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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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Headlines February 9, 2015

Posted  February 9, 2015

News Victims of 2009 Hood shooting to receive Purple Heart The Army will award the Purple Heart and its civilian counterpart to victims of the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, the Army announced Feb. 6. http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/2015/02/06/fort-hood-shooting-purple-heart/22982217/ Fitzhugh ‘Fitz’ Fulton, revered military and NASA test pilot, dies at 89 Pilot Fitzhugh “Fitz” Fulton Jr., known…

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News Briefs February 9, 2015

Posted  February 9, 2015

U.S. shipload of weapons and ammunition arrives in Lebanon The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon says $25 million worth of military assistance has arrived in Beirut in the latest American aid shipment to Lebanon’s army. David Hale says the equipment includes more than 70 howitzers and over 26 million rounds of ammunition and artillery ìof all…

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DOD tests next -generation anti-ship missile

Posted  February 9, 2015

Air Force photograph An Air Force B-1 Bomber releases a Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) during a test flight in 2013. The Navy, Air Force and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency completed a successful test of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) Feb. 4, marking a significant step in maturing key technologies for the future operational weapon…

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Tinker acquires land for KC-46A Pegasus maintenance

Posted  February 9, 2015

Air Force illustration An artistís rendering of the future KC-46A Pegasus Maintenance Campus to be built at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. On Feb. 3, 2015, the Air Force acquired the land for the campus. Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., officials announced Feb. 2, the acquisition of 158 acres of land on the southwest side…

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NASA, space station partners announce future mission crew members

Posted  February 9, 2015

Photographs courtesy of NASA/ESA/JAXA (Top left to bottom right) Expedition 48: Jeff Williams, NASA, Alexey Ovchinin, Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Oleg Skripochka, Roscosmos. Expedition 48/49: Kate Rubins, NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin, Roscosmos, and Takuya Onishi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Expedition 49/50: Shane Kimbrough, NASA, Andrey Borisenko, Roscosmos, and Sergey Ryzhikov, Roscosmos. Expedition 50:…

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Moon Express continues lander flight tests under NASA Lunar CATALYST program

Posted  February 9, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAMPD65dvIY&feature=player_embedded Moon Express photograph Moon Express “MTV-1X” during a tethered flight test at NASA KSC in December 2014. The rocket system is fueled by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) so its exhaust is invisible super-heated steam. Moon Express, Inc. has announced that it will continue flight tests at Kennedy Space Center using the newest version of its…

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Fitz Fulton’s unparalleled lifetime of achievement in flight research

Posted  February 9, 2015

NASA photograph In 1980 Fulton flew the AD-1, a research aircraft designed to investigate the concept of an oblique (or pivoting) wing. Distinguished former NASA research pilot Fitzhugh L. Fulton Jr., described by colleagues as, The Dean of Flight Test,î died Feb. 4, 2015. He was 89. During a career in the military, civil service…

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SpaceX launch of observatory, landing test off until Feb. 10

Posted  February 9, 2015

A deep-space observatory has to wait yet another day before flying. SpaceX called off the Feb. 8 launch attempt because of trouble with the Air Force rocket-tracking radar. The company targeted Feb. 9, but decided to wait until Feb.10 for better weather. That gives SpaceX time to replace a video transmitter on the first-stage booster…

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Key defense suppliers recognized for stellar delivery to warfighters

Posted  February 9, 2015

Getting top-notch materiel to the war fighters in the most cost-effective and efficient manner is what the American public expects of defense contractors. Some do that very well and others not as well as they should, say top Defense Department officials who oversee delivery of such gear. One of the things the military services are…

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Army awards Lockheed Martin sustainment contract for Apache targeting/NVD

Posted  February 9, 2015

Lockheed Martin received an $82 million Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract in December from the U.S. Army for AH-64 Apache helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system sustainment. The firm, fixed-price contract is the foundation for a comprehensive sustainment solution that enables M-TADS/PNVS mission readiness, reduces operation and support costs, and…

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