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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.

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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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NASA selects additional companies for construction contracts at Stennis

Posted  September 14, 2012

NASA has selected four more companies for indefinite-delivery, indefinite- quantity multiple-award construction contracts at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. These are in addition to six companies selected in August. The fixed price contracts consist of a performance period of five years, with a total value not to exceed $700 million….

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Neil Armstrong memorial held in Washington

Posted  September 14, 2012

The nation had a chance to say goodbye to Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, during a televised memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral Sept. 13. The former Navy pilot and astronaut passed away Aug. 25 from complications following a heart surgery performed Aug. 8. He was 82 years old….

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Business

Boeing chosen for U.S. government’s COMSATCOM services acquisition program

Posted  September 14, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing Commercial Satellite Services has been approved as a service provider for the Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition program. With this approval by the Defense Information Systems Agency and General Services Administration, Boeing is authorized to provide U.S. government customers satellite communications services through a variety of fixed and mobile transponded and…

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NASA requests proposals for initial contracts to certify commercial crew transportation systems

Posted  September 14, 2012

NASA Sept. 12 released a request for proposals for the first of two contract phases to certify commercially developed space systems in support of crewed missions to the International Space Station. Through these certification products contracts, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program will ensure commercial missions are held to the agency’s safety requirements and standards for human…

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‘Black Knight’ captain helps Vietnam widow claim missing award

Posted  September 14, 2012

Courtesy photograph Shelby Harding and Capt. Kyle Hatzinger, commander for Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, hold a display case with Harding’s late-husband’s, Steve Harding, award during an award-memorial ceremony for Steve in Augusta, Ga., Sept. 1. Hatzinger presented the Combat Infantryman’s Badge to Shelby on behalf…

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Business

Northrop Grumman’s SmartNode Pod enhances U.S. Army HARC system in network demonstration

Posted  September 14, 2012

Northrop Grumman successfully completed a series of ground and flight tests demonstrating its SmartNode Pod linked with the U.S. Army’s High Antenna for Radio Communications system can enhance information communication connectivity between ground, air and remote network nodes. During the tests, Northrop Grumman’s aircraft-mounted SmartNode Pod enabled HARC to connect with other ground radio networks…

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Tech

Air Force launches new center at Johns Hopkins

Posted  September 14, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has selected a team led by Johns Hopkins engineers to start a new materials research center of excellence that will develop novel computational and experimental methods to support the next generation of military aircraft. The Center of Excellence on Integrated Material Modeling, CEIMM, will advance the Computational Integrated Materials Science and…

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Defense

Navy to christen second Joint High Speed Vessel

Posted  September 14, 2012

The Navy will christen the Joint High Speed Vessel Choctaw County, named for three U.S. counties, located in Mississippi, Alabama and Oklahoma, which share the county’s name, during a ceremony in Mobile, Ala., Sept. 15. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Women from Ackerman High School’s class of 1966,…

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Business

BAE Systems, EADS confirm combination talks

Posted  September 14, 2012

U.K. defense contractor BAE Systems PLC and European aerospace company EADS NV announced Sept. 12 that they are in talks about combining their businesses. The deal would create a global aerospace and defense giant in a sector facing challenges and uncertainties amid cuts to government defense budgets in Europe and the United States. The merged…

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Mars rover Curiosity arm tests nearly complete

Posted  September 14, 2012

NASA’s Mars Curiosity team is almost finished robotic arm tests in preparation for the rover to touch and examine its first Martian rock. Tests with the 7-foot (2.1-meter) arm have allowed the mission team to gain confidence in the arm’s precise maneuvering in Martian temperature and gravity conditions. During these activities, Curiosity has remained at…

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