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Lockheed Martin acquires high-speed wind tunnel, plans upgrades

Courtesy photograph A RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet undergoes testing at the High Speed Wind Tunnel at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie. Lockheed Martin recently purchased the facility and plans numerous upgrades. Lockheed Martin has purchased a wind tunnel that is one of only two of its kind in the United States, and…

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NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover finishes marathon

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win.

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NASA announces teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12, 2014, at the U.S. Space & Rocket…

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Seventy-three years ago, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

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U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrates 70 years

More than 300 staff, students and graduate “Testers” of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrated 70 years since the school was established at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., March 12.


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Company once known as Blackwater settles arms case

Posted  August 9, 2012

The international security contractor formerly known as Blackwater has agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle federal criminal charges related to arms smuggling and other crimes. Documents unsealed Aug. 7 in a U.S. District Court in North Carolina said the company, now called Academi LLC, agreed to pay the fine as part of…

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New NASA mission ready to brave Earth’s radiation belts

Posted  August 9, 2012

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission will send two spacecraft into the harsh environment of our planet’s radiation belts. Final preparations have begun for launch Aug. 23, from Florida’s Space Coast. The RBSP spacecraft are designed to fly and operate in the heart of the most hazardous regions of near-Earth space to collect crucial data….

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Panetta: National Guard, Reserve key to defense strategy

Posted  August 9, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told the airmen and soldiers based at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y., Aug. 9 their service is critical to the defense strategy. Panetta said New York was the cradle of the United States military, and that its critical role for the armed forces continues today. “New York’s Air National…

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Pilot becomes Guard’s first F-35 instructor pilot

Posted  August 9, 2012

An airman became the Air National Guard's first F-35 Lightning II instructor pilot recently at the multi-service, multi-national F-35 Integrated Training Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.....

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JASSM-ER nears operational employment

Posted  August 9, 2012

The 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, is scheduled to complete the final-phase of operational testing for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range in late August, marking a significant step toward operational employment.

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Chief of naval research moderates panel at unmanned systems conference

Posted  August 9, 2012

The Navy's chief of naval research led a panel discussion highlighting technology challenges and a vision for future maritime robotic systems Aug. 8, at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's annual conference....

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Shuttle Endeavour arrives in California next month

Posted  August 9, 2012

The space shuttle Endeavour will make its final journey next month – a piggyback ride to Southern California, where it will be prepared for a road trip to a new home in Los Angeles. Officials announced Aug. 8 that the shuttle will be flown into Los Angeles International Airport Sept. 20 atop a Boeing 747…

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First 360-degree panorama from NASA’s Curiosity rover

Posted  August 9, 2012

Remarkable image sets from NASA's Curiosity rover and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are continuing to develop the story of Curiosity's landing and first days on Mars.

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Astrotech appoints chief financial officer

Posted  August 9, 2012

Astrotech Corporation announced Aug. 9 that it has appointed Carlisle “Kirk” Kirkpatrick as chief financial officer. Kirkpatrick’s appointment is effective as of Aug. 9, and follows the departure of John Porter as the company’s CFO. “The board and I are delighted to welcome Mr. Kirkpatrick to AstrotechCorporation,” said Thomas B. Pickens III, chairman and CEO….

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Northrop Grumman joins Hosted Payloads Alliance to further help address global security needs

Posted  August 9, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has become a member of the Hosted Payloads Alliance, joining the wide variety of companies that support an increasing role for defense and commercial contractors in helping government agencies find timely and cost-effective ways of acquiring space assets and services. The alliance was formed in 2011 to increase awareness…

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