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Brig. Gen. Matthew Malloy, commander of 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, reported that there are zero incidents with the F-22 since they arrived in Japan in July. A dozen F-22 had been deployed in Okinawa days, after U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lighten the restrictions on the aircraft. But so far, the first overseas mission of the F-22 is going on without a glitch and no pilots complained of flying the aircraft.
Flying restrictions on the F-22 aircraft were placed after pilots complained of dizziness and getting disoriented. Two pilots from Virginia National Air Guard had gone on television to expose the difficulty of flying the aircraft. They complained of extreme disorientation while on the air and coughing and dizziness after flying. A dozen incidents were also reported where pilots experience similar symptoms and a fatal crash in 2010 caused the F-22 to be grounded. However, the crash was ruled due to pilot error.
The F-22 fleet got the green light to fly again after the U.S. Air Force identified the main problem as the faulty valve in its flight vest. Measures are being taken to ensure pilot safety and it will be completed at the end of the year. Meanwhile, pilots in Japan do not use flight vests as they fly under altitude ceilings. They also fly close to emergency landing areas.
Malloy said in an interview with Associated Press that the F-22 planes are delivering safely.”The Air Force has been aggressively looking at this very complex issue,” Molloy said. “I’m glad that we are getting back on the road.” Malloy is also an F-22 pilot.
The F-22 is a stealth airplane that can evade radar and fly at supersonic speed without using after-burners. The aircraft’s capabilities are currently unmatched by other nations.
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Budget cuts have threatened several Pentagon programs, but the U.S. Navy is keeping its eye in building its warfighting fleet for the future. The Navy is banking on the DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to lead the way in its future endeavours.
The Navy is building three units of DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer. The ship offers reduced manning, hybrid drive, unsurpassed stealth and ferocious firepower. Manufactured in Raytheon in Rhode Island and Bath Iron Works in Maine, the first ship is 65% complete. According to Rowden, the ship is a marvel in design and technological development.
Apart from the three futuristic destroyers, the Navy plans to boost their fleet with 55 units of Littoral Combat Ship.
“We must aggressively bring LCS into the fleet,” Rowden says. “With each successive ship, the shipbuilding process has become more efficient and we are achieving better results at lower cost. USS Independence (LCS-2) recently pulled into her homeport in San Diego after completing a series of successful Mine Warfare Mission Module tests off the East Coast, and Fort Worth (LCS-3) passed her acceptance trials with flying colors. The president of the Board of Inspection and Survey commented that LCS-3 had the most complete acceptance trials held to date, and the Navy formally accepted Fort Worth on June 6.”
The Pentagon estimates that the total acquisition cost for the LCS will be $37.4 billion just for the sea frames alone.
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Curiosity, the Mars rover spacraft, has been on the red planet for almost a month. It has been sending back pictures enthralling pictures of the surface of Mars and beaming back to Earth Will.I.Am’s new single. The rover spacecraft had also uploaded a new “surface” software fit and replaced the code it used for its 354 million miles journey and complicated landing on Mars. Now, it is time to actually explore.
NASA revealed that Curiosity’s first destination is an area around its Gale Crater landing site, where three kinds of terrain fused together in such an interesting way. It was three different rock formation that scientist believe can help them understand the history of the crater and of Mars as a whole. The site is named Glenelg, after a rock formation in northern Canada. The travel to Glenelg, which is about 1,600 feet the landing site, will take about a month or more depending on how many stops the spacecraft takes.
“Probably we’ll do a month worth of science there, maybe a little bit more,” lead mission scientist John Grotzinger told reporters during a conference call Friday. “Sometime toward the end of the calendar year, roughly, I would guess then we would turn our sights toward the trek to Mount Sharp.”
Mount Sharp is the rover’s primary mission. It is a three-mile high mound with layers of exposed rock that possibly has the building blocks of Mar’s microbial life.
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US Marine Corps pilots will start flight training for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. This progress with the development of F-35 emphasize the service’ confidence with the JSF program.
Lockheed Martin had delivered 10 units of the F-35B model at the air base. The model can take off from shorter runways and has the capability to land like helicopters. Preliminary orientation flights had been conducted by test pilots in May, but the flights had been limited in scope and speed. For instance, vertical landings had not been tested. Most pilot training are confined in classrooms and simulators. The military needs to extensively train the pilots and maintainers to fly and repair the aircraft before it can enter service operations. The leaders of the Marine Corps are anxious to get the F-35 into service as it needs to replace the aging Harrier jump jets and the F/A18 fighters. The F-35 program had been restructured three times and had suffered delays in production and training.
The progress in the F-35 training will allow pilots to finally take the aircraft to the skies and be a step closer for the $396 billion program to be useful for the military.
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The USS Constitution sailed under its own power from the Boston Harbor last Sunday. The event commemorated the War of 1812.
The Constitution cruised the open seas for 17 minutes at a top speed of 3.1 knots. Its 65-member crew, together with 150 sailors unfurled four of its sails. Tugboats were on standby as a precaution while the Constitution sailed on its own.
Launched on 1797, The Constitution last sailed on its own in 1881. During the War of 1821, the Constitution, under the helm of Capt. Isaac Hull, bested the British frigate Guirrere off the coast of Nova Scotia. The battle lasted for 35 minutes. Both blasted cannons at close range and the vessels almost collided at one point. But the Guirrere is no match to the longer and heavier Constitution. The win gave a morale boost to the disadvantaged American side.
The Constitution is periodically tugged into harbor for historical display, but it is only the second time that it had been on the open seas for more than a century. The event followed a three-year restoration project of the USS Constitution.
“This ship is a national icon to us. … She’s very special to us. We think she’s very special to the United States,” said Chief Petty Officer Frank Neely, a Constitution spokesman and crew member.
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Curiosity on Mars is not the only NASA spacecraft discovering something new in the outer space.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter detected helium from the moon’s tenuous atmosphere. The spacecraft sniffed out the helium from above with an onboard spectrometer. This discovery confirmed the observations made four decades ago by Lunar Atmosphere Composition Experiment (LACE) deployed by the Apollo 17 when they walked on the moon in 1972.
“The question now becomes, does the helium originate from inside the moon — for example, due to radioactive decay in rocks — or from an exterior source, such as the solar wind?” Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., said in a statement. Stern is principal investigator of LRO’s Lyman Alpha Mapping Project spectrometer, or LAMP.
More observations will help the scientists figure out where the helium is coming from.
“If we find the solar wind is responsible, that will teach us a lot about how the same process works in other airless bodies,” Stern added.
The data from the LACE observations in 1972 showed that helium increase as the night progressed, a result that could be explained by night cooling. Researchers said, LAMP can add to these findings by figuring out how helium abundances vary with latitude.
LRO is as big as a Mini Cooper and it carries seven instruments to observe the moon. It circles the moon in a polar orbit at about 31 miles from the moon’s surface. During the first year of its mission, LRO scouted the moon to help plan future lunar explorations for NASA, but after that the spacecraft’s mission became purely scientific, discovering new information about the moon. LRO was launched in 2009
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Hypersonic speed starts at Mach 5, or being five times faster than the speed of sound. On Tuesday, over the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. military tested an aircraft designed to fly at six times the speed of sound.
The Hypersonic Waverider aircraft, officially known as X-51A, was launched from a B-52 Bomber and flew north over the Pacific. It is an irretrievable experimental aircraft which means it will likely end up in the ocean.
The Waverider is designed to fly from New York to Los Angeles in less than an hour. It uses a technology that bridges the gap between airplanes and rocket ships. But instead of commercial air travel, the military is aiming to use it to develop high-speed cruise missiles.
The hypersonic aircraft is called the Waverider because it partially stay airborne due to the lift coming from its own shock waves during its flight.
According to the military description of the project, the X-51A uses a “screamject” engine, which uses the forward motion of the craft to compress air for fuel combustion. The “screamject” engine was developed by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.
The X-51A is expected to fly for five minutes of powered flight. Test results will be known on Wednesday.
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At present, the navy ships that invaded Iwo Jima during the World War II has a lone survivor and the historic ship might be headed to the scrap heap.
During World War II, the ship was known as the Zuni. It earned four battle stars for its service as an ocean salvage tug. Its role in Iwo Jima was to rescue soldiers and save torpedo-damaged ships. When the war ended, the Navy turned the Zuni over to the Coast Guard. It was renamed into Tamaroa after a Native American tribe.
As a Coast Guard cutter, the Tamaroa’s most daring feat was during a 1991 storm when it rescued three people on a sailboat in 40-feet sea and 80-knots wind off the coast of Nuntucket Island. After the sailboat rescue, the Tamaroa immediately proceeded to save Air National Guard crewmen whose plane crashed as it was performing a rescue itself. These events were immortalized in a book and a movie called “The Perfect Storm.”
But due to damage on its hull, the historic ship is in danger of being turned into scrap or be an artificial reef under the sea. The Zuni Maritime Foundation has been trying to raise $500,000 to save the ship but so far the efforts have fallen short. The foundation was hoping to turn the ship into a museum to showcase the vessel’s 69 years of history.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Tom Robinson, foundation director, told NBCNews.com. “Ten years of effort down the drain. The ship is ready to be scrapped.”
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The U.S. Army awarded an $18 million contract to Boeing for the second phase testing of its advanced rotocraft flight control system. The testing is for the continued development of a technology that will improve helicopter’s manoeuvrability and performance. The program is known as Adaptive Vehicle Management System (AVMS.) Testing will be done in helicopter models like AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook.
The advanced rotocraft flight control system is a joint development project between Boeing and Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. It aims to reduce aircrew workload and overall operating cost. I will adapt the flight controls to the helicopter’s flight condition, environment, and even pilot intent.
In Phase II of the AMVS, the test will demonstrate the design’s portability as well as how it can enhance the flight performance of the helicopter during attack and cargo missions. The test will encompass more than 100 hours of flight time.
“Phase II also allows us to continue H-6 flight control test bed prototyping activities to expand AVMS’ capabilities,” said Steve Glusman, director, Boeing Advanced Mobility. “AVMS will be a key capability in future Boeing aircraft such as Future Vertical Lift rotorcraft.”
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