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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 –…

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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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Judge: VA can treat vets harmed by experiments

Posted  July 29, 2013

A federal judge in Oakland, Calif., has ruled that Cold War military veterans who say they were harmed by government-backed chemical and biological experiments aren’t entitled to medical treatment outside the Department of Veterans Affairs medical system. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled July 24 that the veterans failed to prove that the VA system…

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Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for COP Keating

Posted  July 29, 2013

  President Barack Obama announced July 26 that Army SSgt. Ty Michael Carter will receive the Medal of Honor next month for his “conspicuous gallantry” in Afghanistan. Carter will receive the nation’s highest award for valor Aug. 26, 2013, for his defense of Combat Outpost Keating, in a remote mountain valley of Nuristan province in…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 100th communications system for F-35 Lightning II

Posted  July 29, 2013

Northrop Grumman has delivered its 100th AN/ASQ-242 communications, navigation and identification system to Lockheed Martin Corp. for integration into the F-35 Lightning II.

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NASA, Korean Space Agency discuss space cooperation

Posted  July 29, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and the president of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Seung Jo Kim, met in Washington, D.C., June 29 to discuss collaboration in aeronautics research and space exploration, including KARI’s robotic lunar mission and NASA’s asteroid initiative. This was the first meeting between Bolden and Kim. “Our two agencies share a mutual…

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Lockheed Martin completes long-range surveillance radar demonstration

Posted  July 29, 2013

Lockheed Martin successfully operated its full-scale prototype long-range air surveillance radar during a recent capability demonstration to the U.S. Air Force. The Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar will serve as the principal Air Force long-range, ground-based sensor for detecting, identifying, and reporting aerial targets. This next-generation system will replace the Air Force’s AN/TPS-75 air search radar….

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Obama: Korean War vets brought freedom, victory to 50 million

Posted  July 29, 2013

While the Korean War ended just about where it started, “that war was no tie,” President Barack Obama said July 27. “Korea was a victory.” The president spoke at the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the armistice ending the Korean War. He said the 60-year remove from the war makes it clear that the…

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NASA welcomes new chief scientist

Posted  July 29, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named planetary geologist Ellen Stofan the agency’s chief scientist, effective Aug. 25. Stofan will be Bolden’s principal advisor on the agency’s science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments. Prior to her appointment, Stofan was vice president of Proxemy Research in Laytonsville, Md., and honorary professor in the department of…

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AeroVironment’s Puma AE receives FAA type certificate for commercial use

Posted  July 29, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc. announced that on July 19, 2013 it received a “Restricted Category” rating for its Puma AE™ small unmanned aircraft system from the Federal Aviation Administration. The first-of-its-kind certificate permits operators to fly Puma for commercial missions, such as oil spill monitoring and ocean surveys, in the North Slope region of the Arctic. Prior…

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Airmen jump with Bulgarians during two-week flying training

Posted  July 29, 2013

More than 600 airmen from the 86th Airlift and 435th Air Ground Operations wings and members of the Bulgarian armed forces participated in a two-week flying training deployment called Thracian Summer, July 7 through 21.

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B-52 CONECT: A reboot for the Digital Age

Posted  July 29, 2013

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Robert Horstman Munitions on display demonstrate the full capabilities of the B-52 Stratofortress, a bomber in the Air Force. One thing is certain: it’s not your father’s B-52. The B-52 Stratofortress has been the†Air Force’s star long-range strategic heavy bomber and premier standoff weapon for more than 50 years. For…

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