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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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Northrop Grumman marks 50 years of airborne electronic attack expertise

Posted  April 29, 2013

With the first flight of the EA-6A April 26, 1963, Grumman Aerospace, now Northrop Grumman, launched its long and successful legacy as a leader in airborne electronic attack technology. Airborne electronic attack has been a key component of all military contingency operations, as well as combat operations including Vietnam, the Cold War, Grenada, Panama, Kosovo,…

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ATK solid rocket boosters complete major space launch system program milestone

Posted  April 29, 2013

ATK has successfully completed its solid rocket booster Preliminary Design Review with NASA for the new Space Launch System. The PDR milestone indicates the booster design is on track to support first flight of the SLS in 2017. The SLS vehicle will support NASA’s human spaceflight exploration to all destinations beyond low-earth orbit. “This is…

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Iraq to receive final three C-130Js

Posted  April 29, 2013

The Iraqi Air Force is set to receive its final three Lockheed Martin [NYC-130J Super Hercules airlifters. Aircraft number 5721 was the first of these aircraft to be ferried from Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Marietta, Ga., April 23, 2013. All three C-130Js were ferried to U.S. Air Force bases prior to delivery to the…

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Four airmen killed in MC-12 crash in Afghanistan

Posted  April 29, 2013

The Department of Defense announced April 28 the deaths of four airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died April 27, near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft. The cause of the crash is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the…

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Ball Aerospace hosts mission assurance improvement workshop

Posted  April 29, 2013

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and the Aerospace Corporation will co-host the 2013 Mission Assurance Improvement Workshop, April 30-May 1 in Boulder, Colo., to explore and document best practices and craft a common approach to mission assurance for the U.S. space program. The workshop at Ball Aerospace is the culmination of nine months of effort…

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DARPA reaches beyond technological frontiers for war fighters

Posted  April 29, 2013

– In 1957, the entire world was surprised by the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite. In response, President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded the Advanced Research Projects Agency – now called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – the following year, and he directed it to prevent further technological surprises…

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Headlines April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 2013

News Panel guts bill easing veterans’ sexual assault claims A House panel April 25 gutted a bill that would have ordered the Veterans Affairs Department to relax evidence requirements for veterans’ claims related to rape and sexual assault.   Business Boeing profit beats estimates despite 787 problems Boeing’s first-quarter earnings jumped nearly 20 percent, handily…

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News Briefs April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,071 As of April 23, 2013, at least 2,071 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,717 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Lasers bring new urgency to electric power research

Posted  April 26, 2013

In the wake of the recent announcement that laser weapons will be put on U.S. Navy ships, the need for reliable, high-voltage shipboard power has become a matter of national security, officials said at this week’s Electric Ship Technologies Symposium outside Washington, D.C. The Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored event featured some of the world’s…

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NASA extends mission operations support contract

Posted  April 26, 2013

NASA has exercised a contract option with Lockheed Martin Corp. of Gaithersburg, Md., to provide continued mission control systems services, development, maintenance and operations support as part of the Facilities Development and Operations Contract. The extension has a total estimated value of $166.8 million and extends the period of performance through Sept. 30, 2014. The…

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