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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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Obama vows to close Guantanamo detention facility

Posted  May 24, 2013

President Barack Obama May 23 vowed to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying the prison has become a symbol of an America that flouts the law. Obama spoke at the National Defense University at Fort Lesley J. McNair here. His discussion on the Gitmo facility was part of a larger discussion on…

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World War II vet gets ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ from Japan’s ambassador

Posted  May 24, 2013

The government of Japan has bestowed one of that nation's highest honors on a Japanese-American, a former U.S. Soldier and World War II veteran, for his work furthering relationships between the Japanese and Americans.

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Russia wary of deeper nuclear arms cuts

Posted  May 24, 2013

Russia’s top military officer May 22 voiced skepticism about deeper nuclear arms cuts, saying they should require parallel reductions in non-nuclear precision weapons. The statement by chief of Russia’s military General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, appeared to signal the Kremlin’s reluctance to negotiate a new nuclear arms deal with Washington. President Barack Obama, who signed…

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Mobile Tower System delivers life-saving upgrades

Posted  May 24, 2013

When soldiers and aircraft deploy in any part of the world, air traffic control operations become one of the most important functions to ensure that all aircraft supporting military operations maintain safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic. The Mobile Tower System, or MOTS, provides the effective and reliable solution that can be deployed…

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Raytheon to upgrade additional Netherlands air bases following successful deployment of first Wind Farm Mitigation kit

Posted  May 24, 2013

The Royal Netherlands Air Force has contracted Raytheon) to upgrade four additional Airport Surveillance Radar sites following the successful implementation of the first Wind Farm Mitigation upgrade at RNLAF’s Woensdrecht Air Base. The upgrade includes technology enhancements, including WiMax interference filtering (4G filtration), and should be completed within the next 12-15 months. Wind turbines’ rotating…

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Northrop Grumman increases investment in Australia, expands industry partnerships

Posted  May 24, 2013

Northrop Grumman is significantly increasing its commitment to Australia through the award of contracts valued at $7.4 million to three new global supply chain partner companies who will provide products and services for a variety of missions and capabilities The Australian companies, which form part of Northrop Grumman’s expanded global supply chain, are Electro Optic…

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Air Force leaders send Memorial Day message

Posted  May 24, 2013

Many of us can envision a specific individual - a relative, friend, or coworker - who has paid the ultimate price in defense of America. Take a moment - right now - and think of that person and their family ... thank them for giving their all.

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NASA announces global best in class winners for International Space Apps Challenge

Posted  May 24, 2013

A panel of international judges from NASA, the European Space Agency, and other partner organizations has selected five “best in class” solutions as winners of the 2013 International Space Apps Challenge. The challenge, in which participants developed software, hardware, data visualization, and mobile or Web applications that contribute to space exploration missions and help improve…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 8,000th LN-100 inertial navigation system

Posted  May 24, 2013

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - Northrop Grumman has achieved a significant milestone by delivering its 8,000th LN-100 inertial navigation system, which provides primary and backup navigation information for a variety of airborne and shipboard platforms. “After 20 years of continuous production, our LN-100 product continues to provide reliable, high performance to a broad customer community while evolving…

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Headlines May 22, 2013

Posted  May 22, 2013

Business Rolls-Royce wins engine order from U.S. lessor CIT Britain’s Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply engines to power 23 Airbus aircraft ordered by U.S. leasing company CIT Aerospace, it said May 22. Boeing defense chief sees rising R&D, margins Boeing’s defense division expects to continue growing its research and development spending and operating…

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