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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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Boeing Military Aircraft announces leadership appointments

Posted  March 24, 2014

Boeing March 21 named four executives to new leadership positions in its Boeing Military Aircraft business unit. The appointments will be effective April 1, 2014. David Koopersmith is named vice president and general manager for Vertical Lift. Koopersmith, currently vice president of Attack Helicopter Programs, AH-64 Apache and AH-6 program manager and senior site executive…

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Space

NASA Selects United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket to launch solar orbiter mission

Posted  March 24, 2014

NASA’s Launch Services Program announced today that it selected United Launch Alliance’s proven Atlas V vehicle to launch its next-generation sun explorer called Solar Orbiter. This award resulted from a competitive procurement under NASA Launch Services contracts that considered multiple launch providers. “We are honored that NASA has selected ULA to provide the launch service…

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Soldier missing from Vietnam War accounted for

Posted  March 24, 2014

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced March 18 that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, were recently accounted for and will be buried in a group burial ceremony. Army SSgt. Lawrence Woods of Clarksville, Tenn., will be buried as part of group on March 21, at Arlington National…

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DRS Technologies to supply its hybrid electric drive system to Korean Navy’s new class of frigates

Posted  March 24, 2014

DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today a contract award to design and produce a Hybrid Electric Drive propulsion system for the Republic of Korea Navy’s future Incheon-class multipurpose frigate known as FFX Batch II. The contract, valued at more than $9 million USD, was awarded to DRS’s Maritime and Combat Support Systems group…

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Triton Unmanned Air System completes initial flight test phase

Posted  March 24, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph The Navy’s unmanned MQ-4C Triton approaches Northrop Grumman’s flight test facility in Palmdale, Calif., March 13. This flight completed Triton’s initial flight test phase bringing the unmanned air system one step closer to introduction to the fleet in 2017. The Navy’s MQ-4C Triton completed its initial flight test phase at Northrop Grumman’s…

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Space

NASA’s Spitzer telescope brings 360-degree view of galaxy to our fingertips

Posted  March 24, 2014

Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA’s new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TEDActive 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The star-studded panorama of our galaxy is constructed from more than 2 million infrared snapshots taken over the past 10 years by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. “If…

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Veterans

Veterans unemployment rate dropped in 2013

Posted  March 24, 2014

The unemployment rate for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans dropped in 2013, according to Labor Department statistics announced March 20. The unemployment rate fell to 9 percent last year for veterans who served on active duty since September 2001. The jobless rate for all veterans also edged down to 6.6 percent. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez…

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General Dynamics awarded $26 million by Lockheed Martin for continued work on U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System III program

Posted  March 24, 2014

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, was recently awarded a $26 million contract from Lockheed Martin to support the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System (GPS) III †Network Communications Element. The Air Force’s next-generation GPS III satellites will improve position, navigation and timing services and provide advanced anti-jam capabilities yielding…

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Benet Labs’ mortar redesign to help infantrymen become more lethal, safer

Posted  March 24, 2014

Army photograph by 1st Lt. Cory Titus Apache Troop mortarmen fire the first round of the day for their mortar live-fire exercise at Combat Outpost Khilaguy, Afghanistan, Nov. 9, 2013. To properly emplace their system, two Soldiers must stand on the baseplate to help it set firmly in the ground. The United States infantry has…

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NASA extends Lockheed Martin contract to support ISS

Posted  March 24, 2014

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration recently awarded Lockheed Martin a one-year contract extension on the Cargo Mission Contract 2 valued at $22 million. The extension ensures continuation of processing services, including support planning, coordination, preparation and packing of standardized containers for cargo delivery to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Through this extension,…

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