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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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Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce close on deal for program share in IAE

Posted  June 29, 2012

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, closed June 29 on its agreement to purchase Rolls-Royce’s program share in IAE International Aero Engines. More information about the closing will be announced by IAE at the Farnborough Air Show on July 9. “This strategic deal strengthens the presence of Pratt & Whitney and the IAE…

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Introduction of the MV-22 aircraft into Japan

Posted  June 29, 2012

The Department of Defense, in close coordination with the Government of Japan, is moving forward with the introduction of the MV-22 aircraft to III Marine Expeditionary Force in Japan.

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Goodrich inaugurates new facility in Brea, Calif.

Posted  June 29, 2012

Goodrich Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 28 to mark the opening of its new facility in Brea, Calif. The ceremony, attended by civic leaders as well as Goodrich employees, included a tour of production, design and development areas within the new 105,000 square foot site. The facility is part of Goodrich’s Sensors and Integrated…

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ATK completes software TIM for Liberty under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

Posted  June 29, 2012

ATK completed its Liberty software technical interface meeting, which was held to support further development of the Liberty space transportation system under the company’s Space Act Agreement with NASA for the Commercial Crew Development Program. The software TIM was conducted to evaluate Liberty’s software development plan with the NASA Liberty team. The plan governs the…

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International Association Of Machinists ratifies new labor agreement with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Posted  June 28, 2012

Lockheed Martin has reached a new labor agreement with District Lodge 776 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the largest union at its Fort Worth, Texas, aircraft manufacturing facility. Union members voted to accept the proposal in a meeting June 28, ending a work stoppage that began April 23. The four-year contract…

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Fort Rucker critical to Army’s future

Posted  June 28, 2012

Observing aviation training firsthand and interacting with the soldiers going through flight school were just a few of the reasons Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal said he visited Fort Rucker...

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Hubble, Swift detect first-ever changes in an exoplanet atmosphere

Posted  June 28, 2012

An international team of astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made an unparalleled observation, detecting significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our...

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Navy completes F/A-18D jet crash investigation

Posted  June 28, 2012

The Navy has finished its investigation into what caused one of its jets to crash into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Va. The Navy plans to release the results of its investigation at a news conference July 2. A redacted version of the investigation will be posted on a Navy website following the news…

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Virgin Galactic successfully completes SpaceShipTwo glide flight test and rocket motor firing on same day

Posted  June 28, 2012

MOJAVE, Calif. – Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, announced June 28 that its passenger-carrying suborbital space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo, successfully completed its first glide flight test on June 26 since a recent integration period for rocket motor systems and maintenance. Also, on June 26, the spaceship’s engine, RocketMotorTwo, underwent another successful full duration test…

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Orbital Good News: NuSTAR; New Sat Comm Contract; Antares OKed as NLS II Provider

Posted  June 28, 2012

The Orbital-built and launched NuSTAR mission is off to a good start; a new satellite communications provider has signed a contract for two satellites; and NASA has opened its…

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