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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!

Photograph by Dennis Anderson Local

‘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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Boeing, FedEx Express to collaborate on ecoDemonstrator testing

Posted  July 7, 2017

As part of the continuing effort to accelerate aerospace innovation, Boeing and FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. and the world's largest express transportation company, will work together to fly the next ecoDemonstrator.

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Help available for those living with PTSD

Posted  July 7, 2017

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Organizations and veterans offered their services at the Antelope Valley College to help bring awareness to students living with PTSD. Tyler Morris, President of Vets Club at AVC, Army veteran Ken Felton of Mental Health America, Dennis Anderson of High Desert Medical Group, Jerry Lawrence and Jesse Robinson of Pro…

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Northrop Grumman awarded Transducer Array/Nose Shell Assembly production contract for MK 48 torpedo

Posted  July 7, 2017

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $9.6 million contract, with options up to $40.5 million, to produce the Transducer Array/Nose Shell Assembly of the MK 48 heavyweight torpedo. The MK 48 is the primary offensive weapon deployed from all U.S. Navy submarines.

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Global SuperTanker tested at Fox Field

Posted  July 7, 2017

A Boeing 747-400 Global SuperTanker is the first of a series of planes to use Gen. William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster, Calif., as a testing point to measure the accuracy of fire retardant drops using a 200 foot-wide by 4,000 foot-long test grid.

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Lockheed Martin awarded contract for Phase 2 of the LRPF program

Posted  July 7, 2017

Lockheed Martin has received a $73.8 million contract from the U.S. Army for Phase 2 of the Long Range Precision Fires program. LRPF is the U.S. Army’s program envisioned to provide combatant commanders with next-generation, long-range precision fires with ranges up to 499 kilometers. The missile will be capable of striking time-sensitive and area targets…

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