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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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Army develops lightweight ballistic protection for aircraft

Posted  October 4, 2013

Army photograph The Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center Prototype Integration Facility designed, qualified, fabricated and installed a prototype of an enhanced Ballistic Protection System for the cabin of the UH-60 Black Hawk aircraft. Army tactics and training are constantly changing to meet the threat on the battlefield, and one such example is…

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Lockheed Martinís Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System successsfully completes highest target intercept yet

Posted  October 4, 2013

KAUAI, Hawaii, Oct. 4, 2013 ñ The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin team successfully intercepted a threat representative, medium-range, separating ballistic missile target using the second generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defenseweapon system and SM-3 Block IB guided missile. By successfully launching, tracking, and engaging the newest medium-range ballistic missile target configuration during…

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Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System completes successful intercept flight test

Posted  October 4, 2013

The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Pacific Command, and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie (CG 70) successfully conducted an operational flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, resulting in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by the Aegis BMD 4.0 Weapon System and a Standard…

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Raytheon’s newest Standard Missile-3 intercepts medium-range ballistic missile target at highest altitude to date

Posted  October 4, 2013

In a Missile Defense Agency test, the U.S. Navy fired a Standard Missile-3 Block IB, made by Raytheon, from the USS Lake Erie. The SM-3 eliminated the medium-range ballistic missile target at the highest altitude of any test to date. “The next-generation SM-3 proved itself against a medium-range ballistic missile target at the highest altitude…

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Events October 2013

Posted  October 4, 2013

Oct. 4 – Meeting: Human Spaceflight – Public and Stakeholder Opinions Panel, Washington, D.C.   Oct. 4-10 – World Space Week   Oct. 5 – Mars Society UK 2013 AGM and Conference, Leicester, United Kingdom   Oct. 5 – British Interplanetary Society North Event, York, United Kingdom   Oct. 6-8 – Frank N. Bash Symposium…

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Navy Hercs join the club

Posted  October 4, 2013

Like the secret handshake of an elite club, coordination between air traffic control and airborne aircraft involves precise, sometimes complex series of movements.

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U.S., Japan agree to expand security, defense cooperation

Posted  October 4, 2013

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry sign official documents to revise the 1997 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation, increase security and defense collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, and advance the realignment of American troops in Japan, in Tokyo, Oct. 3, 2013. TOKYO…

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United Technologies may furlough 5,000 workers due to gov’t shutdown

Posted  October 4, 2013

United Technologies Corp. says it may furlough more than 5,000 workers if the U.S. government shutdown continues into next month. The company said Oct. 2 that its Sikorsky division, which makes Black Hawk helicopters, would be hit first. It expects nearly 2,000 employees, including those employed at facilities in Connecticut, Florida and Alabama, will be…

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Navy stands up F-35C Squadron At Eglin

Posted  October 4, 2013

The U.S. Navy and the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla., officially reconstituted the highly decorated VFA-101 Grim Reapers Squadron during ceremonies held on the Emerald Coast Oct. 2. VFA-101 will fly the Navyís newest aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, to perform the mission of training pilots and sailors to…

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News Briefs October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 2013

Miramar air show cancelled amid gov’t shutdown Marine Corps officials say the federal government shutdown has forced cancellation of the Miramar Air Show in San Diego this year. Marine Corps officials in a statement Oct. 3 apologized for the inconvenience the cancellation may have caused the sponsors and those planning to attend the event that…

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