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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 Raiderâ„¢ 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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Phillips outlines aviation modernization priorities

Posted  October 31, 2012

Lt. Gen. Bill Phillips praised the Army’s industry and academic partners while outlining a handful of key aviation modernization priorities, Oct. 17, at an American Helicopter Society event in Arlington, Va. Phillips, the principal military deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition Logistics and Technology, or ASA(ALT), spoke to AHS about…

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NASA rover’s first soil studies help fingerprint Martian minerals

Posted  October 31, 2012

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has completed initial experiments showing the mineralogy of Martian soil is similar to weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in Hawaii. The minerals were identified in the first sample of Martian soil ingested recently by the rover. Curiosity used its Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument (CheMin) to obtain the results, which are…

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Boeing delivers ‘smiling faces’ 777 to Air China

Posted  October 31, 2012

Boeing photograph Air China’s newest 777-300ER features the faces of people who were selected from a social media campaign co-organized by Air China and Boeing in July 2012 Boeing Oct. 30 delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane to Air China, the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China. The airplane livery features a distinctive…

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News Briefs – October 29, 2012

Posted  October 29, 2012

Navy sending fewer ship mattresses to landfills The Navy is sending fewer of its shipboard mattresses to landfills. The mattresses from two Virginia-based aircraft carriers and another ship are having their parts recycled by a South Carolina company this year for other uses. In all, the Navy plans to recycle 13,000 mattresses from the USS…

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Veterans Affairs Home Loan Program delivers 20 millionth American dream

Posted  October 29, 2012

Neighbors watched as the Department of Veterans Affairs saluted Elizabeth Carpenter, the 20 millionth recipient of its Home Loan Guarantee Program, in a ceremony just outside the door of her new address in Woodbridge, Va.

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U.K. F-35 fleet increases capability at Eglin AFB

Posted  October 29, 2012

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov U.K. Royal Air Force Sqn. Ldr. Jim Schofield touches down in an F-35 Lightning II at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 19, 2012. This second United Kingdom F-35B at Eglin AFB will be embedded with the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501. It will be used for…

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Boeing Business Jets to offer the BBJ MAX

Posted  October 29, 2012

Boeing has announced its intent to offer the BBJ MAX 8 and the BBJ MAX 9, furthering Boeing's dominance in the large cabin ultra-long-range business jet market.

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Missing for 46 years, air commando laid to rest

Posted  October 29, 2012

Air Force photograph by Steven Elliott An air commando who died when his C-123 Provider flare ship was shot down over Ahn Khe, Vietnam, was laid to rest at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Texas, Oct. 26, 2012. The 310th Air Commando Squadron loadmaster, A1C Jerry Mack Wall, 24, was killed when his plane was…

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Palmdale to host Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Display

Posted  October 29, 2012

Point Man Antelope Valley and the City of Palmdale will present the Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall for the Antelope Valley Nov. 9-13 at the Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Boulevard in Palmdale, Calif. The public will have 24-hour a day access to the AV Wall while it is on display. There will be a…

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NASA hosts DC social media event with station astronaut Joe Acaba

Posted  October 29, 2012

NASA invites its social media followers to a special event with astronaut Joe Acaba from 9 -11:30 a.m., EST, Dec. 4. he event will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW in Washington. Acaba launched to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft May…

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