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World View successfully flight tests groundbreaking altitude control technology

Long-duration stratospheric research missions could allow scientists to collect vast amounts of data continuously for their payloads. Such missions could benefit NASA by maturing future space technology as well as allowing for Earth observations, such as storm monitoring and forest fire tracking.

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AFRL developing AgilePod ‘family’ to augment sensing grid

Building on the recent success of AgilePod ‘1.0,’ Air Force Research Laboratory engineers have embarked on a new “mini” AgilePod effort to increase the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the platform by decreasing the footprint of the sensing ‘lab in the sky.’

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NASA technology may reduce airframe noise during landing

NASA has concluded a flight test series to investigate technologies that may significantly reduce airframe noise for communities near airports. The flights, which gathered data that will be used to examine the acoustic benefits of two NASA aeronautical technologies, were completed in October.

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AFRL, Harvard researchers invent method of 3-D printing for flexible electronics

It is often said that ‘two heads are better than one;’ for the Air Force, leveraging the expertise and insights of academia has led to advances in materials development and processing destined to be a game changer for the future fight.

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Avionics technician saves time, money with F-16 innovations

The success of the Air Force isn’t determined by those with stars on their shoulders, but by the Airmen on the frontlines, who strive to create innovative new processes to execute the mission more effectively.

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ULA launches electronic eavesdropping satellite for NRO

Posted  October 6, 2017

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lofted a classified intelligence-gathering payload into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office late Sept. 23.

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NASA showcases aeronautics at Balloon Fiesta

Posted  October 6, 2017

A virtual rainbow of hot air balloons will grace a canvas of southwestern sky at the 46th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico from Oct. 7-15.

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Pentagon begins another fiscal year under continuing resolution

Posted  October 6, 2017

DOD photograph by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff, brief the media at the Pentagon, Oct. 5, 2017. Pentagon officials bemoaned the fact that the Defense Department is starting another fiscal year under a…

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BAE Systems engineers unveil futuristic unmanned aircraft concept

Posted  October 6, 2017

Within the next few decades, armed forces could be using unmanned aerial vehicles with adaptable aircraft technologies that alternate between fixed-wing flight and rotary-wing flight.

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U.S. service members killed in Niger

Posted  October 6, 2017

Three U.S. service members and a service member from a partner nation were killed in southwestern Niger Oct. 4, U.S. Africa Command officials said. Two other U.S. service members were injured and were evacuated in stable condition to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, Africom officials said in a statement. The U.S. service members were…

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