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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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NASA Curiosity rover begins eastbound trek on Martian surface

Posted  September 4, 2012

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has set off from its landing vicinity on a trek to a science destination about a quarter-mile (400 meters) away, where it may begin using its drill. The rover drove eastward about 52 feet (16 meters) Aug. 28, its 22nd Martian day after landing. This third drive was longer than Curiosity’s…

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XCOR plans to continue operations at Mojave Air & Space Port

Posted  September 4, 2012

Aug. 23, XCOR Aerospace announced they will be starting operations in Florida. That announcement, and an earlier one regarding operations in Midland, Texas, raised concerns about the future of XCOR at the Mojave Air & Space Port in California. According to Andrew Nelson, XCOR’s chief operating officer, “We will have Mojave as an operational site…

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Military advisers reflect on Vietnam War experiences

Posted  September 4, 2012

Two former military advisers who served with Vietnamese units during the Vietnam War spoke about their experiences in the Pentagon Aug. 28 and shared their thoughts on advisory programs and counterinsurgency operations. Retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni and retired Army Lt. Col. James Willbanks took part in a panel discussion on “Advisers in the…

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Army’s newest general purpose round shows accuracy in rifle competition

Posted  September 4, 2012

The Army's new M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round is performing well under combat conditions in Afghanistan, but how does it stack up during a rifle competition?

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News Briefs – August 29th, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

Iran could open military site to visits Iran could allow representatives from non-aligned nations to visit a military site that the U.N. nuclear watchdog suspects has housed nuclear ex-periments. Access for diplomats and others to the Parchin base would be an attempt by Iran to show openness during this week’s Non-Aligned Movement gathering, but it…

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Curiosity sending great photos, relays voice

Posted  August 31, 2012

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover con-tinues functioning at more than 100 percent as it completes over three weeks on the Martian surface. Curiosity already is returning more data from the Martian surface than have all of NASA’s earlier rovers combined. “We have an international network of telecommunications relay orbiters bringing data back from Curiosity,” said the…

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Second AEHF satellite payload activated

Posted  August 31, 2012

ULA photograph AEHF-2 launches from from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The satellite was carried aboard an Atlas V launch vehicle. The U.S. Air Force successfully activated the AEHF-2 communications payload, Aug. 14. Payload activation was accomplished from the AEHF command and control site located at Schriever AFB, Colo….

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NASA launches radiation belt storm probes mission

Posted  August 31, 2012

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes, the first twin-spacecraft mission designed to explore our planet’s radiation belts, launched into the predawn skies at 4:05a.m., EDT, Aug. 30 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. “Scientists will learn in unprecedented detail how the radiation belts are populated with charged particles, what causes them to change and how…

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Fabrication of Northrop Grumman-built spacecraft for Webb Telescope moves forward

Posted  August 31, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The spacecraft that will carry NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to its orbit nearly a million miles from Earth has completed a Critical Design Review for the structure that supports Webb’s data link to NASA’s ground station. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.,…

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Senior leaders stress safety over Labor Day weekend

Posted  August 31, 2012

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to all Air Force personnel:   “As our nation pays tribute to American workers during Labor Day weekend, we thank all airmen for your…

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