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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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Space

Countdown to Launch: WorldView-4 Earth imaging satellite arrives at Vandenberg for launch

Posted  July 29, 2016

After a more than 250-mile road trip in a cleanroom-on-wheels, Lockheed Martin delivered DigitalGlobe’s (NYSE: DGI) WorldView-4 satellite to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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Defense

F-15 unit tests new game-changing processor

Posted  July 29, 2016

The Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., completed an historic test mission July 8 on an aircraft system that will enhance the life and lethality of the F-15.

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News

Marine Corps warplane crashes in California, killing pilot

Posted  July 29, 2016

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.–Marine Corps F/A-18C warplane crashed in the California desert and the pilot was killed, the service said July 29. The jet went down around 10:30 p.m., July 28 during a training mission in the vicinity of Twentynine Palms, according to a statement from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, the aircraft’s San Diego-area base….

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Defense

Navy names destroyer for Medal of Honor recipient

Posted  July 29, 2016

In a ceremony at Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., July 28, 2016, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, DDG 124, will be named Harvey C. Barnum Jr. in honor of the retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel who received the Medal of Honor for valor during the Vietnam War. Barnum also served…

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Business

UTC Aerospace Systems advanced technology to measure health of aircraft

Posted  July 29, 2016

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., is releasing its new Pulse™ Health Monitoring System, a lightweight, scalable vehicle health management system designed to enable real-time evaluation of an aircraft’s condition.   Pulse™ HMS uses a remote sensor interface, diagnostic and prognostic analytics software modules, and wireless communication capability to perform data collection…

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