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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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Air Force awards contracts for next-generation ICBM airborne launch control system

Posted  October 6, 2017

The Air Force awarded two contracts Oct. 3 for upgrading the system that enables an aircraft to control an intercontinental ballistic missile’s launch from a silo in the ground.

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MCAS Miramar hosts annual air show

Posted  October 6, 2017

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in Southern California hosted its annual air show and open house Sept. 22-24. The theme of this year’s show was a salute to Vietnam Veterans and the show featured a special tribute to the vets and their families. The mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall was on hand — an exact half-scale…

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Gathering of Eagles event Set for Oct. 21

Posted  October 6, 2017

What on earth could be better than sitting around a campfire, hearing first-hand what it is like to save an aircraft that is spinning out of control, the earth merely seconds away; or the rush of being the first person to fly a world-class fighter jet for the very first time?

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Critical Design Review for Next Generation GEO satellites a success

Posted  October 6, 2017

The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Remote Sensing Systems Directorate and prime contractor, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, successfully completed a system Critical Design Review for the Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting satellites GEO-5 and GEO-6 Sept. 8. The successful CDR marks the capstone event, culminating 18 months of lower level reviews, which authorizes the next two satellites…

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Aerospace workers spruce up Painted Turtle Camp

Posted  October 6, 2017

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Aerospace workers volunteer to help spruce up the Painted Turtle Camp where children who are faced with life-threatening and chronic illnesses have the opportunity to have a fun-filled camping experience. The year-round programming for campers is provided free of charge. Armed with hoes, rakes, elbow grease and a whole lot…

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