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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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News Briefs – December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,035   As of Dec. 11, 2012, at least 2,035 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,698 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a…

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Raytheon wins DARPA contract to design new military imaging satellites

Posted  December 14, 2012

Raytheon was awarded a $1.5 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract for phase one of the agency’s Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements (SeeMe) program. During the next nine months, the company will complete the design for small satellites to enhance warfighter situational awareness in the battlespace. The SeeMe program will provide useful on-demand…

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Iraq Takes Delivery of Super Hercs

Posted  December 14, 2012

Lockheed Martin delivered a C-130J Super Hercules to the Iraqi Air Force at formal ceremonies in Marietta, Ga., Dec. 12. This is one of the initial three aircraft of a total of six C-130Js ordered by Iraq. The other two of these initial three aircraft departed yesterday for Iraq. The remaining three C-130Js will be…

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ATK to deliver PERM capability for U.S. Marine Corps 120mm Mortar system

Posted  December 14, 2012

ATK announced Dec. 13 that it will begin execution of a $14.3 million contract awarded to develop a solution to meet the U.S. Marine Corps’ requirement for a rifled, 120mm, Precision Extended Range Mortar. ATK’s Armament Systems division will serve as the prime contractor to the Marine Corps for the 24-month PERM development program that…

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Twin NASA probes prepare for Dec. 17 mission-ending moon impact

Posted  December 14, 2012

Twin lunar-orbiting NASA spacecraft that have allowed scientists to learn more about the internal structure and composition of the moon are being prepared for their controlled descent and impact on a mountain near the moon’s north pole at about 2:28 p.m., PST, Dec. 17. Ebb and Flow, the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission…

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Lockheed Martin says its local presence solid

Posted  December 14, 2012

Lockheed Martin’s decision to move hundreds of jobs out of Cobb County, Ga., came under pressure from a lackluster economy and U.S. military budget cuts. But company officials said the company’s seven-decade presence in Marietta is not under threat – at least not for several years. “It’s about being competitive, it’s about being affordable and…

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EPA finds contamination at former rocket test site

Posted  December 14, 2012

Lingering radioactive contamination exists at a former rocket test lab outside of Los Angeles that was the site of a partial nuclear meltdown, federal environmental regulators said Dec. 12. The Environmental Protection Agency launched a $42 million study to investigate radioactive pollution at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, 25 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles….

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NASA progressing toward first launch of Orion spacecraft

Posted  December 14, 2012

Recent engineering advances by NASA and its industry partners across the country show important progress toward Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), the next step to launching humans to deep space. The uncrewed EFT-1 mission, launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2014, will test the re-entry performance of the agency’s Orion capsule, the most…

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Defense and Industry Narrow Communication Gap

Posted  December 14, 2012

As a cost- and time-saving measure, Defense Department officials have developed an experimental Website to help government and industry stay up-to-date on developing projects that support the war fighter. The new site, Defense Innovation Marketplace, is part of the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power initiative to save DOD money, said Jack Blackhurst, a “customer” of…

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Blue Angels releases 2013 show schedule

Posted  December 14, 2012

The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, has released their 2013 show schedule in which the Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 65 demonstrations at 32 locations. The 2013 show schedule is:   March 16: NAF El Centro, Calif. March 23-24 NAS Key West, Fla. April 6-7: MacDill AFB, Fla. April 13-14: NAS Corpus…

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