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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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Northrop Grumman develops new aallium arsenide E-Band high-power monolithic microwave integrated sircuits

Posted  June 14, 2013

Northrop Grumman photographs Northrop Grumman has developed the APH667 (left) and the APH668, two new GaAs MMIC high-power amplifiers operating in the E-band frequency spectrum. They allow users to reach higher output power levels without combining multiple MMICs, a typical practice, simplifying product architecture and enhancing performance. REDONDO BEACH, Calif. Northrop Grumman has developed new…

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RQ-21A Small UAS completes first East Coast flight

Posted  June 14, 2013

The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System completed its first East Coast flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.,’s Webster Field Annex June 12, marking the start of the next phase of test for the program.

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Air Force C-130s drop 25,000 gallons of retardant on Colorado fire

Posted  June 14, 2013

Navy photograph by Lt. Cmdr. William Lewis Two Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130 Hecules from the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing prepare to take flight June 12, 2013, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The aircraft and their aircrews have been assigned to provide MAFFS support to wildland firefighting efforts in the Southwest and…

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems honored by AIAA

Posted  June 14, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced June 13 that two key employees recently have been honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics with local awards for outstanding aerospace engineering and outstanding aerospace management. The San Diego Section is dedicated…

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LONGBOW LLC receives $90 million contract for Saudi Arabia Apache radar systems

Posted  June 14, 2013

The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, has received a $90.6 million contract to provide Saudi Arabia with LONGBOW Fire Control Radars for the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter. The contract award includes AH-64E LONGBOW FCRs, spares and support for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command. The contract…

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NASA-led study explains decades of black hole observations

Posted  June 14, 2013

A new study by astronomers at NASA, Johns Hopkins University and the Rochester Institute of Technology confirms long-held suspicions about how stellar-mass black holes produce their highest-energy light. “Our work traces the complex motions, particle interactions and turbulent magnetic fields in billion-degree gas on the threshold of a black hole, one of the most extreme…

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Boeing receives additional aircraft support contract from U.S. Navy

Posted  June 14, 2013

Boeing will continue to ensure the availability of U.S. aircraft including the F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8B Harrier, EA-6B Prowler and V-22 Osprey through a $5.5 million U.S. Navy contract to maintain the Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System. The U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force Special Operations use RTCASS ñ which Boeing also manufactures to troubleshoot…

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Raytheon radio system networks Stryker combat vehicles in theater

Posted  June 14, 2013

Raytheon’s jam-resistant, battlefield radio recently transmitted data securely over the air to more than 30 Stryker combat vehicles, proving that it could meet the U.S. Army’s need for a tactical wireless Internet via a vehicle-mounted mobile radio system. The EXF1915, an upgraded version of Enhanced Position Location Reporting System radios, completed several months of continual,…

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Students, teachers become rocket scientists at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

Posted  June 14, 2013

More than 120 students and educators will delve into the world of rocket science June 15-21 during Rocket Week at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Activities during the week will include a RockOn! workshop for 50 university and community college-level participants, and the Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers and Students (WRATS) for…

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Bell Boeing awarded contract for 99 V-22 Osprey tiltrotor Aircraft

Posted  June 14, 2013

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and Boeing, has been awarded a five-year U.S. Naval Air Systems Command contract for the production and delivery of 99 V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, including 92 MV-22 models for the U.S. Marine Corps and seven CV-22 models for the U.S. Air Force…

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