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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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Sixty-five years later, World War II veteran returns to England

Posted  November 26, 2012

On a typical day from 1942 to 1945, the flightline on Royal Air Force Alconbury, England, would be full of activity as aircrews, maintainers and weapons troops prepared as many B-17 Flying Fortresses as they could for missions in Germany.

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General Dynamics receives $62 million Navy award for Common Missile Compartment development

Posted  November 26, 2012

The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $61.7 million contract modification for the continued development of the Common Missile Compartment for the United Kingdom’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine and the U.S. Ohio replacement submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the modification, Electric Boat will procure, manufacture and…

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Navy announces first MUOS satellite accepted for initial operational use

Posted  November 26, 2012

The Navy announced Nov. 21 that U.S. Strategic Command has accepted the first Mobile User Objective System satellite for initial operational use. MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical communications system designed to improve communications for U.S. forces on the move. The Naval Satellite Operations Center at Point Mugu, Calif., began “flying” the satellite in June….

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Contract award helps keep BACN airborne

Posted  November 26, 2012

The Space, Aerial and Nuclear Network Division here recently awarded a firm-fixed-price contract to Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. for long-term platform maintenance on four E-11A aircraft. The current amount awarded is $48 million, which is for a one-year base. There are four one-year options, which could eventually bring the value to $260 million. The E-11A…

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Boeing partner Orbital completes MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite

Posted  November 26, 2012

Boeing and partner Orbital Sciences Corporation a step closer to helping the government of Mexico provide advanced communications services throughout the country and surrounding maritime area with the completion of the MEXSAT Bicentenario communications satellite. Orbital designed, manufactured and tested MEXSAT Bicentenario before shipping the completed spacecraft to Kourou, French Guiana, where it is scheduled…

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EchoStar, Arianespace sing new satellite launch services contract

Posted  November 26, 2012

EchoStar Corp. and Arianespace, SA, have reached an agreement to launch multiple new satellites over a multi-year period from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana. The new contract will provide EchoStar with launch capacity and flexibility for its industry-leading satellite program. “In July, EchoStar’s wholly owned subsidiary, Hughes completed the successful launch of EchoStar XVII with…

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AEDC researches possible modifications to C-5M Super Galaxy wings

Posted  November 26, 2012

A recent landmark aerodynamic test on a scale model of the C-5M Super Galaxy in Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s 16-foot transonic wind tunnel was all about efficiency and the bottom line. Jack O’Banion, Lockheed Martin’s director of air mobility improvements and derivatives, said the high cost of fuel is the driving force behind the recent…

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Raytheon opens new Standard Missile factory in Alabama

Posted  November 26, 2012

Raytheon has opened its new all-up-round Standard Missile production facility in Huntsville, Ala. At the cutting-edge factory, workers will complete final assembly and testing of the company’s Standard Missile-3 and SM-6 interceptors. Raytheon executives from around the country joined government customers and elected leaders at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new…

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Nine more Iraq, Afghan war veterans joining Congress

Posted  November 26, 2012

As Tammy Duckworth sees it, her path to Congress began when she awoke in the fall of 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was missing both of her legs and faced the prospect of losing her right arm. Months of agonizing therapy lay ahead. As the highest-ranking double amputee in the ward, Maj….

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NASA, Roscosmos assign veteran crew to year-long space station mission

Posted  November 26, 2012

NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and their international partners have selected two veteran spacefarers for a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station in 2015. This mission will include collecting scientific data important to future human exploration of our solar system. NASA has selected Scott Kelly and Roscosmos has chosen Mikhail Kornienko. Kelly…

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