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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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Air Force announces changes to headquarters organization

Posted  July 14, 2014

Air Force leaders announced changes to headquarters staff manning and organization July 14. The Air Force will create efficiencies by deactivating and realigning organizations at Headquarters Air Force, major commands, numbered Air Forces and field operating agencies, resulting in savings of $1.6 billion across the Air Force in the next five years. “I will work…

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ATK motor supports resupply mission to space station

Posted  July 14, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., July 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ATK provided the second stage motor for the July 13 successful launch of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antaresô rocket on its second NASA Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff occurred at 12:52 p.m., EDT, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The ATK motor was a CASTOR…

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Sikorsky begins delivery of S-76Dô aircraft for executive transport

Posted  July 14, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced July 14 that it has begun delivering S-76Dô aircraft equipped for Executive Transport services. The announcement was made at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show in Farnborough, United Kingdom. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. “The S-76 aircraft line has a long legacy of reliability, safety and service, and we…

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NASA cargo launches to space station aboard Orbital Sciences resupply mission

Posted  July 14, 2014

A multitude of NASA research investigations, crew provisions, hardware and science experiments from across the country is headed to the International Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft.

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DOD official discusses F-35 at Farnborough Air Show

Posted  July 14, 2014

Safety is the first consideration in whether the F-35 Thunderbolt II joint strike fighter appears at the Farnborough Air Show in England this week, a senior Defense Department official said July 14. The F-35 fleet was grounded July 3 pending an investigation of an engine fire that occurred June 23 on the runway of Eglin…

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Business

Small Diameter Bomb II program steps up integration activity

Posted  July 14, 2014

Raytheon, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force have begun Small Diameter Bomb II integration activities on the F-35, F/A-18E/F, and F-16 aircrafts. Preliminary SDB II fit checks and pit tests have been completed on the F-35, supporting the Joint Strike Fighter’s ability to carry eight SDB IIs internally. Following a successful fit check…

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U.S. Air Force awards Raytheon $80 million for MALD-J

Posted  July 14, 2014

Raytheon has been awarded an $80,768,012 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Lot 7 Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J) missile (200 each) to include: data, mission planning, process verification program, and operational flight software. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2016. This award is…

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News Briefs July 14, 2014

Posted  July 14, 2014

Tanks, military vehicles auctioned in California PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. – Collectors from around the world have snapped up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles amassed by a Silicon Valley engineer, auction officials said July 13. Jacques Littlefield’s collection, one of the nation’s most extensive and historic, was sold in the San Francisco Bay…

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Headlines July 14, 2014

Posted  July 14, 2014

News: U.S. no longer tech leader in military war gear - The world’s fighting forces are not turning to the United States first anymore when it comes to war gear. Instead, companies in Europe and beyond are equipping armies with high-tech gear, embracing technology that has outpaced American efforts, which used to be first rate.  …

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Boeing, Air Lease Corporation announce 777-300ER, 737 MAX 8 order

Posted  July 16, 2014

Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Air Lease Corporation announced July 15 an order for 26 airplanes ñ six 777-300ER (Extended Range) and reconfirmed 20 737 MAX 8 airplanes, valued at $3.9 billion at current list prices. This 737 MAX order for 20 airplanes, valued at more than $2 billion at current list prices, brings Air Lease…

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