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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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NASA’s NuSTAR mission lifts off

Posted  June 13, 2012

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array launched into the morning skies over the central Pacific Ocean at noon, EDT, June 13 Wednesday, beginning its mission to unveil secrets of buried black holes and other exotic objects. “We all eagerly await the launch of this novel X-ray observatory,” said Paul Hertz, NASA’s Astrophysics Division Director. “With its…

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Commander seeks enhanced deterrent on Korean Peninsula

Posted  June 13, 2012

The commander of U.S. Forces Korea is working to ensure all the capabilities needed to defend South Korea are in place. Army Gen. James D. Thurman told the Association of the Republic of Korea Army June 12 that the U.S. Army has issued guidance to increase the manning levels of the 2nd Infantry Division. He…

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Boeing, U.S. Navy conduct successful F/A-18E/F satellite communications test

Posted  June 13, 2012

Boeing and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed an in-flight demonstration of a satellite communications system that, if implemented, will enable F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircrews to conduct two-way, secure voice and data communications with other SATCOM-enabled aircraft, ships, ground forces and command centers. The test took place May 23-30 at the Naval Air Warfare Center…

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First MEADS power, communications unit completes acceptance tests in Germany

Posted  June 13, 2012

The first MEADS power and communications unit recently completed acceptance testing in Germany and will power the...

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U.S. forces will retain self-defense capability in Afghanistan

Posted  June 13, 2012

U.S. military leaders will take extra steps to ensure innocent Afghan civilians are not killed or hurt in combat operations, but U.S. forces will retain the means of self-defense, Pentagon officials said June 12. Following a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S and NATO forces…

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Educators selected for NASA Explorer Schools summer workshops

Posted  June 13, 2012

NASA has selected 50 elementary, middle and high school educators from across the nation to work side by side with agency scientists and engineers to learn research techniques and identify connections to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The educators were chosen for these workshops because they demonstrated exemplary classroom practices and innovative use of…

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Lockheed Martin delivers flight hardware for NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission

Posted  June 13, 2012

Engineers and scientists at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, Calif., have completed delivery of key hardware subsystems for NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission. The delivery comprised four flight subsystems and one flight spare unit. The prime contractor Southwest Research Institute partnered with Lockheed Martin to develop and build the Hot Plasma…

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Continental Congress authorizes Army

Posted  June 13, 2012

When the American Revolutionary War broke out in 1775, the original 13 colonies did not have a shared army, but instead, a collection of independent colonial militias. The first battles of that war were fought...

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NASA Langley celebrates five-year partnership with Sierra Nevada

Posted  June 13, 2012

Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center are marking five years of collaboration with Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems in Louisville, Colo., as partners in the design and development of the Dream Chaser® Space System. NASA Langley and SNC joined forces to update Langley’s HL-20 lifting body vehicle design into the Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle,…

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Raytheon receives contract to link Navy Multiband Terminal to U.S. Air Force’s polar satellite

Posted  June 13, 2012

Raytheon has received a $19 million contract to modify the Navy Multiband Terminal to link it with the Air Force’s Enhanced Polar Satellite. The link will allow U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters to overcome communications gaps in the remote polar region. EPS will provide continuous coverage for secure, jam-resistant, strategic and tactical communications to…

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