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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox Defense

Aerial target QF-16 takes to the sky

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox The first unmanned QF-16 Viper struck down over the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 5, 2014, was part of a joint effort between the Test and Training Division at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Fla. The test was an…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears completion, ready for fueling

NASA is making steady progress on its Orion spacecraft, completing several milestones this week at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the capsule's first trip to space in December.

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard Defense

DRAGON ‘fires up’ for flight

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard A NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft approaches a Utah Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker for air refueling during a training exercise over Germany in May 2014. The U.S. Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort – known as the DRAGON program –…

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner Defense

C-17 treads into new territory

As important as ailerons, rudders and elevators are to the fundamental movement of any aircraft in flight, its tires are equally important while moving on the ground.


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Triton unmanned aircraft wing strength exceeds Navy requirement

Posted  November 4, 2013

Northrop Grumman and Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division, a subsidiary of Triumph Group, Inc., have successfully demonstrated the structural strength of the U.S. Navy's Triton unmanned aircraft system wing.

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ATK completes acquisition of Bushnell Group Holdings

Posted  November 4, 2013

ATK announced that Nov. 1 it completed the acquisition of Bushnell Group Holdings, Inc. ñ a leading global designer, marketer and distributor of branded sports optics, outdoor accessories and performance eyewear. The Bushnell portfolio includes high-quality, innovative and affordable products targeted to the outdoor and sport enthusiast. “ATK is committed to expanding our product offerings,…

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Headlines November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

News: U.S. Navy cancels notice on possible F/A-18 fighter jet order - The U.S. Navy Oct. 31 canceled a notice about a possible order of up to 36 more Boeing F/A-18 fighter jets or EA-18G electronic warfare planes after a posting on a federal procurement website sparked confusion this week.   Business: Israel to buy six…

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News Briefs November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

Navy kickback mastermind seeks shorter prison term The mastermind of a kickback scheme that cost the Navy $18 million is asking a judge to sentence him to a split term of prison and community service, rather than the more than 10 years behind bars that prosecutors are seeking. Ralph M. Mariano is set to be…

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U.S., Romania begin work on Aegis Ashore missile defense complex

Posted  November 1, 2013

Top U.S., Romanian and NATO officials broke ground OCt. 28 on a new ballistic missile defense facility being built to boost regional stability and strengthen the alliance’s collective security stance. The high-profile ceremony signaled the start of construction for the Aegis Ashore complex, the second stage of the three-part European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic…

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Standard Missile-3 IIA completes Critical Design Review

Posted  November 1, 2013

Raytheon and its Japanese partner, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, have completed the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA guided missile Critical Design Review. The CDR verified that the missile’s design will meet the stringent, specific operational performance requirements necessary to defeat the projected threats. The SM-3 Block IIA will defeat incoming ballistic missile threats by colliding with them…

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F-35A conducts first live fire with AMRAAM

Posted  November 1, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph An F-35A Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast on Oct. 30. The F-35 Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast on Oct. 30….

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Space

NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg invites quilters to contribute a star block

Posted  November 1, 2013

International Space Station Expedition 37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, a lifelong lover of sewing, is inviting fellow crafters to join her in stitching together a global community space quilt. Nyberg, who is in the final weeks of her mission aboard the orbiting laboratory, recently shared a star-themed quilt block she was able to…

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Veterans

Secretary of State announces public-private veterans partnership

Posted  November 1, 2013

As Veterans Day approaches, Secretary of State John F. Kerry Oct. 31 announced a new public-private partnership intended to help veterans find international employment opportunities in the private and public sectors. “The Veterans Innovation Partnership, VIP as we are calling it, is not about just what the State Department can do for veterans, it’s really…

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Brains behind the QF-16 spearhead AF aerial target drone program

Posted  November 1, 2013

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Jeff Gibson, Government Team Lead and Jeff Stebbins, Gulf Range Drone Control System contractor and QF-16 Integration Team Lead operate the software their 15-man team developed for the Air Force’s newest aerial target drone. The console they operate in their lab at Eglin is replicated in the field…

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