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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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MQ-8B Fire Scout conducts test operations aboard littoral combat ship

Posted  May 2, 2014

An MQ-8B Fire Scout sits on the flight deck of USS Freedom (LCS 1) April 30 off the coast of San Diego, Calif.  Sailors from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 are conducting the first combined operations between the unmanned Fire Scout and the manned H-60 helicopter aboard the littoral combat ship over the next few weeks.

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World War II internment camp survivors honored 70 years later

Posted  May 2, 2014

Nine U.S. Army Air Forces airmen who were interned at the Wauwillermoos Camp in Switzerland seven decades ago finally were honored with the Prisoner of War Medal, April 30.

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Boeing delivers 75th 747 to Lufthansa

Posted  May 2, 2014

Boeing and Lufthansa celebrated the delivery of the German airline’s 75th 747 April 30. “Lufthansa is proud to share this milestone with Boeing,” said Nico Buchholz, executive vice president, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management. “The 747 is an amazing airplane and will continue to delight our passengers for many years to come, and provide them with…

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NASA’s carbon-counting spacecraft arrives at launch site

Posted  May 2, 2014

A NASA spacecraft designed to make precise measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final preparations for launch.

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DRS Technologies to deliver communications, transmission services to U.S. Army

Posted  May 2, 2014

DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company, announced that its Aviation, Communications and Homeland Security business group will be supporting U.S. Army battlefield operations around the world by providing satellite and terrestrial communications capabilities. DRS has been awarded access to an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide communications and transmission systems as part of a five-year…

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Army increases in-flight situational awareness for rapid response forces

Posted  May 2, 2014

With help from the Army's new in-flight internet and mission command capability, commanders of Global Response Force units will be able to plan missions in the air, while their soldiers receive operational updates and watch full-motion video of upcoming drop zones before their parachutes ever open.

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Hubble astronomers use supernovae to gauge power of cosmic lenses

Posted  May 2, 2014

Distant exploding stars observed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope are providing astronomers with a powerful tool to determine the strength of naturally-occurring “cosmic lenses” that are used to magnify objects in the remote universe. Two teams of astronomers, working independently, observed three such exploding stars, called supernovae. Their light was amplified by the immense gravity…

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Team JSTARS reaches 100,000-hour flying milestone

Posted  May 2, 2014

When a car surpasses 100,000 miles, it may be time to get a new one.

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Lockheed Martin employees’ donations support 48 charitable agencies with more than $240,000

Posted  May 2, 2014

PALMDALE, Calif. – Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics Employees Reaching Out (AERO) Club delivered checks totaling more than $240,000 to 48 non-profit agencies in Antelope Valley and surrounding communities.  “The generosity of our employees by donating through the AERO Club shows the tight connection we feel between the community and our company,” said Tom Hartmann, director of…

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GOES-R weather satellite modules delivered to Lockheed Martin

Posted  May 2, 2014

The two large modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite spacecraft were delivered to a cleanroom at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems facility near Denver. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series is NOAA’s next-generation geostationary weather satellites. With the delivery of the system module and the propulsion module, the weather satellite will now undergo the…

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