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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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NASA awards Space Launch System advanced development grants

Posted  January 16, 2013

NASA has awarded grants to nine universities for advanced development activities for the nation’s next heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). The agency is providing approximately $2.25 million that will be shared by all the proposals under this NASA Research Announcement to seek innovative and affordable solutions to evolve the launch vehicle from its…

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Headlines: January 14, 2013

Posted  January 14, 2013

Business Japan to probe fuel leaks on Boeing Dreamliner; Lockheed’s F-35 falls short of testing goals in 2012; Pentagon report cites ‘lack of maturity’ of Lockheed F-35 jet; Boeing’s 30,000-pound bunker-buster improved, U.S. says;   Defense Pentagon begins campaign to bust ‘myths’ about nominee Hagel; How would Hagel affect defense contractors?;   Space China’s space…

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State of the Air Force is ‘strong’

Posted  January 14, 2013

The Air Force's top leaders said Jan. 11 the service has accomplished much while dealing with many challenges in the last year.

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News Briefs – January 14, 2013

Posted  January 14, 2013

U.S. mission in Afghanistan to shift to support role President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai say the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan is expected to shift to a support role later this spring – a few months earlier than expected. Obama and Karzai were speaking at a news conference Jan. 11 after meeting…

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NASA, Bigelow to discuss space station expandable module

Posted  January 14, 2013

NASA, BIGELOW OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS SPACE STATION EXPANDABLE MODULE WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide a new addition to the International Space Station. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will demonstrate the benefits of this space habitat technology for future exploration and commercial space endeavors. “The International Space…

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NASA selects high-performing interns as student ambassadors

Posted  January 14, 2013

NASA has inducted 86 top-performing interns into the 2013 NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community, a vital component of the agency’s ongoing effort to engage undergraduate and graduate students in science, engineering, mathematics and technology research and interactive opportunities. This fifth group of student ambassadors, Cohort V, includes interns from 32 states and 70 different universities….

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Unilever buys 22 flights on XCOR Aerospace’s LynxÆ suborbital spacecraft

Posted  January 14, 2013

Commercial spaceflight is entering the main stream and looking (and smelling) quite good! United Kingdom-based Unilever Group and Space Expedition Corporation announced a 22 flight purchase on XCOR Aerospace’s LynxÆ Mark II suborbital spacecraft for Unilever’s space-themed AXEApolloô campaign for the AXEÆ brand of men’s cologne, body spray, shower gels and other personal care products….

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Lockheed Martin Highlights F-35 Program Achievements for 2012

Posted  January 14, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 11, 2013 – The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II Program completed 30 aircraft deliveries and achieved significant advances in flight test highlighting a year of continued progress for 2012. The 30 F-35 deliveries in 2012 included 11 Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOLs), 18 Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) variants, and…

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Army aviation’s way ahead based on combat lessons learned

Posted  January 14, 2013

Army aviation has been in the fight now for more than a decade, and as the drawdown in Afghanistan continues, commanders say it would be wise to remember the lessons learned during those years. That was the common theme of four Army aviation commanders who spoke at the Association of the U.S. Army’s aviation symposium…

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