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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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Lockheed Martin’s DAGRÆ missile scores perfect 16-of-16 in flight tests for U.S. Army

Posted  March 24, 2014

Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the ability of its DAGRÆ missile to launch from an Apache AH-64D helicopter and repeatedly hit the target during a series of Air Worthiness Release live firing flight tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The AWR tests demonstrated DAGR’s capability as an air-launched weapon. In each of the 16 flight…

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NASA spacecraft reveal new Zebra Stripesí structure in Earths inner radiation belt

Posted  March 24, 2014

Scientists have discovered a new, persistent structure in Earths inner radiation belt using data from the twin NASA Van Allen Probes spacecraft. Most surprisingly, this structure is produced by the slow rotation of Earth, previously considered incapable of affecting the motion of radiation belt particles, which have velocities approaching the speed of light. Data from…

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Northrop Grumman delivers Global Hawk early, on cost

Posted  March 24, 2014

Northrop Grumman delivered a Global Hawk Block 40 Unmanned Aircraft System to the U.S. Air Force at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., ahead of schedule, Feb. 14. This is the second aircraft delivered as part of Global Hawk’s Lot 10 contract, joining a Block 30 system delivered four months early in November of last…

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Lockheed Martin receives contractor recognition from NASA JPL

Posted  March 24, 2014

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration honored Lockheed Martin with the Small Business Industry Awards Large Prime Contractor of the Year award for its utilization of small businesses and superior performance on subcontracts at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “Our work with NASA JPL is diverse, supporting space missions and complex IT needs,” said Vicki…

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National Technical Systems announces acquisition of Wyle Laboratories’ testing business

Posted  March 24, 2014

National Technical Systems, Inc., the leading independent provider of environmental simulation testing, inspection, and certification solutions in the United States, today announced that it has acquired the testing business of Wyle Laboratories, Inc. Operating out of three state-of-the-art facilities, Wyle Labs’ testing business is a leader in environmental, dynamics, structural, EMI/EMC, fluid flow, and acoustics…

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Lockheed Martin-built weather satellite encapsulated for upcoming launch

Posted  March 24, 2014

A Defense Meteorological Satellite Program satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been encapsulated into its payload fairing in preparation for an April 3 liftoff. The launch will take place aboard an Atlas V†rocket from Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. DMSP satellites collect data that enables military forecasters…

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Precision Castparts expands aerostructures capabilities with acquisition of Aerospace Dynamics International

Posted  March 24, 2014

Precision Castparts has agreed to acquire Aerospace Dynamics International from The Marvin Group for $625 million. ADI is one of the premier suppliers in the aerospace industry, operating a wide range of high-speed machining centers. ADI has developed particular expertise in large complex components, hard metal machining, and critical assemblies. The company has strong positions…

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Boeing rolls out first Next-Generation 737 at increased production rate

Posted  March 24, 2014

The first Boeing Next-Generation 737 to be built at the increased rate of 42 airplanes per month rolled out of the factory in Renton, Wash. , March 19. The 737-800 will soon be delivered to Air Berlin and ultimately leased to Transavia France. The airplane will now undergo functional, systems and flight testing over the…

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Headlines March 21, 2014

Posted  March 24, 2014

News: U.S. considers sanctions against Russian defense sector - President Barack Obama threatened sanctions against Moscows defense sector March 20 upon announcing the American government would punish 16 individuals in Russian President Vladimir Putins inner circle in response to the countrys invasion of Ukraine. Pentagon proposes cuts to Ukraine military aid - The Obama administration proposed a…

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News Briefs March 21, 2014

Posted  March 24, 2014

Pentagon reviews will focus on military medals The Pentagon has begun three separate reviews on how military medals are awarded. The move follows criticism over the military’s inability to recognize heroism in incidents such as the Fort Hood shootings, and criticism about now-shelved plans to create an award for drone pilots. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel…

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