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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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NASA’s Swift reveals new phenomenon in a neutron star

Posted  May 31, 2013

Astronomers using NASA’s Swift X-ray Telescope have observed a spinning neutron star suddenly slowing down, yielding clues they can use to understand these extremely dense objects. A neutron star is the crushed core of a massive star that ran out of fuel, collapsed under its own weight, and exploded as a supernova. A neutron star…

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Lab effort to cut costs for Navy’s Triton UAS program

Posted  May 31, 2013

An engineer at Naval Air Station Patuxent River is leading an initiative that will save the Navy’s MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System program several hundred thousand dollars.

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Air Force to consolidate F-22 depot maintenance at Hill AFB

Posted  May 31, 2013

Air Force officials announced May 29 they are consolidating depot maintenance for the F-22 Raptor at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

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NAVAIR pilots learn to take a breath

Posted  May 31, 2013

Navy photograph Marine Corps Maj. Kevin Ryan undergoes oxygen deprivation training while operating Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Divisionís Manned Flight Simulator at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. It can strike without warning, robbing a pilot of the ability to think clearly or react as he or she flies through the air at supersonic speeds….

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Boeing celebrates delivery of 50th 747-8

Posted  May 31, 2013

Boeing celebrated the 50th delivery of a 747-8 May 29. Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the launch customer of the passenger version, took delivery of the milestone aircraft almost one year after the first revenue flight of the 747-8 Intercontinental. It is the airline’s seventh 747-8 and its 82nd 747. “Lufthansa is very proud to have the…

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National Technical Systems tests NASA lunar satellite

Posted  May 31, 2013

National Technical Systems, Inc., a leading provider of testing and engineering services, announced May 29 it completed a series of qualification tests on NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, a satellite that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the moon’s surface and environmental influences on lunar…

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Teams prepare for NASA $1.5 million robot challenge

Posted  May 31, 2013

Eleven teams from across the country and around the globe are preparing to compete for $1.5 million during NASA’s 2013 Sample Return Robot Challenge, June 5-7 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. Teams will demonstrate a robot that can locate and collect geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain, operating without human…

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Headlines May 29, 2013

Posted  May 29, 2013

News Suspected U.S. drone crashes in Somalia A suspected U.S. drone has crashed in the southern Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, according to reports.   Business Pratt & Whitney finalizes $1 billion F-35 jet engine deal Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corps, said May 28 that has finalized a $1 billion deal…

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News Briefs May 29, 2013

Posted  May 29, 2013

NATO service member killed in Afghanistan An insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed a NATO service member, the coalition said. The U.S.-led military coalition says the service member died April 26 as a result of insurgent fire. It did not provide any other details. The death brings the number of international force members killed…

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U.S., EU lead global nonproliferation, biosurveillance efforts

Posted  May 29, 2013

As nuclear, biological and chemical threats continue to evolve worldwide, partnership between the United States and European Union countries to counter such threats remains critical, a senior Defense Department official said May 28 in Helsinki. Andrew C. Weber, assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs, spoke at a meeting of the…

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