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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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Northrop Grumman to bid on CANES Navy tactical afloat network full deployment contract

Posted  June 3, 2013

Northrop Grumman announced June 3 that it will submit a bid for the U.S. Navy Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Services (CANES) full deployment contract. “The CANES program is critical to modernizing the Navy afloat network for enhanced security, affordability and delivering relevant capabilities to the warfighter,” said Mike Twyman, vice president and general manager…

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Raytheon books $106 million Pavewayô II contract

Posted  June 3, 2013

Raytheon has booked a $106 million contract for its combat-proven Pavewayô II family of precision-guided munitions. The company was awarded the direct commercial sale from an international customer. The contract includes Pavewayô kits for both GBU-12 (500-pound) and GBU-58 (250-pound) guided bombs. Pavewayô is a Raytheon-designed kit that transforms “dumb” bombs into precision-guided munitions. The…

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Lockheed Martin successfully completes LRASM vertical launch system tests

Posted  June 3, 2013

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) “push-through” testing of a simulated Long Range Anti-Ship Missile. Four consecutive tests verified that the simulated LRASM can break or “push through” the MK 41 canister’s forward cover without causing damage to the composite structure, air data probe or coatings of the missile. The…

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Wyle receives $5.8 million order to provide scientific services for U.S. Air Force

Posted  June 3, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Wyle will conduct studies to improve the quality and supportability of research flight tests for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory under a $5.8 million delivery order from the Defense Technical Information Center. Wyle’s subcontractors on the project include Greentree Group, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, and Infoscitex, headquartered in Waltham, Mass….

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Dassault Falcon Jet to expand Arkansas completion facility

Posted  June 3, 2013

Dassault Falcon Jet plans to increase the size of its completion center in Little Rock, Ark., to accommodate future Falcons, it was announced May 30 at a press conference attended by Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas, Senators John Boozman ® and Mark Pryor (D), Representative Tim Griffin ®, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and executives…

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Navy awards contract for operational test CH-53K aircraft

Posted  June 3, 2013

Navy photograph by Sally Wise Navy photograph by Sally Wise NAVAIR CH-53K and Sikorsky program representatives held a formal signing to commemorate the SDTA contract award on May 31 at the H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters (PMA-261) office at NAS Patuxent River. From left: Col. Robert Pridgen, USMC, PMA-261 program manager; Michael Torok, Ph.D., CH-53K programs…

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U.K. test pilot completes first F-35B vertical landing

Posted  June 3, 2013

  Royal Air Force Sqdn. Ldr. James Schofield completed the first vertical landing by a United Kingdom military test pilot May 28, 2013 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Schofield flew F-35B Lightning II test aircraft BF-1. The F-35B is the variant of the Lightning II designed for use by the U.S. Marine Corps,…

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes Engineering realigns for future growth, competitiveness

Posted  June 3, 2013

Boeing announced May 31 it is establishing new centers for engineering design, propulsion and out-of-production airplane support for Commercial Airplanes as it continues to lay the foundation for increased competitiveness and profitable growth in its second century. The company, which marks its 100-year anniversary in 2016, will establish engineering design centers in Washington state, South…

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Boeing completes two test milestones for NASA Commercial Crew Program

Posted  June 3, 2013

By successfully completing two significant tests of the integrated Commercial Crew Transportation System, Boeing and United Launch Alliance have moved the United States closer to regaining its capability to return humans to space. The team recently completed the first wind tunnel test for connected scale models of the Crew Space Transportation-100 (CST-100) capsule, launch vehicle…

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NASA’s Hubble will use rare stellar alignment to hunt for planets

Posted  June 3, 2013

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope will have two opportunities in the next few years to hunt for Earth-sized planets around the red dwarf Proxima Centauri. The opportunities will occur in October 2014 and February 2016 when Proxima Centauri, the star nearest to our sun, passes in front of two other stars. Astronomers plotted Proxima Centauri’s precise…

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