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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.

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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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Herschel discovers some of youngest stars ever seen

Posted  March 20, 2013

Astronomers have found some of the youngest stars ever seen thanks to the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions.  Observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment telescope in Chile, a collaboration involving the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Germany, the Onsala Space Observatory…

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Headlines: March 18, 2013

Posted  March 18, 2013

Business Boeing engineers to tally labor contract vote Boeing could face a strike by one-third of its engineering workforce if they reject a labor contract March 18. Boeing puts 787 battery through tough tests it once avoided To get its 787 Dreamliner flying again, Boeing is testing the plane’s volatile battery system to a rigorous…

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News Briefs March 18, 2013

Posted  March 18, 2013

Army names crew killed in helicopter crash The U.S. Army has identified the five-member crew killed in the crash of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in Afghanistan. The crew was flying a training mission March 11 in Kandahar using night-vision goggles. Army Maj. Gen. Robert A. Abrams has said no enemy attacks were reported. The…

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Embraer selects UTC Aerospace Systems wheels, brakes for second generation E-Jets

Posted  March 18, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. has been selected by Embraer to be the sole source supplier of wheels and carbon brakes for Embraer’s second generation E-Jet aircraft family. UTC Aerospace Systems will provide the equipment through its Wheels & Brakes business unit headquartered in Troy, Ohio. The new Second Generation E-Jets…

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Boeing selects GE as engine partner for 777X Studies

Posted  March 18, 2013

Boeing’s development study on improvements to the market-leading 777, known as 777X, will include GE as the engine partner on the twin-aisle airplane expected to enter service near the end of the decade. “This decision to work with GE going forward reflects the best match to the development program, schedule and airplane performance,” said Bob…

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Boeing provides details on 787 battery improvements

Posted  March 18, 2013

Boeing announced March 14 that a comprehensive set of improvements that will add several layers of additional safety features to the lithium-ion batteries on 787 commercial jetliners are in production and could be ready for initial installation within the next few weeks. New enclosures for 787 batteries also are being built and will be installed…

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General discusses parameters of Quadrennial Defense Review

Posted  March 18, 2013

Work has begun on the Quadrennial Defense Review, and Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven L. Kwast believes the review can help leaders understand the security environment and tailor forces to best operate in a new world. Kwast heads the Air Force QDR office at the Pentagon and says this is a unique time for the…

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Pratt and Whitney AeroPower’s APS2600[E] APU selected for Embraer’s second generation E-Jet

Posted  March 18, 2013

Pratt & Whitney AeroPower’s* APS2600[E] auxiliary power unit has been selected by Embraer for its second generation E-Jet. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company. “We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Embraer and provide our APS2600[E] APU for the second generation E-Jet,” said Eileen P. Drake, vice president and general…

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Boeing 747-8 serves 100th airport

Posted  March 18, 2013

The Boeing 747-8 has served its 100th airport just 16 months after entering service. The airplane, a 747-8 Freighter operated by launch customer Cargolux, arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, from Kuwait March 17.

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Air Force endorses Raytheon’s Center Display Unit for F-16 cockpits

Posted  March 18, 2013

Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC, a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, has received U.S. Air Force endorsement of its Center Display Unit as the F-16′s primary flight reference. Following the endorsement late last year, the Air Force awarded Raytheon a contract for full-rate production of the first 100 CDUs. A PFR is a requirement in all…

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