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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!

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‘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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U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $116 million for Virginia payload module development

Posted  July 6, 2016

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $116 million contract modification for the continued development of the Virginia Payload Module. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The VPM will comprise four large-diameter payload tubes in a new hull section to be inserted in Virginia-class submarines, boosting strike capacity by 230…

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Northrop Grumman team receives DOD Nunn-Perry Award

Posted  July 6, 2016

Northrop Grumman has received the Nunn-Perry Award from the Department of Defense for outstanding achievement in the Mentor-Protégé Program. The award was given to the team of Northrop Grumman and Davidson Technologies Inc., a woman-owned small business providing engineering, technical and management solutions for defense, aerospace and commercial customers. The mentor-protégé agreement was signed under…

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Hello Jupiter: Lockheed Martin-built Juno spacecraft placed into orbit

Posted  July 6, 2016

After a five-year, 1.76-billion-mile journey, NASA’s Juno spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, was placed into a large, elliptical polar orbit around Jupiter July 4.

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Defense

First U.S. Air Force F-35A takes overseas flight to England

Posted  July 6, 2016

The Air Combat Command F-35A Heritage Flight team accomplished America’s first transatlantic flight in an F-35A Lightning II, with refueling support from a KC-10 Extender, when it touched down at RAF Fairfield, England, June 30, 2016. This historic flight, which brought the team to England from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., was a first for not…

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Knight forecasts aerospace future, awards medals

Posted  July 6, 2016

The Antelope Valley congressman who sits on both the House Armed Services and Aerospace committees forecasts that like a future with driverless cars, the day will come in this century when air travel for commercial travel is performed by pilotless aircraft.

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