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Toward the Unknown: Edwards AFB meets Hollywood

Up late the other night and looking at late night viewing options on the small screen, I saw that the movie Toward the Unknown was on offer at midnight on TCM. “What the heck,” I thought — sleep is overrated and I needed a fix of good old American aviation movie making!

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‘Gunny and Me’: One story among many

The story that connected my life to R. Lee Ermey, the thunder-spitting volcano of drill field invective in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” began as a routine interview story. It is only one among thousands of stories about Ermey, but it is something like his Marine Corps ode to the rifle: “There are many like it, but this one is mine.”

NASA photograph by Kim Shiflett Space

NASA Planet Hunter on its way to orbit

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

Marine Corps photograph by Sgt. Laiqa Hitt Defense

DOD must be more agile in technology development, official says

The Defense Department must embrace a more agile approach to technology development to keep pace with rapidly evolving adversaries, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering told lawmakers April 17.

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Stormy Mendez Defense

3-D printer-capable Marines print replacement part for F-35

Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are now capable of ‘additive manufacturing,’ also known as 3-D printing.  This innovative technique is the process of replicating a digital 3-D model in the real world. 3-D printing software breaks the digital model down into layers which can be reproduced by the printer. The printer then builds the model from the ground up, layer by layer, creating a tangible object.

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Lockheed Martin delivers first HC-130J Combat King II to California Air National Guard

Posted  April 9, 2018

Lockheed Martin delivered the first HC-130J Combat King II combat search and rescue tanker to the California Air National Guard April 5 at the company's site in Marietta, Ga.

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Names of 2 Fort Campbell killed in helicopter crash released

Posted  April 9, 2018

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly, left, and Warrant Officer James Casadona, right, were killed in an Apache helicopter crash at Fort Campbell, Ky., April 6. Two soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed during a training mission at Fort Campbell, Ky., officials at the Army post said April 7. On April 8, Fort Campbell…

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General Atomics to provide MQ-9B Protector to United Kingdom

Posted  April 9, 2018

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. was recently awarded a $81 million Foreign Military Sales contract by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for the United Kingdom MQ-9B Protector unmanned aircraft system program. This contract provides for integration and component level testing for UK specific enhancements to support the MQ-9B Protector program. GA-ASI performed…

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Air Force photograph by Wayne A. Clark

Air Force establishes Pentagon-based AFSPC vice commander position

Posted  April 9, 2018

Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson assumed the newly-created Air Force Space Command vice commander position on April 4, 2018, after pinning on his third star.

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Endeavor Robotics to develop next gen ‘back-packable’ robot

Posted  April 9, 2018

Endeavor Robotics, the world’s leading supplier of unmanned ground vehicles, has won the Engineering Manufacturing Development contract for the U.S. Army’s Common Robotic System–Individual program. In being awarded the EMD phase, Endeavor was selected as one of two finalists for the down-select program. Final award of the production contract will occur after the EMD down-select…

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