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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!

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‘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.

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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 5, 2017

Those of us who grew up in the Antelope Valley are familiar with that marine layer that hugs the tops of the mountains south of Palmdale.

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First feather flight of VSS Unity completed

Posted  May 5, 2017

On May 1, 2017, VSS Unity's "feather" re-entry system was activated in flight for the first time over the Mojave Desert.

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Hogs and Horses to honor veterans May 6

Posted  May 5, 2017

Courtesy photograph Vito Canzaneri. ACTON, Calif.—Hogs and Horses, the motorcycle poker run and trail ride, will be honoring veterans at the May 6 barbecue and entertainment, one of them a paratrooper veteran of the Korean War, and also the first female soldier to be recognized by the volunteer non-profit that supports the veterans outreach organized…

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HH-60G accident investigation report released

Posted  May 5, 2017

The unintended closure of two helicopters and a pilot’s overcorrection to avoid collision resulted in the crash of an HH-60G helicopter and the injury of its crew on Aug. 18, 2016, at the Nevada Test and Training Range near Nellis AFB, Nev., according to an Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report released today. The…

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Lockheed Martin hosts annual Code Quest

Posted  May 5, 2017

At an event billed as the “Olympics of the mind,” Lockheed Martin hosted students at 11 locations across the country to participate in “Code Quest”, an annual event that inspires students to seek education in STEM.

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