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Technological innovations in the history of the U.S. Air Force

From the earliest days of flight, airmen strived to set or exceed new altitude, speed, and distance records. The USAF has fostered new technologies resulting in sometimes exponential improvements in these and other areas.

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U.S. Air Force celebrates 70th anniversary

U.S. military aviation has changed over the years — from bi-planes during World War I to the modern jet fighter aircraft — but one thing remains constant, the motivation and resiliency of U.S. Airmen to protect and defend their home. On Sept. 18, the U.S. Air Force will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

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Cassini spacecraft ends historic exploration of Saturn

A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.

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Supervised autonomy the goal in Army aviation, says major general

With all of the publicity surrounding autonomous cars in America, people might wonder if autonomous aircraft or unmanned aerial systems are to follow, particularly in the military.

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Defense, academia test systems for GPS denial

Navigating the globe was once done using the sun, moon and stars as reference, but modern times bring modern methods, and the majority of the world now relies on GPS for its navigation needs.


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Sikorsky awarded DARPA ALIAS Phase 3 contract to increase aircraft autonomy

Posted  January 11, 2017

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has won the contract for Phase 3 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System program. DARPA’s ALIAS program is leveraging advances in autonomy to reduce pilot workload, augment mission performance, and improve aircraft safety and reliability. DARPA is working with Sikorsky to improve and expand…

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Veteran astronauts retire from NASA

Posted  January 11, 2017

NASA photograph Michael E. Fossum Two astronauts with a combined tenure of almost 50 years in the astronaut corps have retired from NASA. Mike Baker and Mike Fossum both left the agency on Jan. 7 to join private industry. Fossum first came to NASA as part of a U.S. Air Force detail to support the…

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York Space Systems begins research for U.S. Army

Posted  January 11, 2017

York Space Systems, an aerospace company specializing in complete space segment customer solutions and the manufacture of small and medium class spacecraft, announced Jan. 11 the execution of a Cooperative Research And Development Agreement with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, supporting the deployment of the Harbinger Mission. Under the Agreement, York Space…

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Headlines – January 9, 2017

Posted  January 9, 2017

News U.S. Marines are sending a task force back to Afghanistan’s Helmand province – The U.S. Marines will deploy a 300-person task force to southwestern Afghanistan this spring to help local security forces beat back Taliban gains in the restive Helmand province.     Business Global airborne ISR market to grow, says report – The…

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News Briefs – January 9, 2017

Posted  January 9, 2017

Facility for Army flight training complete at Alabama airport Construction for the new Army flight training facility has been completed at the Dothan Regional Airport in Alabama. CAE USA, the new Army fixed wing training contractor, announced the completion of the 75,000-square-foot facility this week, the Dothan Eagle reported. Construction of the facility began in…

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