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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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LRASM prototype is three-for-three on successful flight tests

Posted  February 11, 2015

Initiated in 2009 in collaboration with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, DARPA’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile program has been investing in advanced technologies to provide a leap ahead in U.S. surface warfare capability.

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Sparks of Life

Posted  February 11, 2015

Lockheed Martin-led team lays keel on nation’s 13th Littoral Combat Ship The Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s thirteenth Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Wichita, in a ceremony held at Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wisc., Feb. 9. Ship sponsor Mrs. Kate Staples Lehrer completed the time-honored tradition…

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Life-saving VOSS sensor system achieves U.S. Army program of record

Posted  February 11, 2015

The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin recently marked achievement of Milestone C on the U.S. Army Vehicle Optics Sensor System program the final milestone required to transition the quick reaction capability to a program of record. Milestone C certifies VOSS as the standard sensor package on mine resistant ambush-protected vehicles, and enables VOSS to become…

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Female U-2 pilot blazes trail through society and space

Posted  February 11, 2015

Air Force photograph by SrA. Bobby Cummings Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal stands in front of a U-2 Feb. 9, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. Tengesdal is the only black female U-2 pilot in history. Tengesdal is the 9th Reconnaissance Wing inspector general and a U-2 pilot. As a child she imagined flying amongst…

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Boeing centralizes defense, space development efforts to improve performance

Posted  February 11, 2015

Boeing is consolidating management of key defense and space development programs into a new organization to enhance its performance on the pre-production development activities that significantly influence its ability to provide customers with the right capabilities at the right time and cost. “This BDS Development organization is the next step in breaking the cost curve…

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Critical NASA science returns to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

Posted  February 11, 2015

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean about 7:44 p.m., EST, Feb. 10 259 miles southwest of Long Beach, Calif., with nearly 3,700 pounds of NASA cargo, science and first-of-its-kind technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station.

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Bell Boeing training system readies Marine pilots for high-profile mission

Posted  February 11, 2015

The V-22 team of Bell Helicopter and Boeing recently delivered two MV-22 Osprey flight training simulators to the HMX-1 Presidential Airlift Squadron, enabling Marine aviators to more efficiently train for their critical and highly-visible transport mission. With the simulators, which are installed at the squadron’s headquarters in Quantico, Va., aircrews can rehearse missions without having…

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Survivor of USS Arizona from Pearl Harbor attack dies at 100

Posted  February 11, 2015

YUBA CITY, Calif. – The oldest living crew member of the battleship USS Arizona to have survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has died in Northern California at the age of 100. Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Langdell died Feb. 4 at a nursing home in Yuba City, according to his son, Ted Langdell….

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45th Space Wing, SpaceX sign first-ever landing pad agreement at Cape Canaveral

Posted  February 11, 2015

Air Force photograph Launch Complex 13 was originally used for operational and test launches of the Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, in addition to Atlas B, D, E and F missiles, which were also test launched from there. It was the most-used and longest-serving of the original four Atlas pads. Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno, the 45th…

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Boeing opens propulsion systems facility in South Carolina

Posted  February 11, 2015

Boeing Feb. 11 celebrated the opening of its new propulsion engineering and assembly facility in North Charleston, S.C. The team of engineers, manufacturing and support personnel at Propulsion South Carolina are responsible for the design and assembly of the 737 MAX engine nacelle inlet, the design of the 737 MAX engine nacelle fan cowl and…

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