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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.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox Defense

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…

NASA photograph by Dan Casper Space

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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New contracting agency stand up increases AF flexibility

Posted  November 15, 2013

The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency officially stood up during a transition ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Nov. 13. Following manpower cuts last year, Air Force leaders designed AFICA, a field operating agency that reports directly to the deputy assistant secretary for contracting, to ensure bases around the world receive the installation contracting…

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Pentagon ending buys of Russian-made helicopters

Posted  November 15, 2013

The U.S. Defense Department said Nov. 13 it is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that has supplied Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military forces with arms and ammunition. The additional 15 Russian-built Mi-17 helicopters were to be purchased next year at a cost of $345 million and then…

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U.S. Air Force to scrutinize nuclear candidates

Posted  November 15, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has decided it must “add more vigor” to its screening of candidates for senior nuclear command, adding closer looks at health records and Internet searches for potentially damaging personal information about candidates who also have long military careers, the Air Force’s top general said Nov. 13. Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air…

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News Briefs November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

VA pays out more than $800 million for malpractice An analysis shows that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has paid out about $845 million in malpractice cases during the past 10 years. Reporters for Cox Media Group analyzed federal treasury data and found taxpayers spent more than $800 million paying 4,426 veterans and their…

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Headlines November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

Business: Pentagon cuts mean more layoffs for defense giant Lockheed Martin - Lockheed Martin is cutting 4,000 jobs — 3.5 percent of its workforce — and closing or downsizing several facilities around the country as it grapples with the pressure of declining defense budgets and the recent government sequestration, the company announced Nov. 14. Lockheed job…

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Arotech to develop special battery chargers for unmanned aircraft

Posted  November 18, 2013

Arotech Corporation, a provider of quality defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets, announced today that its Battery and Power Systems Division recently received orders to develop special chargers for batteries which power UAVs (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles). The orders totaled in excess of $700 thousand. The battery chargers will…

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Paladin hybridizes for future fleet

Posted  November 18, 2013

Army photograph The Paladin Integrated Management fires during testing at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. The PIM program recently received approval to manufacture and produce the Paladin hybrid weapon system. Fires Center of Excellence Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate at Fort Sill, Okla., is celebrating a major victory after the Paladin Integrated Management program received Milestone…

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Boeing Huntington Beach marks 50th anniversary, looks to future

Posted  November 18, 2013

Boeing is celebrating 50 years of innovation at its Huntington Beach campus, where accomplishments span from the Apollo program to the International Space Station to current advances in cybersecurity, C4ISR and other areas.

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Space

NASA awards contract for space flight systems development, operations

Posted  November 18, 2013

NASA has selected ZIN Technologies Inc. of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, to support space flight systems development and operations at the agencyís Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. This cost-plus-fixed-fee contract includes a base period and three option periods, as well as an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity component. The contract will begin in January. If all options are…

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NASA begins first Antarctic airborne campaign from McMurdo Station

Posted  November 18, 2013

NASA’s Operation IceBridge has begun its 2013 Antarctic field campaign with the arrival of the agency’s aircraft and scientists at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The IceBridge mission will conduct daily survey flights through Nov. 26 on a NASA P-3 research aircraft from a base of operations at McMurdo Station. The P-3…

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