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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!

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‘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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Navy’s new launch system eliminates concerns with latest testing

Posted  July 26, 2017

The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System team completed testing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, early this summer, validating a software fix that will ensure safe launches.

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NASA Television coverage set for next ISS crew launch

Posted  July 26, 2017

Three new crew members for the International Space Station are scheduled to launch on July 28.

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Surviving infamy: USS Arizona stories continue to captivate

Posted  July 26, 2017

DOD photograph by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley Survivors from the USS Arizona meet with military leaders at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., July 21, 2017. From left to right are U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; U.S. Navy Adm. John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations; Lauren…

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U.S. Navy, Air Force award Lockheed Martin first production lot for LRASM

Posted  July 26, 2017

Lockheed Martin has received an $86.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy and Air Force for Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) production.  The contract marks the first production award for the air-launched variant of LRASM, and includes 23 missiles and engineering support. Low-rate initial production Lot 1 is the first of several expected annual production…

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Air Force veteran turns 100

Posted  July 26, 2017

Air Force photograph Col. Robert Kirtley was born July 26, 1917 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is a World War II and Korean War veteran who served in the Air Force for more than 25 years. He graduated from Wofford College, and commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in 1940. His first assignment was with the…

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