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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 lands car-size rover beside Martian mountain

Posted  August 6, 2012

NASA’s most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Aug. 5 to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation. The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing…

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NASA’s Curiousity Rover caught in act of landing

Posted  August 6, 2012

An image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the Curiosity rover still connected to its 51-foot-wide parachute as it descended...

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Democrats reject GOP move to force layoff notices

Posted  August 6, 2012

Senate Democrats rejected a Republican effort to force defense contractors to send out notices of possible job layoffs four days before the election, calling the move politically driven and purely speculative based on looming spending cuts. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 17-13 against an amendment by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. The provision would have overturned…

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Defense official: Cuts hit war fighters, weapons

Posted  August 6, 2012

War fighters heading to Afghanistan would receive less training while the Navy would be forced to buy fewer ships if lawmakers fail in the next five months to come up with an alternative deficit-reduction plan, a Pentagon official said Aug. 1. Imploring Congress to act, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and the White House’s acting…

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News Briefs – August 6, 2012

Posted  August 6, 2012

Senator ends hold on Air Force chief nomination A Republican senator has ended his hold on the White House pick for Air Force chief of staff over the service’s response to a widening sex scandal at a Texas base. In a statement Aug. 2, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said he had met with Gen….

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Boeing establishes simulator-based training for Kiowa flight instructors

Posted  August 6, 2012

Boeing subsidiary Boeing Defence Australia has installed a Helicrew simulator at the Oakey Army Aviation Training Centre, Queensland, Australia, in order to...

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Lockheed Martin delivers 20,000th Guided MLRS rocket

Posted  August 6, 2012

Lockheed Martin has delivered the 20,000th Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary rocket to the U.S. Army. With a range of up to 70 kilometers, GMLRS Unitary is an all-weather, precision-strike weapon that can be deployed rapidly, producing pinpoint engagements with minimal collateral damage. The GMLRS rocket is assembled at the company’s production facility in…

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Ball Aerospace demonstrates prototype X-band SATCOM on-the-move phased array antenna

Posted  August 6, 2012

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully demonstrated its Mobile Multifunction Low-Cost Array system, a prototype X-band SATCOM On-the-Move phased array antenna, at the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground facility, Aberdeen, Md.

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Air Force has role in Mars Rover success

Posted  August 6, 2012

As news broke of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory "Curiosity" rover's successful landing on the "Red Planet" Aug. 6, Arnold Engineering Development Complex's (AEDC) Hypervelocity Tunnel 9 Director...

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Boeing, EL AL finalize order for two additional 737-900ERs

Posted  August 6, 2012

Boeing and EL AL have announced that the Israeli national carrier has finalized an order for two additional Next-Generation 737-900ERs (Extended Range), adding to EL AL’s previous order in March 2011, bringing the total number to six 737-900ERs on order. The two-airplane order is valued at approximately $179.2 million at current list prices. “The Next-Generation…

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