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747 shuttle carrier makes big move to Space Center Houston

To safely move 318,000 pounds of aircraft parts nearly eight miles it will take more than a determined education foundation; in fact Space Center Houston is teaming with 30 public, private and government agencies to "bring the legacy home" - many of whom offered their services at little or no charge.

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NASA satellites show drought may take toll on Congo rainforest

A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

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It is easy being green Green Hornet team strikes, wins environmental excellence award

Navy photograph The Green Hornet flies over Naval Air Station Patuxent River April 22, 2010. On Earth Day 2010, the Super Hornet became the first Navy aircraft to demonstrate alternative fuel capability using a 50/50 blend of camelina biofuel and the Navy√≠s primary jet fuel, jet propellant (JP)-5. For the seventh consecutive year, the F/A-18…

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Optionally piloted Black Hawk demonstrator helo takes successful first flight

In cooperation with the U.S. Army, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has successfully demonstrated optionally piloted flight of a Black Hawk helicopter, a significant step toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the U.S. Army. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk Demonstrator, known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter…

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Fifth generation Army tank cartridge reports loudly for duty

Army photograph A new tank cartridge was recently tested at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Pictured here are: (from left) Kent Evans, TRADOC Capability Manager – Armored Brigade Combat Team; Kevin Mulligan, Armament Research, Development and Engineering Command; Maj. Juan Santiago, assistant product manager; Lt. Col. Brian Gruchacz Product Manager; Greg Malejko, ARDEC; Steve Peralta, is…


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Veterans

‘Red Tail’ member visits the Pentagon

Posted  March 23, 2012

The Air Force hosted one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and his family March 16 during a tour of the Pentagon. Retired Lt. Col. Walter McCreary, his daughter Stephanie Lynch and grandson Nicholas Lynch were given a tour of the Air Force Art Gallery, the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial and the Tuskegee…

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Defense

Budget constraints to delay aircraft modernization

Posted  March 23, 2012

Some modernization programs may be delayed, but not reduced or cancelled due to a tightening of the budget, senior Army leaders told senators March 21. Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno testified Wednesday morning to the Senate Appropriations…

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News Briefs March 22, 2012

Posted  March 23, 2012

F-22 fighter jets retrofitted after Alaska crash The Air Force is replacing handles that engage the F-22 Raptor fighter jet’s emergency oxygen system after numerous reports of pilots reporting feeling light-headedness. The move comes after the 2010 death of pilot Capt. Jeffrey Haney when his stealth fighter crashed 100 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. Haney’s…

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Space

NASA’s Cassini mission receives Smithsonian’s highest honor

Posted  March 23, 2012

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has bestowed its highest group honor, the Trophy for Current Achievement, on NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn. The annual award recognizes outstanding achievements in the fields of aerospace science and technology. The trophy was presented March 21 during an evening ceremony at the museum in Washington. Established in…

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Defense

Air Force leaders discuss planned force structure changes

Posted  March 23, 2012

The Air Force secretary and chief of staff discussed planned force structure changes, and efforts to balance service active-duty and reserve components, during congressional testimony March 20. During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force…

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Business

Boeing receives phased array antenna system contract from Yahsat

Posted  March 27, 2012

Boeing has finalized a firm-fixed-price contract with Al Yah Satellite Company (Yahsat), the United Arab Emirates-based multipurpose satellite operator, to design and build active electronically steered phased array antenna systems for aircraft. The value of the contract is not being disclosed. The small, state-of-the-art Ka-band phased-array SATCOM antenna system allows customers to take advantage of…

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World

News Briefs March 27, 2012

Posted  March 27, 2012

Air Force Academy gets $3.6M artificial turf airstrip The Air Force Academy has a new landing strip for its glider planes carpeted with more than 1.3 million square feet of artificial turf. The school unveiled the $3.6 million installation March 20. It’s the equivalent of about 23 NFL football fields or 16 MLS soccer fields….

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Business

Boeing unveils BBJ with luxury interior, new high-speed digital system

Posted  March 27, 2012

Boeing Business Jets unveiled the latest BBJ to enter service at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai. The airplane, a 737-700 with -800 wings and other modifications for longer range, was delivered earlier this month to a private businessman in the United States. It is the second BBJ for this customer. “Our…

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Defense

Army wants two additional base realignment and closure rounds

Posted  March 27, 2012

The Army wants another two rounds of base realignment and closure to optimize facility usage across the service. While speaking March 21 before the Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee on readiness and management support, Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army for installations, environment and energy told senators of the need for another two…

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Air Force officials announce third round of VERA/VSIP

Posted  March 27, 2012

In its continuing effort to meet the Defense Department requirement to maintain civilian manning at fiscal 2010 levels, the Air Force is offering a third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment beginning May 1. “The Air Force recognizes the invaluable contributions of our civilian workforce, but also recognizes the fiscal…

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