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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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AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, KOR Electronics enter into strategic alliance

Posted  April 13, 2012

AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems and KOR Electronics Defense Solution announced April 11 a strategic alliance that combines AAI’s expertise as a UAS systems integrator with KOR’s signals intelligence equipment. AAI UAS is an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, and KOR Electronics Defense Solutions is a subsidiary of Mercury Computer Systems. The…

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Events

Boeing announces next leg of tour

Posted  April 13, 2012

Boeing will bring the 787 Dreamliner to seven more cities on the sixth leg of the Dream Tour later this month and continuing into May. Stops include cities in the United Kingdom, Norway, Italy and the United States. “The Dream Tour has provided us with a great platform to show customers, partners, government officials and…

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Local

AEDC engineers support airstart testing

Posted  April 13, 2012

Test pilots at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., have successfully performed “airstarts” on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter over the last few weeks, an important milestone in opening up the aircraft’s test syllabus, according to a Lockheed Martin test pilot. During an in-flight “airstart” the pilot secures…

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Tech

Radar program proceeding with revised acquisition strategy

Posted  April 13, 2012

The Air Force program to provide a new ground-based, long-range radar system is moving forward with a revised acquisition strategy. The program office recently held an industry day here to explain the changes and its latest draft request for proposal. The Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar, or 3DELRR, will be the principal U.S. Air Force long-range,…

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Navy investigates unmanned helicopter mishaps

Posted  April 13, 2012

The Navy recently experienced two unrelated operational mishaps with the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. There were no injuries to personnel and no damage to other aircraft. An MQ-8B Fire Scout operating off USS Simpson (FFG-56) March 30 was ditched at sea upon returning from a maritime…

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Navy test pilot knows his ABCs

Posted  April 13, 2012

In the alphabet soup of military acronyms and abbreviations, it can be difficult to keep the ABCs straight. Despite the alphabetical hurdles, one Navy test pilot used his ABC knowledge to write a new chapter in flight test history. On March 23, Lt. Christopher Tabert completed the government acceptance flight for AF-14, a production-level F-35A…

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U.S. Air Force participates in Exercise Kiwi Flag

Posted  April 13, 2012

Two C-17 Globemaster IIIs and 70 airmen from the U.S. Air Force participated in the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Exercise Kiwi Flag from March 26 through April 4 at RNZAF Base Whenuapa, New Zealand. Exercise Kiwi Flag is a multilateral, tactical air mobility exercise that aims to improve…

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Board says Marine who criticized Obama should be dismissed

Posted  April 13, 2012

A U.S. Marine who criticized President Barack Obama on his Facebook page has committed misconduct and should be dismissed, a military board recommended. The Marine Corps administrative board made the decision late April 5 after a hearing for Sgt. Gary Stein. Stein’s lawyers argued that the 9-year Marine, whose service was to end in four…

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Future aircraft to be faster, have smaller logistics footprint

Posted  April 13, 2012

The Army’s aircraft of the future will be faster than what the service has now, it will carry more weight, it will require less of a logistical footprint, and officials said it will better do what Army aviation is meant to do: serve the ground commander. While what is now being called “Future Vertical Lift,”…

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Veterans

Vietnam War pararescueman finally brought home

Posted  April 13, 2012

Air Force pararescuemen were able to bring home one of their fallen comrades April 6 at Arlington, Va. As the ceremonial caisson rolled to a stop in Arlington National Cemetery, Tech. Sgt. Allen Avery, an Air Force pararescueman who lost is life during combat operations in Vietnam, was escort to his final…

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