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Army researcher’s interest in robotics leads to innovative device

Army photograph by Doug LaFon Dan Baechle, left, from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Multifunctional Materials research team, has created a laboratory prototype of a device he designed to sense and damp out arm tremors for Army marksmanship training. Robotic exoskeletons have been a science fiction theme and an engineering feat since the 1960s. Practical…

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Pave Hawk maintainers keep rescue birds flying

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Joseph Swafford Airman Joshua Herron, a 41st Expeditionary Helicopter Maintenance Unit HH-60 Pave Hawk crew chief, completes a 50-hour inspection on a Pave Hawk at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 28, 2015. The 41st EHMU ensures Pave Hawks on Bagram Airfield are prepared for flight and returned to a mission-ready state…

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B-52s demonstrate strategic reach

Air Force photograph by SrA. Benjamin Raughton A B-52H Stratofortress is marshalled to a stop at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., after a 44-hour sortie July 2, 2015. Aircrew members and two B-52s from Barksdale AFB’s 96th Bomb Squadron flew a round-trip mission to Australia where they integrated with Royal Australian Air Force ground forces…

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Boeing, Embraer to collaborate on ecoDemonstrator technology tests

Boeing and Embraer S.A. announced June 30 that they intend to collaborate to test environment-focused technologies through the ecoDemonstrator Program in a joint effort to improve aviation's environmental performance.

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Tactical reconnaissance vehicle project eyes hoverbike for defense

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, has been exploring the tactical reconnaissance vehicle, or TRV, concept for nearly nine months and is evaluating the hoverbike technology as a way to get Soldiers away from ground threats by giving them a 3-D capability. The Army is interested in this disruptive technology because it has the…


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NASA selects six wild ideas in aviation for further study

Posted  June 22, 2015

NASA has selected six proposals to study transformative ideas that might expand what’s possible in aviation, shifting the boundary between fantastic and futuristic. During a day-long meeting in April, 17 teams pitched their ideas to NASA managers. The ideas ranged from environmentally-friendly electric propulsion that uses an aircraft’s structure as a battery, to computer programs…

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Army opens 20,563 engineering positions to women

Posted  June 22, 2015

Military Occupational Specialty, or MOS 12B, Combat Engineer is now open to all female enlisted soldiers of all components, according to Army Directive 2015-27.

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NASA signs agreement with Space Florida to operate historic landing facility

Posted  June 22, 2015

A new agreement marks another step in the transformation of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to a multi-user spaceport. NASA’s historic Shuttle Landing Facility, the site of one of the longest runways in the world, has a new operator.

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Northrop Grumman’s LITENING sharpens F-16s vision

Posted  June 22, 2015

Northrop Grumman has received production awards totaling $74 million to bring digital, high definition video from the AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING G4 Advanced Targeting System to the cockpit. With the upgrade installed, pilots will be able to take full advantage of LITENING G4’s high definition sensors and advanced image processing, giving them a new level of image…

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Headlines June 19, 2015

Posted  June 19, 2015

News: Top U.S. officials consider bigger American role in Iraq – The nation’s top defense officials left open the possibility June 17 that the U.S. military may play a more active role in the fight against Islamic State extremists, by joining Iraqi forces on the front lines to help direct airstrikes. Air Force may send…

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News Briefs June 19, 2015

Posted  June 19, 2015

Russia to get 40 new intercontinental missiles this year President Vladimir Putin says the Russian military will receive 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year capable of piercing any missile defenses–a blunt reminder of the nation’s nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine. Putin made the statement June 16 at the opening of…

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New AIM-9X Sidewinder missile completes Operational Test and Evaluation live fires

Posted  June 19, 2015

The U.S. Navy and Raytheon have completed operational testing and evaluation live fires of the AIM-9X® Sidewinder Block II infrared air-to-air missile. Testing and evaluation consisted of 16 planned shots against a mix of full-scale and sub-scale targets. The U.S. government is now finalizing approval, acceptance and delivery of Block II missiles to the U.S….

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Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Bombardier join forces for JSTARS recap program

Posted  June 19, 2015

Raytheon and Bombardier have teamed with Lockheed Martin to deliver a low-risk, affordable solution for the U.S. Air Force’s JSTARS Recapitalization program.

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Northrop Grumman awards grants to San Fernando Valley area teachers

Posted  June 19, 2015

Northrop Grumman recently awarded grants worth $3,600 to Los Angeles-area schools in support of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education initiatives. Through the company’s National Engineers Week STEM grants program, Northrop Grumman provided 12 individual grants of $300 each to teachers in local schools to fund projects that promote STEM education and awareness. Teachers at…

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Boeing ecoDemonstrator 757 expands testing to improve aviation’s environmental performance

Posted  June 19, 2015

Boeing announced the next phase in ecoDemonstrator 757 testing June 19, including the first flight with U.S.-made "green diesel" and two new environment-related technologies.

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