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Lockheed Martin acquires high-speed wind tunnel, plans upgrades

Courtesy photograph A RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet undergoes testing at the High Speed Wind Tunnel at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie. Lockheed Martin recently purchased the facility and plans numerous upgrades. Lockheed Martin has purchased a wind tunnel that is one of only two of its kind in the United States, and…

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NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover finishes marathon

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win.

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NASA announces teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12, 2014, at the U.S. Space & Rocket…

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Seventy-three years ago, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

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U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrates 70 years

More than 300 staff, students and graduate “Testers” of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrated 70 years since the school was established at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., March 12.


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Highly-skilled dance performed at 25,000 feet

Posted  January 11, 2013

Courtesy photograph An E-3 Sentry moves to within 50 feet of a KC-135 from the 507 ARW recently as the two planes prepare for an aerial refueling over the cloudy skies of St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 3, 2013. When most people think about skillful dancing, the thought of a couple moving gracefully across a dance…

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Boeing rolls out first 777 at increased production rate

Posted  January 11, 2013

Boeing photograph Boeing has rolled out the first 777 to be built at the increased production rate of 8.3 per month, or 100 airplanes per year. The airplane is a 777 Freighter that will be delivered in February to Korean Air. Boeing has rolled out the first 777 to be built at the increased production…

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Headlines: January 9, 2013

Posted  January 10, 2013

Business KBR, guilty in Iraq negligence, wants taxpayers to foot the bill; Pictured: Smoke billowing from Boeing Dreamliner after explosion at Boston airport – the fourth mechanical failure in a month; Lockheed subsidiary to buy Aveos repair business, rehire some workers;     Space NASA space telescope shows there may be 17 billion Earth-like planets…

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News Briefs: January 9, 2013

Posted  January 10, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,043 As of Jan. 8, 2012, at least 2,043 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,703 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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NASA’s NuSTAR catches black holes in galaxy web

Posted  January 10, 2013

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, set its X-ray eyes on a spiral galaxy and caught the brilliant glow of two black holes lurking inside.

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NASA’s Hubble reveals rogue planetary orbit for Fomalhaut b

Posted  January 10, 2013

Newly released NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of a vast debris disk encircling the nearby star Fomalhaut and a mysterious planet circling it may provide forensic evidence of a titanic planetary disruption in the system. Astronomers are surprised to find the debris belt is wider than previously known, spanning a section of space from 14…

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SOFIA spots recent starburst in the Milky Way galaxyís center

Posted  January 10, 2013

NASA photograph SOFIA/FORCAST mid-infrared image of the Milky Way galaxyís nucleus showing the Circumnuclear Ring of gas and dust clouds orbiting a central supermassive black hole. The bright Y-shaped feature is believed to be material falling from the ring toward the black hole that is located where the arms of the ìYî intersect. Researchers using…

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Aerojet awarded SM-3 solid divert, attitude control system contract

Posted  January 10, 2013

Aerojet, a GenCorp) company, announced Jan. 8 that the Missile Defense Agency has awarded the company a multi-million dollar contract to develop advanced Solid Divert and Attitude Control System technologies for the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIB interceptor. This development contract will advance SDACS technology to increase flight duration, mission flexibility and overall performance required…

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Federal investigators beef up scrutiny of 787 fire

Posted  January 10, 2013

Federal safety investigators intensified their scrutiny of a Jan. 7 fire aboard a Boeing 787 as concerned investors sold shares in the aircraft maker for a second day.

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Ball Aerospace completes successful CDR for Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft

Posted  January 10, 2013

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed the delta Critical Design Review for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft. The four-day review was held Dec. 10-13, and included more than 100 representatives from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and JPSS instrument providers. The review team…

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