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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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Defense

U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School applications due June 16

Posted  May 10, 2017

Air Force photograph The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School selection board is accepting applications from interested total force officers and civilians. Rated officers and acquisition engineers are highly encouraged to apply. Applications are due by June 16, 2017. Application packages for the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School selection board are due by June…

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Business

Lockheed Martin demonstrates autonomous systems that advance unmanned technology on land, air, sea

Posted  May 10, 2017

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin’s Squad Mission Support System (SMSS™) solves capability gaps by lightening the warfighter’s load, serving as a power management resource, and providing a versatile utility platform for various Mission Equipment Packages. Lockheed Martin showcased its innovations in autonomy for reporters May 9 at its Missiles and Fire Control facility in Grand…

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Space

NASA delivers detectors for ESA’s Euclid spacecraft

Posted  May 10, 2017

Three detector systems for the Euclid mission, led by ESA (European Space Agency), have been delivered to Europe for the spacecraft's near-infrared instrument.

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Navy photograph by Seaman Alexis N. Romero
Defense

USS Abraham Lincoln underway for sea trials

Posted  May 10, 2017

Navy photograph by PO3 Matt Herbst The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) departs Newport News, Va., under its own power for the first time after successfully completing its mid-life refueling and complex overhaul. Abraham Lincoln will spend several days conducting sea trials, which will test many of the ship’s key systems and…

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Space

NASA receives proposals for future solar system mission

Posted  May 10, 2017

NASA has received and is reviewing 12 proposals for future unmanned solar system exploration. The proposed missions of discovery – submitted under NASA’s New Frontiers program – will undergo scientific and technical review over the next seven months. The goal is to select a mission for flight in about two years, with launch in the…

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