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Lockheed Martin acquires high-speed wind tunnel, plans upgrades

Courtesy photograph A RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet undergoes testing at the High Speed Wind Tunnel at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie. Lockheed Martin recently purchased the facility and plans numerous upgrades. Lockheed Martin has purchased a wind tunnel that is one of only two of its kind in the United States, and…

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NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover finishes marathon

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win.

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NASA announces teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12, 2014, at the U.S. Space & Rocket…

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Seventy-three years ago, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

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U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrates 70 years

More than 300 staff, students and graduate “Testers” of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrated 70 years since the school was established at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., March 12.


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DOD spells out closure contingency plan guidance

Posted  September 30, 2013

DOD officials Sept. 27 issued guidance to the force in the event appropriations lapse Oct. 1 and a government shutdown results. Officials emphasize they still hope Congress can avoid that but say it is prudent to take such steps. The eight-page document gives basic guidance to commanders and directors on how to handle everything from…

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NASA partner Orbital Sciences completes first flight to ISS as astronauts capture Cygnus spacecraft

Posted  September 30, 2013

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station used a robotic arm to capture and attach a Cygnus cargo resupply spacecraft Sept. 29, marking several spaceflight firsts for NASA and its partner, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va. The station’s Expedition 37 crew reported the spacecraft – loaded with about 1,300 pounds of cargo – berthed at…

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Boeing delivers first Next-Generation 737-900ER to Delta Air Lines

Posted  September 30, 2013

Boeing and Delta Air Lines have celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range). The delivery is part of Delta’s 100-airplane order placed in 2011 to renew its single-aisle fleet with more fuel-efficient airplanes. “We have been looking forward to celebrating this delivery with Delta and are proud to see the Next-Generation…

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NASA, space station partners announce future crew members

Posted  September 30, 2013

NASA and its international partners have appointed future crew members for the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake are scheduled to launch in December 2015 and return to Earth in spring 2016. They will join the Expedition 45 crew members in orbit and will remain aboard as…

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NASA awards synthetic aperture radar Distributed Active Archive Center contract

Posted  September 30, 2013

NASA has selected the University of Alaska at Fairbanks to develop and operate the Synthetic Aperture Radar Distributed Active Archive Center for NASAís Earth Observing System Data and Information System. The maximum total value of this cost-no-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract is about $49 million. The contract begins Oct. 1 and extends through Sept. 30, 2018….

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Affordable Care Act will impact federal civilian employees

Posted  September 30, 2013

Starting in January, all individuals must maintain minimum health care coverage for themselves and all dependents claimed on their federal tax return, or must qualify for an exemption. Those who do not will be charged a penalty beginning with their 2014 federal tax return. Under, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148…

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Space and Missile Defense Command saves Army money with low-cost ‘Zombie’ targets

Posted  September 30, 2013

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command has found a way to save the Army money while still providing capabilities by using low-cost targets during missile defense testing. Members of theU.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, or USASMDC/ARSTRAT, Technical Center, in support of the Program Executive Office…

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Airbus may lead to more development in Mobile

Posted  September 30, 2013

Downtown Mobile, Ala., faces unprecedented development opportunity with Airbus setting up shop just minutes down the road, but savvy developers will need to time their participation almost perfectly to maximize mounting revitalization efforts. Downtown is prepared to absorb many new businesses and employees. Our development and real estate communities are working closely together to accommodate…

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Raytheon awarded $243 million Standard Missile-6 contract

Posted  September 30, 2013

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheona $243,478,659 contract for procurement of 89 Standard Missile-6 Block I all up rounds, spares, containers and services. The contract was awarded in Raytheon’s third quarter. The SM-6 provides U.S. Navy sailors and their vessels extended range protection against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles as part…

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Predator saves lives in support of Rim Fire disaster relief efforts

Posted  September 30, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced Sept. 26 that a MQ-1 Predator® RPA successfully supported firefighters in their efforts to contain California’s Rim Fire, marking another instance of using Predator-class RPA for disaster relief in the United States. Operated by the…

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