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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.

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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…

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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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General Dynamics awarded $70 million for planning yard services for DDG 51, FFG 7 ships

Posted  December 7, 2012

The U. S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, a $70.5 million contract to provide ongoing planning yard services for the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke -class guided missile destroyer and the FFG 7 Oliver Hazard Perry -class frigate programs. This option modifies a contract initially awarded in June…

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Boeing, Icleandair announce commitment for 12 737 MAXs

Posted  December 7, 2012

Boeing and Icelandair announced a commitment Dec. 6 for 12 737 MAXs, valued at more than $1.2 billion at list prices. The commitment by the Icelandic carrier includes 737 MAX 8s and 9s. Boeing looks forward to working with Icelandair to finalize the details, at which time the order will be posted as a firm…

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Breakthrough jet/rocket engine announced

Posted  December 7, 2012

Reaction Engines Ltd. of Great Britain has announced successful tests of its light weight heat exchanger, a critical component of its Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine. The engine functions as both an air breathing jet, and then switches to use stored liquid oxygen, as does a rocket engine. Their studies show that single stage to orbit…

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Keel laid for future USNS John Glenn

Posted  December 7, 2012

General Dynamics NASSCO held a keel laying ceremony for the future USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), Dec. 4, in San Diego, Calif. MLP 2 is the second ship in the Mobile Landing Platform program that will provide the Navy with the capability to transfer vehicles and equipment at sea and to interface with surface connectors…

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Pearl Harbor: Air Force legacy on day that would ‘live on in infamy’

Posted  December 7, 2012

“It was the first time I had ever seen a plunging dive bomber and it was an awesome sight. Nothing in warfare is more frightening,” said Pvt. Wilfred D. Burke, 72d Pursuit Squadron, Wheeler Field, whose experience in the attacks on Pearl Harbor are recorded in “7 December 1941: The Air Force Story” compiled by…

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President proclaims National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Posted  December 7, 2012

“Today, we pay solemn tribute to America’s sons and daughters who made the ultimate sacrifice at Oahu. As we do, let us also reaffirm that their legacy will always burn bright – whether in the memory of those who knew them, the spirit of service that guides our men and women in uniform today, or…

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ViaSat completes Phase 1 UHF Satcom Integrated Waveform Installation for United Kingdom

Posted  December 7, 2012

ViaSat Inc. has successfully implemented an Integrated Waveform Network Control Station for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense. The IW is designed to allow the MOD to make the most efficient use of its UHF satcom assets with seamless voice and data assignments across 5 and 25 kHz UHF channels. Additional benefits include significantly improved…

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Germany to take stake as EADS shakes up ownership

Posted  December 7, 2012

European aerospace and defense company EADS announced Dec. 7 a new ownership structure in which Germany is set to join France and Spain as state shareholders – even as overall government influence shrinks at the company. The parent company of plane maker Airbus, the archrival of U.S.-based Boeing, said the deal would eventually give the…

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Denmark selects U.S. Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopter

Posted  December 7, 2012

The Danish government signed an official letter of offer and acceptance formalizing its intent to buy nine MH-60R Seahawk® helicopters and comprehensive logistics support for its Maritime Helicopter Replacement Program. Valued at $686 million, the aircraft will be procured via the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program. “It’s great news that the Danish government has…

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Antelope Valley robotics teams helping seniors

Posted  December 7, 2012

Jedi Masters, Titanium Tigers, Panthers, F-22 Raptorbots and other robotic teams gathered at Joe Walker Middle school in Quartz Hill, Calif., to participate in the 3rd Annual AV Techno Classic LEGO Tournament. The 2012 theme was ëSenior Solutions: Independent. Engaged. Connected. First Lego League is a robotics program designed to excite students 9 to 14…

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