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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.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox Defense

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…

NASA photograph by Dan Casper Space

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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SecAF declares ‘modernization can’t wait’

Posted  December 3, 2012

The Air Force’s senior civilian addressed the importance of modernization and the challenges ahead for the Air Force at the 2012 Aerospace and Defense Investor Conference in New York City Nov. 29. “Among the most difficult challenges facing the Air Force is the need to modernize our aging aircraft inventory as the defense budget declines,”…

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New AFRL laboratory forging future of energy-efficient aircraft

Posted  December 3, 2012

With an eye toward the energy optimization needs of future military aircraft, the Air Force Research Laboratory is cutting the ribbon on a new, state-of-the-art facility to meet the research and development demands of complex and rapidly-changing platforms. The Advanced Power and Thermal Research Lab is a 53,000 square foot, three-story, multi-laboratory facility devoted to…

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Lockheed Martin delivers first U.S. Army DRTS, begins work on third range

Posted  December 3, 2012

Lockheed Martin has delivered its first Digital Range Training System to the U.S. Army for live fire gunnery qualifications by armored vehicle crews and has begun development on a third range under a $13.8 million contract award. The Digital Range Training System provides a realistic combat environment for Abrams, Bradley and Stryker crews. The initial…

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NASA announces new civil rights compliance Website for grant recipients

Posted  December 3, 2012

NASA has launched a new website, MissionSTEM.nasa.gov, devoted to broadening the reach of its civil rights technical assistance program. The goal of the site is to increase communication between NASA, its grantee institutions and other stakeholders on civil rights compliance, equal opportunity and diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs funded by NASA….

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Raytheon wins first contract for new lightweight GPS anti-jam capability for land systems

Posted  December 3, 2012

Raytheon UK has been awarded a significant contract by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence for delivery of a new GPS Anti-Jam Antenna System. The contract is for an undisclosed number of advanced systems for deployment in operational theaters spanning multiple vehicle platforms. This UOR (Urgent Operational Requirement) contract is the first award for Raytheon’s…

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NORAD provides Website, apps to track Santa

Posted  December 3, 2012

Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” website at http://www.noradsanta.org is up and running. The site features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students around the world and more, officials said,…

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ATK awarded contract for MDACS technology development, risk reduction

Posted  December 3, 2012

ATK has been awarded a $52.7 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency to continue development of Modular Divert and Attitude Control System technologies applicable to the Standard Missile-3 Block IIB missile interceptors. The technology contract will be executed by ATK Defense Group’s Elkton, Maryland operation. The MDACS propulsion system provides the impulse needed for…

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nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle makes its maiden flight

Posted  December 3, 2012

The nEUROn, Europeís unmanned combat air vehicle stealth technology demonstrator, successfully completed its maiden flight Dec. 1 from the Dassault Aviation companyís flight test base in Istres, France, in collaboration with the flight test personnel of the French defense procurement agency. The nEUROn was launched in 2005 by the customer, DGA, and involves France, Italy,…

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NASA researchers discover ancient microbes in Antarctic lake

Posted  December 3, 2012

In one of the most remote lakes of Antarctica, nearly 65 feet beneath the icy surface, scientists from NASA, the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev., the University of Illinois at Chicago, and nine other institutions, have uncovered a community of bacteria. This discovery of life existing in one of Earth’s darkest, saltiest and coldest…

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Lockheed Martin receives JASSM contract for integration onto Finnish Air Force F-18

Posted  December 3, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $5.1 million Foreign Military Sale contract from the U.S. Air Force to support integration of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile onto the Finnish Air Force F-18C/D aircraft. The contract is for the first phase of a six-year effort of software development and aircraft integration support. Additional contract awards are expected…

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