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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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Headlines – September 15, 2017

Posted  September 15, 2017

News 15 Marines injured after amphibious assault vehicle bursts into flames – Five of the 15 Marines injured Sept. 13 when their amphibious assault vehicle caught fire are in critical condition, Corps officials said.     Business Boeing lands $600 million contract to design new Air Force Ones – The U.S. Air Force on Sept….

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News Briefs – September 15, 2017

Posted  September 15, 2017

Remains of missing Vietnam-era soldier identified A northeast Oklahoma soldier’s remains have been identified more than 50 years after the Vietnam War. The Claremore Daily Progress reports that Air Force Col. Ronald Scott’s remains will arrive in Claremore next week. He’ll be honored with a graveside service in Woodlawn Cemetery on Sept. 22. The Defense…

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Cassini spacecraft ends historic exploration of Saturn

Posted  September 15, 2017

A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.

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Supervised autonomy the goal in Army aviation, says major general

Posted  September 15, 2017

With all of the publicity surrounding autonomous cars in America, people might wonder if autonomous aircraft or unmanned aerial systems are to follow, particularly in the military.

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Lockheed Martin opens new onsite training facility

Posted  September 15, 2017

Lockheed Martin photograph State and local officials join Lockheed Martin representatives in opening the AIDT Advanced Manufacturing & Technology Center. From left to right: Lee Hammett, AIDT; Jason Crager, Lockheed Martin; Ed Castile, AIDT; Jason Reeves, Troy City Mayor; Bobby Jon Drinkard, AIDT. Lockheed Martin celebrated the opening of a new onsite training facility Oct….

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