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NASA airborne campaigns tackle climate questions from Africa to Arctic

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend Defense

16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests

The reactivation of the 16T Pitch Boom mechanism at the 16 foot transonic wind tunnel (16T) is providing an alternate model system for new Arnold Engineering Development Complex test customers.

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Scientists turn handheld JCAD into a dual-use chemical, explosives detector

Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., proved it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks by adding the ability to detect explosive materials to the Joint Chemical Agent Detector.

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Boeing delivers first direct purchase 737-700 to Ruili Airlines

Boeing and Ruili Airlines Nov. 25 celebrated the arrival of the airline's first direct purchase Next-Generation 737-700. Ruili is a newly established private airline based at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, the capital city of China's Yunnan province.

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New crew arrives at space station to continue scientific research

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station.


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Weather postpones Endeavour ferry flight

Posted  September 17, 2012

NASA’s planned ferry flight of space shuttle Endeavour atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft has been postponed until Sept. 18 due to an unfavorable weather forecast for Sept. 17. To ensure a safe flight for Endeavour and the SCA, NASA managers, in consultation with the California Science Center, decided Sunday to delay the flight because…

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AFRI hosts cyber conference, next step in new school

Posted  September 17, 2012

“Cyber Power: The Quest Toward a Common Ground” is the theme of the second annual Air Force Research Institute conference Oct. 9-11 in the Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The conference will act as another step toward the completion of the new Cyber Air Corps Tactical School, or C-ACTS. Focusing on…

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Business

Raytheon awarded second low-rate initial production contract for US Air Force F-15E Radar Modernization Program

Posted  September 17, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon has been awarded its second contract from Boeing Company for low-rate initial production of active electronically scanned array radar systems for the U.S. Air Force F-15E Radar Modernization Program. Raytheon’s APG-82(V)1 AESA radar can simultaneously detect, identify and track multiple air and surface targets at longer ranges than the APG-70…

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Defense

Forest Service deactivates C-130 firefighting operations

Posted  September 17, 2012

The U.S. Forest Service has deactivated the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped military C-130 Hercules as fire conditions in the West have improved. The 153rd Air Expeditionary Group received the notification late Sept. 14, releasing the two MAFFS planes and crews that were still operating, as well as the associated support and maintenance staff. All…

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Boeing completes first milestone for NASA’s commercial crew Initiative

Posted  September 17, 2012

Boeing completed its first performance milestone Aug. 23 for NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative, which is intended to lead to the availability of human spaceflight transportation services for government and commercial customers. In its Integrated Systems Review, Boeing presented the latest designs of its CST-100 spacecraft, United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket launch system,…

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Veterans

Pearl Harbor survivor interred on USS Arizona

Posted  September 17, 2012

Glenn Lane lived to be 93 after surviving the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Sept. 12, he was laid to rest inside the USS Arizona so he could return to the shipmates he left behind. A Navy diver placed an urn with his ashes in a gun turret aboard the Arizona during a ceremony Sept….

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Panetta arrives in China for three-day visit

Posted  September 17, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived in Beijing, China, Sept. 17 for a three-day visit after wrapping up a trip to Japan earlier in the day. Two senior defense officials traveling with the secretary briefed reporters traveling with Panetta on the secretary’s planned schedule for China. He will spend three days here instead of the…

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Tech

NASA selects advanced robotics projects for development

Posted  September 17, 2012

NASA has selected eight advanced robotics projects that will enable the agency’s future missions while supporting the Obama administration’s National Robotics Initiative. The projects, ranging from technologies for improving robotic planetary rovers to humanoid robotic systems, will support the development and use of robots for space exploration, as well as by manufacturers and businesses in…

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Air Force, NASA leaders review F-22 findings, fixes with congressional subcommittee

Posted  September 17, 2012

Air Force and NASA leaders testified Sept. 13 before the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces about the F-22 Raptor.

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Space

First planets found around sun-like stars in a cluster

Posted  September 17, 2012

NASA-funded astronomers have, for the first time, spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars. The findings offer the best evidence yet planets can sprout up in dense stellar environments. Although the newfound planets are not habitable, their skies would be starrier than what we see from Earth. The starry-skied planets are…

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