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Navy OKs Deployment of USS Ford’s Aircraft Recovery Tech

The U.S. Navy has authorized the USS Gerard R. Ford to use its recovery technology to retrieve propeller and fighter aircraft systems via an aircraft recovery bulletin. The Advanced Arresting Gear works to recover aircraft units, allow large safety margins and mitigate potential fatigue impact, maintenance and manpower needs, the Navy said Tuesday.

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DOE Funds University-Led Projects to Develop Steady-State Fusion Reactors

The Department of Energy has awarded $14M in total funding to 10 university-led research projects to develop a new approach to fusion energy production. 

DOE said Monday the collaborative research focuses on understanding and assessing the potential use of magnetically confined plasmas in the development of steady-state fusion reactors. 

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USAF Demonstrates New Sensor Pod With MQ-9 UAS

The U.S. Air Force demonstrated a new sensor system during three test flights with a General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft system. The AgilePod is an Air Force-owned open architecture system designed to provide sensor pods in varying sizes for different missions, Wright Patterson Air Force Base said Tuesday. The Air Force Life Cycle …

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DOE Invests $60M in Nuclear Energy R&D Projects

The Department of Energy has invested $60 million to fund 13 nuclear technology research and development projects. The department said Friday its Office of Nuclear Energy supports the selection under the U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development funding opportunity announcement. The DOE will review applications quarterly and select more awardees throughout a five-year …

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Gen. Mark Milley: Long-Range Weapons Tech a Key Army R&D Area

Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff at the U.S. Army, said at a recent House defense appropriations subcommittee hearing the service branch plans to invest in the research and development of long-range weapons technology, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. “A subset of that is the hypersonics piece,” Milley told lawmakers. …

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Air Force Picks Tyndall AF Base as MQ-9 Reaper Wing Location

The U.S. Air Force has selected Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida as its preferred location to house a new military wing along with 24 units of the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper remotely controlled aircraft. Tyndall’s MQ-9 Reaper Wing will comprise an operations group that will have mission control elements and launch-and-recovery platforms, as well …

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