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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…

NASA photograph by Dan Casper Space

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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Service chiefs ask Congress for fiscal help

Posted  March 6, 2013

The senior officers from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force asked Congress March 5 for more spending flexibility so they can maintain military readiness as the sequester’s across-the-board budget cuts take effect. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James…

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract for next set of infrared surveillance satellites

Posted  March 6, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $284.4 million fixed-price contract to procure long lead parts for the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellites in the Space Based Infrared System missile warning constellation. Featuring a mix of GEO satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth (HEO) orbit, and associated ground hardware and…

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Business

UTC Aerospace Systems to provide the nacelle systems for the Second Generation Embraer E-Jets

Posted  March 6, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has been chosen by Pratt & Whitney as the exclusive nacelle provider for both engine models for Embraer’s new Second Generation E-Jet aircraft. The nacelle systems will be provided by the Aerostructures business unit headquartered in Chula Vista, Calif. The Embraer Second Generation E-Jets will be equipped with Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower®…

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Time now to get smart on sequestration, furlough

Posted  March 6, 2013

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta notified Congress recently that should sequestration occur, the Department of Defense will initiate furlough for its 800,000-plus civilian employees. Congressional notification is required at least 45 days from a planned furlough, with implementation anticipated for late April, Air Force officials said. “The potential for sequestration-driven furlough continues to be a…

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Tennessee representative launches Congressional Range & Testing Center Caucus

Posted  March 6, 2013

Feb. 26, U.S. Congressman Diane Black, R-Tenn., released the following statement announcing the formation of the bipartisan Congressional Range & Testing Center Caucus. “As the wife, mother and daughter of U.S. servicemen, I believe that our brave men and women in uniform deserve our utmost respect and the resources and support necessary to carry out…

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MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite completes on-orbit testing

Posted  March 6, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite, built by Boeing partner Orbital Sciences Corporation, has completed on-orbit testing and has been accepted by the customer, the first step to establishing a space-based communications network that will markedly improve Mexico’s satellite communications capabilities. The Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Secretary of Communications and Transportation) of…

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Airmen build key Africa partnerships

Posted  March 6, 2013

Air Force photograph by SMSgt. Stan Parker SSgt. Daniel Borowski (left), an aerial port air adviser and TSgt. Colin Ireland (center), an aircraft maintenance air adviser, both assigned to the 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., chat with a African partner nation exercise participant during Central Accord 2013, at the Douala Air…

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Business

Wyle wins NASA contract valued at nearly $2 billion over 10 years

Posted  March 6, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a contract valued at nearly $1.76 billion over a 10-year span to provide comprehensive health, safety, science and engineering support to NASA human space flight missions supporting the International Space Station, Orion, commercial space initiatives and exploration human systems development. Called the Human Health and Performance Contract,…

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Sequestration to affect DOD schools, commissaries

Posted  March 6, 2013

Civilian personnel at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and the Defense Commissary Agency will be affected by sequestration, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today. The department will struggle to ensure DODEA – which serves 84,000 students at 194 schools – maintains an accredited school year, Little said. “We’re mindful that we need…

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World

North Koreans threaten to nullify 1953 armistice agreement

Posted  March 6, 2013

North Korea has threatened to nullify the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War. The North Korean rhetoric appears to be in response to threatened United Nations sanctions that may be put in place following the Feb. 12 North Korean test of a nuclear weapon, DOD officials said. The North Korean Central News Agency quoted…

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