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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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Aerojet Rocket Motors consistently deliver for Standard Missile-3 intercepts

Posted  June 27, 2012

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced June 27 that its rocket motors once again successfully contributed to the second consecutive intercept test of Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 Block IB. During the test, the missile intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile target. Aerojet’s MK 72 booster and MK 104 dual-thrust rocket motor provided the first- and second-stage propulsion…

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Northrop Grumman-built sunshield on NASA’s Webb Telescope meets fabrication, test milestones

Posted  June 27, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The preflight test layers of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sunshield are meeting expected performance targets during tests by engineers at Northrop Grumman. The company is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for the design and development of Webb’s sunshield, telescope and spacecraft. One of the…

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July 2012 Events

Posted  June 27, 2012

July 1-6 – European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, Rome, Italy www.ifsi-roma.inaf.it/ewass2012/   July 1-6 – Conference: The Early Phase of Star Formation – Assembling Pieces of the Missing Paradigm, Heidelberg, Germany www.mpia-hd.mpg.de/homes/stein/EPoS/2012.php   July 1-6 – SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012 Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands http://spie.org/astronomical-instrumentation.xml   July 1-6 – Astronomical Society…

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New AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate takes shape

Posted  June 27, 2012

The Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate will officially take shape on July 1 as the newest research organization...

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Boeing helps open thermoplastic composites research lab in the Netherlands

Posted  June 26, 2012

A new laboratory that provides thermoplastic composites research for Boeing and other aerospace companies has opened at Enschede in the Netherlands. “With this opening, the Thermoplastics Composites Research Center, or TPRC, is no longer a virtual institute,” said William Gerry, who represents Boeing as chairman of the TPRC board. “The TPRC research team is now…

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Africom commander details current, emerging threats

Posted  June 26, 2012

U.S. Africa Command’s top military officer today detailed existing and emerging threats from extremist organizations on the continent in a speech at the African Center for Strategic Studies in Arlington, Va. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham also explained the U.S. presence in Africa and Africom initiatives based on the new U.S. defense strategic guidance. “When…

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Boeing executive Ray Conner to lead Commercial Airplanes business

Posted  June 26, 2012

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney announced June 26 the appointment of Raymond L. Conner as president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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Space

Thruster tests complete for NASA partner Boeing’s crew capsule

Posted  June 26, 2012

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne has successfully completed a series of tests on a thruster destined for Boeing’s Commercial Space Transportation spacecraft, designated CST-100. Boeing is one of several companies working to develop crew transportation capabilities under the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 agreement with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

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Health & Safety

VA boosts staffing, programs to prevent suicide

Posted  June 26, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs is making progress in suicide prevention, adding staff and programs to treat the “invisible scars” carried home from the war by service members and veterans, the VA undersecretary for health said last week. Speaking at the June 20-22 Annual DOD/VA Suicide Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C., Dr. Robert Petzel addressed…

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FI predicts $53 billion COMSAT market over next 10 years

Posted  June 26, 2012

Forecast International projects that the commercial communications satellite market will be worth $52.7 billion from 2012-2021. According to its “The Market for Commercial Communications Satellites” study, which tracks some 49 satellite production programs, 419 individual communications satellites will be produced during that timeframe. According to the study, high-speed broadband Internet, digital television and video broadcasting,…

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