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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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Lockheed Martin’s second generation Aegis Ballistic missile defense system successfully intercepts missile

Posted  May 15, 2012

Navy photograph The USS Lake Erie successfully destroyed a short range ballistic missile target during a live-engagement exercise on May 9. This marked the first time a ship used…

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Expedition 31 trio blasts off for International Space Station

Posted  May 15, 2012

NASA Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba, Russian Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin blasted off for the International Space Station at 10:01 p.m., CDT, May 14 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Acaba, Padalka and Revin are scheduled to dock their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft to the Poisk module of the station at 11:39…

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Army completes network design for Capability Set 13

Posted  May 15, 2012

The network design is the outcome of the Network Integration Evaluations and Agile Process, the Army’s new approach to rapidly developing, acquiring and fielding integrated mission command capabilities. Now that the network design is complete, the Army is…

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Torrance, Calif., to host 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day celebrations, parade

Posted  May 15, 2012

The City of Torrance, Calif., will honor the men and women of the U.S. military, by hosting its 53rd consecutive Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade May 18 to 20. This is the longest running military parade sponsored by a city in the United States. The parade runs 1:30-3:30 p.m., May 19 and begins at…

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Progress continues toward NATO missile defense system

Posted  May 15, 2012

Navy photograph by PO1 Julie Matyascik Sailors man the rails as the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey departs Naval Station Norfolk, Va., to provide the first ballistic missile defense under the European Phased Adaptive Approach, March 7, 2011. The United States will announce...

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Air Force Space Command realigns cyberspace capabilities

Posted  May 15, 2012

The Air Force Network Integration Center will go through a restructure as it divests cyberspace lead command functions to Air Force Space Command to allow AFNIC to focus on its core mission of Air Force network integration and engineering services. The changes are a result of an AFSPC chartered study in April 2011 that took…

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Pakistan says it test-fires short-range missile

Posted  May 14, 2012

Pakistan’s military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. A military statement says the Hatf III Ghaznavi with a range of 180 miles was launched May 10 at the conclusion of the annual field training exercise of Army Strategic Force Command. It is the second such test by…

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Global Strike Command leader previews B-52 upgrades

Posted  May 14, 2012

Lt. Gen. Jim Kowalski operates the combat network communications technology program on board a B-52H Stratofortress test bomber May 2, 2012, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The communications program is designed to bring the B-52H from the analog to the digital age…

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House panel backs limits on gay rights in military

Posted  May 14, 2012

Eight months after the military allowed gays to serve openly – and on the same day that President Barack Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage – the House Armed Services Committee backed measures limiting the rights of gays and lesbians. The panel stepped into the gays in the military issue as it considered a…

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Navy study: Sonar, blasts might hurt more sea life

Posted  May 14, 2012

The U.S. Navy says its training and testing using sonar and explosives could potentially hurt more dolphins and whales in Hawaii and California waters than previously thought. The new research and more thorough analysis are part of a draft environmental impact statement covering Navy training and testing planned for 2014-2018. A notice about the study…

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