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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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Tech

Robotics offer greener aircraft paint stripping

Posted  April 19, 2012

The assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics got a close up look at a new, cutting-edge technology in Johnstown, Penn., April 4 that’s expected to reduce pollution and the exposure of Airmen to hazardous compounds. Terry Yonkers’ visit to the headquarters of…

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Radio

Aerotech NewsRadio – April 19, 2012

Posted  April 19, 2012

Featured Guest: Flora Belle Reese, former WASP. Flora Belle fell in love with flying as a young girl. In this interview, she shares how that love of flight led to her becoming a Women's Air Force Service Pilot during World War II.

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Space

Discovery flies for last time, ends chapter in aerospace history

Posted  April 18, 2012

After almost 27 years and 39 flights in Earth’s orbit, the space shuttle Discovery arrived at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., April 17 on its...

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Defense

DOD announces release of space export policy report

Posted  April 18, 2012

The Defense Department announced April 18 the release of a major report on space export control policy. Congress requested this report from the secretaries of defense and state in Section 1248 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84). The report summarizes a DOD and State Department risk assessment of…

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Space

NASA continues Orion parachute testing for future test flight

Posted  April 18, 2012

NASA April 17 successfully conducted a drop test of the Orion crew vehicle’s entry, descent and landing parachutes high above the Arizona desert in preparation for the vehicle’s orbital flight test, Exploration Flight Test -1, in 2014. Orion will carry astronauts deeper into space than ever before, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during…

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Defense

Airdrops could play key role in eventual Afghanistan transition

Posted  April 18, 2012

During 2011, mobility airmen airdropped more than 80 million pounds of cargo for troops deployed throughout austere locations in Afghanistan. In the future, the Air Force expects airdrops to continue as troops move out of Afghanistan in coming years. In March, Marine Corps Gen. John...

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Business

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel to power flights using new biofeedstock

Posted  April 18, 2012

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced April 18 that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel will be used for the world’s first comprehensive test program using a new biofeedstock specifically designed for biofuel production. The test flights, to be done in Canada with the National Research Council of Canada and Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., will also feature in-flight…

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Business

Air Force places $2.4 million order for AeroVironment Puma AE small UAS

Posted  April 18, 2012

AeroVironment received a firm fixed-price order valued at $2,431,440 April 5 from the U.S. Air Force for Puma AEâ„¢ small unmanned aircraft systems through an existing U.S. Army contract. Delivery is scheduled within two weeks. “More…

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World

Russia, China boost arms spending

Posted  April 18, 2012

The global financial crisis hit military spending in the U.S. and Europe last year, while Russia and China kept increasing their spending on weapons, a leading think-tank said April 17. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute says budget cuts kept worldwide military expenditures nearly flat at 0.3 percent in 2011, marking an end to an…

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Space

Northrop Grumman’s key spacecraft structure for Webb telescope passes design review

Posted  April 18, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope continues to move ahead rapidly, with Northrop Grumman completing engineering design of the structure that supports the sunshield and keeps it aligned. The sunshield support structure has passed its Critical Design Review and is now ready to be manufactured. The structure will hold the sunshield in…

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