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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.

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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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Boeing delivers 100th Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment System

Posted  September 30, 2013

Boeing has delivered the 100th Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment system to the U.S. Navy, marking a milestone in the service’s ability to receive and process information vital to executing its missions. This delivery is part of an ongoing effort to meet the current contractual obligation of 113 systems, with more production expected in the future…

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Navy accepts delivery of future USS Coronado (LCS4)

Posted  September 30, 2013

Austal USA photograph The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducts at-sea acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the U.S. Navy, which is planned for later this fall. The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Coronado (LCS 4) during a ceremony…

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News Briefs September 30, 2013

Posted  September 30, 2013

No. 2 nuke commander suspended amid casino probe Officials say the No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces is suspected in a case involving counterfeit gambling chips at a western Iowa casino and has been suspended from his duties. Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina has not been…

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Headlines September 30, 2013

Posted  September 30, 2013

News: Senate approves bill to pay military during shutdown - Senate Democrats are vowing to reject House Republicans’ last-minute bid to delay ObamaCare by attaching new amendments to a must-pass spending bill. But the Senate has accepted one Republican idea – a bill that would pay the military in the event of a shutdown. The Senate easily approved…

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Dryden Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Progress

Posted  October 4, 2013

An extensive review of Dryden Flight Research Centerís activities in Unmanned Aircraft Systems was presented Sept. 26 to national media. It included tours of UAS operated by Dryden, and observing an active UAS control room. Research in safe operation of UAS in the National Airspace was outlined. The FAA has been charged by Congress to…

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Air Force mechanics at Utah base protest shutdown

Posted  October 4, 2013

The government shutdown has furloughed some civilians at Hill Air Force Base while forcing thousands more to continue working without any hope of receiving a paycheck, a union leader said Oct. 2. People are angry, demoralized. I’ve never seen it this bad in the 31 years I’ve been a federal employee, said Monty Lewis, president…

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Air Force Museum closed due to government shutdown

Posted  October 4, 2013

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is†temporarily closed, effective Oct. 1, 2013, due to the federal government shutdown. All museum events and activities have been suspended until an appropriation bill or continuing resolution is enacted. If the museum reopens by Oct. 6, 2013, Fall Home School Day will continue as planned. Please watch…

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NASA partner Orbital Sciences completes first flight to ISS as astronauts capture Cygnus spacecraft

Posted  October 4, 2013

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station used a robotic arm to capture and attach a Cygnus cargo resupply spacecraft Sept. 29, marking several spaceflight firsts for NASA and its partner, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va.

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Air Force Aid Society provides services during government shutdown

Posted  October 4, 2013

Due to the government shut down we are being told many Airman & Family Readiness Centers to include their Air Force Aid sections will be closed. If you have an emergency travel situation or need funds to avoid privation please call the American Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337 — Service to the Armed Forces, to request…

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Boeing completes MD-11 freighter transition to AV Cargo

Posted  October 4, 2013

Boeing announced Oct. 1 that its aircraft leasing unit, Boeing Capital Corporation, has completed transition of two MD-11 Boeing converted freighters on multi-year leases to U.K.-managed AV Cargo, which has begun service from the operator’s base in Liege, Belgium, on routes primarily to West Africa. Boeing delivered the first of the cargo trijets to the…

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