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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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NASA awards research facilities, engineering support services contract

Posted  August 28, 2014

NASA has awarded a contract for research facilities and engineering support services to InuTeq, LLC of Greenbelt, Maryland, in support of the Mission Information and Test Systems Directorate at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. This cost-plus-award-fee contract covers a one-year base period beginning Nov. 1, 2014 and four one-year options, and is valued…

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Lockheed Martin, Electro Optic Systems to establish space debris tracking site

Posted  August 28, 2014

Under a new strategic cooperation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers. The site will use a combination of lasers and sensitive optical systems like those…

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Global Hawk variants safely surpass 100,000 combat/operational support hours

Posted  August 28, 2014

Two U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy unmanned aircraft systems in Northrop Grumman's high altitude long endurance series safely surpassed 100,000 combat/operational support hours.

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Devil Pups:

Posted  August 28, 2014

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Graduates of Devil Pup pose with accolades and certificates they received from Palmdale Mayor James Ledford and dignitaries during a recent council meeting. Over 51,000 teens have graduated the 10-day program at Camp Pendleton since 1954. Back row: Rio Duran, Claudia Castro, Joshua Mayen, Lin Robles, Devil Pups President Richard…

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F-15C crashes in mountains of Virginia

Posted  August 28, 2014

An Air Force jet based in Massachusetts crashed in the mountains of western Virginia Aug. 27, shaking the ground and frightening residents, and officials said the pilot’s status was unknown. No injuries were reported on the ground, but authorities were still trying to reach the crash site ó located through its heavy smoke coming from…

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Air Force Museum to begin restoring massive Titan 4B rocket

Posted  August 28, 2014

Air Force photograph by Ken LaRock Visitors are able to see the Titan 4B during the Behind the Scenes Tours of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration hangars. The impressive Titan 4B, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the…

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Upcoming events, September 2014

Posted  August 28, 2014

Sept. 6 – 34th Annual Telescope Making Contest, Quebec, Canada   Sept. 6 – British Interplanetary Society West Midlands Meeting, Droitwich, United Kingdom   Sept. 7 – Workshop on Using Radar Imagery for Meteorite Fall Detection and Recovery, Casablanca, Morocco   Sept. 7-11 – 10th International Congress on Extremophiles, St. Petersburg, Russia   Sep. 7-12…

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X-47B achieves new set of firsts aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

Posted  August 28, 2014

Navy photograph The X-47B unmanned aircraft conducts its first night time deck handling and taxi tests Aug. 21 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The Navy’s X-47B completed its final test aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 24 and returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., after eight days…

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International Aero Engines achieves certification of V2500Æ-E5 engine

Posted  August 28, 2014

IAE International Aero Engines AG has achieved Federal Aviation Administration certification of the V2500Æ-E5 engine for Embraer’s KC-390 aircraft. The KC-390′s launch customer is the Brazilian Air Force. “Achieving engine certification on schedule is a big win for the program,” said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO, Embraer Defense & Security. “We have a high level…

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Headlines August 25, 2014

Posted  August 25, 2014

News: U.S. sends second carrier to Asia amid tensions with China - The Navy is sending a second aircraft carrier strike group to the Asia Pacific region amid new tensions with China over a dangerous aerial encounter between a Chinese interceptor and a Navy P-8 surveillance aircraft. SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight - A SpaceX rocket…

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