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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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JLENS demonstrates tactical ballistic missile defense capability

Posted  February 20, 2013

Raytheon photograph Ballistic Missile Detection – Raytheon’s JLENS recently demonstrated the capability to detect ballistic missiles shortly after launch. A JLENS system, referred to as an orbit, consists of two tethered, 74-meter aerostats connected to mobile mooring stations, and communications and processing groups. Enemy tactical ballistic missiles may soon be easier to detect and track….

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NASA seeks big ideas for small in-space propulsion systems

Posted  February 20, 2013

NASA’s Space Technology Program is calling for proposals to develop miniaturized electrospray propulsion technologies that could revolutionize small satellite propulsion systems. Electrospray thrusters use electricity to energize material and then disperse a resulting liquid or aerosol through an emitter to create thrust. The development of low-mass, lightweight micro thruster technologies has the potential to radically…

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VA decision on burial rights departs from past

Posted  February 20, 2013

The government has cleared the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a veteran in a national cemetery, but it’s far from certain how easy it will be for other gay military couples to win the same benefit. Who gets buried where is one of the practical decisions that the federal government is grappling with…

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Lockheed Martin’s SMSS unmanned autonomous vehicle operates via satellite control

Posted  February 20, 2013

Lockheed Martin completed a successful demonstration at Camp Grayling, Mich., recently in which its Squad Mission Support System was being controlled via satellite from more than 200 miles away. The SMSS vehicle conducted several battlefield surveillance operations while being controlled beyond line-of-sight via satellite from the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center…

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Boeing, ADASI sign teaming agreement for unmanned aircraft systems

Posted  February 20, 2013

Boeing and Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments Company, a Tawazun subsidiary, Feb. 18 signed a teaming agreement for the two companies to address the growing Middle East market for unmanned systems. Speaking at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, company representatives said the teaming agreement enables ADASI to provide training, support and…

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Headlines: February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

News Senate Republicans filibuster Hagel nomination Senate Republicans delivered a sharp rebuke to President Obama Feb. 14 when they began a filibuster of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense.   Business Rolls-Royce profits soar on fuel-saving engine demand Britain’s Rolls-Royce reported a 24 percent rise in full-year profit, led by strong growth at its…

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Pentagon workers applaud Panetta for accomplishments

Posted  February 15, 2013

  DOD photograph by Glenn Fawcett Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta departs his office for what was expected to be the last time at the Pentagon, Feb. 14, 2013. Panetta will remain secretary of defense until his successor is confirmed and sworn in. As he walked through Pentagon hallways, he and his wife, Sylvia, and…

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News Briefs February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,045 As of Feb. 12, 2013, at least 2,045 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,706 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System completes first ship-based flight

Posted  February 15, 2013

Navy photograph The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) is recovered with the flight recovery apparatus cable on the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea. Mesa Verde is underway conducting exercises in the Gulf of Mexico. The Navy’s RQ-21A Small…

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DOD announces the Distinguished Warfare Medal

Posted  February 15, 2013

The Department of Defense announced Feb. 13 the creation of the Distinguished Warfare Medal to recognize a service member’s extraordinary achievements directly impacting combat operations. Modern technology enables service members with special training and capabilities to more directly and precisely impact military operations at times far from the battlefield. The Distinguished Warfare Medal will be…

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