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Technological innovations in the history of the U.S. Air Force

From the earliest days of flight, airmen strived to set or exceed new altitude, speed, and distance records. The USAF has fostered new technologies resulting in sometimes exponential improvements in these and other areas.

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U.S. Air Force celebrates 70th anniversary

U.S. military aviation has changed over the years — from bi-planes during World War I to the modern jet fighter aircraft — but one thing remains constant, the motivation and resiliency of U.S. Airmen to protect and defend their home. On Sept. 18, the U.S. Air Force will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

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Cassini spacecraft ends historic exploration of Saturn

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

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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Defense, academia test systems for GPS denial

Navigating the globe was once done using the sun, moon and stars as reference, but modern times bring modern methods, and the majority of the world now relies on GPS for its navigation needs.


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Defense

John P. Murtha first ship to successfully test new technology afloat

Posted  April 20, 2016

Sailors aboard the Pre-Commissioning Unit John P. Murtha (LPD 26) successfully tested the Navy's first High Frequency Distribution Amplifier Group (HF DAG) system during Builder's Sea Trials March 1-3 and Acceptance Sea Trials April 13-15 in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Space & Technology

NASA seeks proposals for deep space habitation prototypes

Posted  April 20, 2016

NASA is soliciting proposals for the development of prototypes for deep space habitats that will give astronauts a place to call home during long-duration missions supporting the agency’s Journey to Mars. The solicitation, Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 (NextSTEP-2), is a follow-on to the NextSTEP Broad Agency Announcement released in October 2014 and requesting…

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Defense

U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K helicopter completes first external load test

Posted  April 20, 2016

Sikorsky photograph A CH-53K King Stallion conducts its first hover with a 12,0000-pound load Apr. 19, 2016, at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. A CH-53K King Stallion, the U.S. Marine Corps’ newest helicopter, completed its first external load flight test Apr. 19 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center…

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Veterans

Doolittle Raider raises toast 74 years after historic mission

Posted  April 20, 2016

One of two surviving Doolittle Raiders visited Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., for a commemorative toast April 18 in honor of the 74th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo.

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Business

Elbit Systems of Australia awarded contract for supply of thermal weapon sights

Posted  April 20, 2016

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced April 19 that its Australian subsidiary, Elbit Systems of Australia Pty Ltd., was awarded a contract in an amount of approximately $30 million (approximately $40 million Australian) by the Department of Defence of the Commonwealth of Australia, for the supply of XACTth65 sights, a member of the Elbit Systems thermal weapon…

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