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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.

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 seeks early stage innovations for space technologies from U.S. universities

Posted  May 31, 2012

NASA is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities focused on innovative, early-stage space technologies that will improve shielding from space radiation, spacecraft thermal management and optical systems. Each of these technology areas requires dramatic improvements over existing capabilities for future science and human exploration missions. Early stage, or low technology readiness level concepts, could mature…

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Lockheed Martin successfully completes delivery of latest order of Aerostat Detection Systems to U.S. Army

Posted  May 31, 2012

Lockheed Martin completed its most recent Persistent Threat Detection System order by delivering the 29th unit to the U.S. Army May 29.

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Northrop Grumman hosts U.S. Military at LITENING users’ conference

Posted  May 31, 2012

Northrop Grumman recently hosted the U.S. military at its 11th LITENING Users’ Conference to share operational experiences with the targeting pod and identify priorities for capability upgrades. The Northrop Grumman LITENING family of targeting pods is a self-contained, multisensor system with built-in connectivity to land forces. It enables pilots to detect, acquire, auto-track and identify…

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Navy secretary to commission submarine Mississippi

Posted  May 31, 2012

The Navy’s newest Virginia-class attack submarine Mississippi will be commissioned June 2, 2012, during a 10 a.m., CDT, ceremony at the Port of Pascagoula in Pascagoula, Miss. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Allison Stiller, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for ship programs, will serve as the ship’s…

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Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser hits captive-carry milestone

Posted  May 31, 2012

Future free flight tests of Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems division's Dream Chaser space-access vehicle at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., have moved a step closer, following the firm's completion of a captive-carry flight test of its full-scale...

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Northrop Grumman awards $50,000 in school grants to promote science, technology, engineering, math education

Posted  May 31, 2012

Northrop Grumman awarded a total of $50,000 in grants to 165 K-12 schools to promote education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The Engineers Week STEM Grants seek to provide teachers with funding for projects that increase student awareness of the excitement and opportunity to be found in the fields of STEM. Each…

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Lockheed Martin submits proposal for KC-46 aircrew training system

Posted  May 31, 2012

  Lockheed Martin submitted its proposal May 31 to the U.S. Air Force for the KC-46 Aircrew Training System, a program that will prepare pilots, boom operators and other on-board personnel for air refueling, cargo transport and medical evacuation. The KC-46 Aircrew Training System supports the Air Force’s strategy for global mobility. Aircrews will refuel…

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Alan Radecki shares Vintage Air Blog on Aerotech NewsRadio

Posted  May 31, 2012

Alan Radecki, aerospace and flight test photographer for Northrop Grumman and author of A Mojave Scrapbook, was featured on Aerotech NewsRadio May 31. He shared how his experience as a professional photographer and passion for aviation history led to a rather unique blog, Vintage Air, which he began in September 2011.

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Rolling Thunder gathers for 25th ride at Pentagon

Posted  May 30, 2012

"The guy in the cage over there kind of put a knot in my stomach," said Vietnam veteran Ron Lambert. On a grassy hill overlooking the north...

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NASA lunar spacecraft complete prime mission ahead of schedule

Posted  May 30, 2012

A NASA mission to study the moon from crust to core has completed its prime mission earlier than expected. The mission team of NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission, with twin probes named Ebb and Flow, is now preparing for extended science operations starting Aug. 30…

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