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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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Lockheed Martin PAC-3 missile intercepts, destroys tactical ballistic missile in new test

Posted  April 12, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 Missile successfully detected, tracked and intercepted a tactical ballistic missile (TBM) in a Lower Tier Project Office flight test April 12 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Two PAC-3 Missiles were ripple-fired in the test per current doctrine. The first interceptor destroyed the target and the second PAC-3 Missile self-destructed as planned….

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Space Command’s ops chief discusses new war fighter role

Posted  April 12, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Christopher Boitz Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein discusses Gen. William Shelton’s new role as commander, Air Force Forces for space and cyber, how Air Force Space Command is transforming to meet that responsibility, and what this role means to the war fighter. Weinstein, Director of Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations, Air…

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News Briefs April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

China’s president visits key southern naval base Chinese President Xi Jinping has visited a key naval base in an island province in the disputed South China Sea in his latest move advertising his close ties to the military. Xi reviewed vessels and troops April 11 before boarding an ultra-modern amphibious ship and submarine. Dressed in…

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Headlines April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Business BAE checks Harpoon fit for anti-ship Typhoon BAE Systems has conducted first windtunnel tests to assess the suitability of integrating Boeing’s AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile with the Eurofighter Typhoon.   Defense Pentagon weapons spending to be 4.5 percent less than earlier Pentagon weapons spending through 2017 will be $20.6 billion, or 4.5 percent, less…

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NASA announces challenges for 2013 International Space Apps Challenge

Posted  April 15, 2013

NASA and more than 150 partner organizations worldwide will be hosting the International Space Apps Challenge April 20-21, 2013. The International Space Apps Challenge is a technology development event during which citizens from around the world work together to solve challenges relevant to improving life on Earth and in space. NASA and its partners have…

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Pratt and Whitney PurePower® Engine for Airbus A320neo successfully completes ground test program: Prepares for first flight tests

Posted  April 15, 2013

The first Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1100G-JM engine for the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft has successfully completed ground testing at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla., test facility. The engine completed over 120 hours of testing, validating overall engine operation and fuel efficiency. The engine will next undergo flight testing on the company’s experimental…

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Secretary of the Navy names multiple ships

Posted  April 15, 2013

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced April 12 the names of seven ships: three joint high speed vessels, the USNS Trenton, the USNS Brunswick and the USNS Carson City; an amphibious transport dock ship (LPD), the USS Portland; two littoral combat ships (LCS), the USS Wichita and the USS Manchester; and an ocean-class auxiliary…

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Colombian Army contracts for two additional S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters

Posted  April 15, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. announced April 10 at the LAAD Defence & Security International Exhibition that the Colombian Army has contracted to buy two additional S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters. The two aircraft will augment five S-70i helicopters that arrived Jan. 30 in Colombia to join the Special Forces of the Colombian…

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Refined precision-guided parachutes may be cure-all for overburdened soldier

Posted  April 15, 2013

A fully equipped soldier may carry anywhere from 50 to 120 pounds on his or her back in theater. Refinements to precision-guided parachutes may reduce that load - if the Army can just convince soldiers it can provide supplies to them as needed.

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Boeing successfully completes first flight of newest U.K. Chinook helicopter

Posted  April 15, 2013

Boeing recently completed the first flight of the newest CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter for the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force. The March 15 flight, at the Boeing helicopter facility near Philadelphia, Penn., happened ahead of schedule and confirmed initial airworthiness for the Mk6 Chinook. “This is a truly impressive achievement for both Boeing and the…

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