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747 shuttle carrier makes big move to Space Center Houston

To safely move 318,000 pounds of aircraft parts nearly eight miles it will take more than a determined education foundation; in fact Space Center Houston is teaming with 30 public, private and government agencies to "bring the legacy home" - many of whom offered their services at little or no charge.

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NASA satellites show drought may take toll on Congo rainforest

A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

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It is easy being green Green Hornet team strikes, wins environmental excellence award

Navy photograph The Green Hornet flies over Naval Air Station Patuxent River April 22, 2010. On Earth Day 2010, the Super Hornet became the first Navy aircraft to demonstrate alternative fuel capability using a 50/50 blend of camelina biofuel and the Navyís primary jet fuel, jet propellant (JP)-5. For the seventh consecutive year, the F/A-18…

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Optionally piloted Black Hawk demonstrator helo takes successful first flight

In cooperation with the U.S. Army, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has successfully demonstrated optionally piloted flight of a Black Hawk helicopter, a significant step toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the U.S. Army. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk Demonstrator, known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter…

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Fifth generation Army tank cartridge reports loudly for duty

Army photograph A new tank cartridge was recently tested at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Pictured here are: (from left) Kent Evans, TRADOC Capability Manager – Armored Brigade Combat Team; Kevin Mulligan, Armament Research, Development and Engineering Command; Maj. Juan Santiago, assistant product manager; Lt. Col. Brian Gruchacz Product Manager; Greg Malejko, ARDEC; Steve Peralta, is…


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Upgrades boost ballistic missile defense radar’s performance to protect against missile raid

Posted  October 23, 2013

Ballistic missile raids – large numbers of simultaneously launched weapons – may soon have a tougher time penetrating allied air defenses. Raytheon has started upgrading the AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar’s signal and data processing equipment) to enable the “brains” of the radar to more quickly and accurately discriminate threats from non-threats and enhance radar…

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UTC Aerospace Systems selected by Dassault Aviation to provide four systems for Falcon 5X

Posted  October 23, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Dassault Aviation to supply the Ram Air Turbine System, the SmartProbe® Air Data System, the Fire Protection System and the Throttle Control Unit for its latest Falcon 5X Business Jet. UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., will provide the systems through its Electric Systems business…

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Boeing begins assembling third KC-46A tanker aircraft

Posted  October 23, 2013

Boeing is assembling a third KC-46A test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker program at the company’s Everett, Wash., factory, keeping the program on schedule to complete production of four test aircraft by the third quarter of 2014. “In addition to the three KC-46A tankers now in production, our System Integration…

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NASA laser communication system sets record with data transmissions to and from Moon

Posted  October 23, 2013

NASA’s Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration has made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles between the moon and Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits per second. LLCD is NASA’s first system for two-way communication using a laser instead of radio waves. It also has demonstrated an…

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GA-ASI’s improved Gray Eagle flies more than 45 hours non-stop

Posted  October 23, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Oct. 22 the successful completion of the first of two planned U.S. Army endurance demonstration flights with its Improved Gray Eagle® aircraft. IGE.

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NASA Dryden awards facilities maintenance contract to Helix Management Services

Posted  October 23, 2013

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., has awarded a contract to Helix Management Services, of Lanham, Md., to provide facility operations and maintenance services at the center’s campuses at Edwards Air Force Base and Palmdale, Calif. The firm fixed-price contract could be worth as much as $29.4 million over the five-year life of the…

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Raytheon test fires enhanced Marine Corps anti-tank weapon system

Posted  October 23, 2013

  Raytheon has successfully completed an initial round of live-fire testing with a new U.S. Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle Anti-Tank weapon system. The upgraded, highly mobile, anti-armor LAV-AT weapon system is designed to protect reconnaissance and light infantry. Its mission is to defeat threats at long-range, day or night, and in all weather conditions….

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AeroVironment unveils four-ounce pocket DDL secure video, data receiver

Posted  October 23, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc. has unveiled its new Pocket DDL™ secure digital video and data receiver.  The four-ounce device enables remote viewing of video and data from AeroVironment small unmanned aircraft systems as well as from helicopters, airplanes, other unmanned aircraft and ground robots equipped with the company’s Digital Data Link. AeroVironment has delivered thousands of DDL-enabled…

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Improvements to Army’s new 5.56mm production lines help save government more than $20 million

Posted  October 23, 2013

Courtesy photograph M855A1 slug cold heading operations at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, Lake City, Mo. PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. – The Program Executive Office for Ammunition’s Enhanced Performance Round program shaved off more than $20 million dollars in a value engineering project aimed at renovating the bullet production lines and improving the program’s purchasing strategies….

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Boeing finalizes agreement for Kennedy Space Center facility

Posted  October 23, 2013

Boeing has finalized an agreement with Space Florida to use a processing facility at NASAís Kennedy Space Center to build the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft, an important step toward restoring the United Statesí ability to launch humans into space. ìThe resources and expertise on the Space Coast are essential to our plans and this…

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