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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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Defense

Carter: Sequestration would have effect of ‘hidden tax’

Posted  September 21, 2012

Because it would lead to inefficiencies, the sequestration mechanism built into the Budget Control Act would amount to a hidden tax, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Sept. 20. “If sequestration happens, it is not only disruptive in many ways I’d love to describe, but it’s a hidden tax all by itself,” Carter said…

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Veterans

PCS honors wife of veteran

Posted  September 21, 2012

Photographs by Rebecca Amber The theme for this month’s PCS was model aviation and featured a hangar full of various model airplanes. Grace Wells is shown standing next to an RC B-17 model in honor of her husband Steve Wells. Plane Crazy Saturday, a monthly event at the Mojave Air and Spaceport was held Sept….

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Business

Northrop Grumman to provide 44 additional STARLite radar systems for Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS

Posted  September 21, 2012

Northrop Grumman has been selected to supply an additional 44 STARLite wide area surveillance radars for the U.S. Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system. STARLite features synthetic aperture radar, ground moving target indicator and dismount moving target indicator capabilities. Under the terms of the contract option, radar deliveries will begin in April 2013 and…

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Veterans

VA fills first phase of veteran retraining program

Posted  September 21, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department has approved applications for all 45,000 slots available in fiscal 2012 under the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program and is in the process of approving applications for 54,000 slots available in fiscal 2013, VA officials announced Sept. 20. “The surge of veterans applying for VRAP demonstrates this program’s importance to provide unemployed…

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Space

NASA Mars rover targets unusual rock en route to first destination

Posted  September 21, 2012

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has driven up to a football-size rock that will be the first for the rover’s arm to examine. Curiosity is about 8 feet (2.5 meters) from the rock. It lies about halfway from Curiosity’s landing site, Bradbury Landing, to a location called Glenelg. In coming days, the team plans to touch…

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World

Panetta calls Beijing meetings ‘substantive, productive’

Posted  September 21, 2012

Visiting China at what he called a “very important moment” for the U.S.-China relationship, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Sept. 19 his meetings with key Chinese leaders here have been both substantive and productive. In a discussion with Chinese reporters and media representatives traveling with him, Panetta reviewed his meetings over two days with…

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Tech

First mobile app, Quakeshim share agency’s 2012 software award

Posted  September 21, 2012

NASA’s first mobile application and software that models the behavior of earthquake faults to improve earthquake forecasting and our understanding of earthquake processes are co-winners of NASA’s 2012 Software of the Year Award. The award recognizes innovative software technologies that significantly improve the agency’s exploration of space and maximize scientific discovery on Earth. Software engineers…

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World

Boeing delivers Africa’s first 777 Freighter to Ethiopian Airlines

Posted  September 21, 2012

Boeing Sept. 20 delivered the first 777 Freighter to Ethiopian Airlines marking the first 777F to be operated by an African carrier. Today’s 777F is being leased to Ethiopian Airlines from GECAS. “This delivery marks another special day for Ethiopian Airlines and all of Ethiopia. We are not only becoming the first African carrier operating…

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Events

Spitfire lands at Edwards to commemorate Battle of Britain

Posted  September 21, 2012

The United Kingdom Joint Strike Fighter Test and Evaluation Squadron here at Edwards hosted the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Night at Club Muroc Sept. 14.

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News Briefs – September 19, 2012

Posted  September 19, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,988   As of Sept. 18, 2012, at least 1,988 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,656 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a…

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