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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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Lockheed Martin completes 400th MH-60 digital cockpit for installation on first Australian Romeo helicopter

Posted  February 27, 2013

Lockheed Martin has completed the 400th Common Cockpit™ avionics suite for the U.S. Navy’s MH-60 Seahawk helicopter program. The digital cockpit will be installed aboard the first of 24 MH-60R (Romeo) anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopters to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy via the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program. “The Common Cockpit…

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Space

NASA’s NuSTAR helps solve riddle of black hole spin

Posted  February 27, 2013

Two X-ray space observatories, NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton, have teamed up to measure definitively, for the first time, the spin rate of a black hole with a mass 2 million times that of our sun. The supermassive black hole lies at the dust and gas-filled heart of…

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National video contest asks the public to share “Why Space Matters to the Future”

Posted  February 27, 2013

Space exploration has challenged, inspired, and improved us for more than half a century. Today, the Coalition for Space Exploration, in partnership with the recently-formed NASA Visitor Centers Consortium announced an expansion of the Coalition’s “Why Space Matters to the Future” video contest that encourages U.S. residents to visualize what life will be like in…

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Northrop Grumman names VP finance, controller for Electronic Systems Sector

Posted  February 27, 2013

Northrop Grumman has appointed Timothy Harrington as vice president of finance and controller for the company’s Linthicum-based Electronic Systems sector, effective immediately. In his new position, Harrington will be responsible for all sector financial functions, including financial planning, reporting and analysis, rates and budgets, government liaison, accounting, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, tax, international finance, program planning and…

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Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk program selected for U.S. Air Force sustainment excellence award

Posted  February 27, 2013

The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program was recently awarded the 2012 Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for demonstrating the most improved performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the high-flying fleet of Global Hawks. “Even with a year marked with fiscal challenges…

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AAR completes sale of 10 737-400 aircraft to MAS from its joint venture portfolio

Posted  February 27, 2013

AAR and its joint venture partner have completed the sale of 10 Boeing 737-400 aircraft to Malaysian Airline System Berhad, which the company announced in November 2012. The sale is consistent with the companyís stated goal to reduce its investment in aircraft leasing. AAR’s portfolio now includes four aircraft held in joint ventures and two…

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Troops, vets want ‘fair shot’ at employment, Battaglia says

Posted  February 27, 2013

Service members and veterans are more than prepared to transition into civilian employment, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Feb. 25. Following the release today of a report by the Executive Office of the President titled “The Fast Track to Civilian Employment: Streamlining Credentialing and Licensing for…

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Hagel takes office as 24th Defense Secretary

Posted  February 27, 2013

DOD photograph by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley Chuck Hagel is sworn into office as the 24th defense secretary by Michael L. Rhodes, the Defense Department’s director of administration and management, as Hagel’s wife, Lilibet, holds a Bible at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013. Just before his private swearing-in ceremony as the 24th secretary of defense,…

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Boeing brings advanced training capabilities to U.S. Navy’s T-45 fleet

Posted  February 27, 2013

Four operational flight trainers built by Boeing are up and running at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., allowing the U.S. Navy to shift some training for its T-45 aircraft to the ground and thereby improve safety and save money. The flight simulators use high-fidelity, state-of-the-art visuals to train naval flight officers on the ground, saving…

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Tech

Mojave Air and Space Port improvements on schedule

Posted  February 27, 2013

Major capital improvement projects are proceeding on schedule at Mojave Air & Space Port, the staff reported to the directors at the Feb. 19 meeting. A marketing budget for the airport was also discussed. The projects are: providing utilities to the north side of the airport; repaving and widening of runway 4-22 under an FAA…

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