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Air Force to Accept More Enlisted Airmen on Global Hawk Training Program

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The U.S. Air Force has employed a phased approach to implement changes that would allow more active-duty enlisted airmen to apply for the service branch’s training program on a Northrop Grumman-developed remotely piloted aircraft. Sgt. Kimberly Pollard, RPA enlisted specialty manager, noted the RQ-4 Global Hawk RPA program has expanded the eligibility pool from only career-enlisted …

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Air Force Research Laboratory Kicks Off Biofuel Production Tech Commercialization Effort; James Neely Comments

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The Air Force Research Laboratory has unveiled a new organization to explore new methods to commercialize a biofuel production technology in an effort to manage petroleum usage costs. AFRL’s Defense Production Act Title III Program Office will collaborate with industry to develop feedstock, buy equipment and create a business strategy to sustain the production of …

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GSA Opens Online Auction for 631-Acre Former USDA Research Facility

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The General Services Administration has put up a former Agriculture Department research facility for public sale through an online auction that started on Aug. 15. GSA said Wednesday the Fresno, Ohio-based North Appalachian Experimental Watershed Research Facility is a 631-acre property that consists of 21 buildings and forest, crop and pasture lands. USDA built NAEW in the …

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GAO Wants Air Force to Review A-10 Divestment Proposal

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The Government Accountability Office has asked the U.S. Air Force to revisit the service’s A-10 retirement proposal called on the Defense Department to set quality information requirements for weapon system divestments. GAO released a report on Wednesday that examines the quality of information the Air Force and DoD used in …

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China Sends World’s First Quantum Satellite to Space

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China has sent the first-ever quantum communications satellite to space onboard a Long March-2D rocket, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported Aug. 16. The Quantum Experiments at Space Scale satellite took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gobi Desert toward a sun-synchronous orbit and the spacecraft will …

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Naval Research Laboratory Detects Acoustic Emission with Fiber Laser Sensor; Geoffrey Cranch Comments

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The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory‘s optical sciences division has detected acoustic emissions from cracks in riveted lap joints with a new fiber laser-acoustic emission sensor during a demonstration for that technology. Researchers inserted distributed feedback fiber laser acoustic emission sensors in riveted aluminum lap joints and measured acoustic emission for two …

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NASA Re-Establishes Contact With Sun-Watching Spacecraft

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NASA has re-established contact with one of its sun-watching spacecraft after 22 months of communication attempts. The space agency said Sunday its Deep Space Network was able to connect with the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories spacecraft’s downlink signal during a monthly recovery operation. The connection allowed the mission operations team to determine STEREO-B’s attitude and power down …

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