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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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Boeing 777X wind tunnel testing under way

Posted  December 9, 2013

Boeing announced Dec. 9 that low-speed wind tunnel tests have begun for the Boeing 777X, a major milestone in airplane development.

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First Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 Global XpressÆ satellite sends initial on-orbit signals

Posted  December 9, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. The first Boeing Inmarsat-5 satellite has launched and sent signals from orbit, the initial step to establishing Global Xpress, the worlds first globally available high-speed mobile broadband service for government and commercial users. This launch is noteworthy for two reasons: It is the first in the Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 series of four high-power…

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VA warns of marketing scam

Posted  December 9, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently posted an alert on its Facebook page warning of a marketing scam targeting veterans. A marketing company has purchased telephone numbers that differ by one digit from the VAs national call center and the GI Bill call center. Callers who misdial and reach the fraudulent numbers will be offered…

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Brunei accepts four Sikorsky S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters for regional security missions

Posted  December 9, 2013

The Ministry of Defence this week at the Brunei International Defence Exhibition accepted two Sikorsky S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters into the Royal Brunei Air Force following an unveiling attended by His Majesty the Sultan.

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Astrium, Raytheon team to compete for NATO ballistic missile defense work

Posted  December 9, 2013

Astrium, the world’s second largest space company, and Raytheon signed a teaming agreement that formalizes the companies’ plans to compete for the role as lead system engineers and integrators for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Ballistic Missile Defense Program. NATO’s BMD Program oversees the development and execution of ballistic missile defense capabilities, which expanded in…

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News Briefs December 9, 2013

Posted  December 9, 2013

Army seeks Fort Irwin ties to Afghan murder Army investigators are asking for the public’s help in Southern California to solve the 2009 murder of a soldier in Afghanistan. The Victorville Daily Press reports Dec. 6 that authorities believe someone in the Fort Irwin area may have details about the murder of 31-year-old Sgt. Anton…

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Headlines December 9, 2013

Posted  December 9, 2013

Business: EADs breaks redundancy taboo in plan to cut 5,800 jobs - Airbus parent EADS risked a collision with unions and European politicians by unveiling plans to cut 5,800 mainly defense and space jobs that for a first time include significant forced redundancies, driven by weak European budgets. Small steps to Mars are a big leap…

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VA official outlines progress in reducing claims backlog

Posted  December 11, 2013

A senior Veterans Affairs Department official Dec. 11 outlined progress made by the Veterans Benefits Administration in reducing the backlog of veterans disability compensation and pension claims by 36 percent since March, attributing the success to the combined impact of transformation initiatives and increased employee productivity. Allison A. Hickey, undersecretary of veterans affairs for benefits,…

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Patriot missiles successfully demonstrate field readiness

Posted  December 11, 2013

Raytheon's Patriot Air and Missile Defense System test fired nine Patriot missiles at McGregor Range, N.M., during its annual Field Surveillance Program, successfully engaging inbound and outbound unmanned air breathing targets.

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Apache M-TADS/PNVS team receives second Secretary of Defense PBL Award

Posted  December 11, 2013

The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin Apache Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor team was honored with a 2013 Secretary of Defense Performance Based Logistics Award recognizing outstanding achievements in providing soldiers with exceptional operational support. The team received the subsystem level PBL award, which is one of three presented annually to recognize…

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