Lockheed Martin’s HULC(TM) Robotic Exoskeleton Enters Biomechanical Testing at U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center

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ORLANDO, Fla., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Biomechanical testing of the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) ruggedized HULC(TM) exoskeleton is now underway at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Mass. The testing is expected to help shape future requirements for the HULC based on feedback from soldiers.

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RBITAL SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES MINOTAUR I ROCKET CARRYING ORS-1 SATELLITE FOR THE U.S. AIR FORCE

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— Flight Extends Perfect Launch Record of Minotaur Rockets to 21
Consecutive Missions —

(Dulles, VA 30 June 2011) — Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB)
announced today that its Minotaur I rocket successfully launched the
Department of Defense Operationally Responsive Space Office’s ORS-1
satellite. The mission originated yesterday evening, June 29, from the
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) launch facility at NASA’s Wallops
Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA. At approximately 11:09 p.m. EDT,
the rocket’s first stage ignited, beginning its flight into low-Earth
orbit. Following the flight of the four-stage rocket, the ORS-1 spacecraft
was deployed into its intended orbit.

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New Rugged GD3015 Tablet PC by General Dynamics Itronix Bridges the Gap between Rugged Notebooks and Commercial Tablet Computers

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As easy to use as a commercial tablet, the GD3015 stands up to the dirt and weather of field environments and takes the bumps and vibration from life on the road in stride.

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General Dynamics Itronix introduces the new semi-rugged GD3015 tablet PC. The durable GD3015, weighing less than three pounds, delivers the full functionality of a notebook with the critical components and options needed by mobile professionals working in public safety, utilities, transportation, warehousing and industry field services. The GD3015 comes equipped with Microsoft® Windows® 7 operating system, embedded security, a 10.4-inch sunlight-viewable screen and 3G wireless network connectivity. Also adaptable to the unique requirements of mobile computer users, the modular GD3015 offers magnetic stripe reader, barcode scanner, camera and additional options.

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Launch Preparations Move Forward

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Preparations at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida are moving forward as space shuttle Atlantis’ liftoff on July 8 nears. Today, technicians at Launch Pad 39A will pressurize Atlantis’ main propulsion system following the closure yesterday of the spacecraft’s payload bay doors.

The STS-135 crew will participate in preflight interviews from NASA’s Johnson Space Center today. Briefings about this final mission of the Space Shuttle Program will air live on NASA TV throughout the day and also can be seen online at www.nasa.gov/ntv.

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Sunrise on the Moon

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On June 10, 2011, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter angled its orbit 65° to the west, allowing the spacecraft’s cameras to capture a dramatic sunrise view of the moon’s Tycho crater.

A very popular target with amateur astronomers, Tycho is located at 43.37°S, 348.68°E, and is about 51 miles (82 km) in diameter. The summit of the central peak is 1.24 miles (2 km) above the crater floor. The distance from Tycho’s floor to its rim is about 2.92 miles (4.7 km).

Tycho crater’s central peak complex, shown here, is about 9.3 miles (15 km) wide, left to right (southeast to northwest in this view).

Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University

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Integral challenges physics beyond Einstein

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Integral’s IBIS instrument captured the gamma-ray burst (GRB) of 19 December 2004 that Philippe Laurent and colleagues have now analysed in detail. It was so bright that Integral could also measure its polarisation, allowing Laurent and colleagues to look for differences in the signal from different energies. The GRB shown here, on 25 November 2002, was the first captured using such a powerful gamma-ray camera as Integral’s. When they occur, GRBs shine as brightly as hundreds of galaxies each containing billions of stars.

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ESA’s Integral gamma-ray observatory has provided results that will dramatically affect the search for physics beyond Einstein. It has shown that any underlying quantum ‘graininess’ of space must be at much smaller scales than previously predicted.

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‘Dirty hack’ restores Cluster mission from near loss

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Cluster satellites study the effects of solar wind. Artist’s impression.

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30 June 2011
Using ingenuity and an unorthodox ‘dirty hack’, ESA has recovered the four-satellite Cluster mission from near loss. The drama began in March, when a crucial science package stopped responding to commands – one of a mission controller’s worst fears.

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Match Racing Highlights – Sizzling start in Cagliari

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28 June 2011, Cagliari, Sardinia. With one day of match racing scheduled into the event, the fleet raced six flights with four teams coming away undefeated; Team CEEREF, Oracle Racing, Katusha and Team Aqua.

Clear skies and a gentle breeze welcomed the 15 teams competing in the RC44 Cagliari Cup in Sardinia. Cameron Appleton was at the helm of Team Aqua and seemed to cruise to victory in each of their four races. Leading the match race ranking coming into Cagliari, their form today cemented their place at the top of the leaderboard, two points ahead of Paul Cayard on Katusha and Russell Coutts steering Oracle Racing.

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CORENA and SpecTec Group announce Shipdex order with Korean KJ Radio

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From left: SANG-Hwan Oh (KJ Radio), Marco Vatteroni (SpecTec Group) and Falk Aupers (CORENA)

Birkerod, Denmark, 30 June 2011 –[ASDWire]– CORENA, a global leader in S1000D software and implementation services, and their partner SpecTec Group announced today that they have signed a strategic contract with Korea based KJ Radio for the AMOS Shipdex Suite.

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