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Future USNS Fall River delivered

Navy photograph The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship’s trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-sea trials during which the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated and demonstrated the performance of Fall River…

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NASA airborne campaigns focus on climate impacts in Arctic

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Changes in more than 130 Alaskan glaciers are being surveyed by scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a DHC-3 Otter as part of NASA’s multi-year Operation IceBridge Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to…

Air Force photograph by Michael J. Pausic Defense

Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist’s illustration depicts WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light years away. A planet may be causing…

Lockheed Martin photograph by Mike Wilhelm Business

Enhanced F-35 Lightning II logistics system delivered to flight test locations

Lockheed Martin has delivered the next evolution of the F-35 Lightning II’s information technology backbone, called the Autonomic Logistics Information System, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.


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Vietnam War pararescueman finally brought home

Posted  April 13, 2012

Air Force pararescuemen were able to bring home one of their fallen comrades April 6 at Arlington, Va. As the ceremonial caisson rolled to a stop in Arlington National Cemetery, Tech. Sgt. Allen Avery, an Air Force pararescueman who lost is life during combat operations in Vietnam, was escort to his final…

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Soldier missing in action from Korean War identified

Posted  April 13, 2012

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced April 9 that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Cpl. Patrick R. Glennon of Rochester, N.Y., will be buried April 11, at Arlington National…

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DARPA seeks robot enthusiasts to face off

Posted  April 13, 2012

As iconic symbols of the future, robots rank high with flying cars and starships, but basic robots are already in use in emergency response, industry, defense, healthcare and education. DARPA plans to offer a $2 million prize to whomever can help push the state-of-the-art in robotics beyond today’s…

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NASA announces winners in space game challenge

Posted  April 13, 2012

Three school student teams in the fifth through eighth grades have been selected as the winners of NASA’s second annual Spaced Out Sports challenge. The students designed science-based games that will be played by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The games illustrate and apply Newton’s laws of motion by showing the differences between Earth’s…

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NASA releases new Open Government Plan

Posted  April 13, 2012

NASA April 9 released version 2.0 of its Open Government Plan, which includes a flagship initiative to build a new web architecture and a renewed focus on open data sharing, open source development and a variety of technology acceleration efforts. The plan also features a directory of more than 100 participatory, collaborative and transparent projects,…

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NASA extends Kepler mission through 2016

Posted  April 13, 2012

The Ball Aerospace & Technologies’ Kepler Mission for NASA will continue its mission following a program extension through 2016. Ball Aerospace is the mission prime contractor for Kepler, designed to search for Earth-size planets around other stars. Ball Aerospace built the photometer and spacecraft, and…

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NASA awards launch contract for GOES-R, GOES-S missions

Posted  April 13, 2012

NASA has selected United Launch Services, LLC of Englewood, Colo., to launch the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites-R and S, or GOES-R and GOES-S. The spacecraft will launch in October 2015 and February 2017, respectively, aboard Atlas V 541 rockets from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The total cost of the…

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ULA announces new human launch services organization

Posted  April 13, 2012

United Launch Alliance announced April 9 the formation of a new organization that will focus exclusively on NASA’s human spaceflight programs. ULA’s Human Launch Services organization will be dedicated to supporting NASA and its partners in the development of capabilities to deliver U.S. astronauts to Low Earth Orbit and human exploration beyond Earth orbit. “NASA…

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Mojave Makers Open House shows group’s enthusiasm

Posted  April 13, 2012

A new volunteer group at Mojave Air and Space Port is off to a good start, based on the interest of more than 30 visitors to its first open house April 10. The group is sort of a high tech hobby club that provides tools, space, support and social interaction to its members. They are…

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Edwards hosts retiree appreciation day

Posted  April 13, 2012

The Retiree Activities Office at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is hosting a Retiree Appreciation Day 8 a.m.-noon, May 5. The event, at the Oasis Community Center on base, is open to all military retirees regardless of service branch. The event will include guest speakers, retiree program updates, booth displays, lunch, tours, door prizes, limited…

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