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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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AFOSR shares results from Annual Spring Review

Posted  March 15, 2013

The Program Officers of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research completed their 56th annual Spring Review, which ran from 4 March through 8 March in Arlington, Va This annual assessment of AFOSR’s research portfolio highlighted not only the overall research portfolio, but emphasized the numerous basic research transitions of benefit to the United States…

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Speckled Trout reemerges, Team Edwards invited to up close, personal look

Posted  March 15, 2013

The Speckled Trout has returned. The 412th Flight Test Squadron's highly-modified KC-135 returns home after a year-long maintenance overhaul in Greenville, Texas.

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U.S. House chairman for more troops in Afghanistan

Posted  March 15, 2013

U.S. military leaders and the American ambassador favor a residual force of 13,600 in Afghanistan after combat troops leave at the end of 2014, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said March 13 as President Barack Obama faces political and military pressures on his upcoming decision on the size of the force. A…

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Next stop Texas Dyess AFB receives C-130J Super Hercules

Posted  March 15, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by John Rossino Another Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules (aircraft number 5715) was ferried to the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 12, 2013. Maj. Gen. Richard Johnston, assistant deputy under secretary of the Air Force, international affairs, flew the aircraft to Dyess. The aircraft is part of…

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NASA astronaut George Zamka leaves agency

Posted  March 15, 2013

NASA astronaut George Zamka has left the agency and accepted a position with the Federal Aviation Administration supporting Commercial Space Transportation. A veteran of two spaceflights, Zamka served first as pilot on STS-120 in 2007 and three years later as commander on STS-130 in 2010. Before joining NASA, Zamka served in the U.S. Marine Corps…

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Raytheon’s fifth generation hull mounted sonar to enable anti-submarine, undersea warfare

Posted  March 15, 2013

Raytheon has been awarded a sub-contract from Science Applications International Corporation to deliver its first 5th generation medium frequency hull mounted sonar system as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel program. According to the U.S. Navy, 43 nations operate more than 600 submarines; the steady increase in…

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Northrop Grumman, ATK complete primary mirror backplane support wing assemblies for Webb telescope

Posted  March 15, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Technicians complete the primary mirror backplane support structure wing assemblies for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope at ATK’s Space Components facility in Magna, Utah. REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman and teammate ATK have completed the fabrication of the primary mirror backplane support structure wing assemblies for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope….

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Air Force to retain additional intratheater airlift aircraft through fiscal 2014

Posted  March 15, 2013

The Air Force announced it will retain additional airlift aircraft through fiscal 2014 in response to a congressional mandate to retain an inventory of 358 intratheater airlift aircraft. The Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law Jan. 3, 2013, included language directing the retention of additional intratheater airlift aircraft above what was…

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Pratt and Whitney, U.S. Air Force complete first depot overhaul of an F119 engine

Posted  March 15, 2013

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., together with its U.S. Air Force partner at the F119 Heavy Maintenance Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., celebrated another significant milestone in the F119 program – the completion of the first depot overhaul for the lead-the-fleet “Compass Vector” engine which powers the F-22 Raptor….

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Edwards begins F-35 operational testing

Posted  March 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by Laura Mowry Edwards entered a new phase of testing on the F-35 Lightning II program March 6 with the arrival of the first two operational test aircraft. The aircraft were flown by Lt. Col. Steven J. Tittel, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron commander and Maj. Matthew L. Bell, 31st TES Operations…

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