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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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Defense

Hagel: Future requires renewed era of partnership

Posted  February 3, 2014

In a changing security and fiscal environment, the Defense Department will seek to collaborate more closely with European allies, especially to help build the capabilities of other global partners, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. He and State Department Secretary John Kerry formed a panel in Munich, Germany, at the Munich Security Conference, which ended Feb….

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News Briefs February 3, 2014

Posted  February 3, 2014

Updated online tour of Ohio’s Air Force museum Fans of Ohio’s National Museum of the U.S. Air Force don’t have to brave the snowy highways to see an updated showcase of aircraft and exhibits. An online virtual tour of the Dayton area museum’s Cold War Gallery has been updated. It’s a 360-degree, in-depth look providing…

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Headlines – February 3, 2014

Posted  February 3, 2014

News: NATO chief doesn’t see Karzai signing security pact - President Hamid Karzai is unlikely to sign a pact for U.S. and NATO forces to stay in Afghanistan after 2014 and will probably leave the choice for his successor, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Feb. 1.   Business: Air Force looking for JSTARS recapitalization - The…

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Veterans

VA launches online tool to calculate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits

Posted  February 5, 2014

The Veterans Affairs Department Feb. 4 launched a new online tool to make it easier for veterans, service members and family members to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about VA’s approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. “We are pleased that Post-9/11 veterans are taking advantage…

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Business

Raytheon marks delivery of 2000th Griffin missile

Posted  February 5, 2014

Raytheon has produced and delivered its 2,000th Griffin Missile.  Griffin production began in 2008 as a response to customer requests for a light, reliable, tactical weapon capable of precisely destroying targets with limited collateral damage.  The production milestone also highlights 70 consecutive months of on-time or early Griffin deliveries to the war fighter. “The Griffin…

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NAWCWD develops forward-firing miniature munition ‘in-house’

Posted  February 5, 2014

With the success of a forward-firing miniature munition, also known as Spike, the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake, Calif., proved that the government can procure and deliver sophisticated guided missiles at a much lower cost than it is currently experiencing.

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Space

Remembering those who sacrificed their lives for space exploration

Posted  February 5, 2014

NASA photograph by Robert Markowitz The flags of the State of Texas and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and a wreath stand in tribute to the memorial tree planted in Fullerton’s honor at the Johnson Space Center’s memorial grove during JSC’s Day of Remembrance observance Jan. 30. Jan. 31, 2014, NASA commemorated the men…

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Events

Mojave Air & Space Port to host business conference

Posted  February 5, 2014

Mojave Air & Space Port, birthplace of private sector leaps in aerospace technology, will be the site for the Southern California high desert and mountain region’s largest economic conference Feb. 21, 2014. The day-long 42nd annual Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference will include a regional economic forecast and presentations by leaders in business, industry, military,…

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Tech

High school students learn STEM applications during outreach tour

Posted  February 5, 2014

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida Students in Desert High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program get up-close-and-personal with a hypersonic decelerator test article undergoing structural loads tests in NASA Dryden’s Flight Loads laboratory. About 30 students from Desert, Antelope Valley and Lancaster High Schools and several of their teachers got a first-hand…

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Community welcomes F-35 European members

Posted  February 5, 2014

Civ-Mil and businesses from around the Antelope Valley welcomed European families stationed at Edwards Air Force Base that are assigned to the F-35 Joint Operational Test and Evaluation program during a ‘meet and greet’ mixer the Larry Chibole Cultural Center in Palmdale, Calif.

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