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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 –…

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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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F-35: New fighter creates new culture for 21st Century and beyond

Posted  September 25, 2013

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Jeremy T. Lock An F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter from the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., flies over the Emerald Coast Sept. 19, 2012. She didnt have a smudge on her. Not a leak found anywhere. She even had that new jet smell.î Skies were…

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South Korea rejects Boeing, says F-15 not good enough

Posted  September 25, 2013

South Korea Sept. 24 rejected Boeing’s bid to supply 60 fighter jets in the country’s largest-ever weapons purchase even though it was the sole remaining bidder, and said it would reopen the tender. Boeing had offered its F-15 Silent Eagle, but South Korean critics have said the warplane lacks state-of-the-art stealth capabilities and cannot effectively…

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The challenge is on

Posted  September 25, 2013

Team registration open for NASA-DPI UAS airspace operations challenge NASA and Development Projects Inc. of Dayton, Ohio, have opened registration for the 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Operations Challenge. The $500,000 prize competition is scheduled for April 2014 in Indiana. Teams from across the nation will travel to Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and…

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DOD identifies units for upcoming Afghanistan rotation

Posted  September 25, 2013

The Department of Defense Sept. 24 identified six units to deploy as part of the upcoming rotation of forces operating in Afghanistan. The scheduled rotation involves elements of two infantry brigade combat teams – one with roughly 1,830 personnel (4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division) and one with roughly 2,000 personnel (2nd Brigade…

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Raytheon advanced military GPS system achieves 2,000th domestic and international delivery milestone

Posted  September 25, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Raytheon has delivered its 2,000th Miniaturized Airborne GPS Receiver 2000. Three variants of the MAGR 2000 family of products are currently in service aboard 20 types of fixed-wing and rotary-wing platforms across 16 countries, with a well-established record of excellent performance and reliability. The current MAGR 2000-S24 greatly improves navigation accuracy and…

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AAR’s Telair delivers cargo center line restraint system to Air France

Posted  September 25, 2013

Telair International, a subsidiary of U.S.-based AAR CORP., has delivered two of its advanced centerline restraint systems to Air France to be used on the airlines Boeing 747-400 ERF aircraft. Telairs system uses tie-down locations in the aircraft floor as well as cargo system components to secure centerline positioning of heavy or outsized cargo without…

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CSAF begins counterpart visit in China

Posted  September 25, 2013

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, the Pacific Air Forces commander, and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody arrived in Beijing, China, Sept. 24 as part of a weeklong visit to China.

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Pratt & Whitney advancing sixth generation military engine technology

Posted  September 25, 2013

Pratt & Whitney and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory have begun testing of Pratt & Whitney’s unique, adaptive supersonic fighter engine fan rig based on a full-scale F135 development fan to advance the next generation of military fighter engine technology. The purpose of the adaptive fan rig test is to mature technologies associated with…

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Tiltrotor test rig team, including NFAC, receives NASA award

Posted  September 25, 2013

NASA Ames Research Center recently held their annual NASA Agency Honor Award ceremony which recognized the Tiltrotor Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.,Test Rig Development Team with a Group Achievement Award Aug. 29.

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Study: Pentagon could cuts thousands of employees

Posted  September 25, 2013

The Defense Department could shed 60,000 more troops than planned and 50,000 civilian employees without hurting U.S. fighting power, four former members of the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a new report on military strategy and spending. Nearly $50 billion in budget cuts are recommended in the report released Sept. 24 and authored…

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