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NASA airborne campaigns tackle climate questions from Africa to Arctic

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.

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16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests

The reactivation of the 16T Pitch Boom mechanism at the 16 foot transonic wind tunnel (16T) is providing an alternate model system for new Arnold Engineering Development Complex test customers.

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Scientists turn handheld JCAD into a dual-use chemical, explosives detector

Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., proved it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks by adding the ability to detect explosive materials to the Joint Chemical Agent Detector.

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Boeing delivers first direct purchase 737-700 to Ruili Airlines

Boeing and Ruili Airlines Nov. 25 celebrated the arrival of the airline's first direct purchase Next-Generation 737-700. Ruili is a newly established private airline based at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, the capital city of China's Yunnan province.

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New crew arrives at space station to continue scientific research

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station.


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Soyuz capsule carrying 3-man crew docks with International Space Station

Posted  December 28, 2012

A Soyuz capsule packed with three astronauts successfully docked Dec. 21 with the International Space Station, taking the size of the full crew at the orbiting laboratory to six. American Tom Marshburn, Russian Roman Romanenko and Canadian Chris Hadfield traveled two days in the capsule before linking up with the space station’s Russian Rassvet research…

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Boeing to provide two more C-40A transport aircraft to US Navy

Posted  December 28, 2012

Boeing has received a $145 million order from the U.S. Navy for two additional C-40A Clipper transport aircraft, increasing the service's ability to move military personnel and cargo around the world.

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CURIOSITY creates virtual sun in a visual first to uncover its inner workings

Posted  December 28, 2012

A direct hit from a big solar storm could take out everything we rely on in our technological-driven world - from communications to banking to our water supply. But what do we really know about the sun and its inner workings? And are we prepared for the next major storm?

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Army’s strategic vision plan unveiled

Posted  December 28, 2012

This month the latest Army Capstone Concept was rolled out, a broad roadmap for how the Army will conduct future planning, organization and operations globally in support of the president's national security objectives.

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Contract briefs – December 28, 2012

Posted  December 28, 2012

ViaSat receives $52 million contract for airborne ISR   ViaSat Inc. will provide broadband airborne satcom services for a U.S. government customer under a contract award valued at $52 million. The one year contract is a renewal for services already provided using ViaSat ArcLight® technology over a managed private network established in 2009 to support…

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Business briefs – December 28, 2012

Posted  December 28, 2012

General Dynamics acquires Applied Physical Sciences Corp.   General Dynamics has acquired Applied Physical Sciences Corp. of Groton, Conn., in a cash transaction for an undisclosed price. Applied Physical Sciences is a leading provider of applied research and development services, and will complement the engineering programs of General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary…

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NASA’s Space Launch System core stage passes major milestone, ready to start construction

Posted  December 28, 2012

The team designing America’s new flagship rocket has completed successfully a major technical review of the vehicle’s core stage. NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will take the agency’s Orion spacecraft and other payloads beyond low-Earth orbit, providing a new capability for human exploration. The core stage preliminary design review (PDR) was held Thursday at NASA’s…

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Boeing completes preliminary design review for Space Launch System core stage

Posted  December 28, 2012

Boeing and NASA on Dec. 20 completed the Preliminary Design Review for the Space Launch System core stage and avionics, validating the design of the rocket that will send humans beyond low Earth orbit to places like the moon, an asteroid and ultimately Mars.

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Philippines to acquire helicopters, trucks in bid to modernize military

Posted  December 28, 2012

The Philippine’s defense chief says the government has signed separate contracts worth 163 billion pesos (about $39 million) with Italian and South Korean companies to supply helicopters and trucks as part of efforts to modernize its poorly equipped military. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Dec. 27 the Philippines will purchase three multi-purpose AW 109 helicopters…

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NASA’s Destination Station exhibit opens In Mesa, Ariz.

Posted  December 28, 2012

Arizonans can get a sense of what spaceflight is like as NASA’s Destination Station exhibit opens at the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa. The interactive exhibit reveals the inside of America’s orbiting laboratory while educating visitors about the vast array of science and research being done in low-Earth orbit. “This exhibit is a…

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