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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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Palmdale High School Solar Car team prepares for challenge

Posted  July 1, 2016

With only a few weeks left, The Solar “Falcon” race car team from Palmdale High School are busy preparing “Falcon 2.0” to compete in The Solar Car Challenge -- a race from For. Worth, Texas, to Minneapolis, Minn., July 17-23.

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Navy photograph by PO1 Nathan Laird
Defense

Navy releases results of riverine command boat/Farsi Island investigation

Posted  July 1, 2016

Navy photograph by PO1 Nathan Laird Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson, right, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Operations, Plans and Strategy) Vice Adm. John Aquilino discuss the results of an investigation into the seizure of two U.S. Navy riverine command boats (RCB) by Iranian forces and the subsequent detention of 10…

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‘Christmas in July’ event needs helping hand

Posted  July 1, 2016

“Christmas in July” is coming to The Hangar in Lancaster, Calif. Hosted by Grace Resources, the event aims to give toys to under privileged children. On July 13, the Jethawks will play the San Jose Giants with the game starting at 6:35 p.m. “Christmas in July” is an amazing event filled with baseball, face painting,…

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NASA photograph by Lauren Hughes
Technology

Electric motor test stand will help with future X-planes

Posted  July 1, 2016

Before the first electric propulsion X-planes fly, such as the X-57, researchers at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research in California are using a unique test stand to understand the intricacies of how electric motor systems work.

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Air Force photograph by Chrisopher Ball
Defense

Engineers, technicians support KC-46 tanker testing on the ground

Posted  July 1, 2016

Air Force photograph by Chrisopher Ball Rafiq Viray, a model maker with the 412th Maintenance Squadron Instrumentation Division, threads mount holes in the base of the flight test engineer workstation scheduled to be used for KC-46 testing. The workstation was designed in modules for ease of construction, installation, and reconfiguration. Refueling developmental testing with the…

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