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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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Navy christens submarine John Warner

Posted  September 9, 2014

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785), the first of the Virginia-class attack submarines to be homported in Naval Station Norfolk, was christened at Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va., Sept. 6. “The christening of the future USS John Warner is not only a celebration of a dedicated Sailor, Marine and public servant, but also…

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Northrop Grumman Honors Top Suppliers

Posted  September 9, 2014

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – In keeping with its commitment to honor excellence, Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector recognized 74 companies from the United States, Canada and Turkey with its annual supplier awards for 2013. Northrop Grumman presents the annual supplier awards in two categories: Platinum Source Preferred and Suppliers of the Year. Thirty-two small businesses…

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Small Diameter Bomb II glides toward Milestone C

Posted  September 9, 2014

Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force completed three successful Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) Guided Test Vehicle flights against stationary and moving targets, resulting in direct hits. The flight tests are the last GTVs required prior to Milestone C and the start of low-rate initial production. “These guided tests were successfully accomplished against separate…

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NASA awards OMPS modification for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Mission

Posted  September 9, 2014

NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp. of Boulder, Colo., for the Ozone Mapping and Profiling Suite for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 mission. The JPSS-2 mission is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide global environmental data in low Earth polar…

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Headlines September 4, 2014

Posted  September 4, 2014

News: U.S. military conducts operation in Somalia, Pentagon says - U.S. military forces conducted an operation Sept. 1 against the Al-Shabaab network in Somalia, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.   Business: Pratt and Whitney halted F-35 engine delivery over titanium - United Technologies Corp.’s Pratt and Whitney unit said it suspended delivery of engines…

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News Briefs September 4, 2014

Posted  September 4, 2014

U.S. military targets extremists in Somalia U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Sept. 1 in Somalia, the Pentagon said. Spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said the U.S. was assessing the results and would provide more information when appropriate. No further details were available. A senior Somali intelligence official said…

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Army Prepares for Dangers Lurking in “Deep Future” Megacities

Posted  September 4, 2014

Within about two decades, roughly 60 percent of the world's population will live in cities, particularly megacities of more than 10 million, according to a recent National Intelligence Council projection.

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Lockheed-built GPS IIR/IIR-M satellites reach 200 years of combined operational life

Posted  September 4, 2014

The U.S. Air Forceís fleet of Global Positioning SystemBlock IIR and IIR-M satellites, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, have reached 200 collective years of operational life. These 20 satellites – about two thirds of the current GPS constellation ñ help deliver precise positioning, navigation and timing services to more than one billion global military, civilian and…

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Boeing C-17 support effort for strategic airlift capability exceeds 1,000 missions

Posted  September 4, 2014

Boeing has supported more than 1,000 missions for the Strategic Airlift Capability program’s fleet of three C-17 airlifters, achieving a mission capable rate of nearly 94 percent during the five years it has provided maintenance, engineering and spares through a comprehensive performance-based logistics program.

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EXERCISE IN KOREA STRENGTHENING PACIFIC PARTNERSHIPS

Posted  September 4, 2014

Army photograph Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander of the U.S. Army’s I Corps, visits with Republic of Korea commanders, Aug. 26, 2014. Exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian, which culminated last week in South Korea, is helping strengthen U.S. partnerships in the Pacific, said the commander of U.S. Army I Corps. In a media roundtable yesterday, from…

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