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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.

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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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Navy’s new Fire Scout unmanned helicopter takes its first flight

Posted  November 1, 2013

The Navy’s newest variant of the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter completed its first day of flying Oct. 31 at Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.

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Boeing to increase 737 production rate in 2017

Posted  November 1, 2013

Boeing announced Oct. 31 that production on the 737 program will increase to 47 airplanes per month in 2017, the highest rate ever for the best-selling airliner in history. Once implemented, the 737 program will build more than 560 airplanes per year, and will have increased output by nearly 50 percent since 2010. “We’re taking…

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Upcoming Events – November 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

Nov. 3-8 – Third International Conference on Storms, Substorms, and Space Weather, Shenzhen, China Nov. 3-8 – 29th American Society for Gravitational and Space Research/5th International Symposium for Physical Sciences in Space, Orlando, Fla. Nov. 4-5 – New Particle Physics Symposium Europe-2013: Higgs Boson to LHC, Neutrinos, Cosmos and Beyond, Cambridge, United Kingdom Nov. 4-5…

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Headlines October 31, 2013

Posted  October 31, 2013

News: U.S. military commandos made it to Benghazi - Masked from public view, two of the U.S. military’s elite special operations commandos have been awarded medals for bravery for a mission that further undercuts the Obama administration’s original story about the Benghazi tragedy.   Business: Boeing said to near 777X order haul of up to $87…

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News Briefs October 31, 2013

Posted  October 31, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,150 As of Oct. 29, 2013, at least 2,150 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,782 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Boeing delivers 12th production P-8A Poseidon Aircraft to U.S. Navy

Posted  October 31, 2013

Boeing delivered the 12th production P-8A Poseidon on schedule on Oct. 25, enhancing the long-range maritime patrol capabilities of the U.S. Navy. The P-8A departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where it joined the other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy crews. The aircraft is the sixth from the…

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Lockheed Martin receives contract for helicopter search, rescue training simulators

Posted  October 31, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received a $113 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to design, develop, field and sustain aircrew training devices for HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopters. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver eight HH-60G training simulators, spares and logistics support to the U.S. Air Force as part of the Pave…

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Army looks to blend cyber, electronic warfare capabilities on battlefield

Posted  October 31, 2013

U.S. Army scientists and engineers continue to define next-generation protocols and system architectures to help develop technology capabilities to combat these threats in an integrated and expedited fashion.

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Jobs top issue in Pratt & Whitney-Machinists talks

Posted  October 31, 2013

As jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and the Machinists Union begin negotiations Oct. 31 for a new contract governing pay, benefits, work rules and other conditions, the top issue will be jobs. Neither company nor union representatives would discuss the issues expected to dominate negotiations. But union officials have said they may not recommend…

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Northrop Grumman receives $43 million to retrofit Joint STARS Fleet

Posted  October 31, 2013

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $43 million contract to retrofit the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft, trainers and laboratories. The contract has options for an additional three years to complete retrofit of the entire fleet. The contract replaces computers in both the operator work stations and radar…

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