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Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE, Calif. – The Northrop Grumman-built Unmanned MQ-4C Triton (SDD-1) left its desert testing grounds Sept. 17 and flew to Naval Air Station Patuxent…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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AFRL commander describes Air Force’s technology vision

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello takes a question from an audience member after discussing Air Force Research Laboratory breakthrough technologies during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington D.C. Masiello is the commander of Air Force Research Laboratory. The…

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Lockheed Martin successfully mates NOAA GOES-R satellite modules

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the companyís Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo. A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather…

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NASA Mars spacecraft ready for Sept. 21 orbit insertion

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.


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General Dynamics, Rheinmetall Defence form tank ammunition joint venture company

Posted  April 22, 2012

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, and Rheinmetall Defence of Dusseldorf, Germany, have formed a tank ammunition joint venture company named Defense Munitions International, LLC. The new company will develop and market new and existing 120mm kinetic energy and multi-purpose cartridges for the U.S. and international tank ammunition markets….

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Blackbird Airpark offers inside look at spy planes 50 years after Cuban Missile Crisis

Posted  April 19, 2012

In 1962, after unsuccessful attempts were made by U.S.-backed Cuban exiles to overthrow the Cuban government, Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev made Cuba an offer they couldn’t resist – an agreement to defend against an attack…

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NASA mission wants amateur astronomers to target asteroids

Posted  April 19, 2012

A new NASA outreach project will enlist the help of amateur astronomers to discover near-Earth objects and study their characteristics. NEOs are asteroids with orbits that occasionally bring them close to the Earth. Starting April 18, a new citizen science project called “Target Asteroids!” will support NASA’s Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security – Regolith…

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Doolittle raid sparks nation during early days of World War II

Posted  April 19, 2012

It was 1942 and the world was at war for the second time that century. American morale was as low as it had ever been and Japanese forces began an all-out assault on United States and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula. It was also the year when a pilot, Lt. Col. James...

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Soldier missing in action from Korean War identified

Posted  April 19, 2012

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced April 19 that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Pfc. Richard E. Clapp, 19, of Seattle, Wash., will be buried April 25, at…

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Fuels testing laboratory dedicated at Plant 42

Posted  April 19, 2012

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held April 13 at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., to commemorate the official dedication of the Petroleum Oil and Lubricants facility. Timothy Hughes, Aeronautical Systems Center Detachment 1 acting director of Air Force Plant 42, welcomed Lt. Col. Tam Gaffney, Defense…

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NASA marks Earth Day with public events, online activities

Posted  April 19, 2012

NASA will celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day this week with several live and online activities to engage the public about the agency’s mission to use space to explore and better understand our planet. NASA will host three days of displays and presentations open to the public on the National Mall in Washington from…

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SpaceX plans its own launch site in Texas

Posted  April 19, 2012

SpaceX announced last November that it was considering sites in Alaska, California, Florida, Texas and Virginia to build its own launch site. April 10, the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation announced it will prepare an environmental impact statement for a SpaceX commercial launch complex…

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U.S. missile defense counters growing threat

Posted  April 19, 2012

Six days after North Korea’s failed long-range rocket launch, the head of the Defense Department’s Missile Defense Agency testified on Capitol Hill about bolstering U.S. defenses against a growing ballistic missile threat. Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Patrick J. O’Reilly appeared April 18 before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee to discuss the administration’s fiscal…

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Antelope Valley residents join in support of AV veterans

Posted  April 19, 2012

Southern California’s High Desert residents did it again. They came out in large numbers to help support a cause that’s always been close to the hearts of Antelope Valley citizens; they came out to show their support for American veterans. Friends of the Lancaster Cemetery hosted a…

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