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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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NASA’s Chandra sees runaway pulsar firing an extraordinary jet

Posted  February 21, 2014

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has seen a fast-moving pulsar escaping from a supernova remnant while spewing out a record-breaking jet – the longest of any object in the Milky Way galaxy - of high-energy particles.

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AEDC tests large class rocket motor for USAF Nuclear Weapons Center

Posted  February 21, 2014

The rocket test team at Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s (AEDC) state-of-the-art Large Rocket Test Facility J-6 performed a successful test of the Aerojet Rocketdyne Large Class Stage 2 (LCS2) rocket motor Feb. 19. This test, sanctioned by the U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC), was the largest solid propellant rocket motor test ever performed…

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Applications now being accepted for 12th annual Northrop Grumman engineering scholars program

Posted  February 21, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for the 12th annual Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars competition, which will provide  $240,000 in college scholarships across Maryland this year to promising high school seniors interested in studying engineering. “Through this unique scholarship program, Northrop Grumman remains dedicated to encouraging Maryland’s brightest students to pursue a career in engineering,” said…

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U.S. Navy tests infrared search, track on Boeing Super Hornet

Posted  February 21, 2014

The U.S. Navy recently tested, for the first time on a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft, the Infrared Search and Track sensor that will find hard-to-detect targets over long distances. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are developing and integrating IRST, an essential upgrade to the combat capability of the Navyís Super Hornets. “Adding an advanced infrared…

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Lockheed Martin receives contract for SMSS-KMAX cooperative teaming demo

Posted  February 21, 2014

Lockheed Martin has received a contract from the U.S. Army Robotics Technology Consortium to conduct a fully autonomous reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition experiment using both its Squad Mission Support System unmanned ground vehicle and K-MAX unmanned air vehicle. In collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, Lockheed Martin will…

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Orbital signs launch agreement with Skybox Imaging

Posted  February 21, 2014

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the worlds leading space technology companies, announced Feb. 20 that it has signed a commercial launch contract with Skybox Imaging to carry six high-resolution imaging and video-capable spacecraft into low-Earth orbit in late 2015 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Skybox spacecraft will be launched aboard the Minotaur-C space…

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Boeing, SunExpress finalize order for 15 737 MAXs, 25 Next-Generation 737s

Posted  February 21, 2014

Boeing and SunExpress have finalized an order for 15 737 MAX 8s and 25 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The order, valued at more than $3.8 billion at list prices, also includes options for 10 additional 737 MAX 8s. The order is the largest in the Turkish carrier’s near 25 year history, and brings the total number…

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Future bomber has legacy to uphold

Posted  February 21, 2014

With a proven history of success, todays bomber fleet has a reputation for excellence. It is, however, an aging fleet in need of a new addition, the deputy chief of staff operations, plans and requirements said during the 30th Annual Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition Feb. 20, in Orlando, Fla. Throughout…

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Sikorsky awarded maintenance contract for U.S. Navy pilot training aircraft

Posted  February 21, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced Feb. 20 the award of a maintenance and support services contract for more than 360 aircraft operated by the Chief of Naval Air Training. Valued at an estimated $110 million, the work is expected to be completed in October 2014. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. “We are…

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F-35B aircraft fly in formation in Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing mode

Posted  February 21, 2014

Two F-35B aircraft fly in close formation while in short takeoff/vertical landing mode for the first time last week. Pilots Peter Wilson and Dan Levin flew the test jets in STOVL mode, also known as Mode 4, with the F-35B LiftFan engaged and engine rotated downward. The mission measured the effects the aircraft had on…

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