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NASA airborne campaigns tackle climate questions from Africa to Arctic

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.

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16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests

The reactivation of the 16T Pitch Boom mechanism at the 16 foot transonic wind tunnel (16T) is providing an alternate model system for new Arnold Engineering Development Complex test customers.

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Scientists turn handheld JCAD into a dual-use chemical, explosives detector

Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., proved it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks by adding the ability to detect explosive materials to the Joint Chemical Agent Detector.

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Boeing delivers first direct purchase 737-700 to Ruili Airlines

Boeing and Ruili Airlines Nov. 25 celebrated the arrival of the airline's first direct purchase Next-Generation 737-700. Ruili is a newly established private airline based at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, the capital city of China's Yunnan province.

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New crew arrives at space station to continue scientific research

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station.


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PACAF releases report on Alaska F-16 squadron move

Posted  June 1, 2012

Pacific Air Forces released a report May 31 on the Air Force’s plan to move people and aircraft associated with the 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson AFB near Fairbanks, Alaska, to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, near Anchorage, Alaska. Pacific Air Forces led a 26-member Site Activation Task Force team which traveled to both installations in April…

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AeroVironment receives $15.8 million initial order from U.S. Army for RQ-11B Raven small UAS, new payload

Posted  June 1, 2012

AeroVironment, Inc. has received a $15,813,406 firm fixed-price authorization to perform May 22, 2012 from the U.S. Army as the initial portion of a contract action with a total projected value of $65,889,191. The order includes RQ-11B Raven systems, new miniature gimbaled payloads and initial spares packages, and is funded from the Army’s fiscal 2012…

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems honored by AIAA

Posted  June 1, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced that it was recently honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics with a local award…

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Northrop Grumman Foundation inspires next generation of explorers through Space Camp sponsorship

Posted  June 1, 2012

The Northrop Grumman Foundation has announced the national sponsorship of middle school students and teachers from across the country to attend Space Camp this summer, from July 29 to Aug. 3, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. This is the fourth year that the foundation has funded Space Camp sponsorships. “At…

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News Briefs June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

National Guard worker gets 21/2 years for $15 million fraud A former manager for the California National Guard has been sentenced to 21/2 years in federal prison for arranging $15.2 million in bonuses and other payments to fellow guards who weren’t eligible for them. A U.S. attorney’s statement says 52-year-old Retired MSgt. Toni Jaffe received…

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FRCSE resurrects demolished Seahawk for Navy squadron

Posted  June 1, 2012

A Sikorsky HH-60H Seahawk Helicopter that crashed in Virginia during a night training exercise at Fort Pickett in 2009 underwent extensive repairs at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Jacksonville...

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General Dynamics awarded $118 million for development of advanced submarine technologies

Posted  June 1, 2012

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $117.8 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to develop advanced submarine technologies for current and future undersea platforms. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the terms of the modification, Electric Boat will perform advanced submarine research and development studies in support…

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ATK, United Launch Alliance successfully test GEM-60 motor

Posted  June 1, 2012

ATK and United Launch Alliance conducted a successful cold-temperature ground test today of a Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM-60) solid rocket motor used to boost ULA Delta IV launch vehicles. The main test objectives from today’s static motor firing were measuring the rocket motor’s performance at cold temperatures, qualifying a new vectorable nozzle on the motor…

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McKeon Honored with Prestigious Dwight D. Eisenhower Award

Posted  June 1, 2012

Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, accepted the prestigious Eisenhower Award May 30. Given by the National Defense Industrial Association, the award recognizes leaders…

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Lufthansa conducts inaugural flight of world’s first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental passenger aircraft

Posted  June 1, 2012

June 1, Lufthansa, launch customer for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, initiated commercial service of the new…

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