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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 –…

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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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Donley talks sequestration, explains AF budget plans

Posted  September 18, 2012

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley discusses the service’s budget strategy during his address at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17, 2012. During his keynote remarks at the conferenc, Donley discussed the threat of sequestration and its…

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News Briefs – September 18, 2012

Posted  September 18, 2012

Centcom in Florida to become standalone headquarters   Military authorities are designating the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., as a standalone headquarters. An event is planned for Monday. This means that the command – known as MARCENT – will be led by three-star general Lt. Gen. Robert B….

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Pratt & Whitney selected for funding for U.S. Air Force AETD program

Posted  September 19, 2012

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has been selected for funding by the Air Force Research Laboratory for the Adaptive Engine Technology Development program. The AETD program is an initiative by the AFRL Propulsion Directorate to mature critical fuel-burn reduction technologies and engine design features that could transition into legacy and next…

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Veterans

DOD, VA to fund $100 million PTSD, TBI study

Posted  September 19, 2012

The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs are investing more than $100 million in research to improve diagnosis and treatment of mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. “At VA, ensuring that our Veterans receive quality care is our highest priority,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki. “Investing in…

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Space

NASA telescopes spy ultra-distant galaxy amidst cosmic ‘dark ages’

Posted  September 19, 2012

With the combined power of NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, astronomers have spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen. ight from the young galaxy captured by the orbiting observatories first shone when our 13.7-billion-year-old universe was just 500 million years old. The far-off galaxy…

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Ball Aerospace ships first James Webb Space Telescope mirrors to NASA

Posted  September 19, 2012

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. began the process of shipping the finished NASA James Webb Space Telescope mirrors to Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Sept. 14, 2012. Ball Aerospace, under contract to Northrop Grumman, is responsible for the Webb’s optical technology and lightweight mirror system. Two of the 18 beryllium primary mirror segments that…

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As U.S. troop ‘surge’ ends, setbacks are piling up

Posted  September 19, 2012

The end game in Afghanistan is off to a shaky start. Just as the last U.S. “surge” troops leave the country, trouble is breaking out in ways that go to the core of the strategy for winding down the U.S. and allied combat role and making Afghans responsible for their own security. At stake is…

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Raytheon to provide Joint Tactical Terminal radios with latest security features to U.S. Navy

Posted  September 19, 2012

Raytheon has received an $8.7 million modification to a previously awarded production contract to provide the U.S. Navy with Joint Tactical Terminal Senior radios that are compatible with the new Common Interactive Broadcast waveform and contain the latest security, hardware and software enhancements. The radios receive and broadcast near real-time threat data from a variety…

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Northrop Grumman-built NASA Global Hawks support hurricane missions from both U.S. coasts

Posted  September 19, 2012

Northrop Grumman-built unmanned NASA Global Hawks will be able to better support environmental scientists during Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel missions.

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Air Force officials describe ICBM way-ahead

Posted  September 19, 2012

As intercontinental ballistic missiles gain prominence in the Air Force’s nuclear enterprise, service officials related the importance of maintaining the system during the 2012 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18. Panelists included Maj. Gen. William Chambers, assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration;…

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