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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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Army awards General Dynamics $395 million to begin engineering development for Abrams modernization

Posted  October 3, 2012

The U.S. Army TACOM Contracting Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, an eight-year, $395 million contract for research, development and testing in preparation for the Abrams main battle tank Engineering Change Proposal 1 (ECP1) production. The contract has an initial value of $80 million over 12 months. There…

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Dempsey releases concept to build Joint Force 2020

Posted  October 3, 2012

At the heart of the Capstone Concept for Joint Operations released Sept. 28 by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is an idea called globally integrated operations, which will be used to build and organize Joint Force 2020. The concept stresses the military’s agility and flexibility as the United States faces unclear and…

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QinetiQ North America awarded first two task orders under U.S. Coast Guard contract

Posted  October 3, 2012

QinetiQ North America announced Sept. 27 it was awarded two task orders for Oil Spill Claim Support Services and Data Migration and Documentation Services under the Contractor Technical and Administrative Support Services contract at the United States Coast Guard National Pollution Funds Center. These are the first task orders awarded on the contract, which is…

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ATK awarded full-rate production contract for AARGM

Posted  October 3, 2012

ATK has been awarded a $71 million contract for the full-rate production of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile. The contract, awarded by the U.S. Navy, provides for the production of operational missiles for the Navy and the Government of Italy, as well as training missile systems for the Navy, and all related supplies and services…

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News Briefs – October 3, 2012

Posted  October 3, 2012

Fewer submarines planned in Connecticut The Navy’s top admiral says the Navy plans to keep fewer submarines in Groton, Conn., as the military shifts its focus toward Asia. Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert told The Day of New London that by 2020, the Naval Submarine Base is expected to have two squadrons with six attack submarines…

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Boeing modernizes GPS network with third GPS IIF satellite

Posted  October 5, 2012

The Global Positioning System, which military, commercial, and civilian users rely on for accurate navigation, is becoming more capable with deployment of the third Boeing GPS IIF for the U.S. Air Force. The IIF model is the most advanced GPS satellite to date. SVN-65 is on orbit and performing as expected following liftoff at 8:10…

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SpaceX Dragon to carry 23 student experiments to space station

Posted  October 5, 2012

Twenty-three microgravity experiments designed by participants of NASA’s Student Spaceflight Experiment Program will become part of space history Oct. 7. They will be launched to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Dragon, the first commercially developed and built American spacecraft to fly a resupply cargo resupply mission to the station. Twelve of the SSEP…

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Smartphones to steer unmanned rotorcraft on the battlefield

Posted  October 5, 2012

The Office of Naval Research awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin and Aurora Flight Sciences Sept. 28 to develop robotic rotorcraft capable of supporting rapid autonomous aerial cargo delivery to the battlefield. ONR is initially providing $28 million to the industry-led teams to develop prototype concepts in the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System program. The system…

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Northrop Grumman completes SBIRS HEO-3 payload integration, ambient functional test

Posted  October 5, 2012

AZUSA, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has successfully completed payload integration and the ambient functional test of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System’s third highly elliptical orbit (HEO-3) payload. Lockheed Martin is the SBIRS prime contractor, Northrop Grumman is the payload integrator. Featuring a mix of geosynchronous satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth…

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NATO extends Rasmussen’s term as secretary general

Posted  October 5, 2012

The North Atlantic Council has extended Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s four-year term as NATO secretary general for another year, until July 31, 2014, the council announced Oct. 3. Allies will support Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in his dedicated work to carry forward NATO’s tasks, missions and objectives, based on consensual allied decisions, a written statement…

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