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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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Raytheon, U.S. Navy demonstrate new dual targeting capability for JSOW C-1

Posted  January 23, 2013

The U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated the dual targeting capability of Raytheon’s Joint Standoff Weapon C-1. Two recent tests during the program’s integrated test phase at China Lake, Calif., prove the weapon can engage challenging stationary targets. Previous testing in the integrated test phase demonstrated JSOW C-1′s capability against moving maritime targets. The first stationary land…

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UTC Aerospace Systems selected by Aeroflot to provide wheels, carbon brakes on 777-300ER fleet

Posted  January 23, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Aeroflot, Russia’s flagship airline, to supply the wheels and carbon brakes for its new fleet of 16 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The company will provide the equipment through its Wheels & Brakes business in Troy, Ohio. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in January 2013. UTC Aerospace Systems…

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Despite smaller budget, Air Force seeks to protect satellites

Posted  January 23, 2013

Despite tremendous budget uncertainty and a shrinking bottom line, the commander of the Air Force Space Command said that he will do his best to protect all of the Air Force’s satellite constellations. Speaking with reporters at a recent meeting of the Defense Writers Group, Air Force Gen. William L. Shelton called the range of…

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Raytheon submits proposal to build the Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal for the U.S. Air Force

Posted  January 23, 2013

Raytheon, the only provider of fielded Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite communications terminals that provide survivable, secure, jam-resistant communications to the U.S. military, has submitted a proposal to build the Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal for the U.S. Air Force. GASNT is a nuclear command and control system that will use both Extremely High Frequency…

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NASA selects experimental commercial suborbital flight payloads

Posted  January 23, 2013

NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 cutting-edge space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons and a commercial parabolic aircraft in 2013 and 2014. The flights will allow participants to demonstrate their technologies to the edge of space and back, before committing them to the harsh and unforgiving conditions of spaceflight….

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Air Force photograph by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher
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Northcom pursues closer engagement with Mexico

Posted  January 23, 2013

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher Air Force photograph by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, and Mexican Navy Secretary Adm. Mariano Saynez pause briefly at the NORAD and Northcom Sept. 11 Memorial during Saynezís visit to the…

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U.S. Army awards $12 million contract for AeroVironment Wasp AE small UAS on behalf of U.S. Marine Corps

Posted  January 23, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc. announced Jan. 23 that NAVAIR’s Program Office for Navy & Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems, working collaboratively with the U.S. Army’s Counter-IED Program Office, awarded a contract Sept. 21, 2012, for AeroVironment Wasp® AE small unmanned aircraft systems, initial spares packages, training services and one year of contractor logistics support. The…

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KC-135 tankers get a boost from innovative, fuel-saving engines

Posted  January 23, 2013

Some decades-old KC-135 Stratotanker are drinking from the fountain of youth — or at least the engines are. Airmen installed the first of 1,440 upgraded Stratotanker engines at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 15. The 1970s engine parts will be replaced with modern engines that burn less fuel and run longer without repairs, officials…

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AFA’s 2013 Air Warfare Symposium explores challenges of the Air Force in today’s fiscal environment

Posted  January 23, 2013

The Air Force Association is pleased to confirm that the Secretary of the Air Force and Under Secretary of the Air Force have approved Air Force participation in AFA’s 29th Annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, Feb. 20-22, 2013. The conference will once again be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando,…

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Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s first C-17 to flight test

Posted  January 23, 2013

Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s first C-17 to flight test LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing on Jan. 22 delivered – on schedule– the first of 10 C-17 Globemaster III airlifters for the Indian Air Force. India’s first C-17 will now enter a U.S. Air Force flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Boeing…

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