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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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Lockheed Martin demonstrates successful Javelin firing from turret in U.K. test

Posted  May 16, 2014

 Lockheed Martin ] recently demonstrated the successful firing of a Javelin missile from a turret at the Cranfield Ordnance Test & Evaluation Centre near Wiltshire, England. The turret was designed and built as a joint project between Lockheed Martin U.K. in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, U.K., and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Dallas, Texas, and…

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NASA’s newest wind watcher arrives at launch site

Posted  May 16, 2014

NASA photograph by Dimitri Gerondidakis Components of NASA’s International Space Station-RapidScat instrument rest side by side in Kennedy Space Center’s Space Station Processing Facility after arrival. ISS-RapidScat will measure Earth’s ocean surface wind speed and direction from the station, data that will be used for weather and marine forecasting. A new NASA Earth-observing mission that…

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Raytheon Missile Systems receives prestigious manufacturing award

Posted  May 16, 2014

Raytheon Company’s Missile Systems business received the 2014 Excellence in Innovation award from the Arizona Manufacturers Council during a ceremony in Phoenix. The award recognizes RMS for outstanding achievement in innovative manufacturing. “Raytheon strives to leverage the latest technology in designing the best possible products for all of our customers,” said Kim Ernzen, Raytheon Missile…

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STOVL testing at Edwards

Posted  May 16, 2014

A Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing variant of the F-35 Lightning II is shown performing Crosswind and Wet Runway testing at Edwards AFB May 6. Pilot Dan Levin and a team from the F-35 Integrated Test Facility at Patuxent River, Md., accompanied aircraft BF-4 for the deployment April 11. Testing is expected to continue until…

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New Briefs May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 2014

Kirtland cleanup work to start with pilot project The Air Force is going to start small but says it’ll meet a July 1 deadline to begin cleaning up a long-ago fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and avoid state-threatened fines of up to $10,000 per day. The Albuquerque Journal reports that a pilot…

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Headlines May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 2014

News: VA hospital inquiry widens; Secretary Eric Shinseki urges patience - VA officials said May 15 that complaints about delays in appointment-making and inadequate treatment date back almost a decade. Federal prosecutors have joined the agency’s investigation to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.    Business: Northrop found to overcharge U.S. on counter-drug work - Northrop…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide upper-stage propulsion for revolutionary Eagles Launch System

Posted  May 19, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has received a contract from Stratolaunch Systems Corporation to provide six RL10C-1 production engines, with an option to provide an additional six RL10C-1 production engines at a later date, for the third stage of a revolutionary commercial air-launch system. The inaugural launch of Thunderbolt, the air-launch vehicle designed and developed…

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NASA announces space station research, development conference

Posted  May 19, 2014

The American Astronautical Society, in cooperation with NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, will host the third annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference June 17-19 in Chicago. The theme of this year’s conference is “Discoveries, Applications and Opportunities.” It is the only annual conference that explores, in detail,…

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ULA successfully launches second GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force in less than three months

Posted  May 19, 2014

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully launched the sixth Global Positioning System IIF-6 satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 8:03 p.m., EDT, May 16 from Space Launch Complex-37. This is ULA’s fifth launch in 2014, and the 82nd successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006. “ULA is honored to…

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Machinists union strikes at Stennis over pensions

Posted  May 19, 2014

As many as 116 Lockheed Martin employees at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., are on strike. Machinists union spokesman Frank Larkin said members of Lodge 2249 voted down a contract offer May 15 from Lockheed Martin that would have ended worker pensions. “It’s a single issue that drove the strike vote,” Larkin…

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