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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.

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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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USO marks 9/11 with care package service project on Capitol Hill

Posted  September 12, 2012

Hundreds of USO supporters including members of Congress, Congressional staff, former Olympians, professional athletes, and volunteers marked 9/11 by assembling 2,000 USO Care Packages for service men and women currently serving in Afghanistan.

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Researchers dedicate Zero-G parabolic flight to Neil Armstrong’s memory

Posted  September 12, 2012

NASA photogrpah Boston University students Joshua Koerpel and Christopher Hoffman test a solar array deployment system for use on CubeSats as they float in very low gravity during a parabolic flight in Zero-G Corporation’s modified Boeing 727 jetliner. NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program researchers have dedicated a microgravity flight test in memory of Apollo 11 astronaut…

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Ball Aerospace names VP, general manager for National Defense

Posted  September 12, 2012

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has selected Tim Harris to lead its national defense strategic business unit. As vice president and general manager for national defense, Harris will oversee programs and direct all new defense-related business pursuits. Harris has more than 30 years of design, manufacturing, project and systems engineering and program management experience. Since…

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GA-ASI demonstrates NATO interoperability of Predator-class ISR aircraft systems

Posted  September 12, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Sept. 12 its successful participation in NATO’s Unified Vision Trial at Orland Main Air Station in Brekstad, Norway, June 18-29. GA-ASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars and electro-optic surveillance systems. Sponsored by the NATO Joint Capability Group on Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, the…

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Air Force joins NATO partners in Ramstein Rover 2012

Posted  September 12, 2012

Air Force photograph by SrA. Natasha Stannard A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 81st Fighter Squadron line up for takeoff in support of a close air support mission during Ramstein Rover 2012 at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, Sept. 10, 2012. RARO 12 is a NATO partnership-building exercise involving more than 16 nations. Participating in exercises…

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft

Posted  September 11, 2012

Lockheed Martin has begun the assembly, test and launch operations phase for NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft. MAVEN is scheduled to launch in November 2013 and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. ATLO represents a critical stage of the program because it is when the spacecraft begins…

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F-35C aircraft in formation

Posted  September 11, 2012

F-35 test pilots fly machines CF-1 and CF-2 during a formation flying qualities test Sept. 5.

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First F-35 training commander: ‘this jet is our future’

Posted  September 11, 2012

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov Lt. Col. Lee Kloos, 58th Fighter Squadron commander, prepares to exit an F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter, after a successful sortie May 31, 2012. Kloos is the first non-developmental test pilot to fly the JSF, and now trains other 33rd Fighter Wing initial cadre pilots to fly…

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Panetta, at Pentagon Memorial, praises America’s strength

Posted  September 11, 2012

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta delivers remarks during a ceremony to recognize the Pentagon’s 9/11 employees at the Pentagon, Sept. 11, 2012. President Barack Obama, commander in chief of the nation’s armed forces, led a remembrance ceremony today at the Pentagon Memorial, 11 years to the day since terrorists…

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New expeditionary UAV takes off from China Lake, sans runway

Posted  September 11, 2012

Navy photograph Navy and Insitu personnel lift the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System on to launcher in preparation for flight at Naval Air Station China Lake, Calif., Sept. 10. The Navy successfully launched its newest small unmanned aircraft without using a runway Sept. 10 at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif. A little…

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