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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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AF launches successful satellite mission

The 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., supported a successful United Launch Alliance Delta IV vehicle carrying Air Force Space Command mission assets for the Air Force July 28.

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F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary…


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NASA’s Cassini finds Saturn’s moon Phoebe has planet-like qualities

Posted  April 30, 2012

Data from NASA’s Cassini mission reveal Saturn’s moon Phoebe has more planet-like qualities than previously thought. Scientists had their first close-up look at Phoebe when Cassini began exploring the Saturn system in 2004. Using data from multiple spacecraft instruments and a computer model of the moon’s chemistry, geophysics and geology, scientists found Phoebe was a…

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General Dynamics to convert of M2 crew-served machine guns

Posted  April 30, 2012

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $6.9 million contract by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command to convert more than 3,500 M2 heavy barrel machine guns to the M2A1 configuration. The M2A1 offers the proven performance of the existing M2HB heavy barrel machine…

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Marine Corps places order for AeroVironment Raven small UAS

Posted  April 30, 2012

AeroVironment, Inc. received a firm fixed-price order valued at $3,653,519 March 15, 2012, from the U.S. Marine Corps through an existing U.S. Army contract. The order includes RQ-11B Raven® small unmanned aircraft systems and initial spares packages. The systems and spares were scheduled for delivery before April 17, 2012. The RQ-11B Raven unmanned aircraft system…

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Enterprise to fly over New York City metro area

Posted  April 26, 2012

NASA managers, in consultation with Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum officials, have selected April 27, to ferry space shuttle Enterprise from Washington Dulles International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with Enterprise mounted atop will fly at a relatively low altitude over various parts of…

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Lockheed Martin CEO Stevens plans to step down

Posted  April 26, 2012

Lockheed Martin said April 26 that CEO Bob Stevens plans to step down and that its president and chief operating officer, Chris Kubasik, will take on the role at the start of the new year. The announcement came as the aerospace and defense contractor reports its first-quarter earnings climbed 26 percent on a 6 percent…

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Lockheed Martin-built Blackbirds still draw the crowds

Posted  April 26, 2012

Neither the near 100-degree heat nor the ongoing Poppy Festival was enough to keep aircraft buffs away from the opportunity to view America’s two most famous spy planes on display at the Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale, Calif. For the first time, the SR-71 and U-2D...

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Settlement clears way for cross in Mojave Desert

Posted  April 26, 2012

A veterans group can restore a memorial cross in California’s Mojave Desert under a court settlement that ends a decade-old legal battle, the National Park Service said April 24. A federal judge approved the lawsuit settlement April 24, permitting the park service to turn over a remote hilltop area known as Sunrise Rock to a…

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Northrop Grumman to upgrade Fire Scout unmanned helicopter for U.S. Navy

Posted  April 26, 2012

The U.S. Navy has selected Northrop Grumman to produce the next-generation Fire Scout unmanned helicopter using the Bell 407 airframe. The new variant provides greater range, endurance and payload capacity to ship commander’s intelligence-gathering efforts. According to a U.S. Department of Defense news release on contract awards released April 23, the company will produce a…

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F-16s, MiGs engage over Bulgarian skies

Posted  April 26, 2012

U.S. pilots from the 555th and 510th Fighter Squadrons based out of Aviano Air Base, Italy, have been given a rare opportunity to train and share experiences with Bulgarian air force MiG-21 and MiG-29 pilots during their deployment to Graf Itnatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, in support...

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Aerojet completes testing of next-generation exploration thruster

Posted  April 26, 2012

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced April 26 that it successfully completed development testing of its MR-104H 100 lbf-class monopropellant hydrazine thruster. Working with Boeing Exploration Launch Systems and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Aerojet successfully completed environmental and hot-fire performance testing of the MR-104H in Redmond, Wash. The MR-104 product line matured under NASA’s Constellation…

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