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F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Army photograph by SSgt. Angela Stafford Business

Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.

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Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott.

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NASA selects instruments to track climate impact on vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Wilcox Defense

Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor pilots.


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Honor, deception in secret air academy spy system

Posted  December 4, 2013

Facing pressure to combat drug use and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force has created a secret system of cadet informants to hunt for misconduct among students, The Gazette of Colorado Springs reports. Cadets who attend the publicly funded academy must pledge never to lie. But the program pushes some to…

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NASA selects contractors for facility construction at Ames

Posted  December 4, 2013

NASA has selected four California companies to perform facility construction and modifications at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The companies are Cyber Professional Solutions of Chula Vista, SM Construction Inc. of Clovis, Menco Pacific of Escondido, and Tri-Technic Inc. of Sonora will share a multiple award contract valued at $30 million….

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UP Aerospace’ SL-8 flies NASA technology experiments

Posted  December 4, 2013

NASA photograph by Paul De Leon Members of the UP Aerospace ground grew roll back the moveable garage and payload integration facility to expose the launcher with the SL-8 sounding rocket mounted underneath. An enthusiastic group of suborbital space researchers arrived at Spaceport America in New Mexico in early November to prepare and load their…

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Boeing, Jetairfly celebrate delivery of airline’s First 787 Dreamliner

Posted  December 4, 2013

Boeing and Jetairfly Dec. 4 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., Dec. 3 on its delivery flight to Brussels. “We are very excited about the Jetairfly Dreamliner entering service as the first and only 787 operated by a Belgian airline,” said Elie Bruyninckx, CEO TUI…

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AF participates in first Israeli Blue Flag exercise

Posted  December 4, 2013

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Lee Osberry A group of F-15E Strike Eagles taxi following a combat mission during the Blue Flag exercise Nov. 26, 2013, on Uvda Air Force Base, Israel. Aircraft from the 492nd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, deployed to participate in the exercise, which promoted improved operational capability, combat…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin test-fires new rocket engine

Posted  December 4, 2013

NASA photograph by Lauren Harnett Blue Origin test fires a powerful new hydrogen- and oxygen-fueled American rocket engine at the company’s West Texas facility in Van Horn. During the test, the BE-3 engine fired at full power for more than two minutes to simulate a launch, then paused for about four minutes, mimicking a coast…

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DRS Technologies to continue support for Arleigh Burke-class modernization program

Posted  December 4, 2013

DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company, announced Dec. 3 that its Laurel Technologies business unit in Johnstown, Penn., has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity five-year contract with a total potential value of up to $22 million for upgrades to the repair station consoles on DDG 51-class ships. RSC systems automate and integrate shipboard damage control…

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Hubble traces subtle signals of water on hazy worlds

Posted  December 4, 2013

Using the powerful eye of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, two teams of scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets. The presence of atmospheric water was reported previously on a few exoplanets orbiting stars beyond our solar system, but this is the first study to conclusively measure and compare…

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U.S. Army awards General Dynamics $28 million for engineering development for Stryker modernization

Posted  December 4, 2013

The U.S. Army TACOM Contracting Command recently awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, a $28 million contract for research, development and testing in preparation for the Stryker Engineering Change Proposal upgrade program. The Stryker ECP upgrade program is an engineering-development effort focused on integrating a group of system improvements into…

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NASA iPad app shows Earth changing before your eyes

Posted  December 4, 2013

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls NASA Administrator Charles Bolden explores “Images of Change,” a NASA application that allows users to view “before and after” images of the impact of human activities, a changing climate and natural disasters on Earth, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The application is available free for iOS…

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