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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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Raytheon awarded $313.8 million for Standard Missile-6 all-up rounds

Posted  May 16, 2012

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $313.8 million contract for low-rate initial production of Standard Missile-6 all-up rounds. SM-6 leverages the legacy Standard Missile airframe and propulsion elements, while incorporating the advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of Raytheon’s Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz.; Camden, Ark.; Andover, Mass.;…

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World War II veterans greeted, honored during visit to nation’s capital

Posted  May 16, 2012

The Honor Flight Network hosted 169 World War II veterans who were greeted at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport as they landed to visit and reflect at memorials throughout the local area.

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War fighters convene to review advances in high-threat surface-to-air missiles

Posted  May 16, 2012

China, North Korea, Russia, and Iran have shown substantial growth in their Integrated Air Defense and Surface-to-Air Missile programs, posing a significant threat to the air superiority long enjoyed by the United States and its allies. The Association of Old Crows and the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center come together at Redstone…

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General Dynamics unveils new medium-caliber machine gun

Posted  May 16, 2012

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamic, unveiled a next-generation Lightweight Medium Machine Gun at the Joint Armaments Conference in Seattle, Wash., May 15. Identifying an unmet warfighter need, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products conducted its own research and development program to develop the LWMMG in just over one…

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Lockheed Martin’s EAPS completes successful series of target tracking tests

Posted  May 16, 2012

Lockheed Martin successfully conducted a series of target tracking tests against Rocket, Artillery and Mortar targets using its Extended Area Protection and Survivability miniature hit-to-kill interceptor system. The tests were conducted during the first week of April at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., in collaboration with the U.S. Army Research Development & Engineering Command/Aviation Missile…

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Air Force announces criteria for basing KC-46A

Posted  May 15, 2012

After extensive internal review, the Air Force released May 14 its basing criteria that will be used to select candidate bases for the KC-46A formal training unit and first two main operating bases. The formal training unit and first main operating base will be led by active duty units. The second main operating base…

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Historic battleship becoming Naval museum in California

Posted  May 15, 2012

The USS Iowa was last actively engaged in conflict in the late 1980s, helping escort reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers from the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz during the Iran-Iraq war. Some 25 years later, following years of being mothballed, the 887-foot long ship that once carried President Franklin Roosevelt to a World War…

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U.S. Air Force hosts European Tanker Symposium

Posted  May 15, 2012

Capt. Aaron Marx (right) demonstrates the capabilities of a KC-135 Stratotanker to Royal Air Force Flt. Lt. Damian Massingham in a flight simulator at Royal Air Force Mildenhall on May 11, 2012. The flight simulator session was part of the European Tanker Symposium, a...

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Lockheed Martin’s new standalone launching system significantly reduces weapons integration costs

Posted  May 15, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph During a recent test in Australia, Lockheed Martin’s Extensible Launching System successfully demonstrated its ability to launch missiles or munitions…

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NATO summit to focus on Afghanistan, missile defense

Posted  May 15, 2012

Afghanistan will top the agenda items at the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago as coalition members consider an agreement on a long-term strategic partnership that promotes security and stability there, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe reported. “What I am hoping to see is a commitment to resourcing the Afghan national security forces post-2014,” Navy…

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