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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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Former Air Force leader passes away

Posted  August 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was also a chief of staff of the Air Force, passed away†Aug. 10†in Falconís Landing military retirement community in Potomac Falls, Va. Retired Gen. David C. Jones served as the Air Forceís chief of staff from 1974 to 1978 until he was…

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Air Force nuclear unit fails key security test

Posted  August 14, 2013

An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the nation’s land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection, marking the second major setback this year for a force charged with the military’s most sensitive mission, the general in charge of the nuclear air force told The Associated Press Aug. 13. Lt. Gen. James…

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SOFIA Observatory returns from New Zealand deployment

Posted  August 14, 2013

NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory flares for landing at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., upon its return from its inaugural three-week southern hemisphere deployment to New Zealand Aug. 2.   NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy has returned to its base at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., following its inaugural three-week…

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Unique testing helps war fighter, saves lives

Posted  August 14, 2013

When large transport or rotary-wing aircraft support a mission in a deployed location, there’s always the threat of those wanting to harm to the lives and assets onboard. That includes risks from a range of shoulder-fired, vehicle-mounted and other infrared-guided missiles capable of following the path of an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III or C-130…

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Lockheed Martin delivers 22 JLTV development vehicles to U.S. Army, Marines

Posted  August 14, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QzdHCp7z6F4 Lockheed Martin celebrated the delivery of 22 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Aug. 14 under the JLTV programís Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract. JLTV team members marked the milestone during a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control facility in Dallas. The vehicles will be transferred…

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Headlines August 12, 2013

Posted  August 12, 2013

News Air Force identifies airman killed in helicopter crash The Air Force has identified an airman killed in a helicopter crash last week as TSgt. Mark A Smith. Smith, of the 33rd Rescue Squadron, was killed when his HH-60G Pave Hawk crashed Aug. 5 in Okinawa, according to a news release from the 18th Wing….

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News Briefs August 12, 2013

Posted  August 12, 2013

Air Force: Electrical wire caused F-22 crash The U.S. Air Force said Aug. 9 that a chafed electrical wire caused an F-22 Raptor fighter jet to crash near Tyndall Air Force Base in November. The Air Command Accident Investigation Board, based in Langley, Va., determined that the chafed wire let to an internal fire in…

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Northrop Grumman awarded $617 million for full-rate production E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes

Posted  August 12, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Since the first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye took to the skies over St. Augustine, Fla., for the first time in August 2007, Northrop Grumman has delivered 10 new production E-2Ds to the U.S. Navy, on cost and on schedule. An additional 10 aircraft are in various stages of manufacturing and predelivery flight testing…

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T-20 UAV reaches high altitude mark

Posted  August 12, 2013

CHEYENNE, Wyo., Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The Arcturus T-20 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle flew to an altitude of 23,500 feet MSL during a training flight at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyo. The previous altitude record for the T-20 was 15,000 MSL set at Edwards AFB, Calif. No special modifications to the aircraft were needed. The…

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Raytheon awarded contract for third Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite

Posted  August 12, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Raytheon has received a contract from NASA to develop a Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System-2 spacecraft. This is the third VIIRS unit Raytheon has been contracted to build. JPSS is a joint program of NOAA and NASA that provides critical observations…

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