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Rapid Equipping Force, PEO Soldier test targeting device at White Sands Missile Range

Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton SFC Justin Rotti, a combat developer from the Training and Doctrine Command Fire Cell, Fires Center of Excellence, uses a developmental hand held precision targeting device during a test at White Sands Missile Range’s 500k test site. White Sands’ terrain and environmental features make it well suited for testing…

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NASA’s Fermi telescope reveals new source of gamma rays

Observations by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope of several stellar eruptions, called novae, firmly establish these relatively common outbursts almost always produce gamma rays, the most energetic form of light.

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Hubble shows farthest lensing galaxy yields clues to early universe

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass. Seen here as it looked 9.6 billion years ago, this monster elliptical galaxy breaks the previous record-holder by 200 million years.

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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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News Briefs April 23, 2012

Posted  April 23, 2012

South Korea asks China about North Korean missile carrier A South Korean official says Seoul is asking China whether it is the source of a missile carrier displayed by North Korea during a recent military parade. Military experts have pointed to China as the probable supplier of the 16-wheel truck, but China has denied it….

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Engineering review board concludes review of HTV-2 second test flight

Posted  April 23, 2012

Following an extensive seven-month analysis of data collected from the Aug. 11, 2011, second flight of DARPA’s Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2), an independent engineering review board investigating the cause of a flight anomaly completed…

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Northrop Grumman to collaborate with Indonesian partner companies to produce ground-based radar systems

Posted  April 23, 2012

Northrop Grumman executed a memorandum of understanding at the Sixth National Radar Seminar in Bali, Indonesia with PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia and the Research Centre For Electronics And Telecommunications of The Indonesian Institute Of Sciences to facilitate collaboration on pending ground-based radar opportunities in Indonesia. The Northrop Grumman AN/TPS-78 is the latest generation of state-of-the-art…

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Defense

Air Force cuts back on air show demonstrations

Posted  April 23, 2012

The Air Force says it is scaling back its participation in dozens of air shows this year in an effort to cut costs and ensure its combat pilots are getting the training hours they need in a time of shrinking budgets. The cutbacks won’t affect the service’s premier demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, but will mean…

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Four U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Posted  April 22, 2012

Defense Department officials said April 20 the four International Security Assistance Force members killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan April 19 were Americans. “Regrettably, we can confirm that four U.S. service members lost their lives in this crash,” George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, told Pentagon reporters April 20….

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AEDC sets new testing record on F-22 Raptor engine

Posted  April 22, 2012

The Arnold Engineering Development Center at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., recently completed a Continuous Improvement Program Life Extension Accelerated Mission Test on an F119 engine for the F-22 Raptor in the Sea Level 2 facility. “The purpose of this particular test, a life extension Accelerated…

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Weather postpones Enterprise flight to New York

Posted  April 22, 2012

NASA’s planned flight to New York City of space shuttle Enterprise atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft has been postponed until further notice due to an unfavorable weather forecast for April 23. To ensure a safe flight for Enterprise and the SCA, NASA managers, in consultation with the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, decided…

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U.S. Marine Corps first to buy four different AeroVironment small unmanned aircraft systems

Posted  April 22, 2012

AeroVironment announced April 20 that the U.S. Marine Corps is the first military service to adopt four different small unmanned aircraft systems from the company with the receipt of a firm fixed-price order valued at $5,558,479 for the RQ-20A Puma AE(tm) through an existing U.S. Army contract. Delivery is scheduled within two weeks “The Marine…

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Space

Boeing, NASA sign agreement on mission support for CST-100

Posted  April 22, 2012

Boeing has signed an agreement with NASA’s Mission Operations Directorate at Johnson Space Center, Texas, to collaborate on mission planning, training and flight operations for the company’s Commercial Space Transportation-100 spacecraft. Under the new arrangement, which Boeing negotiated under its current Phase 2 NASA Space Act Agreement for Commercial Crew Development, Boeing will begin discussions…

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Army, Air Force conduct joint airdrop training

Posted  April 22, 2012

Airdrops provide the means to distribute vital equipment and supplies to soldiers in isolated locations with rough terrain, inadequate delivery routes and enemy activities. The use of airdrops, as opposed to resupplying by way of ground transportation, can reduce the risk of roadside bombs and…

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