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History at a rest stop!

Kramer Junction was originally west of its current location on Highway 58 out by Boron. When the 395 crossed the current 58, the historical four corners became a reality. All that was needed was an owner who could see the potential of this desert crossing to make it flourish. Many of us AV residents have been over these roads many times.

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Sample return technology successfully tested on Xodiac rocket

Honeybee Robotics in Pasadena, Calif., flight tested its pneumatic sampler collection system, PlanetVac, on Masten Space Systems’ Xodiac rocket on May 24, launching from Mojave, Calif., and landing to collect a sample of more than 320 grams of top soil from the surface of the desert floor.

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Edwards test squadron completes Joint Strike Missile test program

A team of U.S. Air Force engineers, test pilots and Norwegian government and industry personnel recently completed a large phase of testing for the Joint Strike Missile.

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Parabolic flights advance space technologies

A recent series of parabolic flights onboard Zero Gravity Corporation’s G-FORCE ONE aircraft demonstrated a variety of technologies selected by NASA’s Flight Opportunities program. The flight campaign consisted of two successful flights on March 21, 2018, lifting off from Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida. 

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A deep space communications hub in desert

When NASA engineers were looking for a place to build a network of large radio antennas in the 1950s, they knew they needed somewhere quiet. They were going to build a series of antennas with huge parabolic dishes and receivers that could detect extremely faint radio signals.


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News

Navy officer accused of espionage; now held in Navy brig

Posted  April 13, 2016

The U.S. military has charged a Taiwan-born Navy officer with espionage for allegedly passing military secrets to China or Taiwan, U.S. defense officials said April 11. A Navy document that describes multiple charges against Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin accuses him of failing to report foreign contacts and says that on multiple occasions he gave…

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Defense

DOD tech transformation holds surprises for U.S. adversaries

Posted  April 13, 2016

In a geopolitical environment where the focus of nations often is on future technologies, the Defense Department’s Strategic Capabilities Office starts with systems that are well established and familiar to nearly everyone, especially adversaries.

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Defense

Navy announces director of JSF fleet integration

Posted  April 13, 2016

The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced April 12, that Rear Adm. Roy “Trigger” Kelley will be appointed as the director, Joint Strike Fighter Fleet Integration. Kelley will direct the Department of the Navy’s Joint Strike Fighter Fleet Integration Office, establishing unity of command and effort for the integration of the F-35 into the…

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World News

U.S., India agree to improve military cooperation

Posted  April 13, 2016

DOD photograph by Air Force SMSgt. Adrian Cruz Defense Ash Carter exchanges gifts with Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar following a welcome dinner in Goa, India, April 10, 2016. Carter is visiting India and the Philippines to solidify the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. NEW DELHI–The U.S and India are working to make it easier…

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Business

Raytheon, U.S. Air Force successfully complete GPS OCX first qualification test

Posted  April 13, 2016

On March 4, Raytheon successfully passed the first formal qualification test milestone for the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System. Known simply as GPS OCX, this new system offers significant improvements to the GPS on which the U.S. military and millions of civilians rely, including enhanced availability, accuracy, and security….

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