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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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Space & Technology

Armstrong honored for Orion work

Posted  May 20, 2016

NASA's Orion space program representatives came to NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California recently to honor employees' contributions and talk about the space program.

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VE Day and VE Dad – A Remembrance

Posted  May 20, 2016

The recent headline was “The WWII Holiday in Russia that is practically unknown in America,” and I realized almost immediately that it must have been VE Day, victory in Europe. It had to be.

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General Dynamics DMR Radios ordered for new U.S. Navy surface vessels, subs

Posted  May 20, 2016

The U.S. Navy awarded a contract modification to General Dynamics Mission Systems to build and deliver more than 30 new AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radios (DMR), along with related materials and equipment for new Navy surface vessels and submarines. The software-defined radios are a mission critical communications hub for Navy vessels and submarines. The contract modification…

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Flying observatory detects atomic oxygen in Martian atmosphere

Posted  May 20, 2016

An instrument onboard the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) detected atomic oxygen in the atmosphere of Mars for the first time since the last observation 40 years ago. These atoms were found in the upper layers of the Martian atmosphere known as the mesosphere.

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British pilot completes 1,000th vertical landing in F-35

Posted  May 20, 2016

BAE Systems test pilot Peter ‘Wizzer’ Wilson has completed the 1,000th vertical landing in an F-35 Lightning II as part of ongoing flight testing of the jet. The milestone occurred at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and came just 6 years since another one of our test pilots, Graham Tomlinson, completed the first vertical…

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