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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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Pratt & Whitney opens new F100 engine overhaul facility in Columbus, Ga.

Posted  December 16, 2013

Pratt & Whitney has opened its new F100 engine overhaul facility in Columbus, Ga. The new 105,000-square-foot facility enhances Pratt & Whitney’s capacity to service engines that power F-16 and F-15 fighter aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force and international military customers. Pratt & Whitney, the Development Authority of Columbus and Western Devcon Inc….

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Raytheon completes integration of second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite

Posted  December 16, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -†Raytheon has manufactured and integrated all required subassemblies in completion of a major milestone for its second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, which will fly on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System-1 spacecraft. The integrated sensor is now entering testing, on track for delivery in 2015. “The Raytheon…

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Raytheon awarded $75 million for DDG 1000 program

Posted  December 16, 2013

Raytheon has been awarded $75 million to complete remaining hardware and electronics for DDG 1000 and 1001, the first two ships of the Zumwalt-class of multimission destroyers. The award reflects exercised options under a previously awarded U.S. Navy contract. Raytheon’s progress on the program continues, remaining on-cost and schedule, meeting all program milestones and shipyard…

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News Briefs December 16, 2013

Posted  December 16, 2013

U.S. says Chinese warship nearly struck Navy cruiser U.S. military officials say a Chinese warship nearly collided with an American Navy guided missile cruiser operating in international waters. U.S. Pacific Fleet says it happened Dec. 5 in the South China Sea, and that the USS Cowpens maneuvered to avoid the collision. The State Department has…

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Headlines December 16, 2013

Posted  December 16, 2013

News: Boeing reviewing 54 sites for 777X after union talks fail – Boeing is reviewing 54 sites in 22 states to build its 777X aircraft after union chiefs balked at contract concessions and said rank-and-file members wouldn’t vote on the company’s latest terms.   Business: AIG to sell aircraft leasing business in $5.4 billion deal – American…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completes launch abort engine development testing for Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft

Posted  December 18, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced Dec. 16 that it completed development testing of a flight-like Launch Abort Engine for an innovative “pusher” launch abort system on Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft. Aerojet Rocketdyhne is a GenCorp company. The launch abort engine is a critical component of future commercial crew transportation to low-Earth orbit. A pusher launch abort system “pushes”…

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Deployed wing to deactivate

Posted  December 18, 2013

Air Force photograph 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs secure an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 5, 2013. F-16s arrived as a changeover between the 138th Fighter Squadron, Tulsa, Okla., and the 457th Fighter Squadron, Carswell Air Reserve Base Texas. The 451st Air Expeditionary Wing at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, is scheduled…

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January 2014

Posted  December 18, 2013

Jan. 1-14 – NASA-NORDIC Astrobiology Winter School: Water and the Evolution of Life in the Universe, Hawaii www.ifa.hawaii.edu/UHNAI/2014winterschool/ Jan. 5-9 – 223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, National Harbor, Md. http://aas.org/meetings/223rd-aas-meeting-washington-dc Jan. 6-7 – GREAT3 Mid-challenge Meeting, Edinburgh, United Kingdom www.great3challenge.info/?q=node/19 Jan. 8-9 – 10th NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group Meeting, Washington, D.C. www.cvent.com/events/10th-nasa-small-bodies-assessment-group-meeting/event-summary-42e6401017e64afda43b566e760a876e.aspx…

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Aircraft crash in Afghanistan kills six NATO troops

Posted  December 18, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan ó NATO says six service members have died in an aircraft crash in southern Afghanistan, in an area where there was no fighting reported at the time. The alliance says in a statement the crash occurred Dec. 17 and that it’s under investigation. It did not provide any further details nor on the…

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Boeing promotes key leaders to position for future growth

Posted  December 18, 2013

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney announced Dec. 18 the promotion of two top executives to vice chairmen, the naming of a company president and chief operating officer, and the selection of new leaders for Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Boeing Military Aircraft. Effective Dec. 31: Dennis A. Muilenburg is named Boeing vice…

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