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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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Ball Aerospace names VP, general manager for National Defense

Posted  September 12, 2012

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has selected Tim Harris to lead its national defense strategic business unit. As vice president and general manager for national defense, Harris will oversee programs and direct all new defense-related business pursuits. Harris has more than 30 years of design, manufacturing, project and systems engineering and program management experience. Since…

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GA-ASI demonstrates NATO interoperability of Predator-class ISR aircraft systems

Posted  September 12, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Sept. 12 its successful participation in NATO’s Unified Vision Trial at Orland Main Air Station in Brekstad, Norway, June 18-29. GA-ASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars and electro-optic surveillance systems. Sponsored by the NATO Joint Capability Group on Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, the…

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Air Force joins NATO partners in Ramstein Rover 2012

Posted  September 12, 2012

Air Force photograph by SrA. Natasha Stannard A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 81st Fighter Squadron line up for takeoff in support of a close air support mission during Ramstein Rover 2012 at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, Sept. 10, 2012. RARO 12 is a NATO partnership-building exercise involving more than 16 nations. Participating in exercises…

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft

Posted  September 11, 2012

Lockheed Martin has begun the assembly, test and launch operations phase for NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft. MAVEN is scheduled to launch in November 2013 and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. ATLO represents a critical stage of the program because it is when the spacecraft begins…

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F-35C aircraft in formation

Posted  September 11, 2012

F-35 test pilots fly machines CF-1 and CF-2 during a formation flying qualities test Sept. 5.

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First F-35 training commander: ‘this jet is our future’

Posted  September 11, 2012

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov Lt. Col. Lee Kloos, 58th Fighter Squadron commander, prepares to exit an F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter, after a successful sortie May 31, 2012. Kloos is the first non-developmental test pilot to fly the JSF, and now trains other 33rd Fighter Wing initial cadre pilots to fly…

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Panetta, at Pentagon Memorial, praises America’s strength

Posted  September 11, 2012

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta delivers remarks during a ceremony to recognize the Pentagon’s 9/11 employees at the Pentagon, Sept. 11, 2012. President Barack Obama, commander in chief of the nation’s armed forces, led a remembrance ceremony today at the Pentagon Memorial, 11 years to the day since terrorists…

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New expeditionary UAV takes off from China Lake, sans runway

Posted  September 11, 2012

Navy photograph Navy and Insitu personnel lift the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System on to launcher in preparation for flight at Naval Air Station China Lake, Calif., Sept. 10. The Navy successfully launched its newest small unmanned aircraft without using a runway Sept. 10 at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif. A little…

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Soyuz landing coverage planned for NASA Television

Posted  September 11, 2012

NASA Television will provide live coverage of events surrounding three International Space Station crew members who are scheduled to end four months on the orbiting laboratory with a landing in Kazakhstan Sept. 16. Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA and Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin of the Russian Federal Space…

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NASA orbiter observations point to ‘dry ice’ snowfall on Mars

Posted  September 11, 2012

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter data have given scientists the clearest evidence yet of carbon dioxide snowfalls on Mars. This reveals the only known example of carbon dioxide snow falling anywhere in our solar system. Frozen carbon dioxide, better known as “dry ice,” requires temperatures of about minus 193 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 125 Celsius), which is…

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