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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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Concerns persist over ex-SEAL’s bin Laden raid book

Posted  September 5, 2012

Defense Department officials continue to weigh their legal options against a former Navy SEAL who may have revealed classified information in a book he wrote about the Osama bin Laden raid, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a news conference Sept. 4. On Aug. 30, the Defense Department sent an advisory letter of material…

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Edwards aircrew take virtual jump into parachute training

Posted  September 5, 2012

For years, aircrew personnel at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., have had the opportunity to train in virtual simulators that mimic real-life scenarios that occur during flight.....

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Northrop Grumman submits proposal for Marine Corps Common Aviation Command and Control System

Posted  September 5, 2012

Northrop Grumman has submitted its proposal for the development and integration phase of the U.S. Marine Corps Common Aviation Command and Control System. The CAC2S provides a complete modernization of the Marine Air Command and Control System. CAC2S will replace dissimilar legacy systems with a common, open, modular, scalable design based on proven, high-technology readiness…

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Iraqi air force F-16 training takes off in Arizona

Posted  September 5, 2012

While the Republic of Iraq anticipates an initial delivery of F-16 Fighting Falcons in September 2014, the pilots who will fly them embark on a historic partnership with the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson, Ariz., to learn how to fly the multipurpose fighter.

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GA-ASI introduces system-wide enhancements for Predator B/MQ-9

Posted  September 5, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Sept. 5 the successful first flight of the Block 1-plus Predator(r) B/MQ-9 Reaper, an upgrade to the original Block 1 Predator B that has been in production since 2003.

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NASA selects science teams for astrobiology institute

Posted  September 5, 2012

NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $40 million to five research teams to study the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. The newly selected teams are from the University of Washington; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Wisconsin, Madison; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and University of Southern California. Average funding…

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Raytheon successfully tests HARM upgrades

Posted  September 5, 2012

Raytheon has completed testing of High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile upgrades, which make the combat-proven missile more precise and accurate, while reducing collateral damage. HARM suppresses or destroys surface-to-air missile radars, early warning radars and radar-directed air defense artillery systems. The upgrade, called the HARM Control Section Modification, adds a GPS receiver and an improved inertial measurement…

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Operational F-22′s employ small diameter bombs during WSEP

Posted  September 5, 2012

During a Combat Hammer exercise Alaska F-22 Raptors became the first operational F-22 unit to drop GBU-39 small diameter bombs.

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Upgrade to first increment of Army’s tactical network to improve interoperability

Posted  September 5, 2012

As the Army prepares to begin fielding the on-the-move capabilities of its tactical communications network, it is executing upgrades to the current network backbone in order to increase the interoperability and commonality of current and future network increments.

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New NASA book reveals pressure suits are height of fashion

Posted  September 5, 2012

NASA has published a colorful, picture-filled book that details the development and use of the protective clothing worn by test pilots, astronauts and others as they soar high above Earth. “Dressing for Altitude: U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits – Wiley Post to Space Shuttle” provides a 526-page survey of the partial- and full-pressure suits designed to…

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