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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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Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce close on deal for program share in IAE

Posted  June 29, 2012

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, closed June 29 on its agreement to purchase Rolls-Royce’s program share in IAE International Aero Engines. More information about the closing will be announced by IAE at the Farnborough Air Show on July 9. “This strategic deal strengthens the presence of Pratt & Whitney and the IAE…

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Introduction of the MV-22 aircraft into Japan

Posted  June 29, 2012

The Department of Defense, in close coordination with the Government of Japan, is moving forward with the introduction of the MV-22 aircraft to III Marine Expeditionary Force in Japan.

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Goodrich inaugurates new facility in Brea, Calif.

Posted  June 29, 2012

Goodrich Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 28 to mark the opening of its new facility in Brea, Calif. The ceremony, attended by civic leaders as well as Goodrich employees, included a tour of production, design and development areas within the new 105,000 square foot site. The facility is part of Goodrich’s Sensors and Integrated…

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ATK completes software TIM for Liberty under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

Posted  June 29, 2012

ATK completed its Liberty software technical interface meeting, which was held to support further development of the Liberty space transportation system under the company’s Space Act Agreement with NASA for the Commercial Crew Development Program. The software TIM was conducted to evaluate Liberty’s software development plan with the NASA Liberty team. The plan governs the…

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International Association Of Machinists ratifies new labor agreement with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Posted  June 28, 2012

Lockheed Martin has reached a new labor agreement with District Lodge 776 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the largest union at its Fort Worth, Texas, aircraft manufacturing facility. Union members voted to accept the proposal in a meeting June 28, ending a work stoppage that began April 23. The four-year contract…

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Fort Rucker critical to Army’s future

Posted  June 28, 2012

Observing aviation training firsthand and interacting with the soldiers going through flight school were just a few of the reasons Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal said he visited Fort Rucker...

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Hubble, Swift detect first-ever changes in an exoplanet atmosphere

Posted  June 28, 2012

An international team of astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made an unparalleled observation, detecting significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our...

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Navy completes F/A-18D jet crash investigation

Posted  June 28, 2012

The Navy has finished its investigation into what caused one of its jets to crash into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Va. The Navy plans to release the results of its investigation at a news conference July 2. A redacted version of the investigation will be posted on a Navy website following the news…

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Virgin Galactic successfully completes SpaceShipTwo glide flight test and rocket motor firing on same day

Posted  June 28, 2012

MOJAVE, Calif. – Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, announced June 28 that its passenger-carrying suborbital space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo, successfully completed its first glide flight test on June 26 since a recent integration period for rocket motor systems and maintenance. Also, on June 26, the spaceship’s engine, RocketMotorTwo, underwent another successful full duration test…

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Orbital Good News: NuSTAR; New Sat Comm Contract; Antares OKed as NLS II Provider

Posted  June 28, 2012

The Orbital-built and launched NuSTAR mission is off to a good start; a new satellite communications provider has signed a contract for two satellites; and NASA has opened its…

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