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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.

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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 –…

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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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LVC-DE simulation aids UAS in the NAS integration

Posted  September 18, 2013

NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System project is providing critical data to decision-makers who are working to meet the congressional mandate to open the national airspace to remotely or autonomously controlled aircraft by 2015.

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U.S., allies increase protected military satellite comm capability with AEHF launch

Posted  September 18, 2013

The third Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communication satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin team for the U.S. Air Force, was successfully launched at 4:10 a.m., Sept. 18, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Lockheed Martin confirmed signal acquisition at 51 minutes after launch. The AEHF system…

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AAR signs 10-year contract for avionics support with Rockwell Collins

Posted  September 18, 2013

AAR has signed a long-term contract with aviation electronics manufacturer Rockwell Collins which will provide component repair support for Rockwell Collins products used by AARs growing portfolio of airline customers under long-term component support agreements. The contract covers products on AAR customer fleets including the Airbus A319, A320, A330, Boeing 737 and 767, and Bombardier…

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Boeing sends protected government signal through commercial satellite

Posted  September 18, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. – Boeing has transmitted a government-developed, frequency-hopping signal through a commercial satellite, demonstrating the potential for the military to access more communications pathways at a lower cost than building new satellites, while protecting its data from jamming attempts. In the first demonstration of its kind, Boeing in July used the government’s…

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Dryden technicians modify Dream Chaser simulator

Posted  September 18, 2013

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Simulation technicians Brent Bieber, left, and Dennis Pitts install a boilerplate Dream Chaser canopy structure over the cockpit of a flight simulator in the simulation laboratory at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. The modification will give Dream Chaser pilot-astronauts a more representative view of the actual flight profiles the spacecraft…

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Lockheed Martin successfully launches first LRASM boosted test vehicle from MK 41 vertical launch system

Posted  September 18, 2013

Lockheed Martin has successfully launched the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Boosted Test Vehicle from a MK 41 Vertical Launch System canister at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. During the company-funded test, the MK 41 VLS successfully launched the LRASM BTV. The BTV, which includes the proven Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket Mk-114 rocket motor, ignited…

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Next Boeing GPS IIF satellite arrives at Cape Canaveral for launch

Posted  September 18, 2013

Boeing workers lift the Global Positioning System IIF-5 satellite onto a transporter following its Aug. 1 arrival at the Navstar Processing Facility on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Boeing shipped the fifth GPS IIF satellite from its satellite factory in El Segundo, Calif., on a U.S. Air Force C-17 airlifter. Workers will fuel the…

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NASA Dryden engineers capture dramatic supersonic shockwave images

Posted  September 18, 2013

Elusive schlieren images of supersonic shockwaves emanating from NASA F-15 and F/A-18 aircraft flying at supersonic speeds were captured during recent pilot proficiency flights.

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Cal Poly undergrad from Tehachapi interns at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

Posted  September 18, 2013

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida Brooke Neufeld, a Cal Poly-Pomona undergrad from Tehachapi, Calif., helped develop a portable data acquisition system for a flight research project during her internship at NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center. Recent high school graduates seldom win an internship with NASA, but robotics whiz Brooke Neufeld, a 2013 alumna of Tehachapi…

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Boeing flies first 787-9 Dreamliner

Posted  September 18, 2013

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took to the skies for the first time Sept. 17, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery in mid-2014.

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