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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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Defense

Service members seeing first fruits of Army acquisition changes

Posted  April 20, 2018

DOD photograph by Jim Garamone Army Capt. Josh Redmond of Program Executive Office Soldier shows off the new enhanced binocular night-vision goggles helmet during a demonstration at Fort Belvoir, Va., April 17, 2018. FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Army Undersecretary Ryan D. McCarthy visited For Belvoir, Va., April 17 to see the results of the service’s…

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Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds
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Antelope Valley Ninety-Nines host annual barbeque

Posted  April 20, 2018

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds No flying required: Mike Scheall and Carl Schnarrenberger of the Lancaster Rotary, grill 77 pounds of tri-tip to perfection in support of the Ninety-Nines flying organization and annual fly-in at Fox Field. Some come for the planes, everyone comes for the lunch. The Antelope Valley Chapter of the Ninety-Nines held…

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Marine Corps photograph by Sgt. Laiqa Hitt
Defense

DOD must be more agile in technology development, official says

Posted  April 20, 2018

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.

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Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds
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CAP open house recruits new members

Posted  April 20, 2018

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Civil Air Patrol cadets Kiralynn Wallis and Ian Hinds speak with potential members during an open house at William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster, Calif. The 75-year-old organization provides aerospace education, search and rescue and various youth programs, building the nation’s finest force of citizen volunteers serving America. The Civil…

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Technology

How NASA, John Deere helped tractors drive themselves

Posted  April 20, 2018

John Deere photograph A tractor operates in a field. There has been a lot of talk lately of self-driving cars, but farmers have already been making good use of self-driving tractors for more than a decade—in part due to a partnership between John Deere and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on GPS receivers. The story starts…

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