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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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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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