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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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Keeping the warfighter safe: 416th FLTS continues to enhance life-saving auto collision avoidance technology

Posted  November 21, 2012

Since the beginning of the partnership between the Department of Defense, NASA and Lockheed Martin, the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System has evolved into an instrument intended to keep civilian and military aircrew members fit to fly and fight another day. More than 25 years later, team members from the 416th Flight Test Squadron continue…

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Lockheed Martin completes critical environmental test on GPS III Pathfinder

Posted  November 21, 2012

The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System III satellites has completed thermal vacuum testing for the Navigation Payload Element of the GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed. The milestone is one of several environmental tests verifying the navigation payload’s quality of workmanship and increased performance compared to the current…

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How Asia sees Obama’s pivot to the Pacific

Posted  November 21, 2012

A lot has happened in Asia while the United States was off fighting its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and most of it can be summed up in one word – China. Fueled by China’s amazing growth and the promise of its huge and expanding consumer market, the Asia-Pacific region is now, as experts like…

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F-35A achieves maximum high angle of attack limit in four flights

Posted  November 21, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph An F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing aircraft rapidly expanded its high angle of attack (AOA) test envelope to its 50 degree limit in only four flights during recent flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. F-35A test aircraft are limited to AOAs of 20 degrees until their controllability is…

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NASA announces education research program award recipients

Posted  November 21, 2012

NASA has awarded $12.6 million to colleges and universities to conduct research and technology development in areas important to the agency’s mission. In addition to research and technology development, the awards enable faculty development and support higher education students. The selections are part of NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR. The program…

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News Briefs – November 19, 2012

Posted  November 19, 2012

Military: U.S. jet crash cause not lack of oxygen   The military says it doesn’t appear a failure of an F-22 fighter’s oxygen system caused the $190 million jet to crash in Florida. Air Force Col. David Graff said in a statement Nov. 16 that an initial review of the Nov 15 crash found the…

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F-35 leadership visits NAS Patuxent River test force

Posted  November 19, 2012

The program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II program and his deputy visited the integrated test force at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Nov. 7, part of a series of similar tours around the country to the aircraftís development facilities. During the visit, program head Navy Vice Adm. David Venlet introduced his successor…

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NASA selects information technology flight operations support contract

Posted  November 19, 2012

NASA has selected Science Applications International Corp. of McLean, Va., to provide information technology support for systems that support a wide array of flight operations across the agency. NASA Aircraft Management Information System is an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity, contract managed at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The three-year base contract will be effective from…

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Lockheed Martin to demonstrate key component of tactical military satellite communications system

Posted  November 19, 2012

Lockheed Martin has been selected to apply its extensive experience with protected satellite communications to support a new generation of agile, commercially based military satellite communications technologies. The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center MILSATCOM Systems Directorate, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to demonstrate concepts that allow…

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NASA’s original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft departs Dryden

Posted  November 19, 2012

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas NASA’s historic Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 905 points its nose skyward after takeoff from Edwards Air Force Base Oct. 24 on what is anticipated to be its final flight. One of NASA’s most familiar and recognizable aircraft, Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 905, has departed NASA’s Dryden Flight Research…

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