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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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Infantry now shut to women; do they want it open?

Posted  January 7, 2013

If or when the Defense Department lets women become infantry troops – the country’s front-line war fighters – how many women will want to? The answer is probably not many. Interviews with a dozen female soldiers and Marines showed little interest in the toughest fighting jobs. They believe they’d be unable to do them, even…

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Business

Boeing delivered 601 planes last year

Posted  January 7, 2013

Boeing said Jan. 3 that it delivered 601 planes last year, putting it on track to beat European rival Airbus as the top plane maker for the year. Airbus has beaten Boeing in deliveries in recent years, but Boeing is now cranking out its new 787 and a revamped 747 after delays for both aircraft….

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Posted  January 4, 2013

Business Airbus seen posting 900 orders, 580 deliveries for 2012; Global Hawk maker Northrop to skip Paris air show; Budget deal leaves U.S. defense sector in limbo;     International Russia poised for largest naval exercise for decades; Troops’ role changing as 2012 ends in Afghanistan; United Kingdom MoD pays £500,000 compensation to Afghan victims;…

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News Briefs – January 4, 2013

Posted  January 4, 2013

Pilot OK as California Air National Guard jet crashes   A California Air National Guard fighter jet crashed during a routine training mission but the pilot safely ejected. The Guard says the Fresno-based F-16C went down the afternoon of Dec .27 about 100 miles east of Fresno. The Fresno Bee reports that the pilot was…

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Boeing receives additional US Navy order for torpedo defense systems

Posted  January 4, 2013

Under a newly exercised option for the AN/SLQ-25C system contract, Boeing subsidiary Argon ST will continue to supply U.S. Navy surface ships with countermeasures that lure torpedoes away by mimicking a vessel’s propulsion system. The $8 million option covers production and delivery of eight new AN/SLQ-25C systems – commonly called “Nixie” – under the Navy’s…

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Researchers identify water rich meteorite linked to Mars crust

Posted  January 4, 2013

NASA-funded researchers analyzing a small meteorite that may be the first discovered from the Martian surface or crust have found it contains 10 times more water than other Martian meteorites from unknown origins.

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Business

Contract briefs – January 4, 2013

Posted  January 4, 2013

U.S. Navy awards Raytheon $169 million for DDG 1000 program   Raytheon is being awarded a not-to-exceed $169 million modification to previously awarded fixed-price incentive, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for deferred mission systems equipment for DDG 1000 and DDG 1001, scheduled critical DDG 1002 non-hatchable mission systems equipment, and non-recurring engineering applicable to mission system equipment design…

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NASA encourages public to explore its curiosity with new rover-themed badge on Foursquare

Posted  January 4, 2013

NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge. Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a science museum or planetarium….

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Through an Airman’s Eyes

Posted  January 4, 2013

Capt. Patrick Williams, the new Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration pilot, practiced some maneuvers recently to give crowds worldwide a taste of both the Raptor's, and the Air Force's, capabilities.

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Elbit Systems awarded Israel Ministry of Defense contracts

Posted  January 4, 2013

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Dec. 31 that it was awarded various contracts by the Israel Ministry of Defense, in a number of fields of activity for a total value of approximately $315 million. The contracts relate to the following areas: Avionics S ystems : battle management systems and avionics for helicopters, virtual training for the…

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