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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.

NASA photograph by Aubrey Gemignani Space

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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Boeing delivers smaller, lighter radio relay for unmanned aerial vehicles

Posted  August 8, 2012

Boeing has delivered production units of a smaller, lighter version of its Tactical Compact Communications Relay, which allows a small unmanned aerial vehicle to function as a tactical, range-extending communications repeater for military handheld radios. Boeing subsidiary Insitu received four 1-pound TCCRs following tests of the narrowband relay aboard the Insitu ScanEagle UAV. A 1.6-pound…

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Raytheon small tactical munition scores direct hit in first guided flight test

Posted  August 8, 2012

Raytheon has completed a successful warhead and guidance system test of its Pyros™ small tactical munition at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. The end-to-end test validated the weapon’s guidance modes (semi-active laser and global positioning system), its height-of-burst sensor, electronic safe and arm device, and multi-effects warhead. “All systems functioned perfectly,” said Tom Bussing, vice president…

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Lockheed Martin to integrate fuel cells, solar power for military applications under contract with ONR

Posted  August 8, 2012

Lockheed Martin secured a contract with the Office of Naval Research for the design and development of solid oxide fuel cell generator sets as an alternative to traditional battlefield power generation equipment. Lockheed Martin’s fuel cell technology will be integrated with solar panels, providing the military with the power needed to perform missions while using…

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UTC Aerospace Systems receives autopilots, payload contract for AAI’s Aerosonde

Posted  August 8, 2012

UTC Aerospace Systems has received a contract from AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems to supply Cloud Cap Technology autopilots, stabilized camera payloads, ground station software components and flight management software from its business in Hood River, Ore. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. These will be utilized for AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems’…

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Commando II lifts-off

Posted  August 8, 2012

Lockheed Martin delivered an MC-130J Commando II to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Aug. 7. Aircraft 5694 is the eighth of 11 MC-130Js to be assigned to the 522nd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon.

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U.S. starts landmark Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam

Posted  August 8, 2012

DANANG, Vietnam – Vo Duoc fights back tears while sharing the news that broke his heart: A few days ago he received test results confirming he and 11 family members have elevated levels of dioxin lingering in their blood. The family lives in a two-story house near a former U.S. military base in Danang where…

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UTC Aerospace Systems launches high-res snapshot SWIR camera

Posted  August 8, 2012

UTC Aerospace Systems introduced its next generation Sensors Unlimited shortwave infrared digital video camera at AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev. This high-resolution, indium gallium arsenide mil-rugged digital video camera features 30Hz full-frame rate and adds snapshot mode capability to the Sensors Unlimited high-definition SWIR product range. The camera is lightweight…

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Draken International buys eight McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawks

Posted  August 8, 2012

Draken International has signed an agreement with the New Zealand government to purchase eight McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawks as well as various other equipment and accessories. This successful transaction marks the end of a great chapter in New Zealand aviation history and the beginning of a great foundation for Draken International. Draken, recognizing the increasing…

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Airbus to double $12 billion it spends with U.S. suppliers

Posted  August 8, 2012

European aerospace giant Airbus said Aug. 6 it plans to double the $12 billion it now spends with U.S. suppliers amid strong airplane sales, explaining that the company has a backlog that is “disturbingly healthy.” Airbus America Chairman Allan McArtor told representatives from 114 companies at an aviation supplier conference in Kansas that 40 percent…

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Pratt & Whitney employees rally against sequestration cuts

Posted  August 8, 2012

Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., AIA Chairman and President of Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corporation David P. Hess, and more than 200 local workers rallied Aug. 8 at the Pratt & Whitney facility in Jupiter, Fla., to warn about the threat to U.S. economic and military strength posed by $1 trillion in sequestration budget cuts…

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