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Boeing, Embraer to collaborate on ecoDemonstrator technology tests

Boeing and Embraer S.A. announced June 30 that they intend to collaborate to test environment-focused technologies through the ecoDemonstrator Program in a joint effort to improve aviation's environmental performance.

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Tactical reconnaissance vehicle project eyes hoverbike for defense

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, has been exploring the tactical reconnaissance vehicle, or TRV, concept for nearly nine months and is evaluating the hoverbike technology as a way to get Soldiers away from ground threats by giving them a 3-D capability. The Army is interested in this disruptive technology because it has the…

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Upgraded AWACS platform tested at Northern Edge

Calmly soaring at 30,000 feet in the midst of nearly 100 fighters, bombers and refueling tankers executing a battle scenario, an E-3G Sentry (AWACS) surveys every aircraft in a 300-mile radius, calling out commands, verifying target hits and sending aircraft back home safely.

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5,000 days of war

It’s been 5,000 days of struggle, rugged landscapes, blood and sweat. It’s been 5,000 days of exhaustion, injuries, and long separations from family, friends and home.

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Navy’s new aircraft launch system tested on future carrier CVN 78

With the successful launch of the first test sled from the starboard bow catapult, Naval Air Systems Command continued to make history June 16 with the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System aboard the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).


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News Briefs June 22, 2015

Posted  June 22, 2015

Vets fight to add names of 74 sailors to Vietnam Memorial A group of Navy veterans is trying to persuade the U.S. military to add the names of 74 sailors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The sailors were killed when their destroyer, the USS Frank E. Evans, was cut in half in…

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Veteran NASA spacecraft nears 60,000th lap around Mars

Posted  June 22, 2015

NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft will reach a major milestone June 23, when it completes its 60,000th orbit since arriving at the Red Planet in 2001. Named after the bestselling novel “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Arthur C. Clarke, Odyssey began orbiting Mars almost 14 years ago, on Oct. 23, 2001. On Dec. 15, 2010, it…

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Army puts Gray Eagle, One System Remote Video Terminal through test

Posted  June 22, 2015

Army photograph The MQ-1C Gray Eagle, the Army’s largest unmanned aircraft system in the inventory, recently underwent follow on test and evaluation, which culminated June 14 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. The Army has finished its follow on test and evaluation, or FOTE, on the MQ-1C Gray Eagle and Initial Test…

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NASA selects six wild ideas in aviation for further study

Posted  June 22, 2015

NASA has selected six proposals to study transformative ideas that might expand what’s possible in aviation, shifting the boundary between fantastic and futuristic. During a day-long meeting in April, 17 teams pitched their ideas to NASA managers. The ideas ranged from environmentally-friendly electric propulsion that uses an aircraft’s structure as a battery, to computer programs…

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Army opens 20,563 engineering positions to women

Posted  June 22, 2015

Military Occupational Specialty, or MOS 12B, Combat Engineer is now open to all female enlisted soldiers of all components, according to Army Directive 2015-27.

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NASA signs agreement with Space Florida to operate historic landing facility

Posted  June 22, 2015

A new agreement marks another step in the transformation of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to a multi-user spaceport. NASA’s historic Shuttle Landing Facility, the site of one of the longest runways in the world, has a new operator.

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Northrop Grumman’s LITENING sharpens F-16s vision

Posted  June 22, 2015

Northrop Grumman has received production awards totaling $74 million to bring digital, high definition video from the AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING G4 Advanced Targeting System to the cockpit. With the upgrade installed, pilots will be able to take full advantage of LITENING G4’s high definition sensors and advanced image processing, giving them a new level of image…

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Headlines June 19, 2015

Posted  June 19, 2015

News: Top U.S. officials consider bigger American role in Iraq – The nation’s top defense officials left open the possibility June 17 that the U.S. military may play a more active role in the fight against Islamic State extremists, by joining Iraqi forces on the front lines to help direct airstrikes. Air Force may send…

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News Briefs June 19, 2015

Posted  June 19, 2015

Russia to get 40 new intercontinental missiles this year President Vladimir Putin says the Russian military will receive 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year capable of piercing any missile defenses–a blunt reminder of the nation’s nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine. Putin made the statement June 16 at the opening of…

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New AIM-9X Sidewinder missile completes Operational Test and Evaluation live fires

Posted  June 19, 2015

The U.S. Navy and Raytheon have completed operational testing and evaluation live fires of the AIM-9X® Sidewinder Block II infrared air-to-air missile. Testing and evaluation consisted of 16 planned shots against a mix of full-scale and sub-scale targets. The U.S. government is now finalizing approval, acceptance and delivery of Block II missiles to the U.S….

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