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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.

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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 –…

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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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Scaled performs rocket motor test at Mojave

Posted  June 28, 2012

Activities in preparation for a powered flight of SpaceShipTwo are ramping up at Mojave Air and Space Port in California. The Scaled Composites rocket motor test facility was used June 20 to perform a full-scale rocket motor test firing of Rocket Motor 2, which Sierra Nevada Corp. is providing for SpaceShipTwo. This was the first…

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Lockheed Martin receives $241 million contract for JASSM Lot 10 production

Posted  June 28, 2012

The U.S. Air Force recently awarded Lockheed Martin a $241.6 million contract for Lot 10 production of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile and Extended Range variant. The JASSM Lot 10 contract is for 191 baseline missiles, 30 ER missiles, Test Instrumentation Kits and systems engineering support. Produced at the company’s award-winning manufacturing facility in Troy,…

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In short term, Gray Eagle trades reliability for capability

Posted  June 28, 2012

The Army's MQ-1C Gray Eagle program is under its estimated budget, and is also meeting expected availability rates in theater.

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XCOR, Excalibur Almaz sign memo of understanding

Posted  June 28, 2012

Excalibur Almaz Limited, a commercial aerospace company based on the Isle of Man, United Kingdom, has signed a memorandum of understanding with XCOR Aerospace for suborbital flight services. The agreement signed in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Third European Space Tourism Conference June 20, calls for XCOR to provide suborbital flight familiarization and training…

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Aerotech NewsRadio – June 28, 2012

Posted  June 28, 2012

Randolph “Randy” Kelly, Systems Master Instructor at the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, is a volunteer Director for the William J. “Pete” Knight chapter of the Air Force Association (AFA), as well as the current California AFA Secretary.

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Boeing working with Indonesia to develop advanced aviation training solutions

Posted  June 27, 2012

Boeing signed a Memorandum of Understanding June 27 with the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation to jointly work to establish advanced aviation training programs and training practices in accordance with globally recognized standards. Under the terms of the memorandum, Boeing Flight Services and Indonesian officials will seek opportunities to develop flight, technician, dispatch and air traffic…

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Airmen train with Kyrgyzstan partners

Posted  June 27, 2012

Exercise Regional Cooperation 2012, a multinational exercise designed to strengthen relationships and promote regional cooperation among participating nations, is being held at the Koi Tash Military Academy...

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FAA adds Boeing South Carolina operations to Boeing Commercial Airplanes production Certificate

Posted  June 27, 2012

Boeing announced June 27 that the Federal Aviation Administration has added its Boeing South Carolina operations to the Boeing Commercial Airplanes production certificate, PC 700. The production certificate allows the company to produce and sell commercial airplanes. “This is a very exciting day for Boeing South Carolina, the South Carolina Interiors Responsibility Center, and Boeing…

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US, Indonesia air forces strengthen partnership during tactical exercise

Posted  June 27, 2012

Approximately 80 U.S. and 75 Indonesian airmen will participate in exercise Cope West 2012 at Halim Air Base, Indonesia, June 25 - 29.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes Philadelphia debut

Posted  June 27, 2012

The first all-new airliner of the 21st century, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, landed at Philadelphia International Airport for its first visit to the city June 26. On June 27, local officials, suppliers, media and Boeing employees will tour the…

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