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Future USNS Fall River delivered

Navy photograph The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship’s trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-sea trials during which the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated and demonstrated the performance of Fall River…

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Tech

NASA airborne campaigns focus on climate impacts in Arctic

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Changes in more than 130 Alaskan glaciers are being surveyed by scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a DHC-3 Otter as part of NASA’s multi-year Operation IceBridge Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to…

Air Force photograph by Michael J. Pausic Defense

Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss Space

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist’s illustration depicts WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light years away. A planet may be causing…

Lockheed Martin photograph by Mike Wilhelm Business

Enhanced F-35 Lightning II logistics system delivered to flight test locations

Lockheed Martin has delivered the next evolution of the F-35 Lightning II’s information technology backbone, called the Autonomic Logistics Information System, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.


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Aircraft Spotlight: AH-64 Apache Helicopter

Posted  May 4, 2012

The AH-64 Apache, the world’s premier twin-engined Army attack helicopter, was designed to be an extremely tough survivor under combat. The prototype Apache made its first flight Sept. 30, 1975, as the YAH-64, and in 1976, Hughes received a full-scale development contract. In 1982, the Army...

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Hawker Beechcraft reaches agreement to reduce debt, strengthen company for future

Posted  May 4, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft announced May 3 that it has reached an agreement with a significant number of its senior secured lenders and senior bondholders on the terms of a financial restructuring plan that will strengthen the company for the future and eliminate approximately $2.5 billion in debt and approximately $125 million of annual cash interest expense….

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NASA announces 2012 Summer of Innovation project

Posted  May 4, 2012

NASA’s third annual Summer of Innovation project is underway. The project is providing hands-on learning opportunities for middle school students and educators through NASA-unique science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational activities during the summer school break. SOI is a key component of the agency’s broader education program to increase student interest in STEM courses, particularly…

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DARPA seeks technology to see through clouds for warfighter support

Posted  May 4, 2012

Advanced, flyable electronics and scene simulation technology sought for video synthetic aperture radar Warfighters who encounter enemy forces on the ground benefit from overhead aircraft support. Some capabilities...

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Aerojet’s AJ26 flight engine successfully hot-fire tested for Orbital’s Antares rocket

Posted  May 4, 2012

Aerojet announced May 4 that its AJ26 engine successfully completed a hot-fire test yesterday at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Aerojet is a GenCorp company. Orbital Sciences Corporation, Aerojet and NASA monitored the full-duration test in support of the Antares(R) rocket program. This is the eighth AJ26 engine to be tested at Stennis. “This test demonstrates…

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General Dynamics awarded Coast Guard contract for support of the Rescue 21 system

Posted  May 4, 2012

General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Coast Guard to provide ongoing sustainment services for the national Rescue 21 search and rescue system. General Dynamics, the prime contractor for the system’s design, development and deployment, will continue to provide field service personnel, technical support…

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Edwards Civ-Mil ‘Support Edwards’ mixer set for May 16

Posted  May 4, 2012

The Edwards AFB Civilian-Military Support Group annual Spring Mixer this year takes on added significance because of Air Force restructuring now taking place. Aida O’Connor and others founded the group in 1988 partly to show the communities support for Edwards at the time of a round of Base Restructuring and Consolidation (BRAC) defense cutbacks. Again,…

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JTRS advances ‘Cognitive Radio’ concept

Posted  May 4, 2012

The Joint Program Executive Office for Joint Tactical Radio Systems is moving closer to its vision of Cognitive Radio, a concept engineered to allow a family of software-programmable radios to better use portions of the available spectrum, service officials said. Cognitive Radio allows...

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Spirit AeroSystems says first-quarter profit doubled

Posted  May 4, 2012

Aerospace supplier Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. said May 3 that its first-quarter profit doubled as production sped up for Boeing and Airbus planes. Spirit reported net income of $73.6 million, or 52 cents per share, for the quarter that ended March 31. That was up from $34.6 million, or 24 cents per share, during the…

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F-15E crashes in Southwest Asia

Posted  May 3, 2012

An Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle crashed May 3 at 11:40 a.m. local time while conducting a routine training mission. Both crew members ejected safely. First responders have responded to the scene and more details will be released as they become available. Strike Eagles are dual-role fighters that perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The cause…

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