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The Space Foundation needs docents, greeters and operational support volunteers to work in its new Visitors’ Center, which will open this fall. Volunteers can work as little as two four-hour shifts a month, or as often as four full days a week, conducting tours and providing information in the Visitors’ Center’s two main areas: the… Continue Reading Space Foundation seeking a few good volunteers

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Colorado Springs should prepare for a round of base realignment and closure by 2015, said Brian Binn, president of military affairs for the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. The Department of Defense suggested two rounds of BRAC, one to start next year. But that isn’t likely. However, Binn said a round suggested for 2015… Continue Reading Chamber report: Springs’ military adds $5.93 billion to economy

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  In the late hours of Aug. 5, the next Mars rover, Curiosity, will begin its seven-minute descent from the top of the Martian atmosphere to the planet’s red, dusty surface.   Once landed — assuming the heat shield separates, the parachute deploys and the thrusters fire — the six-wheeled, SUV-sized, long-armed rolling robot will… Continue Reading Boulder scientist oversees Mars rover instrument

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  More than 1,000 soldiers from Fort Carson are being trained to fight wildfires amid a deadly and destructive fire season in the West.   A team from the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates wildfire-fighting efforts nationwide, is conducting the training at the infantry post outside Colorado Springs.   Fort Carson said Monday that… Continue Reading Fort Carson soldiers train to fight wildfires

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Both Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base have sent military personnel to the Air Force Academy to help fight the Waldo Canyon fire.   Carson sent engineer units to Highway 24 and has now shifted its focus to building firebreaks around areas of the Air Force Academy.   Army help includes 21 soldiers operating… Continue Reading Carson, Peterson assist in fighting Waldo Canyon fire

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Jobs, salaries, construction and supplies at the United States Air Force Academy bring nearly $1 billion to the local economy, according to the latest study from the Academy. That’s up from $880 million in 2010, said Lt. Col. Burke Beaumont, director of financial management and comptroller for the academy. Some of that increase is due… Continue Reading AFA brings nearly $1 billion to local economy

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is loaning a full-scale model of the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe to the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation. The actual probe was part of the international Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, and was carried to the Saturn system by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and plunged through the atmosphere of the moon Titan on… Continue Reading JPL loans Space Foundation a model of Huygens probe

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In 1943, an enraged Gen. George S. Patton slapped a battle-fatigued U.S. soldier at a military hospital and accused him of cowardice, an episode that nearly ended Patton’s career. Nearly 70 years later, two filmmakers — one of them Patton’s grandson — are trying to help soldiers cope with what is now called post-traumatic stress… Continue Reading Army veterans at Fort Carson use filmmaking as therapy for PTSD

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The Boeing Company is leading a U.S. industry team that includes Raytheon and Harris Corp. to pursue future development and sustainment work on the Air Force GPS Control Segment Sustainment contract. The control segment is the ground hardware and software that controls the space vehicles and their payloads. Boeing’s Colorado Springs team is leading the… Continue Reading Boeing’s Springs office leads GPS support team

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Lockheed receives $68 million GPS contract

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Lockheed Martin won a $68 million contract to provide mission readiness, launch, early orbit checkout and on-orbit operations engineering support for the first two GPS III space vehicles. The first and second GPS III satellites are on schedule for launch availability in 2014 and 2015. The GPS III will replace aging GPS satellites while improving… Continue Reading Lockheed receives $68 million GPS contract

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