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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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News Briefs – November 1, 2012

Posted  October 31, 2012

U.S. military chief in Israel to oversee joint drill   The American military chief is in Israel to observe the largest armed forces drill between the two countries. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, was meeting Oct. 28 with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the beginning of his visit….

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Robots, take your mark The DARPA Robotics Challenge has begun! Will it include you?

Posted  October 31, 2012

Robot enthusiasts, the time has come. The DARPA Robotics Challenge began Oct. 24. Will you be part of it? Over the next two years, teams will compete to develop and put to the test hardware and software designed to enable robots to assist humans in emergency response when a disaster strikes. Based on proposals submitted…

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Boeing, Aviation Capital Services announce commitment for 35 737 MAXs

Posted  October 31, 2012

Boeing and Aviation Capital Services LLC, a subsidiary of the State Corporation Russian Technologies announced Oct. 30 a commitment by Rostech to purchase 35 737 MAX airplanes. It is the first commitment for the 737 MAX from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Boeing and Aviation Capital Services will work to finalize the details…

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Film shows veterans reaching Himalayan peak

Posted  October 31, 2012

High Ground is a gripping portrayal of 11 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who join an expedition to climb the 20,000-foot Himalayan Mount Lobuche.

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Northrop Grumman to provide inertial navigation systems for Cessna’s Citation Sovereign business jets

Posted  October 31, 2012

Northrop Grumman has been selected by Cessna Aircraft Company to be a provider of gyro-compassing, hybrid inertial navigation systems for the 680 Citation Sovereign business jet aircraft.

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Dassault introduces the Falcon 2000LXS

Posted  October 31, 2012

Oct. 29, Dassault Falcon launched the Falcon 2000LXS, offering improved airport performance, payload and cabin comfort compared to the Falcon 2000LX which it will replace in 2014. The 4,000 nautical mile Falcon 2000LXS will allow operators to access more airports because of new full-length inboard slats which give the aircraft category-leading airport performance and balanced…

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Army researchers link ground robots for collaborative autonomy

Posted  October 31, 2012

Army photograph Jason Gregory and Jeffrey Twigg, both of U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Computational and Information Sciences Directorate, use their robotics expertise to explore ways to best operate autonomous systems in complex and unstructured situations like those soldiers encounter on the battlefield. Four U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers have developed an algorithm that will make…

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Army’s Soldier Radio Waveform demonstrated on Raytheon’s next generation air, ground radios

Posted  October 31, 2012

In a key milestone, Raytheon has demonstrated the Soldier Radio Waveform on its new class of airborne and ground radio terminals, providing soldiers with another way to communicate across disparate networks. During the demonstration, users were able to send voice and data traffic between Raytheon’s terminal and another soldier radio running SRW. Raytheon is moving…

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Lockheed Martin-built Trident II D5 missile achieves 143 successful test flights

Posted  October 31, 2012

The U.S. Navy supported the Oct. 23 launch of a United Kingdom’s Royal Navy Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile built by Lockheed Martin. The unarmed missile was launched from the submerged Royal Navy submarine HMS Vigilant in the Atlantic Ocean. The test marked the 143rd successful test flight of the Trident II D5 missile…

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Honeywell, Cessna sign $800 million aviation equipment agreement

Posted  October 31, 2012

The Cessna Aircraft Co. has selected Honeywell to provide the most advanced environmental control systems, industry-leading LASEREF navigation and state-of-the-art communications systems for the new Cessna Citation Latitude and Cessna Citation Longitude aircraft. The new business is expected to be worth up to $800 million over the life of the program. “We’re excited to bring…

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