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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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Contract briefs – January 4, 2013

Posted  January 4, 2013

U.S. Navy awards Raytheon $169 million for DDG 1000 program   Raytheon is being awarded a not-to-exceed $169 million modification to previously awarded fixed-price incentive, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for deferred mission systems equipment for DDG 1000 and DDG 1001, scheduled critical DDG 1002 non-hatchable mission systems equipment, and non-recurring engineering applicable to mission system equipment design…

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NASA encourages public to explore its curiosity with new rover-themed badge on Foursquare

Posted  January 4, 2013

NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge. Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a science museum or planetarium….

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Through an Airman’s Eyes

Posted  January 4, 2013

Capt. Patrick Williams, the new Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration pilot, practiced some maneuvers recently to give crowds worldwide a taste of both the Raptor's, and the Air Force's, capabilities.

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Elbit Systems awarded Israel Ministry of Defense contracts

Posted  January 4, 2013

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Dec. 31 that it was awarded various contracts by the Israel Ministry of Defense, in a number of fields of activity for a total value of approximately $315 million. The contracts relate to the following areas: Avionics S ystems : battle management systems and avionics for helicopters, virtual training for the…

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NASA green aviation project to move into next phase of research

Posted  January 4, 2013

NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project is moving forward with its research efforts to “green” the skies. ERA is developing aircraft concepts and technologies to help reduce the impact of aviation on the environment during the next 30 years. Fay Collier, ERA project manager based at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., will unveil the…

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Texas spaceport backers look to state for help

Posted  January 4, 2013

Texas space aficionados hope rockets will someday be launched into orbit from a beachside site near the U.S.-Mexico border, but a tight state budget and a previously frustrated attempt to land such a spaceport could complicate efforts. Backers of a proposal to build a launch site at Boca Chica Beach, about 25 miles east of…

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Senate confirms Clarke as Air National Guard Chief

Posted  January 4, 2013

Air Force Lt. Gen. Stanley E. "Sid" Clarke III, commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and 1st Air Force, has been confirmed by the Senate to be the next director of the Air National Guard.

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Panetta thanks Congress, seeks end to sequestration

Posted  January 4, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta expressed his gratitude to U.S. lawmakers for delaying sequestration and voiced optimism for finding a permanent way to avoid an additional $500 billion in budget cuts. “On behalf of the Department of Defense, I want to express our thanks to the Democratic and Republican members of Congress who voted to…

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President signs $633 Billion Defense Authorization Act

Posted  January 4, 2013

President Barack Obama signed the $633 billion fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act into law Jan. 2. The legislation, which cleared Congress last month, authorizes the department to act in any number of instances. “There are certain things that cannot be done without [the authorization act],” said a senior defense official speaking on background. The…

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Boeing 737 MAX gets milestone order from Aviation Capital Group

Posted  January 4, 2013

Boeing announced Jan. 2 an order by Aviation Capital Group (ACG) for 60 737 MAX airplanes. ACG's order, consisting of 50 737 MAX 8s and 10 737 MAX 9s, was finalized in December 2012.

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