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Astronauts conclude spacewalk maintenance on International Space Station

Astronauts conclude spacewalk maintenance on International Space Station

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ORLANDO, Fla., March 5 (UPI) -- Astronauts Kate Rubins and Soichi Noguchi completed a spacewalk Friday of 6 hours, 56 minutes to perform maintenance on the exterior of the International Space Station. Rubins, of NASA, and Noguchi, of the Japanese Space Agency, installed a device on an airlock cover to prevent it from blowing out when a hatch is opened. The two also attached new apparatus that will hold upgraded solar panels when they are installed over the summer. Advertisement The outing was the fourth career spacewalk for both Rubins and Noguchi and the 236th spacewalk at the space station. Rubins reported a pinpoint abrasion on one of her gloves after several hours in space. She was concerned enough to stay close to Noguchi after the discovery, but her spacesuit didn't leak. Rubins, 4...
Marines’ maintenance unit deploys to Okinawa

Marines’ maintenance unit deploys to Okinawa

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Nov. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Marines at Camp Kinser at Okinawa, Japan, are performing specialized checks of 3rd Maintenance Battalion equipment, a statement on Friday said. The battalion's 3rd Marine Logistics Group, an element of the Marine Depot Maintenance Command, left its home base at Logistics Base Albany, Ga., in October and was deployed to Okinawa to conduct calibration tests in support of the Fleet Marine Force. Advertisement It is now the forward-deployed combat unit offering service support for the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, known as III MEF, and operating in the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. "Marine Fleet calibration facilities do not possess all the required specialized calibration equipment, space or power required to support all general-purpose mechanical test equipment...
Austal awarded $7.9M contract for USS Oakland deficiencies, maintenance

Austal awarded $7.9M contract for USS Oakland deficiencies, maintenance

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Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Austal USA was awarded a $ 7.9 million contract for shipboard support for the Navy's littoral combat ship the USS Oakland. Work on the USS Oakland, christened in June, comes under an industrial post-delivery availability for the Independence-variant LCS. It will be home ported in San Diego. The new contract was announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense. Under the contract, Austal will perform preventative maintenance and implement engineering change proposals and address deficiencies identified during test trials. The contract also funds program management support and logistics support for technical documentation. The work will be performed primarily in Mobile, Ala., with 20 percent taking place in Pittsfield, Mass. Work should be completed by October 2020. Littoral...
Raytheon tapped for Afghan air force maintenance training

Raytheon tapped for Afghan air force maintenance training

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Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has awarded a $ 108 million contract to Raytheon for training of the Afghan air force as part of an effort to "help create a self-sustaining force." The deal, announced Thursday by Raytheon, has the company developing the Afghanistan Air Force Aircraft Maintenance Training, or AMT, program, under the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation. "Our training is helping the Afghan military develop into a self-sustaining force," Bob williams, vice president of global training solutions at Raytheon's intelligence, information and services unit, said in a press release. "The program will increase the Afghanistan air force's capabilities and help ensure future security." The Defense Department Inspector General said in Januar...
F-35A maintenance program to help streamline aircraft’s capabilities

F-35A maintenance program to help streamline aircraft’s capabilities

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June 5 (UPI) -- Maintenance personnel of F-35A fighter planes have improved versatility under an innovative new program, the U.S. Air Force said. Blended Operational Lightning Technicians, or BOLTs, from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, are currently deployed at Aviano Air Base in Italy and have made their 388th Fighter Wing the first to be qualified in six different aspects of F-35A maintenance, the Air Force announced on Wednesday. The BOLT program combines maintenance-specific Air Force specialty codes, or job descriptions, into two career tracks. Maintainers in the air vehicle track are crew chiefs, fuels and low observable technicians. Airmen in the mission systems track focus on avionics, weapons and egress. The reciprocal training allows a single person to inspect, as well as repair or ...