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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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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Posted  May 19, 2017

Voices I’m going to take some liberties with this week’s column to give a heads up about an upcoming program here at Aerotech News. Many of you know we have a video program that we post on our Facebook pages, that shares stories of citizen soldiers from across all generations. Each weekday, you can log…

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QF-16s help F-35 JOTT plan for future testing

Posted  May 19, 2017

Three QF-16s descended on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., recently to aid the F-35 Joint Operational Test Team with test planning.

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Civ-Mil releases 25th anniversary book with KaBoom

Posted  May 19, 2017

With as much action in The Hanger as there was on the field, aerospace companies throughout the Antelope Valley enjoyed a cool and breezy Aerospace Appreciation Night with the Lancaster JetHawks as they beat Stockton 7-2, May 12 in Lancaster.

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Supreme Court decides Howell v. Howell

Posted  May 19, 2017

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Howell v. Howell, No. 15-1031, holding that where a veteran waives retirement pay to receive service-related disability benefits, federal law preempts state courts from ordering the veteran to indemnify their divorced spouse for the loss of that spouse’s portion of the veteran’s retirement pay. “We’re pleased…

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Three NASA employees among finalists for Renowned Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

Posted  May 19, 2017

Every year, the Partnership for Public Service presents the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, also known as the Sammies, to honor the devotion and valuable impact of our nation’s dedicated civil servants. Among this year’s award finalists are three NASA employees. Hanwant Singh, a senior scientist at Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon…

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