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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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Hill AFB plays key role in delivering F-16s to Indonesia

Posted  July 11, 2014

The combined efforts of Hill Air Force Base’s Ogden Air Logistics Complex, F-16 System Program Office, Defense Logistics Agency and several other Defense Department organizations will culminate in the initial delivery of three of 24 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft to the government of Indonesia July 14. The Indonesian government will accept delivery of one F-16C…

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NASA spacecraft sees further evidence of dry ice gullies on Mars

Posted  July 11, 2014

Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter indicate the gullies on Mars' surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liquid water.

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Hubble spots spiral bridge of young stars linking two ancient galaxies

Posted  July 11, 2014

NASA/ESA image NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope photographed a 100,000-light-year-long structure that looks like a string of pearls twisted into a corkscrew shape winds around the cores of the two massive galaxies. The ìpearlsî are superclusters of blazing, blue-white, newly born stars. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has photographed an unusual structure 100,000 light years long, which…

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General Dynamics to continue amphibious combat vehicle testing

Posted  July 11, 2014

General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, is continuing work on an Amphibious Combat Vehicle solution for the U.S. Marine Corps. The recently awarded five-month contract extension, valued at $7 million, continues General Dynamics’ ongoing work to determine the best option for developing an affordable, survivable and high water speed ACV platform…

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Hagel talks with F-35 pilots, maintainers at Eglin AFB

Posted  July 11, 2014

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks with reporters after touring the 33rd Fighter Wing and the F-35 Lightning II integrated training center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., July 10, 2014. During his visit, he met with Eglin service members for 45 minutes to praise their work in the…

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Arianespace launches O3b satellites on Soyuz mission

Posted  July 11, 2014

July 10, at 3:55 pm local time in French Guiana, Arianespace successfully performed its second launch for O3b Networks, following the successful launch of the operator’s first four satellites last year. With this eighth Soyuz launch from the Guiana Space Center, all successful, Arianespace proves its long-term support for new operators and helps reduce the…

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News Briefs July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

Afghan aid is dropping, but how fast is too fast? Civilian assistance to Afghanistan was always slated to shrink with America’s military footprint, but U.S. aid officials were caught off guard when Congress became upset by testy relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and slashed civilian aid by 50 percent this year. War-weary lawmakers were…

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Headlines July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

Business: F-35 engine fire may be one-time incident, U.S. says – The engine fire that led the Pentagon to ground its fleet of F-35 fighters may have been caused by an isolated flaw, according to the Defense Department’s top weapons buyer.  Window closing on F-35 appearance at RIAT – The F-35 joint strike fighter won’t be appearing…

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Lockheed Martin receives $212 million contract for PAC-3 missile support

Posted  July 14, 2014

Lockheed Martin has received a contract award recently totaling $212 million from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Maintenance & Surveillance services to U.S. and international PAC-3 customers from the Missile Support Center. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor on the PAC-3 Missile Segment of the Patriot air defense…

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SeaGriffin completes guided flight test with new dual-mode seeker

Posted  July 14, 2014

Raytheon has successfully completed the latest guided flight test of its SeaGriffin™ missile. The test further demonstrated the effectiveness of SeaGriffin’s semi-active laser guidance system, and the missile’s ability to capture images from a newly-added imaging infrared seeker. During the Raytheon-funded test, a SeaGriffin missile, launched from an integrated surface launch system, provided streaming video…

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