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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 –…

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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Holloman tests new warhead on high-speed track

Posted  October 28, 2013

The Defense Department announced Oct. 24 the successful testing of an advanced conventional precision effects warhead, a critical part of a national effort to establish a conventional prompt strike capability. This capability will contribute to the country to defend its interests with precision weapons at hypersonic speeds. During an interview with American Forces Press Service,…

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Not guilty pleas entered in Arizona Air Guard case

Posted  October 28, 2013

Three of the nearly two dozen current and former members of the Arizona Air National Guard who are accused in a $1.4 million scam to defraud the federal government have pleaded not guilty. The first three defendants made their initial court appearances Oct. 25 in Pima County Superior Court before hearing officer Roger Duncan. The…

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Public activities part of Doolittle Raiders’ weekend

Posted  October 28, 2013

When the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders' make a final toast to their fallen comrades Nov. 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the world can witness the historical moment.

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Boeing, Lockheed Martin team for U.S. Air Force bomber program

Posted  October 28, 2013

Boeing and Lockheed Martin are teaming to compete for the United States Air Force’s Long-Range Strike Bomber program, with Boeing acting as the prime contractor and Lockheed Martin as the primary teammate. To this critical mission, the team brings together nearly two centuries of combined experience designing, developing and testing aircraft for defense customers around…

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NASA advanced booster shows options on increasing performance, reducing cost

Posted  October 28, 2013

ATK has achieved a significant milestone in its NASA Research Announcement Advanced Booster risk-reduction program for the Space Launch System by successfully completing filament winding of a pathfinder Advanced Booster composite case. Ultimately, this Advanced Booster NRA effort will enable NASA and ATK to optimize a case design that will be stronger, yet more affordable…

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Boeing delivers Indian Air Forceís fourth C-17 Globemaster III

Posted  October 28, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Indian Air Forceís fourth Boeing C-17 Globemaster III departs for India from Long Beach on Oct. 19, keeping the company on track to deliver a total of five advanced airlifters to the IAF this year. Boeing will deliver five more C-17s to India in 2014 to complete the contract. Since…

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Despite budget crunch, JLTV purchase plans remain unchanged

Posted  October 28, 2013

Despite budget cuts, furloughs, sequestration, continuing resolutions, ongoing changes in force structure, and a government shutdown, both the Army and Marine Corps are committed to buying the same amount of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles they initially set out to purchase.

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Lockheed Martin powers up Orion crew module

Posted  October 28, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph Technicians power on the Orion crew module at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. For the first time, Lockheed Martin and NASA engineers powered on the Orion crew module at Kennedy Space Center last week. The test successfully demonstrated the crew module avionics were integrated properly and are in good health. During the…

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GA-ASI builds upon electronic attack expertise in follow-on USMC exercise

Posted  October 28, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced Oct. 28 the conclusion of a second demonstration of PredatorÆ Bís Electronic Attack capability at the U.S. Marine Corps. Weapons and Tactics Instructor course held at Marine Corp Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 22. This…

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Lockheed Martin receives $33 million production contract for U.S. Marine Corps targeting system

Posted  October 28, 2013

Lockheed Martin received a $33.9 million follow-on production contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, for the Target Sight System, the fire control system for the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter. TSS’ advanced sensors provide pilots with enhanced capabilities to acquire, track and designate targets. TSS Lot 10 deliveries will be…

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