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NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

NASA photograph by Brian Tietz Tensegrity research is able to simulate multiple forms of locomotion. In this image, a prototype tensegrity robot reproduces forward crawling motion. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early-career faculty members who are beginning independent research careers. The grants will sponsor…

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USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People's Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) Feb. 23 enhancing the professional maritime relationship between U.S. 7th Fleet and the PLA(N).

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Air Force Research Labís handheld imaging tool expands aircraft inspection capability

Sensor Concepts Inc. photograph An operator demonstrates the portability of the handheld imaging tool. The technology provides maintainers the ability to evaluate aircraft in the field to ensure mission-readiness. When pilots climb into the cockpit they expect their aircraft to perform as advertised, regardless if take off is from a home base or deployed location….

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Missile Defense System performs successful flight test

MDA photograph Three short-range ballistic missile targets are launched from NASAís Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., in support of Flight Test Other-19 on Feb. 24, 2015. The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the USS Carney, USS Gonzalez, and USS Barry successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system,…

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Female soldier successfully completes 2nd pre-Ranger course

A female first lieutenant from Fort Carson, Colo., who flies Apache helicopters, successfully completed all course requirements of the second gender-integrated Ranger Training Assessment Course, or RTAC, which ended this week.


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U.S. Marine Corps selects General Dynamics team to build next-generation aviation subsystems

Posted  October 9, 2012

A General Dynamics C4 Systems-led team received a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to build up to four Engineering Development Models and nine Limited Deployment Units of the Processing and Display/Sensor Data Subsystem for Increment 1, Phase 2 of the Common Aviation Command and Control System. When built and fully operational, the General Dynamics…

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Honeywell’s latest Spectra Shield Ballistic Material toughens, lightens British combat vehicle

Posted  October 9, 2012

Honeywell announced Oct. 8 that its second-generation Spectra ShieldÆ ballistic material is being used to armor Foxhound vehicles, manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems Force Protection Europe, for the British Armed Forces. The vehicles are currently being shipped for use in Afghanistan. The Spectra Shield materials are more than 50 percent lighter than traditional vehicle…

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Boeing to provide performance-based logistics for CH-47 Chinook helicopters

Posted  October 9, 2012

The U.S. Army has awarded Boeing a five-year Performance-Based Logistics contract for CH-47 Chinook support, an arrangement that reduces customer costs while allowing Boeing to invest in improving products and processes. The $185 million contract covers management of the production, overhaul and distribution of the Army’s supply of Chinook helicopter rotor blades. “PBLs are outcome-focused…

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NASA, international partners approve year-long space station stay

Posted  October 9, 2012

NASA and its international partners have announced an agreement to send two crew members to the International Space Station on a one-year mission designed to collect valuable scientific data needed to send humans to new destinations in the solar system. The crew members, one American astronaut and one Russian cosmonaut, will launch and land in…

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NASA aerodynamics legend enters Aviation Hall of Fame

Posted  October 9, 2012

Aeronautics engineer Richard T. Whitcomb, whose legendary NASA research contributions made supersonic flight practical, will joined other aerospace pioneers in the National Aviation Hall of Fame Oct. 6. The National Aviation Hall of Fame, located at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, is dedicated to honoring individuals who have…

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First contracted SpaceX resupply mission launches with NASA cargo to ISS

Posted  October 9, 2012

A Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Falcon 9 rocket carrying its Dragon spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 8:35 p.m., EDT, Oct. 7, beginning NASA’s first contracted cargo delivery flight, designated SpaceX CRS-1, to the International Space Station. Under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract, SpaceX will fly at least 12…

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Lockheed Martin to form two new business areas through reorganization of Electronic Systems

Posted  October 9, 2012

With a continuing focus on lean and efficient operations, Lockheed Martin Corporation Oct. 8 announced it will reorganize its Electronic Systems business area into two new business areas that position the company for growth by increasing customer alignment and reducing costs. Effective Dec. 31, the creation of the Missiles and Fire Control and Mission Systems…

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United Kingdom threatens to veto BAE-EADS merger

Posted  October 9, 2012

The French and German governments must reduce their stakes in defense company EADS NV for the United Kingdom to allow a proposed merger with BAE Systems PLC to go ahead, Britain’s defense secretary warned Oct. 7. Philip Hammond said Britain would veto the mega-merger of the aeronautics and defense companies if this requirement wasn’t satisfied….

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New commercial imaging spacecraft progressing at Lockheed Martin as IKONOS satellite achieves 13 years in operations

Posted  October 9, 2012

Lockheed Martin is making steady progress in a key test phase on GeoEye’s next-generation, high-resolution imaging satellite, GeoEye-2, as IKONOS, the world’s first commercial remote sensing spacecraft marks 13 years of outstanding services for GeoEye’s customers around the globe. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company is developing GeoEye-2 under a fixed-price contract with GeoEye. The satellite…

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Two Global Hawks fly in close formation, move AHR program closer to autonomous aerial refueling

Posted  October 9, 2012

Northrop Grumman, DARPA and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center successfully completed a series of flight demonstrations, moving the DARPA’s Autonomous High-Altitude Refueling program closer to demonstrating the first autonomous aerial refueling between two unmanned, high-altitude aircraft. The flights, which used two NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft – one configured as a tanker and the other…

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