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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.

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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.


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NASA awards program integration contract for Orion

Posted  February 13, 2013

NASA has selected ARES Technical Services Corp. of Burlingame, Calif., for its program integration contract for Orion. The cost-plus-fixed-fee services contract has a potential value of $49 million, including options. The contract begins April 1 with a base performance period of two-and-a-half years followed by two one-year options and includes indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity task orders. ARES…

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NASA’s Orion lands safely on two of three parachutes in test

Posted  February 13, 2013

NASA engineers have demonstrated the agency’s Orion spacecraft can land safely if one of its three main parachutes fails to inflate during deployment. The test was conducted Tuesday in Yuma, Ariz., with the parachutes attached to a test article. Engineers rigged the parachutes so only two would inflate, leaving the third to flag behind, when…

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Revitalize Mojave money on the way as plan is unveiled

Posted  February 13, 2013

An enthusiastic group of stake holders welcomed the Community Revitalization Vision Plan presented Jan. 31 at the Mojave Veterans Building. The Kern County Planning and Community Development consultants showed what Mojave might look like in the future. The vision is based on wishes expressed in last years’ workshops, to which all community members were invited….

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NASA Spinoff 2012 features new space tech bettering your life today

Posted  February 13, 2013

A plant texts a farmer to say it needs more water. An invisible coating scrubs pollutants from the air. A robot roams a hospital’s halls, aiding doctors and nurses by recording vital signs and registrations. The 2012 edition of NASA’s annual Spinoff publication captures a nation and world made better by advancements originally achieved for…

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U.N. agency moves to kill aircraft battery exemption

Posted  February 13, 2013

A U.N. agency that sets global aviation safety standards is moving to prevent aircraft batteries like the one that caught fire on a Boeing 787 last month from being shipped as cargo on passenger planes, people familiar with the effort said. Over the past few days, the members of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s dangerous…

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NASA’s Chandra suggests rare explosion created our galaxyís youngest black hole

Posted  February 13, 2013

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest a highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. The remnant appears to be the product of a rare explosion in which matter is ejected at high speeds along the poles of a rotating star. The remnant, called…

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Boeing awarded U.S. Air Force contract to continue GPS modernization

Posted  February 13, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing will continue modernizing the Global Positioning System satellite constellation for up to five more years, extending the company’s role in the vital military and civilian navigation network. The U.S. Air Force, which operates the GPS network, recently awarded Boeing a $51 million, one-year contract with four one-year options. The contract…

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Leland Melvin updated on Dryden’s education outreach

Posted  February 13, 2013

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's education team presented an overview of the center's education programs to NASA's Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin Feb. 8

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Boeing names new heads of technology, defense systems teams

Posted  February 13, 2013

Boeing announced Feb. 12 the appointment of Greg Hyslop as vice president and general manager, Boeing Research & Technology. He succeeds Matt Ganz, who was recently named president, Boeing Germany and Northern Europe, and vice president, European Technology Strategy. As the head of the central advanced research and development unit of Boeing, Hyslop will lead…

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Sequestration will ‘undermine’ readiness

Posted  February 13, 2013

Unprecedented budget factors have placed the nation’s defense strategy in jeopardy, senior Department of Defense leaders told the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 12. During his opening remarks, the chief of staff of the Air Force stressed the severity of the current fiscal situation. “Sequestration threatens to carve crucial capability from America’s Air Force, with…

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