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NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

NASA photograph by Brian Tietz Tensegrity research is able to simulate multiple forms of locomotion. In this image, a prototype tensegrity robot reproduces forward crawling motion. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early-career faculty members who are beginning independent research careers. The grants will sponsor…

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USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People's Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) Feb. 23 enhancing the professional maritime relationship between U.S. 7th Fleet and the PLA(N).

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Air Force Research Labís handheld imaging tool expands aircraft inspection capability

Sensor Concepts Inc. photograph An operator demonstrates the portability of the handheld imaging tool. The technology provides maintainers the ability to evaluate aircraft in the field to ensure mission-readiness. When pilots climb into the cockpit they expect their aircraft to perform as advertised, regardless if take off is from a home base or deployed location….

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Missile Defense System performs successful flight test

MDA photograph Three short-range ballistic missile targets are launched from NASAís Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., in support of Flight Test Other-19 on Feb. 24, 2015. The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the USS Carney, USS Gonzalez, and USS Barry successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system,…

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Female soldier successfully completes 2nd pre-Ranger course

A female first lieutenant from Fort Carson, Colo., who flies Apache helicopters, successfully completed all course requirements of the second gender-integrated Ranger Training Assessment Course, or RTAC, which ended this week.


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Defense

Review: Changes needed in Guard, Reserve pay

Posted  July 3, 2012

America’s citizen soldiers, who train in their hometowns for a weekend a month and two weeks a year, receive more money for one day of training at home than their fellow National Guard and Reserve members earn for a day serving in the war zone. Pentagon officials defended the pay discrepancy as incentive for National…

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Business

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works receives DARPA ALASA contract award

Posted  July 3, 2012

PALMDALE, Calif. – Lockheed Martin has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to receive a Phase I Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program study contract valued at about $6.2 million. The ALASA program is a research and development effort maturing technologies to maintain vital satellite capabilities during a crisis. “Our approach uses…

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Tech

Army ‘upcycles,’ reuses old gear for new technologies

Posted  July 3, 2012

Upcycling is not only "en vogue," it is also the right thing to do as Army researchers are championing reuse of drawn-down or demilitarized...

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Events

NASA announces event for social media followers at RBSP launch

Posted  July 3, 2012

NASA invites its social media followers to a two-day NASA Social Aug. 22-23, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the launch of NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission. NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks. This event is expected…

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World

World’s largest international maritime exercise gets underway

Posted  July 3, 2012

Military leaders from 22 nations formally launched Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2012, July 2. RIMPAC is hosted biennially by U.S. Pacific Fleet in and around Hawaii. U.S. and international speakers at the...

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MAFFS-equipped C-130 crashes in South Dakota

Posted  July 2, 2012

At approximately 6 p.m., MDT, July 1, a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System equipped C-130 aircraft supporting firefighting missions crashed in the southwest corner of South Dakota. The aircraft was supporting the efforts against the White Draw Fire. The cause of the crash is not known and the incident is under investigation. There are no…

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Business

Lockheed machinists OK new labor deal, end strike

Posted  July 2, 2012

Lockheed Martin machinists ended their 10-week strike June 28, approving a new labor deal that includes a $2,000 bonus and annual pay increases starting at 3 percent the first year. Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 776 voted overwhelmingly to approve the four-year agreement, with 81 percent of nearly…

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News Briefs July 2, 2012

Posted  July 2, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Stolen Valor law The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a federal law making it a crime to lie about having received the Medal of Honor and other prized military awards. The court voted 6-3 June 28 in favor of Xavier Alvarez, a former local elected official in California who…

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A-10 first aircraft to use alcohol-based fuel

Posted  July 2, 2012

On June 28, the 40th Flight Test Squadron made history at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., flying the first aircraft to use a new fuel blend derived from alcohol.

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Space

NASA Space Tech program selects technologies for development, demonstration on suborbital flights

Posted  July 2, 2012

NASA’S Space Technology Program has selected 14 technologies for development and demonstration on commercial reusable suborbital launch vehicles. The selected proposals offer innovative cutting-edge ideas and approaches for technology in areas including active thermal management, advanced avionics, pinpoint landing and advanced in-space propulsion. They also address many of the high-priority technology needs identified in the…

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