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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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NASA’s Orion arrives at Kennedy, work underway for first launch

Posted  July 2, 2012

More than 450 guests at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida welcomed the arrival of the agency’s first space-bound Orion spacecraft July 2, marking a major milestone in the construction of the vehicle that will carry astronauts farther into space than ever before. “Orion’s arrival at Kennedy is an important step in meeting the president’s…

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Four Fire Scouts to increase maritime surveillance aboard USS Klakring

Posted  July 2, 2012

Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 42 deployed with four Fire Scouts aboard frigate USS Klakring June 29 in support of operations...

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Precision Castparts broadens aerostructures capabilities with acquisition

Posted  July 2, 2012

Precision Castparts Corp. has agreed to acquire Klune Industries, a manufacturer of complex aluminum, nickel, titanium, and steel aerostructures. Klune focuses on complex forming, machining, and assembly of aerostructure parts, in addition to offering significant expertise in a range of cold-formed sheet metal components. The company, which operates facilities in North Hollywood, Calif.; Spanish Fork,…

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UAVForge reveals challenge of developing ‘perch and stare’ UAV

Posted  July 2, 2012

DARPA’s UAVForge, a crowdsourcing competition to design, build and manufacture an advanced small unmanned air vehicle, set out to determine if a loosely-connected community of UAV enthusiasts could develop a militarily relevant back-pack…

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FRCSW delivers F/A-18D under costs and ahead of schedule

Posted  July 2, 2012

Lt. Cmdr. Timothy “Straw” Tuschinski and Lt. Julia “CAM” Foerster deliver an F/A-18D to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, Calif., June 26 after the aircraft underwent maintenance…

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Soldier killed, two wounded in Fort Bragg shooting

Posted  June 29, 2012

A soldier is dead and two others are wounded following a shooting incident here June 28. During a 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade unit safety briefing, a soldier shot another member of the unit and then turned the weapon on himself. The shooter was injured and is in custody. A third soldier who was in the…

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Business

Airbus plans factory in Alabama

Posted  June 29, 2012

European plane maker Airbus intends to build its first U.S. plant in Mobile, Alabama, a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press. Airbus will assemble its A320 jet there, according to the person, who requested anonymity because a public announcement has not been made. The A320 is a widely used plane flown…

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News Briefs – June 29, 2012

Posted  June 29, 2012

Turkey deploys anti-aircraft guns at Syria border Turkey deployed anti-aircraft guns and other weapons alongside its border with Syria, state television reported June 28, days after the downing of a Turkish military jet by Syrian forces heightened the tensions between the two countries. A small convoy of military trucks, towing anti-aircraft guns, entered into a…

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Army expanding, upgrading Gray Eagle fleet

Posted  June 29, 2012

The Army is upgrading its fleet of MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems while also advancing plans to equip each 10-15,000 Soldier division with its reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting and acquisition...

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U.S. aerospace, defense execs expect significant merger, acquisition

Posted  June 29, 2012

Armed with significant cash on their balance sheets, and faced with hundreds of billions of dollars in federal defense budgets, U.S. aerospace and defense executives cite strategic acquisitions as the highest-priority investment area to spur company growth, according to a recent survey by KPMG LLP, the audit, tax, and advisory firm. In the 2012 KPMG…

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