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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 –…

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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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Soyuz landing coverage planned for NASA Television

Posted  September 11, 2012

NASA Television will provide live coverage of events surrounding three International Space Station crew members who are scheduled to end four months on the orbiting laboratory with a landing in Kazakhstan Sept. 16. Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA and Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin of the Russian Federal Space…

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NASA orbiter observations point to ‘dry ice’ snowfall on Mars

Posted  September 11, 2012

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter data have given scientists the clearest evidence yet of carbon dioxide snowfalls on Mars. This reveals the only known example of carbon dioxide snow falling anywhere in our solar system. Frozen carbon dioxide, better known as “dry ice,” requires temperatures of about minus 193 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 125 Celsius), which is…

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Northrop Grumman to supply navigation system for Embraer’s New KC-390 military aircraft

Posted  September 11, 2012

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to supply the hybrid global positioning system and inertial reference system for the Embraer KC-390.

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Air Force chooses Northrop Grumman to demonstrate next-generation air defense radar system

Posted  September 11, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract to demonstrate technologies for its Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar program. Designed to replace the current AN/TPS-75 radar systems, 3DELRR will be the primary Air Force ground-based, long-range radar for detecting airborne threats. The pre-engineering and manufacturing development contract, valued at $34.7 million, will last 15…

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U.S. watchdog questions spending for Afghan army

Posted  September 11, 2012

The watchdog for U.S. spending in Afghanistan says lax accountability in a $1.1 billion program supplying fuel to the Afghan National Army needs “immediate attention” before control of the program is turned over to the Kabul government in less than four months. There’s no proof the fuel is actually being used by Afghan security forces…

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Silver Star presented for fallen Airman’s ‘gallantry in action’

Posted  September 11, 2012

Courtesy photograph Senior Airmen Mike Malarsie and Bradley Smith pose for a photo during their Afghanistan deployment. An improvised explosive device attack mortally wounded Smith and injured Malarsie Jan. 3, in Afghanistan. The two tactical airlift control party Airmen were assigned to the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Riley, Kansas. Dressed in a…

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At 9/11 service, Dempsey memorializes a hero among many

Posted  September 11, 2012

    Thousands of heroes died during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many while helping others in the chaos around them, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said today during a remembrance service at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. Dempsey took the stage with President Barack Obama…

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NASA, German Aerospace Center sign civil aviation agreements

Posted  September 11, 2012

NASA and the German Aerospace Center have signed two cooperative agreements to advance air traffic management benefiting airline passengers and citizens of both nations. The agreements were signed Sept. 11 at a Berlin Air Show ceremony by NASA’s Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research Dr. Jaiwon Shin and DLR’s Executive Board Member for Aeronautical Research Rolf…

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Obama: Lives lost on 9/11 ushered in stronger nation

Posted  September 11, 2012

DOD photograph by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, President Barack Obama and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, render honors as the national anthem plays during the ceremony to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the Pentagon, Sept. 11, 2012. Eleven…

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Fighting birds with birds

Posted  September 11, 2012

Photograph courtesy of the National Geographic Society In this image released by the National Geographic Society, a peregrine falcon is shown similar to one of the falcons that will be used in McConnell Air Force Base’s Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard program. The 22nd Air Refueling Wing Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard program at McConnell Air Force…

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