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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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Business

Lockheed Martin-led team lays keel on 19th LCS

Posted  May 19, 2017

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy's 19th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS St. Louis, in a ceremony held at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisc.

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Edwards bids farewell to respected Air Force Tech. Sergeant

Posted  May 19, 2017

It takes a confident man to climb into a pointy hat with bells on it and paste on pointy ears ... and pull on pointy shoes and candy cane striped stockings.

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Defense

Next gen jammer Increment 1 on track

Posted  May 19, 2017

The Airborne Electronic Attack Systems and EA-6B program office (PMA-234) completed a critical design review (CDR) for the AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Increment (Inc) 1 Mid-band program at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in late April. During CDR, it was determined that the design and development are on track to meet crucial warfighter…

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NASA’s first deaf engineer in active mission control role impresses

Posted  May 19, 2017

NASA photograph by Lauren Hughes Johanna Lucht, observing data from the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, received flight communications from an interpreter, seen on Lucht’s monitor, through American Sign Language. Two-way visual communication was established between Lucht and the interpreter, located at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia, for…

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Defense

Dragon Lady makes historic appearance at Northern Edge 17

Posted  May 19, 2017

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze A U-2 Dragon Lady pilot prepares to take off during exercise Northern Edge 17 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 11, 2017. The joint training exercise is focused on interoperability and hosting approximately 6,000 service members, 200 fixed-wing aircraft and provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines…

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