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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 Navy√≠s 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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Business

New Raytheon Standard Missile factory nears completion in Alabama

Posted  July 9, 2012

Raytheon’s all-up-round Standard Missile production facility in Huntsville, Ala., is nearing completion. The state-of-the-art factory, located on the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal, should be completed before the end of the year. Once operational, the 70,000 square-foot facility will assemble and test Standard Missile-3 and SM-6 interceptors. “This factory will be an asset to our nation…

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Defense

AFFTC to be re-designated as Air Force Test Center

Posted  July 9, 2012

The Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., will be re-designated as the Air Force Test Center during a ceremony July 13. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, the commander of Air Force Materiel Command, will preside over the ceremony. During the ceremony, the 95th Air Base Wing will transition to the 412th Test…

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Space

Goldman to retire as director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Posted  July 9, 2012

Arthur E. “Gene” Goldman, director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is retiring from the agency to accept a management position at Aerojet in Huntsville, effective Aug. 3. Robin Henderson, Marshall’s associate director, will serve as acting center director following his departure. His departure ends a 22-year career with NASA that began…

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Conduct code for unmanned aircraft is unveiled

Posted  July 5, 2012

A trade group for drone aircraft manufacturers and operators has released the industry's first code of conduct in response to growing...

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Two RAF Tornado jets crash, searching for pilots

Posted  July 5, 2012

Two RAF Tornado jets crashed July 3 in Scotland and the British military was searching for the wreckage, officials said. One Royal Air Force crewmember has died and two others are believed dead, British officials said July 4. The Ministry of Defense said Wednesday that one officer from 15 (Reserve) Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth,…

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Air National Guard announces C-130 crash victims

Posted  July 5, 2012

Four airmen died and two others were seriously injured when a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130 Hercules crashed July 1 while fighting a woodland fire in southwestern South Dakota. Dead are Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, 42, of Mooresville, N.C.; Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, 36, of Belmont, N.C.; Maj. Ryan S. David, 35, of…

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News Briefs – July 5, 2012

Posted  July 5, 2012

Iran says launches long-range missiles in exercise Iran’s official news agency official IRNA reports that the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guards unit has launched several missiles in a military exercise. The July 3 report says the missiles, including long-range ones capable of hitting U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, successfully hit their targets. Iran holds several…

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Commander qualifies in the F-22, confident in Raptor

Posted  July 5, 2012

Air Combat Command's senior airman completed F-22 Raptor pilot qualification recently, reinforcing his personal stake in the Air Force's efforts to identify the root cause of unexplained physiological incidents...

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Northrop Grumman to supply platform management system for U.K. Royal Navy’s next Astute-Class submarine

Posted  July 5, 2012

Northrop Grumman has been selected to supply the Platform Management System for the Royal Navy’s fifth Astute-class submarine, Anson. Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit will supply the PMS for Astute Boat 5 under a performance partnering arrangement with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarine. BAE Systems will install the PMS equipment, which controls and monitors the submarine’s…

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Lockheed Martin-built VINASAT-2 begins service

Posted  July 5, 2012

The VINASAT-2 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group of Vietnam, is now ready for service following successful on-orbit deployment and checkout of all spacecraft systems. “VINASAT-2 will join VINASAT-1 to form a satellite network, helping to improve the business capabilities, safety and reliability of the Vietnam…

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