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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.

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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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Northrop Grumman’s Woodland Hills Facility hosts mentoring, scholarship program

Posted  June 16, 2014

Northrop Grumman recently sponsored a student project demonstration and competition at its Woodland Hills facility to conclude this year's High School Involvement Partnership (HIP) mentoring and scholarship program.

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News Briefs June 16, 2014

Posted  June 16, 2014

Drone training on the rise in New Mexico Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., is devoting more and more time to training pilots in the use of drones. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the number of students learning how to operate remotely piloted aircraft at the Alamogordo base has multiplied. Holloman officials say more than 700…

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Headlines June 16, 2014

Posted  June 16, 2014

News: $40 billion missile defense system proves unreliable - With a convulsive rumble, followed by billowing flames and exhaust, a sleek 60-foot rocket emerged from its silo at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.    Business: RFP for U.S. bomber coming soon, Air Force’s top buyer says - The request for proposal on the U.S. Air Force’s long…

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Lockheed Martin’s DAGR, Hellfire II missiles score direct hits during ground-vehicle launch tests

Posted  June 18, 2014

Lockheed Martin successfully fired Hellfire and DAGR missiles from its Long Range Surveillance and Attack Vehicle turreted weapon system during recent ground-to-ground tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The LRSAV is a fully integrated, turreted, ground-vehicle weapon system. It uses advanced missile and weapon control-system technologies and a newly developed 15-inch, spherical, mast-mounted electro-optical/infrared…

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SecAF outlines changes for nuclear force

Posted  June 18, 2014

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James outlined new incentives and measures designed to change the culture of the service’s nuclear force June 17. Following a cheating scandal involving intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, and the subsequent relief of nine officers, a commander’s retirement and 91 other airmen…

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Honoring the fallen overseas

Posted  June 18, 2014

Photographs by John Hatcher Daughters of the American Revolution member, Judy Hatcher, far right, along with the Girl Scouts place more than 500 flags on the graves of World War II veterans at the Anzio American Cemetery in Anzio-Nettuno, Italy.   It was a time of healing, reflection and gratitude for Judy Hatcher as she…

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Special Olympics

Posted  June 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Linda Sherar TSgt. Della Santiago, 412 CPTS/CSS and 54 airmen from Edwards Air Force Base award medals, give high-fives and hugs to athletes during a Special Olympics event at Palmdale High School May 10, 2014. Palmdale is an official host town for the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles July 25-Aug….

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NASA astronauts David Leestma, Andrew Thomas retire

Posted  June 18, 2014

NASA photographs NASA astronauts David Leestma and Andrew Thomas are retiring from the astronaut corps after a combined 66 years in federal service. NASA has bid farewell to two veteran astronauts who have retired after a combined 66 years of federal service. David Leestma has retired after more than 44 years of government service. A…

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NASA announces award recipients for space station research flight opportunity

Posted  June 18, 2014

NASA has awarded $500,000 and payload flight opportunities for research and technology development onboard the International Space Station to academic institutions across the U.S. The awards are through NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The academic research to be conducted by space station astronauts is in areas important to the agency’s missions. These include…

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NASA ER-2 aircraft continues Earth ecosystem research

Posted  June 18, 2014

NASA photograph by Dean Neeley and Jeff Myers This color infrared composite image is made from three spectral bands of NASA’s MASTER instrument mounted on the agency’s high-altitude ER-2. The red areas depict green vegetation in Las Vegas on May 30. 2014. A study of Earth’s ecosystems and how they function is continuing in Southern…

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