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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.

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend Defense

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.

NASA photograph by Aubrey Gemignani Space

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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Lockheed Martin submits final proposal for medium-range ballistic missile targets

Posted  November 2, 2012

Lockheed Martin announced Nov. 1 that it has submitted its final proposal revision for the Medium-range Ballistic Missile Targets contract. The Lockheed Martin team delivered its final offer to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Targets and Countermeasures Program Office in Huntsville, Ala., yesterday, Oct. 31. The contract will provide Medium-range Ballistic Missile Targets to support…

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SpaceX transitions to third commercial crew phase with NASA

Posted  November 2, 2012

Space Exploration Technologies has completed its first three performance milestones for NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative, which is intended to lead to the availability of commercial human spaceflight services for government and commercial customers. During the company’s first milestone, a technical baseline review, NASA and SpaceX reviewed the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket…

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C-17 sustainment team wins top award for government-industry partnership

Posted  November 2, 2012

The C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program was recently awarded the 2012 Secretary of Defense “Gerald R. Beck” Performance Based Logistics system-level Award by the Secretary of Defense. The GISP team includes Pratt & Whitney, Boeing, and the U.S. Air Force. The award was presented at the Aerospace Industries Association Fall Product Support Conference in…

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General Dynamics, U.S. Army ARDEC demonstrate low-cost precision strike capability for tactical UAVs

Posted  November 2, 2012

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and the U.S. Army Armament Research and Development Engineering Center have successfully demonstrated a GPS-guided munition for use on small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The testing consisted of three separate engagements using a Tiger Shark UAV launching an 81mm mortar equipped with General Dynamics’ Roll Control Fixed Canard control system…

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NASA selects contract for safety, environmental, medical services

Posted  November 2, 2012

NASA has selected Earth Resources Technology, Inc., of Laurel, Md., to receive a contract for safety, environmental, and medical support services at the agency’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The contract has a maximum value of $55 million. This is a firm-fixed-price, time-and-materials indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity hybrid contract that begins Nov. 16. The contract…

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Northrop Grumman, ITT Exelis partner for U.S. Navy’s next gen jammer

Posted  November 2, 2012

Northrop Grumman and ITT Exelis are teaming to bring together the best of industry to offer unique solutions for the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Jammer program. The two companies have been involved in electronic warfare and airborne electronic attack technological development since the 1960s, making them well positioned to compete for the next phase of…

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Boeing opens first System Integration Lab for KC-46 tanker program

Posted  November 2, 2012

Boeing has opened the first KC-46 Tanker System Integration Laboratory to support testing and reduce risk in the development of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker. “Opening this lab says a lot about Boeing’s commitment to executing on this contract,” said Maj. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force Tanker Program Executive Officer and KC-46…

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Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules variants declared ‘mission capable’ after Air Force testing

Posted  November 2, 2012

The Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II and the MC-130J Commando II aircraft have been certified as “Effective, Suitable and Mission Capable” by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center. The U.S. Air Force is currently recapitalizing the HC, MC and AC-130 gunship fleets with new C 130J variants. The HC-130J is the personnel…

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Spot the space station over your backyard with new NASA service

Posted  November 2, 2012

On the 12th anniversary of crews continuously living and working aboard the International Space Station, NASA announced Nov. 2 a new service to help people see the orbiting laboratory when it passes overhead. “Spot the Station” will send an email or text message to those who sign up for the service a few hours before…

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Spirit AeroSystems posts loss on productivity woes

Posted  November 2, 2012

Aerospace supplier Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. Nov. 1 posted a third-quarter loss on charges due to production setbacks for several aircraft. The Wichita, Kansas, company booked $590 million in charges during the third quarter, which it announced last month. The complexity in developing some products drove up supplier, factory and labor costs, it said. The…

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