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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.

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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.

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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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NASA set for big year in Earth science with five new missions

Posted  January 22, 2014

For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet.

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News Briefs January 22, 2014

Posted  January 22, 2014

Dead woman identified in homicide at Nellis AFB Authorities have identified a 34-year-old woman found dead at Nellis Air Force, Nev., in a case that led to the arrest of her husband on a murder charge. The Clark County coroner says Theresa Rivera died of asphyxia Jan. 17 at home on Kevil Circle at the…

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Headlines – January 22, 2014

Posted  January 22, 2014

News: Virgin Galactic goes supersonic - Not content with breaking its own previous altitude records, an incredible video of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo reveals the latest test flight also managed to smash through the sound barrier. The video, taken by cameras placed on carrier plane WhiteKnightTwo, show SpaceShipTwo reaching its maximum velocity of Mach 1.4, approximately 767mph…

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NASA launches third generation communications satellite

Posted  January 24, 2014

NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite L (TDRS-L), the 12th spacecraft in the agency’s TDRS Project, is safely in orbit after launching at 9:33 p.m., EST, Jan. 23 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Ground controllers report the satellite – part of a network providing…

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Airbus Mobile assembly lineís first building taking shape

Posted  January 24, 2014

Airbus photograph With the placement of the final truss atop the roof this week, the construction of the first building in the Airbus Mobile Assembly Line complex has reached an important milestone. The entire ìskeletonî of the building can now be seen. This building is the Final Assembly Line Hangar, which is where A320 family…

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NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

Posted  January 24, 2014

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high priority areas of interest to America’s space program. Aligned with NASA’s Space Technology Roadmaps and priorities identified by the National Research…

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Boeing, UAE partners look to harvest biofuel from desert plants

Posted  January 24, 2014

Boeing and research partners in the United Arab Emirates have made breakthroughs in sustainable aviation biofuel development, finding that desert plants fed by seawater will produce biofuel more efficiently than other well-known feedstocks.

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Army program secures critical component for artillery, mortar ammunition

Posted  January 24, 2014

Army photograph by Gertrud Zach Soldiers assigned to Bulldog Battery, Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, load a M777A2 Howitzer during 2nd Cavalry Regiment’s Maneuver Rehearsal Exercise at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Feb. 13, 2013. The U.S. Army is nearing completion on a project to eliminate its dependency on foreign countries for a critical energetic…

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Murder charge pending in wife slaying at Nellis

Posted  January 24, 2014

Prosecutors in Las Vegas are filing a murder charge against a 32-year-old Nellis Air Force Base technical sergeant who was arrested after he was found asleep and nearly unconscious in a home where investigators discovered the body of his wife beneath a blanket in the garage. Rickey Lee Massey Jr. is accused of strangling Theresa…

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NASA’s Opportunity Rover yields more data on changes to Mars’ environment

Posted  January 24, 2014

New findings from rock samples collected and examined by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity have confirmed an ancient wet environment that was milder and older than the acidic and oxidizing conditions told by rocks the rover examined previously.

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