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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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Ukrainian officers join NATO drills in Bulgaria

Posted  April 4, 2014

NOVO SELO, Bulgaria – Lt. Col. Valeria Parada had a challenge. She and her team were responsible for rescuing people caught up in a dangerous situation around the Black Sea and making sure they received whatever humanitarian assistance they needed. To do that, she first had to learn how to coordinate among the air, navy…

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Suitcase-sized capability keeps coalition network running during retrograde

Posted  April 4, 2014

As U.S. and coalition forces draw down in Afghanistan and take most of their communications infrastructure with them, a new capability the size of a suitcase will enable soldiers to connect to the coalition network from anywhere on the planet.

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Space

NASA challenge invites students to design exploration systems

Posted  April 4, 2014

College and university students have an opportunity to help design systems for future space habitats and exploration systems through NASA’s Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. Applications for the fifth annual challenge will be accepted through April 30. The project will challenge students to design and implement new prototype systems that may advance exploration capabilities….

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Navy to commission Littoral Combat Ship Coronado

Posted  April 4, 2014

The Navy will commission its newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Coronado (LCS 4), April 5, during a ceremony at Naval Air Station, North Island in Coronado, Calif.

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Telair delivers 400th lower deck cargo system for Airbus A330 Series

Posted  April 4, 2014

Telair International, a subsidiary of U.S.-based aerospace and defense contractor AAR, announced April 2 delivery of the 400th advanced lower deck cargo system to the Airbus fuselage production line in Hamburg. Telair has been a supplier of individual components involved with cargo loading systems for the Airbus aircraft since the 1970’s and will become the…

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NASA Hubble team finds monster ‘El Gordo’ galaxy cluster bigger than thought

Posted  April 4, 2014

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has weighed the largest known galaxy cluster in the distant universe, catalogued as ACT-CL J0102-4915, and found it definitely lives up to its nickname - El Gordo (Spanish for "the fat one").

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Bombers train on long-range capabilities

Posted  April 4, 2014

Two B-52 Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and two B-2 Spirit bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., recently flew non-stop from their home stations to training ranges in Hawaii to exercise the president's credible and flexible military options to meet national security obligations to the U.S. and its allies.

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Defense weather satellite continues legacy program

Posted  April 4, 2014

An Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc, Calif., April 3, carrying a satellite that will be used to monitor meteorological, oceanographic and solar-terrestrial physics for the Department of Defense.

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Air Force leaders insist new tanker is key to airpower

Posted  April 4, 2014

The top three acquisition priorities for the Air Force are the KC-46A aerial tanker, the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter and the Long Range Strike Bomber, officials told members of Congress during a hearing of House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on seapower and projections forces, April 2. “On any given day, the Air Force’s mobility aircraft…

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Fleet complete!

Posted  April 4, 2014

  A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the 18th C-5M Super Galaxy to Dover Air Force Base, Del., April 2 from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga. Aircraft 87-0040 was flown by Lt. Gen. Brooks L. Bash, vice commander, Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to Delaware, making Dover the first…

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