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NASA airborne campaigns tackle climate questions from Africa to Arctic

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend Defense

16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests

The reactivation of the 16T Pitch Boom mechanism at the 16 foot transonic wind tunnel (16T) is providing an alternate model system for new Arnold Engineering Development Complex test customers.

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Scientists turn handheld JCAD into a dual-use chemical, explosives detector

Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., proved it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks by adding the ability to detect explosive materials to the Joint Chemical Agent Detector.

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Boeing delivers first direct purchase 737-700 to Ruili Airlines

Boeing and Ruili Airlines Nov. 25 celebrated the arrival of the airline's first direct purchase Next-Generation 737-700. Ruili is a newly established private airline based at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, the capital city of China's Yunnan province.

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New crew arrives at space station to continue scientific research

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station.


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NASA exercises option on mission operations support contract

Posted  August 14, 2012

NASA is exercising an $80.5 million flex option on the Facilities Development and Operations Contract with Lockheed Martin Corp. of Gaithersburg, Md. The level-of-effort flex option takes advantage of hours that were negotiated for the contract award in 2009 and increases the ceiling for the base contract period. The period of performance for the contract…

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MEADS multifunction fire control radar finishes integration, test events at Italian test range

Posted  August 14, 2012

The first Medium Extended Air Defense System Multifunction Fire Control Radar has been integrated with a MEADS battle manager and launcher at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base near Rome, Italy. The objectives of the integration test series were to demonstrate that the MEADS TOC could control the MEADS MFCR in coordination with the MEADS…

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Northrop Grumman-built STSS demonstration satellites takes part in test of next-gen Aegis BMD weapon system

Posted  August 14, 2012

PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY, Hawaii – The Space Tracking and Surveillance System demonstration satellites participated in a test of the next generation of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system, designated FTM-16 E2a, when a Standard Missile-3 Block 1B interceptor successfully engaged a short-range ballistic missile target May 10. Northrop Grumman, as the prime contractor,…

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NASA selects integrated program support services agreements

Posted  August 14, 2012

NASA has selected three small businesses to provide access to a variety of program support services for the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Under the Marshall Integrated Program Support Services blanket purchase agreements, the following companies will lead teams to compete for task orders:    Manufacturing Technical Solutions Inc., Huntsville, Ala.  Sumaria…

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SCat Gun System saves money, hastens development

Posted  August 14, 2012

Why would the U.S. Army want to fire a 155 mm projectile into 540 feet of steel catch tubes and then recover the projectile at the other end?

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NASA announces next opportunity for CubeSat space missions

Posted  August 14, 2012

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2013 and 2016. These miniature spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payloads on previously planned missions. CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. These cube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a volume of about…

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Aerospace and defense deal activity remains sluggish

Posted  August 14, 2012

Global aerospace and defense merger and acquisition activity remained down during the second quarter of 2012 compared to recent prior periods, according to Mission Control, a quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition activity in the global aerospace and defense sector by PwC US. Smaller deals drove the majority of deal activity in the second quarter…

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NASA Mars rover team hears from President Obama

Posted  August 14, 2012

President Barack Obama told the flight control team for NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, “You made us all proud,” Aug. 13. Obama telephoned the mission control room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., to congratulate JPL Director Charles Elachi and the Mars Science Laboratory team operating the rover, which landed on Mars a week ago….

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Universities go to space: NASA announces early career faculty space tech research grants

Posted  August 14, 2012

NASA has announced the selection of 10 research efforts from the agency’s inaugural Space Technology Research Opportunities for Early Career Faculty solicitation. NASA will provide grants of as much as $200,000 per year for as long as three years in support of these faculty and their research in specific, high-priority technology areas. The selected faculty…

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Boeing celebrates delivery of Ethiopian Airlines’ first 787-8

Posted  August 14, 2012

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner Aug. 14. “Today begins the first day in a new era of flying for our passengers and brings us even closer to our vision for the future, Vision 2025,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “We are pleased to be the…

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