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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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Events

Reunions

Posted  June 4, 2014

Air Force June 10-12: 3rd Air Rescue Sqdn Det 1 (Korea, 1951-1952) Branson, Mo. For more information, contact William Price at (205) 339-0960 or email wpprice@bellsouth.net. June 11-14: 55th and 58th Weather Recon Squardons Branson, Mo. For more information, contact C.R. Layton at (918) 446-6945 or email conradlay@aol.com. June 12-15: 351st Bomb Group/The Mighty 8th…

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NASA, Virgin Galactic announce payloads for SpaceShipTwo flight

Posted  June 4, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Mars Scientific/Clay Center Observatory Telescopic image of Virgin Galacticís SpaceShipTwo during a supersonic test flight in 2013. NASA has selected 12 technology experiments to fly on the first commercial research flight on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. Through NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program within the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, officials have been working with…

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NASA declares SOFIA Observatory fully operational

Posted  June 4, 2014

NASA photograph by Jim Ross The door to the SOFIA observatory’s 2.5-meter telescope is wide open during a developmental test flight in 2010. On June 2, 2014, during the 224th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Boston, Mass., Paul Hertz, NASA’s Astrophysics Division director, announced that the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy has passed…

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Business

Lockheed Martin receives contract award for vertical launching system

Posted  June 4, 2014

The U.S. Navy recently awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to provide engineering design services for the MK 41 Vertical Launching System that helps protect the fleet from numerous naval warfare threats. This $10 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract includes options, which if exercised would bring the total contract value to $182 million. As the only system capable…

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The End of an Era: 376th Air Expeditionary Wing inactivation ceremony

Posted  June 4, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Capt. Cory O’Brien Honor Guard Airmen lower the United States and Kyrgyz Republic flags as part of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing inactivation ceremony June 3, 2014, at transit center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. Airmen assigned to the Transit Center during its tenure loaded and flew 42,000 airlift missions, hauling 1.4 billion pounds…

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Veteran’s job fair

Posted  June 4, 2014

RecruitMilitary is hosting a veteranís job fair 11 a.m.-3 p.m., June 19 at Dodger Stadium. The purpose of the job fair is to connect veterans with veteran-friendly employers. This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with veteran-friendly employers including USAA, Home Depot, Waste Management, Verizon Communications, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Wells Fargo, Starbucks…

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Loads tests validate design of hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator

Posted  June 4, 2014

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Technicians prepare the “donut” test article for the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator structural loads testing in NASA Armstrong’s Flight Loads Laboratory. A new donut-shaped inflatable device designed to more effectively slow down a spacecraft upon atmospheric re-entry to Earth or other planets could not only be more economical than current…

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Raytheon selected to demonstrate next generation, modular radar system

Posted  June 4, 2014

Raytheon has been awarded a $6 million study and demonstration contract by the Office of Naval Research to further develop an Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar. Raytheon’s EASR concept leverages proven Radar Modular Assembly architecture matured on Air and Missile Defense Radar. EASR’s flexible approach meets the performance needs of different candidate ship classes for ship…

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Exercise Angel Thunder

Posted  June 4, 2014

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Bradley Church SSgt. Christopher Lindsay, a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape specialist with the 412th Operations Support Squadron, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., familiarizes his self with a map during Exercise Angel Thunder, Papago Army Air Field, Phoenix, Ariz., May 8, 2014. Angel Thunder is a multilateral annual exercise that supports…

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June 2014

Posted  June 4, 2014

June 6 – 10th Meeting of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group, Boston, Mass. http://exep.jpl.nasa.gov/exopag/exopag10/ June 7 – Chinese/Soviet Technical Forum, London, United Kingdom www.bis-space.com/2013/11/27/12174/chinesesoviet-forum-2 June 8-13 – Goldschmidt 2014 Geochemistry Conference, Sacramento, Calif. http://goldschmidt.info/2014/index June 8-14 – Conference: Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array, Giardini Naxos, Italy https://indico.skatelescope.org/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=270 June 9 – Meeting: Exploration…

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