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DHS S&T Conducts Market Study for Laser-Protective Eyewear

DHS Science

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DNS S&T) Directorate seeks market information on eyewear that can protect law enforcement personnel and emergency responders from laser pointer attacks. DHS S&T said Friday that it is conducting a market survey for laser protective goggles, glasses, films and face shields that may protect the wearer from lasers across violet, blue, red, green and near-infrared spectrums.

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NASA Tests Autonomy Software for Space Robots; Trey Smith Quoted

Astrobee Flying Robot

NASA has tested the performance of software that allows a spacecraft's robotic and operating systems to operate autonomously. Bumble, an Astrobee flying robot at the International Space Station, used the Integrated System for Autonomous and Adaptive Caretaking or ISAAC to navigate through ISS and detect a simulated ventilation block in April. 

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Air Force Test-Fires Infrared-Guided Missile From F-15C Aircraft; Maj. Brian Davis Quoted

F-15C w/ IRST

The U.S. Air Force's 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron has demonstrated the F-15C Eagle aircraft's ability to fire an air-to-air missile via an infrared-based targeting system. The aircraft fired an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile to intercept a QF-16 aerial target on Thursday at Eglin Air Force Base.

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Space Development Agency to Study Earth’s Infrared for Missile Defense

Space Development Agency

The Space Development Agency (SDA), which is tasked to build a national space architecture, plans to conduct an experiment that studies planet Earth's infrared background. The Northrop Grumman-made Prototype Infrared Payload or PIRPL will gather data the Department of Defense intends to use for future missile-tracking algorithms. Northrop developed PIRPL under a $38 million contract with SDA and MDA.

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Gen. Glen VanHerck: U.S. Needs Domain Awareness, Information Dominance to Address Future Threats

Gen. Glen VanHerck

Gen. Glen VanHerck, who leads U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), said the U.S. must capitalize on domain awareness and information dominance to deal with Russian and Chinese threats. He spoke at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium to discuss potential kinetic and non-kinetic approaches the U.S. can implement to defend against adversaries.

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Navy Concludes Gerald R. Ford Carrier’s Shock Tests; Capt. Brian Metcalf Quoted

Gerald R. Ford

The U.S. Navy has completed full ship shock trials of the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier, concluding four months of tests that aimed to verify the ship's shock resistance against explosives and other forces. USS Gerald R. Ford underwent its third explosive event, where the ship resisted a 40,000-pound underwater blast off Jacksonville, Florida's coast. 

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Flight Software Now Installed on Space Launch System Rocket; David Beaman Quoted

Space Launch System

NASA has installed software designed to facilitate the flight and guidance of the Space Launch System rocket, which will lift the Orion spacecraft for future exploration missions. Engineers from the agency's Alabama-based Marshall Space Flight Center are running tests and providing final checkout support to help the software achieve certification, NASA said Tuesday.

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1st TH-73A Training Helicopter Lands at Naval Air Station in Florida

TH-73A Thrasher

The U.S. Navy has received its first unit of the Leonardo-built TH-73A Thrasher helicopter through which undergraduate maritime pilots will undergo flight training. Future aviators from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard will train with the modern avionics-equipped helicopter, which replaces the existing TH-57B/C Sea Ranger.

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NIST Seeks Comments for Draft Publication on Cyber-Resilient Systems

Cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seeks comments on a draft publication made to help organizations understand cyber resiliency outcomes from the perspective of a systems engineer. The publication, titled “Developing Cyber-Resilient Systems: A Systems Security Engineering Approach,” tackles how organizations can adopt a cybersecurity strategy that allows for internal system defense, instead of external defense, NIST said.

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