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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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UTC Aerospace Systems selected by Dassault Aviation to provide four systems for Falcon 5X

Posted  October 23, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Dassault Aviation to supply the Ram Air Turbine System, the SmartProbe® Air Data System, the Fire Protection System and the Throttle Control Unit for its latest Falcon 5X Business Jet. UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., will provide the systems through its Electric Systems business…

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Boeing begins assembling third KC-46A tanker aircraft

Posted  October 23, 2013

Boeing is assembling a third KC-46A test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker program at the company’s Everett, Wash., factory, keeping the program on schedule to complete production of four test aircraft by the third quarter of 2014. “In addition to the three KC-46A tankers now in production, our System Integration…

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NASA laser communication system sets record with data transmissions to and from Moon

Posted  October 23, 2013

NASA’s Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration has made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles between the moon and Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits per second. LLCD is NASA’s first system for two-way communication using a laser instead of radio waves. It also has demonstrated an…

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GA-ASI’s improved Gray Eagle flies more than 45 hours non-stop

Posted  October 23, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Oct. 22 the successful completion of the first of two planned U.S. Army endurance demonstration flights with its Improved Gray Eagle® aircraft. IGE.

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NASA Dryden awards facilities maintenance contract to Helix Management Services

Posted  October 23, 2013

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., has awarded a contract to Helix Management Services, of Lanham, Md., to provide facility operations and maintenance services at the center’s campuses at Edwards Air Force Base and Palmdale, Calif. The firm fixed-price contract could be worth as much as $29.4 million over the five-year life of the…

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Raytheon test fires enhanced Marine Corps anti-tank weapon system

Posted  October 23, 2013

  Raytheon has successfully completed an initial round of live-fire testing with a new U.S. Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle Anti-Tank weapon system. The upgraded, highly mobile, anti-armor LAV-AT weapon system is designed to protect reconnaissance and light infantry. Its mission is to defeat threats at long-range, day or night, and in all weather conditions….

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Future uncertain for Ground Combat Vehicle, Armed Aerial Scout

Posted  October 23, 2013

Army photograph by David Vergun Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, and Gen. Dennis Via, commander, Army Materiel Command, speak Oct. 21, 2013, at a modernization press conference at AUSA’s 2013 Annual Meeting, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. As a result of fiscal “belt tightening, the…

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AeroVironment unveils four-ounce pocket DDL secure video, data receiver

Posted  October 23, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc. has unveiled its new Pocket DDL™ secure digital video and data receiver.  The four-ounce device enables remote viewing of video and data from AeroVironment small unmanned aircraft systems as well as from helicopters, airplanes, other unmanned aircraft and ground robots equipped with the company’s Digital Data Link. AeroVironment has delivered thousands of DDL-enabled…

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Improvements to Army’s new 5.56mm production lines help save government more than $20 million

Posted  October 23, 2013

Courtesy photograph M855A1 slug cold heading operations at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, Lake City, Mo. PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. – The Program Executive Office for Ammunition’s Enhanced Performance Round program shaved off more than $20 million dollars in a value engineering project aimed at renovating the bullet production lines and improving the program’s purchasing strategies….

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Boeing finalizes agreement for Kennedy Space Center facility

Posted  October 23, 2013

Boeing has finalized an agreement with Space Florida to use a processing facility at NASAís Kennedy Space Center to build the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft, an important step toward restoring the United Statesí ability to launch humans into space. ìThe resources and expertise on the Space Coast are essential to our plans and this…

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