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Lockheed Martin acquires high-speed wind tunnel, plans upgrades

Courtesy photograph A RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet undergoes testing at the High Speed Wind Tunnel at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie. Lockheed Martin recently purchased the facility and plans numerous upgrades. Lockheed Martin has purchased a wind tunnel that is one of only two of its kind in the United States, and…

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NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover finishes marathon

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win.

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NASA announces teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12, 2014, at the U.S. Space & Rocket…

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Seventy-three years ago, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

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U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrates 70 years

More than 300 staff, students and graduate “Testers” of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School celebrated 70 years since the school was established at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., March 12.


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Boeing delivers 50th airplane to EL AL

Posted  March 13, 2015

Boeing and EL AL, the Israeli flag-carrier, celebrated a major milestone March 12 with the delivery of the airline’s 50th airplane purchased from Boeing – a Next-Generation 737-900ER. The delivery is the fifth 737-900ER for the airline following an order placed for eight between 2011 and 2013. Since taking delivery in 1961 of its first…

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Space station crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted  March 13, 2015

Three crew members returned to Earth March 11 after a 167-day mission on the International Space Station that included hundreds of scientific experiments and several spacewalks to prepare the orbiting laboratory for future arrivals by U.S. commercial crew spacecraft.

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First-ever Italian F-35a ‘rolls out’ of Cameri production facility

Posted  March 13, 2015

History was achieved March 12 when the first Italian F-35A Lightning II rolled out of the Cameri Final Assembly and Check Out facility, marking the first F-35A assembled internationally and the first of eight aircraft currently being assembled.

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Air Force releases investigation results on F-15D accident

Posted  March 13, 2015

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials have released the results of the accident investigation into the Oct. 8, 2014, crash of a F-15D Eagle near Spalding, Lincolnshire, England. At the conclusion of the accident investigation, the board president, Col. Russell D. Driggers, found clear and convincing evidence that the mishap was…

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NASA spacecraft in Earth’s orbit, preparing to study magnetic reconnection

Posted  March 13, 2015

Following a successful launch at 10:44 p.m., EDT, March 12, NASA’s four Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft are positioned in Earth’s orbit to begin the first space mission dedicated to the study of a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection.

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Boeing updates NATO AWACS with 21st century flight deck, avionics

Posted  March 13, 2015

Boeing recently completed the first flight of a NATO Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft with modern flight deck and avionics systems that replace 1970s-era analog systems.

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New NASA mission to study ocean color, airborne particles, clouds

Posted  March 13, 2015

NASA is beginning work on a new satellite mission that will extend critical climate measurements of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere and advance studies of the impact of environmental changes on ocean health, fisheries and the carbon cycle.

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Rocket motor test moves NASA’s space launch system closer to deep space

Posted  March 13, 2015

NASA and Orbital ATK March 11 conducted the first qualification ground test of the five-segment rocket motor that will be used for NASA's heavy-lift Space Launch System, which is being designed to enable exciting new exploration missions throughout the solar system.

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NASA’s Hubble observations suggest underground ocean on Jupiter’s largest moon

Posted  March 13, 2015

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has the best evidence yet for an underground saltwater ocean on Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. The subterranean ocean is thought to have more water than all the water on Earth's surface.

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Lockheed Martin solution for NASA’s CRS-2 designed for reliable space cargo delivery

Posted  March 13, 2015

The technologies behind Lockheed Martin’s proposal for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 program contain three major elements: a reusable space servicing vehicle called Jupiter; a large, versatile cargo container named the Exoliner; and a robotic arm.

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