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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.

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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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Keel laid for future USNS John Glenn

Posted  December 7, 2012

General Dynamics NASSCO held a keel laying ceremony for the future USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), Dec. 4, in San Diego, Calif. MLP 2 is the second ship in the Mobile Landing Platform program that will provide the Navy with the capability to transfer vehicles and equipment at sea and to interface with surface connectors…

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Breakthrough jet/rocket engine announced

Posted  December 7, 2012

Reaction Engines Ltd. of Great Britain has announced successful tests of its light weight heat exchanger, a critical component of its Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine. The engine functions as both an air breathing jet, and then switches to use stored liquid oxygen, as does a rocket engine. Their studies show that single stage to orbit…

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Boeing, Icleandair announce commitment for 12 737 MAXs

Posted  December 7, 2012

Boeing and Icelandair announced a commitment Dec. 6 for 12 737 MAXs, valued at more than $1.2 billion at list prices. The commitment by the Icelandic carrier includes 737 MAX 8s and 9s. Boeing looks forward to working with Icelandair to finalize the details, at which time the order will be posted as a firm…

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General Dynamics awarded $70 million for planning yard services for DDG 51, FFG 7 ships

Posted  December 7, 2012

The U. S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, a $70.5 million contract to provide ongoing planning yard services for the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke -class guided missile destroyer and the FFG 7 Oliver Hazard Perry -class frigate programs. This option modifies a contract initially awarded in June…

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Patton warned of Pearl Harbor attack

Posted  December 7, 2012

While many Americans know Dec. 7, 2012, as the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, few are familiar with the role Gen. George Patton played in foreshadowing it. The Japanese Empire had been on the move in the Orient since its defeat of Russia in 1904 at Port Arthur, Manchuria. Next came the…

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First qualified female submarine officers receive dolphins

Posted  December 7, 2012

Three sailors assigned to USS Maine (SSBN 741) and USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) became the first female unrestricted line officers to qualify in submarines Dec. 5. Lt. j.g. Marquette Leveque, a native of Fort Collins, Colo., assigned to the Gold Crew of Wyoming, and Lt. j.g. Amber Cowan and Lt. j.g. Jennifer Noonan of Maine’s…

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Stratolaunch switches to Orbital for rocket

Posted  December 7, 2012

Stratolaunch Systems and SpaceX are ending their joint plan that would have had SpaceX supply the rocket that the mothership takes to launch altitude. Instead, Orbital Sciences Corp. is doing design studies for such a space vehicle. The parting of ways is amicable, and opens up a significant new project for Orbital. Stratolaunch CEO Gary…

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News Briefs – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

MQ-9 Reaper accident on NTTR   A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper crashed on the Nevada Test and Training Range Dec. 5, 2012, at approximately 7:14 p.m. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred in a remote location west of Hiko, Nev. The remotely piloted aircraft, assigned to the 57th Wing here, was…

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Boeing delivers Qatar Emiri Air Force’s 4th C-17 Globemaster III

Posted  December 10, 2012

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing delivered the Qatar Emiri Air Force’s fourth C-17 Globemaster III Dec. 10 in Long Beach, Calif. The delivery reflects Qatar’s agreement with the U.S. government to acquire two additional C-17s, which brings the Qatar Emiri Air Force fleet of the world’s most advanced airlifters to a total of four as…

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Boeing, Turkish Airlines finalize order for 15 777-300ERs

Posted  December 10, 2012

Boeing and Turkish Airlines have finalized a firm order for 15 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes worth $4.7 billion at list prices.

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