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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!

Photograph by Dennis Anderson Local

‘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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Business

U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin $116 million contract option for JASSM-ER production

Posted  April 22, 2016

Lockheed Martin received a $116.8 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for continued production of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range. This contract exercises an option in the Lot 14 contract and includes 100 JASSM-ER missiles. Work under this contract option is expected to be complete by June 2019. The award brings the total number…

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Boeing photograph by Paul Weatherman
Defense

KC-46 team wins DOD environmental award

Posted  April 22, 2016

The KC-46A Pegasus program’s Environment, Safety and Occupational Health team was named the Defense Department’s top large program in environmental excellence in weapon system acquisition April 22.

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Business

Elbit Systems of America showcases advanced solutions for Army aircrew readiness

Posted  April 22, 2016

U.S. Army aircrews stand ready to fly tough missions in treacherous environments. Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a U.S. company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., provides solutions ranging from helmet mounted displays to next generation communications amplifiers that allow those aircrews the ability to perform missions more effectively and safely. Elbit Systems of…

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Space

Ball Aerospace begins environmental testing for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-1 satellite

Posted  April 22, 2016

Ball Aerospace has begun environmental testing on the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Joint Polar Satellite System satellite. JPSS-1 will represent significant technological and scientific advancements in severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring.

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Air Force photograph by R. Nial Bradshaw
Defense

Hill depot facility becomes first to work on all F-35 variants

Posted  April 22, 2016

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, became the first depot facility to perform modifications on all three F-35 Lightning II variants after it inducted a Navy F-35C carrier version April 15.

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