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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.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox Defense

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…

NASA photograph by Dan Casper Space

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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Boeing delivers United Airlines’ first 787 Dreamliner

Posted  September 25, 2012

Boeing and United Airlines announced Sept. 24 the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. United is the first airline in North America to take delivery of the 787. Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United, said, “As the North American launch customer, we are delighted to be getting our first 787 Dreamliner. As we…

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Blue skies greet Endeavour, SCA at Edwards landing

Posted  September 21, 2012

A familiar sight appeared in the clear blue skies of the Mojave Desert as the space shuttle Endeavour and its modified NASA 747 carrier aircraft arrived at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 20.

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New President for SETP

Posted  September 21, 2012

Doug Benjamin will soon take the reins from SETP President Steve Rainey. Presently, a Boeing Chief Pilot for Military Transport and an engineering test pilot, Benjamin has a career spanning 34 years with the U.S. Air Force and Boeing.

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AV Fairgrounds holds 21st Annual Salute to Youth

Posted  September 21, 2012

Photographs by Rebecca Amber At this table, students learned about the Science Mission at NASA using a robotic arm to teach about the rover on Mars. Salute to Youth, Career Connection is a long-standing tradition for the Antelope Valley, Calif. The annual event is sponsored by the community to encourage students to learn more about…

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News Briefs – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

Reservist, defense contractor plead not guilty   A military contractor and an Army reservist have pleaded not guilty to charges in what prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar scheme to win military contracts in Afghanistan. Prosecutors say defense contractor Michael L. Taylor is being held on a related federal complaint of trying to bribe an FBI agent…

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President nominates Vollrath as assistant Defense Secretary

Posted  September 21, 2012

President Barack Obama has nominated Frederick E. Vollrath to be assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management. Vollrath has been performing the position’s duties as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management. Before appointment to his current position in March, he had been president of Vollrath Consulting since 2006….

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USS Enterprise to inactivate after 51 years of service

Posted  September 21, 2012

After 51 years of distinguished service, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise will inactivate Dec. 1, 2012, in a ceremony to be held at Norfolk Naval Station, in Norfolk, Va. The inactivation ceremony will be the last official public event for the ship, and will serve as a celebration of life for the ship and the…

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Northrop Grumman to develop navigation system for Super Hornet, Growler aircraft

Posted  September 21, 2012

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has been awarded a competitive prototyping contract by Boeing to develop an embedded global positioning/inertial navigation system for the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will produce a prototype inertial navigation system demonstrating fiber-optic gyro performance suitability for F/A-18 E/F and…

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AFMC commander among Air Force leaders offering perspectives at AFA four-star forum

Posted  September 21, 2012

Twelve Air Force senior leaders leveraged their candor and experience to share insight and answer questions regarding the service as it enters a new era of leadership. The panelists assembled on the final day of the 2012 Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 19, 2012. Led by Air Force Chief…

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