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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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‘Joining Forces’ initiative exceeds hiring goals for vets, spouses

Posted  August 24, 2012

The White House initiative to hire veterans and military spouses has surpassed its goals, having led to the hiring or training of more than 125,000 veterans and spouses in the past year, First Lady Michelle Obama announced Aug. 22. Speaking to sailors and their families at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla., the first lady…

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New CSEL capabilities provide additional communication options

Posted  August 24, 2012

Recent improvements to the capabilities of the Combat Survivor Evader Locator radio are enhancing communications between an isolated person and rescue assets. CSEL is a hand-held survival radio used with base stations located across the globe that provides critical search and rescue infrastructure for the joint services. Currently, it provides over-the-horizon and line-of-sight voice capabilities….

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NASA administrator announces new commercial crew, cargo milestones

Posted  August 24, 2012

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Aug. 23 announced new milestones in the nation’s commercial space initiatives from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The latest advances made by NASA’s commercial space partners pave the way for the first contracted flight of cargo to the International Space Station this fall and mark progress toward a launch…

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NASA hosts first social media event at Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex

Posted  August 24, 2012

Sixty-five of NASA’s social media followers will have a rare opportunity to tour the agency’s Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California’s Mojave Desert during a NASA Social on Oct. 15, 2012. Goldstone is one of three NASA Deep Space Network complexes strategically placed around the world. The complex provides the ability to communicate with…

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Ceremony marks 70th anniversary of Eighth Air Force

Posted  August 24, 2012

U.S. and Royal Air Force leadership; local community leaders from Kettering, United Kingdom; and veterans marked the 70th anniversary of the first 8th Air Force bombers participating in World War II with a ceremony at Boughton House and a memorial service at Grafton Underwood Aug. 17. At Boughton House 70 years ago, the Duke of…

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News Briefs – August 23, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

No injuries in MH-53 hard landing No one was injured when an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15 made a hard landing Aug. 22, following an engine malfunction. The hard landing at Bahrain International Airport caused damage to the tail section of the aircraft. Airport operations remain normal. The incident is…

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Aerotech NewsRadio – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

Thank you for listening in! We have Doug Castleman, an aviation artist, in the studio talk about the art of drawing and painting aircrafts.

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GA-ASI maritime radar excels in Navy exercise

Posted  August 23, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Aug. 22 that it successfully demonstrated additional features of the Maritime Wide Area Search mode of its proven Lynx(r) Multi-mode Radar during the recent U.S. Navy Experiment Trident Warrior 2012 held off the coast of Southern California in July. GA-ASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical…

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Vietnam vets join 21st Cav aviators for Hueys’ final lift at Hood

Posted  August 23, 2012

Army photograph by Daniel Cernero A UH-1 helicopter, operated by 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat), carries Vietnam veterans on an airlift, which passed over the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas, Aug. 18, 2012. The flight was part of a farewell and retirement ceremony of three UH-1 “Huey” helicopters at Fort Hood. Iconic, dependable,…

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General Dynamics NASSCO awarded $104 million contract mod for USS Comstock modernization

Posted  August 23, 2012

General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a $104 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to renovate and modernize the dock landing ship USS Comstock. General Dynamics NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics. General Dynamics NASSCO received funding to begin modifications to USS Comstock in April 2012 and began performing onboard renovation and…

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