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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 –…

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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Hagel visits Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning

Posted  April 7, 2014

On Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first official visit to China, the Peoples’ Liberation Army allowed him, in response to a request made in January, to become the first foreign visitor to tour the sleek refitted Russian aircraft carrier - the PLA’s first - called Liaoning.

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FRCSE keeps Fire Scouts ready for crucial mission

Posted  April 7, 2014

Navy photograph On March 13, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Detachment Mayport Sheet Metal Mechanic Anthony Rini works on one of two MQ-8B Fire Scouts aircraft being completely overhauled by the FRCSE Team at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Artisans at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport, Fla., are diligently overhauling several MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical…

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Navy to deploy electromagnetic railgun aboard JHSV

Posted  April 7, 2014

The U.S. Navy plans to install and test a prototype electromagnetic railgun aboard a joint high speed vessel in fiscal year 2016, the service announced April 7.

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DRS Technologies to supply energy storage modules for U.S. Navy DDG-51 ships

Posted  April 7, 2014

DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today it will be providing electric power support for the U.S. Navy’s DDG 51 class ships by designing and building Energy Storage Modules that will function as a ship-wide uninterruptable power supply. The initial $17 million contract was awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command to DRS’s…

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All systems go: Navy’s laser weapon ready for summer deployment

Posted  April 7, 2014

Navy engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer.

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Forecast International says world volatility could ignite stagnant C4ISR market

Posted  April 7, 2014

Who, what, when, where, why, and how – answering these questions remains the essence of C4ISR.  Delivering relevant information for operational use will continue to be a high priority. In the coming decade, C4ISR activity will in particular focus on “networking the force,” with an emphasis on information technology systems. Forecast International’s “The Market for…

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Scale model World War II aircraft takes flight with fuel from Sea Concept

Posted  April 7, 2014

Navy photograph by PO3 Gregory Pickett A replica of a World War II P-51 Mustang red-tail aircraft was used at the Naval Research Laboratory to test “fuel from the sea” concept. The Naval Research Laboratory has developed and demonstrated technologies for the recovery of CO2 to hydrocarbons that can be used to produce designer fuel….

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News Briefs April 7, 2014

Posted  April 7, 2014

U.S. strongly committed to protecting Japan Against the backdrop of Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean region, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says a key message he will deliver to leaders in Tokyo this weekend is that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting Japan’s security. Hagel says it’s understandable for nations to be concerned as…

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Headlines April 7, 2014

Posted  April 7, 2014

News: Without Capitol Hill advocates, U.S. weapons cuts all but certain - Widespread opposition has yet to form around any single Pentagon proposal to cut a specific weapon system, indicating most could be implemented despite lawmakers’ protestations on behalf of parochial interests. Military hitting the breaking point on mental health problems - As more details come to…

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Near Infrared Camera Integrated into space telescope

Posted  April 9, 2014

Lockheed Martin and the University of Arizona have delivered the primary imaging instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The new Near Infrared Camera, or NIRCam, has been successfully integrated within the heart of the telescope, known as the Integrated Science Instrument Module. The integration completes the suite of…

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