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NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

NASA photograph by Brian Tietz Tensegrity research is able to simulate multiple forms of locomotion. In this image, a prototype tensegrity robot reproduces forward crawling motion. 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 independent research careers. The grants will sponsor…

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USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People's Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) Feb. 23 enhancing the professional maritime relationship between U.S. 7th Fleet and the PLA(N).

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Air Force Research Labís handheld imaging tool expands aircraft inspection capability

Sensor Concepts Inc. photograph An operator demonstrates the portability of the handheld imaging tool. The technology provides maintainers the ability to evaluate aircraft in the field to ensure mission-readiness. When pilots climb into the cockpit they expect their aircraft to perform as advertised, regardless if take off is from a home base or deployed location….

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Missile Defense System performs successful flight test

MDA photograph Three short-range ballistic missile targets are launched from NASAís Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., in support of Flight Test Other-19 on Feb. 24, 2015. The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the USS Carney, USS Gonzalez, and USS Barry successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system,…

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Female soldier successfully completes 2nd pre-Ranger course

A female first lieutenant from Fort Carson, Colo., who flies Apache helicopters, successfully completed all course requirements of the second gender-integrated Ranger Training Assessment Course, or RTAC, which ended this week.


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Boeing, Nok Air announce commitment to order 737 MAXs, Next-Generation 737s

Posted  February 12, 2014

Boeing and Nok Airlines Public Company Limited (Nok Air) announced Feb. 12 from the Singapore Airshow a commitment to order eight Next-Generation 737-800s and seven 737 MAX 8s. The commitment, valued at $1.45 billion at list prices, will establish Nok Air as the first airline in Thailand to operate the 737 MAX. Boeing will work…

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NASA, French space agency sign agreement for Mars mission

Posted  February 12, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the National Center of Space Studies of France, signed an implementing agreement Feb. 10 for cooperation on a future NASA Mars lander called the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) mission. “This new agreement strengthens the partnership between NASA and CNES…

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Insitu releases latest version of common command, control system

Posted  February 12, 2014

Insitu announced Feb. 12 the 2.0 release of ICOMC2, the company’s innovative, small-footprint common command and control system. Since its introduction in 2012, ICOMC2 has redefined the Unmanned Aircraft System control concept. It enables a single operator to control multiple unmanned vehicles using small-footprint, mobile hardware and features an open-architecture design that users can customize…

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GSA, NASA select Planetary Ventures to begin lease negotiations

Posted  February 12, 2014

The U.S. General Services Administration and NASA have selected Planetary Ventures LLC as the preferred lessee on a lease to rehabilitate historic Hangar One and to manage Moffett Federal Airfield, currently managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The lease will put Hangar One to new use and eliminate NASA’s management costs…

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Lockheed Martin receives support contract for Saudi Apache pilotage, targeting systems

Posted  February 12, 2014

Lockheed Martin has received a $22 million contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) Special Repair Activities for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command’s Apache attack helicopters. Under this three-year contract, Lockheed Martin will provide tools and test equipment to maintain components of the M-TADS/PNVS…

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Sikorsky begins safety of flight tests on first prototype CH-53K Helicopter

Posted  February 12, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has powered up the engines and spun the rotor head on the first prototype CH-53K heavy lift helicopter - designated the Ground Test Vehicle.

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Second MQ-8C Fire Scout takes flight

Posted  February 12, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph The second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter conducts its first test flight Feb. 12 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.† The first aircraft completed its initial flight in October 2013 and has flown†66 hours†to date. The MQ-8C air vehicle upgrade will provide longer endurance, range and greater payload capability…

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Raytheon establishes new electronic warfare mission area

Posted  February 12, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business has announced the combination of several of its electronic warfare programs into a new mission area called Electronic Warfare Systems, based at the company’s El Segundo, Calif. campus. The portfolio contains the following: Next Generation Jammer EW Self Protection Systems EW Communications Systems Advanced EW…

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Northrop Grumman’s SABR brings advanced capabilities to global F-16 fleets

Posted  February 12, 2014

Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) will help bring advanced capabilities to existing global F-16 fleets, keeping them formidable beyond 2025, according to the head of the company’s Combat Avionics Systems business unit. Northrop Grumman Vice President Jeff Leavitt provided a detailed SABR update to reporters in a briefing at the Singapore Air Show….

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Raytheon receives $31 million Maverick missile contract from South Korea

Posted  February 12, 2014

Raytheon has been awarded a $31 million contract from the Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration for additional AGM-65G-2 Maverick missiles. Under the direct commercial sale, Raytheon will supply the missiles to the Republic of Korea Air Force. “These new Mavericks will provide the Republic of Korea Air Force with additional firepower and will add to…

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