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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…

NASA photograph by Dan Casper Space

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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Military trainer jet crashes in California, one dead

Posted  May 21, 2012

A privately owned jet contracted by the military to play the enemy in training exercises crashed May 18 in a Southern California farm field, killing the civilian pilot, authorities said. The Hawker Hunter jet trainer went down near Naval Base Ventura County, fire department spokesman Steve Swindle said. The pilot was the only person aboard….

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Space

Dragon launch to space station scrubbed

Posted  May 21, 2012

Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX, told a post-scrub press conference that the failure to launch Falcon9-Dragon to the International Space Station early May 19 was “aborted with purpose” and so not a failure. Regardless, the next launch attempt has been postponed until at least May 22 at 3:44 a.m., EDT. May 23 provides another possible…

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Arlington ceremony honors 150th anniversary of taps

Posted  May 21, 2012

Intermingled with songbirds and reverent silence, 200 buglers from around the country collectively sounded America’s most recognizable bugle call May 19 at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Boeing announces final leg of 787 Dream tour

Posted  May 21, 2012

The Boeing 787 Dream Tour will draw to a close with a seventh leg of international trips. During the tour, a refurbished flight test airplane has demonstrated the Dreamliner’s capabilities to more than 59,000 guests with an estimated 6,000 more to see it during the upcoming stops. May 23, the airplane known as ZA003 will…

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Business

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics reaches new contracts with two unions

Posted  May 21, 2012

Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Office and Professional Employees International Union have ratified new labor agreements with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth Texas. The new agreements became effective May 21 and extend for four and five years, respectively. The IBEW members approved their agreement in a vote May 18,…

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Rotational deployments to boost U.S. Asia-Pacific presence

Posted  May 21, 2012

Welcoming new Marine rotational deployments in Australia and Navy rotations planned for Singapore, the top U.S. Pacific Command officer said he’ll seek similar arrangements, possibly to include the Army, that expand U.S. presence in the region without the need for more permanently based forces. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear Jr. noted the arrival of about…

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Boeing delivers third Peace Eye AEW&C Aircraft to Republic of Korea

Posted  May 21, 2012

Boeing delivered the third Peace Eye 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft to the Republic of Korea Air Force May 16. The aircraft was delivered ahead of schedule to ROKAF Base Gimhae, South Korea, the main operating…

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Lockheed Martin’s Aegis computer program development approved by U.S. Navy for Australian warfare destroyer

Posted  May 21, 2012

Lockheed Martin has completed computer program development and testing for the HOBART class Air Warfare Destroyer, the Royal Australian Navy’s Aegis-equipped ships. The computer programs have been approved by the U.S. Navy. Tests were conducted over a two-week period at the Navy’s land-based test facility, the Vice Admiral James H. Doyle Combat Systems Engineering Development…

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News Briefs May 21, 2012

Posted  May 21, 2012

Bird strike caused Marine helicopter crash A Marine Corps investigation has found that a bird strike caused a helicopter crash at Camp Pendleton, Calif., last year that killed two Marines. The report, obtained by U-T San Diego, says the AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter collided Sept. 19 with a red-tailed hawk that had a wing span…

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NATO declares missile defense system operational

Posted  May 21, 2012

During its first session at the 25th NATO Summit in Chicago May 20, the alliance’s senior governing body declared operational the missile defense system it endorsed at its November 2010 summit in Lisbon, Portugal, NATO’s secretary general said. During a news conference following the North Atlantic Council session, Anders Fogh Rasmussen characterized the accomplishment as…

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