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Bomber crews showcase take-off talents

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_8qr7ojpWg&feature=player_embedded Air Force photograph by SSgt. Sean Martin A B-52H Stratofortress starts its engines during a Minimum Interval Takeoff on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 14, 2014. Common place during the Cold War, a MITO challenges crews to get multiple aircraft airborne as quickly as possible in response to an alert call. Ten B-52H…

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Northrop Grumman, Navy integrate manned, unmanned flight ops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqiOzO8yV4A&feature=youtu.be Northrop Grumman photograph by Alan Radecki The U.S. Navy’s unmanned X-47B conducts flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The aircraft completed a series of tests demonstrating its ability to operate safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft. Operating alongside an F/A-18, the X-47B demonstrated two successful launch and recovery sequences….

Lockheed Martin photograph by Darin Russell Defense

Army selected for Joint Strike Fighter software assessment

Lockheed Martin photograph by Darin Russell BF-17, Maj. Richard “BC” Rusnok and BF-18, Lt. Col. Jon “Miles” Ohman, fly behind a KC-130J, over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 26, 2013. The F-35 Joint Program Office has selected the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center to perform independent software safety analyses…

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NASA’s Chandra Observatory searches for trigger of nearby supernova

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory offer a glimpse into the environment of a star before it exploded earlier this year, and insight into what triggered one of the closest supernovas witnessed in decades.

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Jarad A. Denton Defense

New rotation takes reigns at Powidz AB, Poland

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Jarad A. Denton Two C-130J Super Hercules come in for a landing Aug. 14, 2014, at Powidz Air Base, Poland. The aircraft, deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, are part of a training deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. With a shrill squeal, rubber met road as two C-130J…


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Mars Rover Curiosity set to land Aug. 5

Posted  June 14, 2012

There's both good news and not-so-good news about the mission of the rover Curiosity, now speeding to its Aug. 5 contact date within the Gail crater, near the Mars equator. The good news is that the probable...

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News Briefs June 14, 2012

Posted  June 14, 2012

U.S., South Korea, Japan to conduct naval exercise The United States, South Korea and Japan will conduct a two-day, trilateral naval exercise June 21-22 in the waters south of the Korean Peninsula, the Pentagon announced in a news release issued June 13. The exercise will focus on improving interoperability and communications with the South Korean…

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DOD leaders strongly urge Congress to preserve budget request

Posted  June 14, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta cautioned Congress June 13 against dismantling the strategic framework that supports the 2013 defense budget request. Testifying along with Gen. Martin E. Dempsey...

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Orbital’s Pegasus launches X-ray observatory

Posted  June 14, 2012

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, was successfully launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean June 13. The mission will study everything from massive black holes...

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Northrop Grumman unveils U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C BAMS Triton

Posted  June 14, 2012

The unmanned aircraft community received its first glimpse of the U.S. Navy's MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aircraft system during an unveiling ceremony June 14 at Northrop...

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SpaceShipTwo flexes wings, prepares for powered flight tests

Posted  June 14, 2012

After a few months spent in awaiting a flight permit and evidently tweaking the design, Scaled Composites seems to be preparing the next steps in its flight test program for SpaceShipTwo. The craft is being built for The Spaceship Co., a joint venture of Scaled and the world’s first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic. It will…

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U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman complete X-47B flight testing at Edwards

Posted  June 14, 2012

The first major phase of flight testing the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator aircraft came to a successful conclusion on May 15 when Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy wrapped up testing at...

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Time for U.S. to join Law of Sea Convention

Posted  June 14, 2012

Accession to the longstanding United Nations Law of the Sea Convention will have a positive impact on U.S. operations across the maritime domain, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said June 14.

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Pentagon chief orders review of mental diagnoses

Posted  June 14, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said June 13 he has ordered all branches of the military to conduct an extensive review of mental health diagnoses amid criticism of how the services treat the men and women suffering the invisible wounds of the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Under questioning from a Senate panel June 13,…

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Airmen missing from Vietnam War identified

Posted  June 14, 2012

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced June 14 that the remains of two servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Air Force Lt. Col. Charles M. Walling of Phoenix will be buried June 15 at Arlington…

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