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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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Veterans

Annual Armed Forces Day parade honors military

Posted  May 24, 2017

Navy photograph by PO2 Billy Ho A Soldier assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin directs an armored vehicle during the annual Armed Forces Day Parade in Torrance, Calif. The City of Torrance hosted its 58th Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade to honor the sacrifices of our nation’s military. TORRANCE, Calif.–The city…

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Headlines – May 22, 2017

Posted  May 23, 2017

News North Korea Fires Medium-Range Ballistic Missile – North Korea fired a missile May 21, a week after its successful test of a new intermediate-range ballistic missile, South Korean officials said.     Business Exec who was touted to become Leonardo’s new CEO leaves firm – A senior manager and longtime employee has left Italy’s…

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News Briefs – May 22, 2017

Posted  May 23, 2017

N. Korea fires ballistic missile in latest test, Seoul says North Korea on May 21 fired a ballistic missile from an area near its capital, Pyongyang, South Korea’s military said, in the latest weapons test for a country speeding up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles. The missile was fired from an area near…

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Defense

Cybersecurity in avionics

Posted  May 23, 2017

When we think of cybersecurity, we think of applying protection measures to our desktop computers such as installing antivirus programs and using passcodes and pin numbers. Just like our computers, aircraft systems are vulnerable and are not exempt from a cyber-attack. 

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Business

Raytheon launches new payload to improve GPS accuracy for safer, more efficient air travel

Posted  May 23, 2017

Raytheon launched its GEO 6 satellite payload into orbit for its 12 year mission May 18, 2017. It is the latest payload to support the Federal Aviation Administration’s Wide Area Augmentation System which enhances the reliability and accuracy of Global Positioning System signals for directing air travel. The Raytheon-developed payload is a key element of…

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