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Laser-based aircraft countermeasure provides ‘unlimited rounds’ against MANPADS

The Army expects later this year to reach a Milestone B decision with its laser-based common infrared countermeasures, or CIRCM, defense system program.

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E-9A Widget, one of a kind

The mission of the Air Force is like a highly complex machine. Each piece of the machine is vital to it operating successfully. The E-9A Widget is a very small, yet highly important piece to that machine.

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Orion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facility

Arnold Engineering Development Complex engineers at the National Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex assisted in recent testing of sub-scale parachutes for the next mission of the Orion spacecraft, Exploration Mission-1.

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Northrop Grumman delivers center/aft ‘shipset’ for first international EA-18G Growler

Northrop Grumman has completed and delivered to The Boeing Company a major subassembly of the first of 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Navy conducts production acceptance test of Tomahawk missile

The Navy's Tactical Tomahawk missile underwent a successful production acceptance test March 19 using functional ground test capability at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division's Large Rocket Motor Test Facility in Indian Head, Md.


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Air Force C-130 firefighting efforts reach milestone

Posted  August 29, 2012

Air Force Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s reached a major mission milestone Aug. 24 by dropping the 2 millionth gallon of retardant for the season. MAFFS 5, assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd Airlift Wing here, dropped the record-breaking gallon during its third sortie of the day battling the Halstead fire north…

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Boeing celebrates delivery of first Aeroloft(tm) installed on a BBJ 747-8

Posted  August 29, 2012

Boeing today celebrated the delivery of the first Aeroloft(tm) installed on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 747-8 Aug. 29. The Aeroloft(tm), designed and built by Greenpoint Technologies of Kirkland, Wash., provides 393 square feet (36.5 square meters) of additional cabin space bringing the VIP-configured 747-8 to a total 5,179 square feet (481.2 square meters) of…

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News Briefs – August 28, 2012

Posted  August 28, 2012

Iran could open military site to visits   Iran could allow representatives from nonaligned nations to visit a military site that the U.N. nuclear watchdog suspects has housed nuclear experiments. Access for diplomats and others to the Parchin base would be an attempt by Iran to show openness during this week’s Non-Aligned Movement gathering, but…

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Thousands of Guardsmen available to governors in Isaac’s path

Posted  August 28, 2012

More than 33,500 National Guard personnel and nearly 100 aircraft are available to the governors of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens states along the Gulf of Mexico, Defense Department officials said Aug. 27......

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West Point cadets get adventures in autonomous manipulation, mobility

Posted  August 28, 2012

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Autonomous Systems Division of the Vehicle Technology Directorate recently sponsored two U.S. Military Academy cadets for three weeks as part of their Academic Individual Advancement Development....

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SAIC Awarded contract by U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific

Posted  August 28, 2012

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific to provide life-cycle command, control, communications, computers and intelligence services in support of the Network Integration Engineering Facility. The single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has one-year base period of performance with a value of approximately $21 million,…

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101st Airborne Division female soldiers first to test prototype body armor

Posted  August 28, 2012

Cartoonist Bob Thaves once said, "Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels." This quote is applicable to the Army's female soldiers of today, who now make up 14 percent of the total force....

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NASA selects space, Earth science data analysis contract

Posted  August 28, 2012

NASA has selected ADNET Systems Inc. of Rockville, Md., to provide a broad range of services to support Earth and space science research and development at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This is a cost-plus fixed-fee contract with a total estimated value of $249 million, which includes one base year and four…

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NASA hosts social media event to welcome Endeavour to California

Posted  August 28, 2012

To welcome space shuttle Endeavour to Southern California, NASA is inviting 40 of its social media followers to a “NASA Social” Sept. 19 – 20 at the agency’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Portions of the social will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Endeavour is…

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Hiding in plain sight

Posted  August 28, 2012

This robot is made of silicone. It can walk, change color and light up in the dark. It can even change temperature. In the future, robots like this might be made for just a few dollars.....

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