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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…

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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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Principle agreement reached on two lower cost F-35 contracts

Posted  July 31, 2013

The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin reached an agreement in principle for the next two F-35 Lightning II aircraft production contracts (Low-Rate Initial Production lots 6 and 7), which is expected to include 71 stealth fighter aircraft and continue a reduction in F-35 aircraft pricing. The contracting effort spanned six months from proposal…

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NASA selects snow, ice distributed active archive center contract

Posted  July 31, 2013

NASA has selected the University of Colorado Boulder for the management and operations of the Earth Observing System Data and Information System Snow and Ice Distributed Active Archive Center. This cost, no-fee completion contract is worth about $42 million. The base performance period is from Aug. 1 through May 31, 2014, with four one-year extension…

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General Dynamics awarded $33 million for U.S. Navy Aegis illuminators

Posted  July 31, 2013

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products was awarded a $32.6 million multi-year contract by the U.S. Navy for the production of MK82 gun and guided-missile directors and MK200 director controllers for six Aegis Weapon System ship sets. The MK82 director, commanded by the MK200 controller, positions the fire control antenna to illuminate targets and provide…

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Northrop Grumman awarded U.S. Air Force DMON contract with potential value of $490 million

Posted  July 31, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract potentially worth $490 million to continue providing network and integration services under the Distributed Mission Operations Network 2.0 service contract. The DMON enables dissimilar aircraft platforms located across the globe to seamlessly interoperate and train together in a realistic virtual environment. The single-award, firm-fixed-price, indefinite…

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Mission control center upgrades increase capability

Posted  July 31, 2013

Performing major renovations to the gold and blue rooms may sound like it's leading to the grand re-opening of a popular night club, but at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, it means an increased capability in flight operations and testing.

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More SpaceShipTwo glide tests completed

Posted  July 31, 2013

Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic have conducted two successful glide tests of SpaceShipTwo at Mojave Air and Space Port in the last weeks. There were tests in the early morning hours of July 19 and July 25. Both were announced on the Virgin Galactic Facebook page only, rather than via the Virgin Galactic or Scaled…

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Northrop Grumman establishes small business mentor-protege agreement with Roane’s Rigging and Transfer

Posted  July 31, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Kimberlee Roane, president and owner of Roane’s Rigging and Transfer Company, Inc., hands the credit mentor-protege agreement to Jay Shiba, vice president of supply chain management at Northrop Grumman, to sign during the recent signing ceremony. Northrop Grumman and Roane’s Rigging and Transfer Company, Inc. have been approved by the Defense Contracts…

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Boeing, ANA announce order for three 777-300ERs

Posted  July 31, 2013

Boeing and All Nippon Airways has announced that ANA has ordered three additional 777-300ER (extended range) airplanes.

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No decisions yet on cutting furlough days, official says

Posted  July 31, 2013

Despite media reports that say Defense Department civilians may face up to five fewer furlough days, “no decisions have been made at this time,” a Pentagon spokesman said July 30. More than 640,000 civilian employees are being furloughed one day a week for 11 weeks, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said. These unpaid days are…

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Civ-Mil celebrates 24th annual barbecue

Posted  July 31, 2013

Photographs by Linda KC Reynolds On behalf of Civ-Mil, Dr. George ìBudî Reams and Civ-Mil founder Aida OíConnor, present a gift to Frances Lane (center) for generously donating her ranch to Civ-Mil for the past 24 years. The Edward Air Force Base Civilian-Military ìCiv-Milî Support Group celebrated their 24th annual barbecue at the beautiful Hacienda…

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