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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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34 ICBM launch officers implicated in cheating probe

Posted  January 17, 2014

Thirty-four intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., have been implicated in cheating on the ICBM launch officer proficiency test, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Jan. 15. The revelations emerged during an investigation into alleged illegal drug possession, James said. The officers range in rank from second lieutenants to…

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Dempsey disappointed by setbacks in Iraq

Posted  January 17, 2014

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is disappointed the Iraqis have not done more with the chance they have been given by the men and women of the U.S military. The young men and women who went to Iraq won their fight they did exactly what we asked them to do., Army Gen….

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News Briefs January 17, 2014

Posted  January 17, 2014

Navy: Pilot rescued after his jet crashes off Virginia A Navy fighter jet crashed Jan. 15 in Atlantic waters off Virginia and the lone pilot was in critical condition after he ejected and was rescued, the Navy said. The crash comes a week after a Navy helicopter plunged into the ocean in the region, leaving…

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Headlines – January 17, 2014

Posted  January 17, 2014

News: One killed in Army helicopter ‘hard landing’ in Georgia - A member of an elite Army helicopter unit was killed and two crew members suffered injuries when their aircraft slammed into the ground as they tried to land at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, a military spokesman said Jan. 16.   Business: Lockheed makes progress…

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Astronics to acquire EADS North America test, services division

Posted  January 22, 2014

Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced Jan. 21 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets and liabilities of EADS North America’s Test and Services division for approximately $53 million in cash plus a net working capital adjustment….

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Air Force releases findings on HH-60G accident near Kadena AB

Posted  January 22, 2014

Pacific Air Forces officials released the results Jan. 21, of its investigation into an HH-60G Pave Hawk aircraft mishap which occurred Aug. 5, 2013, northeast of Kadena Air Base, Japan. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the Pacific Air Forces commander, directed an investigation into the incident which resulted in the death of one Airman, injuries to three…

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STEM Academy

Posted  January 22, 2014

Discovery School, a K-8 public school in the Lancaster School District, will be accepting applications for their 6th-8th grade STEM Academy for the 2014/2015 school year Jan. 28-March 7.†All students take two electives. In PLTW Gateway, students study engineering, fly rockets, study robotics and programming, build small solar cars, create Rube Goldberg machines, and draw…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne welcomes Tyler Evans as VP of Defense Advanced Programs

Posted  January 22, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced Jan. 20 that Tyler Evans will join the company as vice president of its “Rocket Shop” Defense Advanced Programs unit. In this role, Evans primarily will be responsible for providing strategic guidance and leadership, and driving the process improvements needed to execute a diverse portfolio of defense-related new product…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX tests Dragon parachute system

Posted  January 22, 2014

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the company’s Dragon spacecraft’s parachute system would function in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent. The test was part of an optional milestone under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated…

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ATK awarded composite components contract for Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Posted  January 22, 2014

ATK was selected by Boeing for a contract, beginning immediately, to produce substructural composite components for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. “This is a great win for ATK that builds on our commitment and proven success of providing affordable innovation and customer satisfaction,” said Blake Larson, president of ATK Aerospace Group. “This work scope adds to…

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