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F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.

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Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott.

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NASA selects instruments to track climate impact on vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

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Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor pilots.


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General Dynamics delivers powerful tactical network, radios for Army’s NIE 12.2 Exercise

Posted  May 16, 2012

In the largest deployment yet of the General Dynamics-developed JTRS HMS Manpack and Rifleman Radios and the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical network, the U.S. Army is now conducting realistic operational evaluations of the next generation of high-speed communications equipment developed for ground forces. WIN-T Increment 2 and the JTRS Manpack and Rifleman radios form the baseline…

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Remembering a hero

Posted  May 16, 2012

Rose Mary Sabo-Brown vividly remembers May 15, 1970, as the worst day of her life. It was the day she learned that her new husband, Spec. 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr. of the 101st Airborne Division, wasn’t coming home from Vietnam.

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Lockheed Martin orbits 100th, 101st commercial geo satellites with successful launch

Posted  May 16, 2012

The 100th and 101st Lockheed Martin commercial geostationary communication satellites have been successfully placed in orbit May 15 after a dual launch aboard an Ariane 5-ECA launch vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana.

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X-47B gears up for summer milestones

Posted  May 16, 2012

Navy photograph by Greg Davis The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator performs taxi test in spring 2012 to validate the overall reliability of the system in preparation for its initial flight at Patuxent River, Md., this summer. In recent months, personnel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River…

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UAS procurement tops Air Force’s spending list

Posted  May 16, 2012

The unmanned aerial systems market accounted for $5.25 billion of the U.S. Department of Defense’s budget in 2010, with the Air Force emerging as the highest spender among all U.S. military services. Most of the $2.42 billion the Air Force has earmarked for UAS spending in 2012 is for the procurement of the MQ-9 Predator….

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Ball Aerospace submits solar electric propulsion concept to NASA

Posted  May 16, 2012

Ball Aerospace was one of five companies awarded up to $600,000 by NASA in September 2011, to formulate a mission concept to demonstrate the solar electric propulsion technologies, capabilities...

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Pentagon chief slams House panel for budget extras

Posted  May 16, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta slammed a House panel recently for adding billions of dollars to President Barack Obama’s defense budget, including money for a new East Coast missile defense site that the military says is unnecessary. Just hours after the House Armed Services Committee approved its $642 billion spending blueprint, Panetta and Army Gen. Martin…

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NASA lends Galaxy Evolution Explorer to Caltech

Posted  May 16, 2012

NASA is lending the Galaxy Evolution Explorer to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where the spacecraft will continue its exploration of the cosmos. In a first-of-a-kind move for NASA, a Space Act Agreement was signed May 14 so the university soon can resume spacecraft operations and data management for the mission using private…

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Rollin’ out

Posted  May 16, 2012

A future C-5M rolled out of the hangar at the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., May 10. Tail number 87-0045 received new engine pylons and wiring, and will now be fitted with new, state-of-the-art GE F138-GE-100 turbofan engines and undergo flight checks before being delivered to, Del., later this year.

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Honeywell delivers advanced ballistic materials for combat helmets to U.S. Army

Posted  May 16, 2012

Honeywell announced May 15 that it has completed the delivery of advanced ballistic materials that will be used in the development of next-generation combat helmets for the U.S. Army. Honeywell has delivered 218 helmets containing advanced Spectra Shield® and Gold Shield® ballistic materials that the Army will evaluate to help set new helmet performance requirements….

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