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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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New space sensor as a hosted payload to track air pollution across North America

Posted  November 9, 2012

NASA has selected a proposal from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to build the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent hourly during daytime. The instrument, to be completed in 2017 at a cost of not more than $90 million, will share a ride on a commercial…

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Army researchers link ground robots wirelessly

Posted  November 9, 2012

Four U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers have developed an algorithm that will make it easier for the Department of Defense to maintain wirelessly networked Army PackBots and other military assets using radio communications.

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Nation’s seventh Littoral Combat Ship takes shape as Lockheed Martin team lays the keel

Posted  November 9, 2012

A Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy's seventh Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Detroit Nov. 8. The event was part of a time-honored keel laying ceremony that took place at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin.

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Tech

NASA selects American small businesses for continuation of innovative research, technology projects

Posted  November 9, 2012

NASA has selected 39 small business proposals to enter into negotiations for Phase 2 contract awards through the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. The SBIR program partners with small businesses to catalyze efforts to develop new technologies to support NASA’s technology needs. NASA will award contracts to 36 small high-technology firms in 17 states…

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Northrop Grumman to develop affordable, protected satellite communication capabilities

Posted  November 9, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center will demonstrate ways to make future protected military satellite communications capabilities more affordable with three awards received Sept. 28 under the Protected Military Satellite Communication Design for Affordability Risk Reduction initiative. Under the 10-month, firm fixed-price contracts, the company…

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Northrop Grumman appoints VP of Aerospace Products

Posted  November 9, 2012

Northrop Grumman announced Nov. 8 that it has appointed Chris Yamada vice president of its Aerospace Products organization.

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Air Force establishes full-time presence in Poland

Posted  November 9, 2012

U.S. officials praised the long-standing relationship with Poland as they celebrated the first full-time U.S. military presence in that nation Nov. 8. During a ceremony at Lask Air Base, located about 100 miles southwest of Warsaw, U.S. Air Force personnel flew the American flag, marking the establishment of a small unit dedicated to supporting multi-national…

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Business

AAR sources, modifies 737-400s for Colombian Air Force

Posted  November 9, 2012

AAR has sourced and is modifying two Boeing 737-400 aircraft for Colombia’s Air Force, Fuerza Aerea Colombiana. The program is expected to generate approximately $31 million in the second half of the company’s current fiscal year. The program demonstrates AAR’s wide range of capabilities, which the company combines to create custom-tailored solutions for its commercial…

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NASA, ESA use experimental interplanetary internet to test robot from ISS

Posted  November 9, 2012

NASA and the European Space Agency successfully have used an experimental version of interplanetary Internet to control an educational rover from the International Space Station. The experiment used NASA’s Disruption Tolerant Networking protocol to transmit messages and demonstrate technology that one day may enable Internet-like communications with space vehicles and support habitats or infrastructure on…

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World

Iran lawmaker: U.S. drone violated airspace

Posted  November 9, 2012

A prominent Iranian parliament member said Nov. 9 that a U.S. drone violated Iran’s airspace a week ago, when the Pentagon says it was fired on. The U.S. maintains the pilotless craft was over international waters. Lawmaker Mohammad Saleh Jokar told state-owned yjc.ir news website that Iranian fighters shot at the U.S. drone because it…

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