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Celebrate with NASA as agency commemorates Hubble’s 25th anniversary

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is turning 25 this year. The observatory has transformed our understanding of our solar system and beyond, and helped us find our place among the stars. NASA is celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary with a variety of events highlighting its groundbreaking achievements and scientific contributions with activities running April…

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders receive Congressional Gold Medal

Leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders April 15 at the U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center Emancipation Hall.

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F-35 program on right track, director says

Luke Lightning strikes at Nellis Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., taxis to the runway for a training exercise at Nellis AFB, Nev., April 15, 2015. Maintainers and operations personnel from Luke AFB and Eglin AFB, Fla., came…

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Raytheon to test new multi-mode seeker for Tomahawk cruise missile

Using company-funded independent research and development investment, Raytheon is preparing for a multi-mode seeker test designed for a Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile.

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Army plans intelligence system to be lighter weight, easier to use

Future versions of the Distributed Common Ground System - Army, or DCGS-A, will be less complex and easier to use, Army leaders told lawmakers.


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UTC to provide submarine acoustic windows

Posted  April 6, 2015

UTC Aerospace Systems has reached an agreement with the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center to provide high frequency acoustic windows for submarines. The five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract covers deliveries through 2020 to the U.S. Navy. Work will be performed by the Engineered Polymer Products team in Jacksonville, Fla., which is part of UTC…

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Missile testing unit validates strategic deterrent

Posted  April 6, 2015

The 576th Flight Test Squadron, which conducts Minuteman III launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., holds the unique distinction as the sole intercontinental ballistic missile test unit in the Department of Defense.

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NASA extends Lockheed Martin contract to prepare ISS critical cargo

Posted  April 6, 2015

Lockheed Martin will plan, process and pack a steady supply of cargo for the International Space Station—ranging from science hardware to food and the crew’s personal items—under an extension of NASA’s Cargo Mission Contract. Currently, Lockheed Martin maintains more than three million items destined for the station. The team exports and ships about 25,000 pounds…

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Polar Growl strengthens allied interoperability, bomber navigation skills

Posted  April 6, 2015

Two pairs of B-52 Stratofortresses completed simultaneous, round-trip sorties from their U.S. bases of Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to the Arctic and North Sea regions, respectively, April 3.

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NASA extends campaign for public to name features on Pluto

Posted  April 6, 2015

The public has until April 24 to help name new features on Pluto and its orbiting satellites as they are discovered by NASA’s New Horizons mission.

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Posted  April 3, 2015

News Pentagon authorizes refueling help for Yemen campaign The Pentagon has agreed to provide aerial refueling support for Saudi and allied pilots attacking Houthi rebels in Yemen, an expansion of the U.S. military’s role in the conflict, a Defense Department official said April 2. Judge rules Navy underestimated threat to marine mammals from sonar A…

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News Briefs April 3, 2015

Posted  April 3, 2015

Defense contractor admits illegally exporting blueprints The former owner of two New Jersey defense contracting firms has admitted she conspired to send sensitive military blueprints to India. Forty-nine-year-old Hannah Robert of North Brunswick pleaded guilty in federal court April 1 to conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act by sending to India technical drawings…

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Second Falcon 8X joins flight test campaign

Posted  April 3, 2015

The second aircraft has joined the Falcon 8X flight test campaign as the ultra long range trijet continues to pass key development milestones. Falcon 8X s/n 02 took to the skies from Dassault Aviation's Bordeaux-Mérignac, France, facility

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Navy awards General Dynamics $33 million for nuclear submarine services

Posted  April 3, 2015

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $32.6 million contract modification to perform nuclear-maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract, Electric Boat will continue to operate the Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department at the…

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Reaper deploys live weapons on maritime training target

Posted  April 3, 2015

An MQ-9 Reaper successfully hit a sea-going target with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile during a joint service training exercise over the Gulf of Mexico March 17. This was the first time a remotely piloted aircraft hit a maritime target. “It was the first time we had put live weapons into boats and participated in maritime…

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