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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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Veterans

Ceremony remembers prisoners of war, missing in action

Posted  September 21, 2012

A small group gathered at Poncitlan Square in Palmdale, Calif., Sept. 15 to honor prisoners of war and those still missing in action. The third Friday of September is observed as National POW/ MIA Remembrance Day. Under the guidance of Maj. Conrad Hernandez, ROTC members from Highland High School, Jose Burkhart, Andrew McCollum, Angelyn Ancheta…

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Space

Lockheed Martin marks defense meteorological satellite program 50th anniversary

Posted  September 21, 2012

Fifty years ago, a small weather satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. It was the first in a series that would later become known as the U.S. Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, spanning 41 successful launches over a half-century, with two satellites still remaining to be sent into space. All were…

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Business

C-130 completes first flight with enhanced Rolls-Royce Engine

Posted  September 21, 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, and the U.S. Air Force are conducting flight tests for an enhancement for the T56 turboprop engine, which powers the C-130H transport aircraft.

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Tech

Army announces greatest inventions of 2011

Posted  September 21, 2012

U.S. Army officials announced the winners of its greatest inventions competition Sept. 19. A team of combat veteran non-commissioned officers, as well as U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command field-grade officers, reviewed and voted for the Army Greatest Inventions of 2011. Dale Ormond, director of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, commended the…

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Business

Boeing, Avolon finalize order for 737 MAXsn Next-Generation 737s

Posted  September 21, 2012

Boeing and Avolon, the international airplane leasing company, finalized a firm order for 10 737 MAX 8s, 5 737 MAX 9s and 10 Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, first announced as a commitment at the Farnborough Airshow in July, has a current list-price value of $2.4 billion. The order continues the momentum for the 737 MAX…

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Space

NASA selects teachers to fly student experiments in reduced gravity aircraft

Posted  September 21, 2012

Teachers from six NASA Explorer Schools have been selected to receive the 2012 School Recognition Award for their contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The teachers selected are from Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Glendale, Calif.; Franke Park Elementary School, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Mountview Road School, Morris Plains, N.J.; Corpus Christi Catholic School, Chambersburg,…

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Defense

DOD, nation face strategic choices, deputy secretary says

Posted  September 21, 2012

Grappling with the converging forces of strategic history and fiscal necessity, the Defense Department is making choices now that will determine how the nation transitions to the coming era, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Sept. 19. Speaking at the Air Force Association’s Annual Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Maryland, Carter…

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Space

NASA Dawn spacecraft sees hydrated minerals on giant asteroid

Posted  September 21, 2012

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has revealed the giant asteroid Vesta has its own version of ring around the collar. Two new papers, based on observations from the low-altitude mapping orbit of the Dawn mission, show volatile, or easily evaporated, materials have colored Vesta’s surface in a broad swath around its equator. The volatiles were released from…

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Edwards Civ-Mil installs 2013 officers

Posted  September 21, 2012

Photographs by Linda KC Reynolds James Welling, George Nagy, John Fergione, Cathy Hart, Julie Swayze, Aida O’Connor, Danny Bazzell, Robert Slade and Dr. Les Uhazy participate in the Civ-Mil 2013 Installation Dinner. Fergione was honored as Member of the Year for his contributions. O’Connor founded the group in 1989. The others were sworn in as…

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Veterans

Jobs bill for vets bogs down in Senate

Posted  September 21, 2012

The Senate blocked legislation Sept. 19 that would have established a $1 billion jobs program putting veterans back to work tending to the country’s federal lands and bolstering local police and fire departments. Republicans said the spending authorized in the bill violated limits that Congress agreed to last year. Democrats fell two votes shy of…

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