around the giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy is extraordinarily faint in X-rays. This discovery holds important implications for understanding black holes.

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Northrop Grumman awarded Navy performance based logistics contract

Posted  August 31, 2013

Northrop Grumman has received a Performance Based Logistics contract from Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, to continue its 24/7 support of the U.S. Navy fleet for three shipboard systems. Under the not-to-exceed $24.8 million one-year contract, Northrop Grumman will provide 150 PBL repair assembly kits and spare parts for the WSN-7 ring laser…

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