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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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NAVAIR, defense industry partner welcome production of 100th H-1 Helicopter

Posted  February 20, 2013

Marking a key development for U.S. Marine Corps aviation, Bell Helicopter the manufacturer of the service’s H-1 Helicopter, delivered the 100th UH-1Y model to the U.S. government Jan. 16.

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Tracker airmen protect Bagram

Posted  February 20, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Chris Willis SSgt. Craig Ritter and 1st Lt. Joshua Loomis move into position to place ground sensors for an enemy movement and detection training scenario Feb. 14, 2013 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The team uses a series of search techniques from simple eyes-on to ground sensors to track insurgent activity…

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Insitu announces successful first flight of new technology release on Integrator UAS

Posted  February 20, 2013

Insitu announced Feb. 18 the successful first flight of Integrator unmanned aircraft system Block 2, the latest technology release of the system. The nearly two-hour flight occurred at the company’s flight test range in eastern Oregon and was conducted using Insitu’s Common Open-mission Management Command and Control ground control station. ICOMC2 enables flight of multiple…

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Airbus to drop lithium-ion batteries in A350

Posted  February 20, 2013

Airbus abandoned its plans to use lithium-ion batteries for its new A350 airplanes due to the uncertainty surrounding the technology following the grounding of Boeing’s 787, the company said. The European aerospace group said Feb. 14 it would revert to conventional nickel-cadmium batteries for the A350. The plane is a wide-body long-range jet rival to…

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II-VI signs multi-year agreements for Sapphire Windows on the F-35 EOTS, Sniper ATP shroud assemblies

Posted  February 20, 2013

II-VI Incorporated announced an agreement Feb. 19 between its subsidiary Exotic Electro-Optics and Lockheed Martin for two multi-year purchasing agreements. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed. The first is for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Electro-Optical Targeting Sensor and the second is for Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod. Purchase orders from this agreement will…

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NACRA Testbed executes corrosion sensor technology project

Posted  February 20, 2013

Navy photograph by Doug Abbotts A UH-1N helicopter, testbed for the Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement, flies a mission near the Chesapeake Bay to test and demonstrate integrated corrosion sensing technology. Early detection of metal-killing corrosion could cut total ownership costs for all Department of Defense rotorcraft in the near future. Naval Aviation Center…

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Arms vendors turn to cyber security as sales drop

Posted  February 20, 2013

The world’s largest arms vendors are expanding in the cybersecurity sector as austerity measures weigh on sales of traditional weapons, a Swedish peace research institute said Feb. 18. Sales by the 100 largest arms producing companies, excluding Chinese companies, fell by 5 percent to $410 billion in 2011, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said…

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National Guard Bureau chief: Sequestration devastating to Guard, DOD

Posted  February 20, 2013

National Guard photograph by SFC Jim Greenhill Gen. Frank Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau (right), testifies to the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the impact on the Defense Department of sequestration and a year-long continuing resolution at the Dirksen Senate Office Building…

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Union splits decision on Boeing strike authorization

Posted  February 20, 2013

Federal mediators have been called to schedule new talks between Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace. The call for mediation comes as union members split their votes with the Professional Unit accepting Boeing’s latest offer, while the Technical Unit rejected the company’s offer and authorized strike action. While engineers and technical…

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News Briefs February 20, 2013

Posted  February 20, 2013

Panetta to lead U.S. delegation to NATO defense ministerial Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will continue in his position until former Sen. Chuck Hagel is confirmed, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a tweet released Feb. 14. The Senate will not consider Hagelís nomination to be the next defense secretary until it returns from…

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