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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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KC-135 tankers get a boost from innovative, fuel-saving engines

Posted  January 23, 2013

Some decades-old KC-135 Stratotanker are drinking from the fountain of youth — or at least the engines are. Airmen installed the first of 1,440 upgraded Stratotanker engines at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 15. The 1970s engine parts will be replaced with modern engines that burn less fuel and run longer without repairs, officials…

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AFA’s 2013 Air Warfare Symposium explores challenges of the Air Force in today’s fiscal environment

Posted  January 23, 2013

The Air Force Association is pleased to confirm that the Secretary of the Air Force and Under Secretary of the Air Force have approved Air Force participation in AFA’s 29th Annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, Feb. 20-22, 2013. The conference will once again be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando,…

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Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s first C-17 to flight test

Posted  January 23, 2013

Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s first C-17 to flight test LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing on Jan. 22 delivered – on schedule– the first of 10 C-17 Globemaster III airlifters for the Indian Air Force. India’s first C-17 will now enter a U.S. Air Force flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Boeing…

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NASA, Ahoora Foundation unite to ignite students’ passion for science, space, technology

Posted  January 23, 2013

Candy, soda and other everyday items will be the tools of the trade for teenage rocket makers competing in the What If? Live Student Design Challenge, which kicked off Jan. 22 by NASA and the Ahoora Foundation of Plano, Texas. Registration is open through Feb. 28 for the worldwide contest, in which 14- to 18-year-old…

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Headlines: January 21, 2013

Posted  January 21, 2013

News Pentagon grounds Marine Corps model of F-35 fighter jet The Pentagon and U.S. Navy Jan. 18 grounded the Marine Corps version of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet after an incident that occurred during a training flight at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida Jan. 16.   Business U.S. 787 probe puts spotlight on…

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News Briefs January 21, 2013

Posted  January 21, 2013

Judge requiring Bales to undergo sanity review The military judge overseeing the case of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales said Jan. 17 that he will require Bales to undergo an official review of his sanity before he can present any mental health defense to charges of massacring Afghan civilians. Bales deferred entering a plea Jan. 17…

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F-35 training ‘Year of execution’ in review

Posted  January 21, 2013

This time last year, the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., stood up its Marine squadron with a fleet of aircraft with the thought 2012 would be their “year of execution.” Air Force F-35 Lightning IIs stationed here would take off for their first of hundreds of sorties that year once they…

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Martian crater once may have held groundwater-fed lake

Posted  January 21, 2013

A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet's early evolution.

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Historic Los Alamitos base now home to state-of-the-art Army Reserve headquarters

Posted  January 21, 2013

The 79th Sustainment Support Command officially opened its new 53,000-square-foot headquarters facility on Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, Jan. 12. Hosting fellow Soldiers, civic leaders and community members was Maj. Gen. William D. Frink Jr., 79th SSC commander. “The structure behind me is proof positive of U.S. Army commitment to our Army Reserve Soldiers,”…

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Air Force begins testing new pod capability

Posted  January 21, 2013

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Maj. Olivia Elliott, of the 40th Flight Test Squadron, examines the LITENING II advanced targeting pod mounted on her A-10 Thunderbolt II prior to a test mission Jan. 10 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Her mission was to wrap up flight testing of the new Net-T software…

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