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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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Media Invited to NASA Google+ Hangout on Wildfire and Climate Change

Posted  August 7, 2013

NASA will host a Google+ Hangout at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 9, about wildfire research and what a changing climate could mean for future fire activity in the United States. A decades-long record from ground surveys and NASA satellites shows† the fire season in the western United States is starting earlier in the spring…

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General Dynamics completes comprehensive risk reduction program for Knifefish unmanned undersea vehicle

Posted  August 7, 2013

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has successfully completed the comprehensive risk reduction program for the U.S. Navy’s Knifefish Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle program. Designed to discover any potential systems defect early on in the program’s development phase, the configuration item test successfully verified key components within the…

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Reflector System built by Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace unit deploys successfully

Posted  August 7, 2013

A deployable reflector and boom system made by Astro Aerospace, a strategic business unit of Northrop Grumman, successfully deployed on-orbit Aug. 3 aboard the Alphasat spacecraft

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Fire Scout surpasses flight hour record aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts

Posted  August 7, 2013

Navy photograph An MQ-8B Fire Scout aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) in July 2013. The unmanned helicopters are supporting operations in the Mediterranean Sea and providing real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) orbit to combatant commanders. Helicopter Strike Maritime Squadron (HSM) 46, Det. 9 recently surpassed the MQ-8B Fire Scoutís previous monthly flight…

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AEDC’s Range-G in operation for 50 years

Posted  August 7, 2013

Since the summer of 1963, when the Arnold Engineering Development Complex's Hypervelocity Ballistic Range-G came into operation, the facility has tested items for boundary-layer studies to hypersonic plasma mitigation studies.

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Boeing all-electric satellite passes critical design review

Posted  August 7, 2013

Boeing artist’s rendering The first Boeing electric-powered satellite, the 702 Small Platform (702SP), has passed its Critical Design Review, allowing the new program to move two satellites into assembly, integration and testing. Commercial satellite service providers Asia Broadcast Satellite, Bermuda – whose satellite is shown here – and SatÈlites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. (Satmex), Mexico…

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Boeing, Travel Service finalize order for three 737 MAXs

Posted  August 7, 2013

Boeing and Travel Service have finalized an order for three 737 MAX 8s, valued at $301.5 million at list prices. The Czech Republic-based carrier originally announced a commitment to purchase the 737 MAX in June during the 2013 Paris Air Show. The Aug. 7 announcement brings the total number of orders to date for the…

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AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility going strong after 20 years

Posted  August 7, 2013

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility J-6. The construction for Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility (J-6) ended July 30, 1993. Today the facility continues to test the nation’s large ICBM’s such as the Peacekeeper and Minuteman systems and new developmental systems. Following the signing of…

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Savings, reprogramming enable furlough reduction

Posted  August 7, 2013

Savings and the ability to reprogram funds made possible Aug. 6 announcement by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that unpaid furlough days for about 650,000 civilian employees are being reduced. Hagel signed a memo cutting furlough days for about 650,000 Defense Department civilian employees from 11 to six. This means that for most employees, the furlough…

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TRICARE moves forward with prime service area reductions

Posted  August 7, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Defense Department officials will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options….

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