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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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News Briefs February 19, 2014

Posted  February 19, 2014

Captured U.S. soldiers family cautiously optimistic The parents of the only known U.S. prisoner of war say they are ìcautiously optimisticî about reported renewed efforts to win his freedom. U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured more than four years ago in Afghanistan and is believed to be held in Pakistan. The Washington Post reported…

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Headlines – February 19, 2014

Posted  February 19, 2014

News:  ‘Unfunded’ lists reveal fissures between HASC leaders – The return of a budget tactic that was banned by former Defense Secretary Bob Gates shows just how politicized Pentagon spending issues have become.  Senior HASC lawmaker Forbes presses Navy on UCLASS requirements – A member of Congress, Rep. Randy Forbes, is so concerned about a new Navy…

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Conferences and Events – March 2014

Posted  February 20, 2014

March 1-2 – UK SEDS National Student Space Conference, Leicester, United Kingdom   March 1-2 – Meeting 4: Guidance for NSF on National Ocean Science Research Priorities: Decadal Survey for Ocean Sciences, Honolulu, Hawaii   March 1-8 – 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Mont.   March 3-5 – National Research Council’s Space Science Week,…

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DRS wins supplier excellence award from Northrop Grumman

Posted  February 21, 2014

DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, was among 24 suppliers selected from more than 5,000 to win an award for excellence from the Northrop Grumman Corporation. DRS’s C4ISR business group was recognized for providing outstanding support on a challenging and sensitive program with high visibility from Northrop’s Information Systems sector. The DRS team maintained a…

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Hagel orders revamp of POW/MIA effort

Posted  February 21, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the undersecretary of defense for policy to develop a plan to reorganize the departments POW/MIA accounting effort, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Feb. 20. Hagel issued a memo directing Michael Lumpkin, the acting undersecretary, to develop a plan within 30 days to increase to the…

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Saabs Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system selected as standard issue for U.S. Army

Posted  February 21, 2014

Defense and security company Saab’s man-portable weapon system Carl-Gustaf has been chosen by the U.S. Department of the Army to be a Program of Record within the U.S. Army. This means that the world leading shoulder fired weapon system, with a long service record with the U.S. Special Operations Forces, will now become standard issue…

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GPS IIF-5 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral AFS

Posted  February 21, 2014

The U. S. Air Force officials successfully launched the fifth Global Positioning System IIF satellite carried aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle at 8:59 p.m., EST, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Feb. 20.

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John S. Rego joins Virgin Galactic as new CFO

Posted  February 21, 2014

MOJAVE, Calif. ñ Feb. 18, Virgin Galactic, the worlds first commercial spaceline, announced John S. Rego has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer. Rego brings nearly three decades of finance, accounting and operations experience to the commercial space company. As CFO, Rego will provide overall strategic and operational direction to Virgin Galactics…

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Hubble watches stars’ clockwork motion in nearby galaxy

Posted  February 21, 2014

Using the sharp-eyed NASA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have for the first time precisely measured the rotation rate of a galaxy based on the clock-like movement of its stars. According to their analysis, the central part of the neighboring galaxy, called the Large Magellanic Cloud, completes a rotation every 250 million years. It takes our…

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2014 AFA symposium begins

Posted  February 21, 2014

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash German Air AttachÈ and Assistant Defense AttachÈ Col. Bernhard Altensberger answers a question during the panel discussion, “Growing Partnerships,” during the 30th Annual AFA Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 20, 2014. Altensberger shared the panel with Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for…

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