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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…

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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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Auto-GCAS flight tests on DROID UAV declared a success

Posted  June 27, 2012

Project officials at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., are hailing the success of recent flights tests of a miniature...

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News Briefs – June 27, 2012

Posted  June 27, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,892 As of June 26, 2012, at least 1,892 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,577 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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‘Son Tay’ Talon flies into history

Posted  June 27, 2012

After more than 23,500 hours of flight and approximately 47 years in service, the MC-130E Combat Talon I known as the "Godfather" left the ground at Duke Field, Fla., for the last time June 22 for its ultimate...

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Boeing validates performance of CST vehicle’s attitude control engine

Posted  June 27, 2012

Boeing recently demonstrated the dual-role propulsion features and performance of the Orbital Maneuvering Attitude Control engine on the service module for the company’s Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft. The tests were conducted at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility, N.M., as part of the second phase of NASA’s Commercial Crew Development program. “Boeing’s unique service-module propulsion system…

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Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System successfully intercepts second target this year

Posted  June 27, 2012

The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin team successfully intercepted a separating ballistic missile target with the second generation of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, Aegis BMD 4.0.1, and the Standard Missile-3 Block IB missile. During the test known as Flight Test Mission-18, Aegis BMD 4.0.1 successfully detected, tracked and engaged the…

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Reunions – July 2012

Posted  June 27, 2012

July 2-6: Iowa BB 61 Vets Assn San Pedro, Calif. For more information, call Paul Ogg at (360) 692-6032 or email kjoggpr@aol.com.   July 3-5: Yarnall DD 541 Baton Rouge, La. For more information, call Noah Mathias at (513) 922-7454 or email nmathias@fuse.net.   July 11-15: Holland AS 32 Seattle, Wash. For more information, call…

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Research lab helps solve C-5 cracking issues

Posted  June 27, 2012

Newly developed structural technologies developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory have solved critical cracking issues with the C-5 cargo aircraft, thereby expanding the aircraft’s serviceability.

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Aerojet Rocket Motors consistently deliver for Standard Missile-3 intercepts

Posted  June 27, 2012

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced June 27 that its rocket motors once again successfully contributed to the second consecutive intercept test of Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 Block IB. During the test, the missile intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile target. Aerojet’s MK 72 booster and MK 104 dual-thrust rocket motor provided the first- and second-stage propulsion…

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Northrop Grumman-built sunshield on NASA’s Webb Telescope meets fabrication, test milestones

Posted  June 27, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The preflight test layers of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sunshield are meeting expected performance targets during tests by engineers at Northrop Grumman. The company is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for the design and development of Webb’s sunshield, telescope and spacecraft. One of the…

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July 2012 Events

Posted  June 27, 2012

July 1-6 – European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, Rome, Italy www.ifsi-roma.inaf.it/ewass2012/   July 1-6 – Conference: The Early Phase of Star Formation – Assembling Pieces of the Missing Paradigm, Heidelberg, Germany www.mpia-hd.mpg.de/homes/stein/EPoS/2012.php   July 1-6 – SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012 Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands http://spie.org/astronomical-instrumentation.xml   July 1-6 – Astronomical Society…

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