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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…

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Satellite study reveals parched U.S. West using up underground water

A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources.

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AOC integral to Red Flag 14-3 operations

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Siuta B. Ika Members of the Air and Space Operations Center work during Red Flag 14-3 operations July 22, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Armed with personnel from intelligence and communications backgrounds, AOC members, who each have a specific task to fill in distinct cells ranging from combat…

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Hubble finds three surprisingly dry exoplanets

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun - and have come up nearly dry.


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Navy to christen first mobile landing platform

Posted  March 1, 2013

The Navy will christen the Mobile Landing Platform Montford Point March 2, during a 10 a.m., PST, ceremony in San Diego, Calif.

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Lift off!

Posted  March 1, 2013

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with it’s Dragon spacecraft onboard, lifts off from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., March 1. Following launch, SpaceX confirmed its Falcon 9 rocket lifted off as planned and experienced a nominal flight. After Dragon achieved orbit, the spacecraft experienced an issue with a propellant…

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Hagel vows to ensure well-being of service members, families

Posted  March 1, 2013

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel promised Feb. 27 to always be frank with the men and women of the department and said he expects all to be direct in return. Hagel spoke to the Pentagon workforce and a worldwide audience on the Pentagon Channel just after taking the oath as the nationís 24th defense secretary….

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Air Force awards light air support aircraft contract

Posted  March 1, 2013

The Air Force Feb. 27 awarded a $427,459,708.00 contract to Sierra Nevada Corp. to provide light air support aircraft and associated maintenance and training for the Afghan air force. Under this contract, 20 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to operational air bases in Afghanistan beginning in the summer of 2014 to conduct advanced flight…

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NASA begins flight research campaign using alternate jet fuel

Posted  March 1, 2013

NASA researchers have begun a series of flights using the agency’s DC-8 flying laboratory to study the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitude. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS) research involves flying the DC-8 as high as 40,000 feet while an instrumented NASA Falcon…

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Cuts, unstable budget threaten intelligence mission

Posted  March 1, 2013

Along with al Qaeda, nuclear proliferation and cyber threats, budget instability and the prospect of further deep spending cuts are among the nation’s most pressing national security challenges, top defense intelligence officials told a congressional panel Feb. 27. Michael G. Vickers, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Michael…

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Original part from B-17F Memphis Belle returns home

Posted  March 1, 2013

Air Force photograph The B-17F “Memphis Belleís” engine primer knob from the co-pilotís side panel. Young Airman Ralph Barrett had no idea what that strange looking part he had found in Memphis was, but it looked interesting so he picked it up and decided to hang onto it. The part eventually made it to his…

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Lockheed Martin strengthens ties with small, diverse suppliers through new channel

Posted  March 1, 2013

Suppliers are critical to success at Lockheed Martin, yet they are often the first impacted in a challenging economy. In order to strengthen the company’s interaction with these small businesses and provide them additional opportunities, Lockheed Martin has introduced a supplier-focused website called Supplier Wire (http://www.lockheedmartin.com/supplierwire). Supplier Wire offers a wide range of educational resources,…

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Valor Website now includes pre-9/11 Medal of Honor recipients

Posted  March 1, 2013

The names of Medal of Honor recipients recognized for their battlefield valor before Sept. 11, 2001, now are listed on the Defense Department’s valor website, Pentagon officials announced Feb. 28. “Recognizing our brave men and women for their heroic actions is one of the most important things we can do as a department,” said Vee…

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NASA’s Van Allen probes reveal a new radiation belt around Earth

Posted  March 1, 2013

NASA’s Van Allen Probes mission has discovered a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth, revealing the existence of unexpected structures and processes within these hazardous regions of space. Previous observations of Earth’s Van Allen belts have long documented two distinct regions of trapped radiation surrounding our planet. Particle detection instruments aboard the twin Van…

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