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2014-07-02 12:21:08

ARLINGTON, Va., July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association (AFA) today announced the 12 recipients of the 2014 Mike and Gail Donley Spouse Scholarship. AFA will present $2,500 to each awardee to assist spouses of airmen and Department of the Air Force civilian employees who are in pursuit of undergraduate or graduate degrees. The Air Force Spouse Scholarship program is designed to encourage Air Force spouses worldwide to pursue associate, bachelor, or...

2014-07-02 08:21:23

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) payload for NASA lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 at 2:56 a.m. PDT today. This launch marks the 51(st) Delta II mission for NASA and Delta II's return to flight as the first of two planned Delta II launches this year, and also the seventh ULA launch of 2014 and the 84(th) since the company was formed. "Congratulations...

OCO-2 mission launch
2014-07-02 07:01:52

By Steven Siceloff, NASA's Kennedy Space Center A Delta II rocket blazed off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California early Wednesday morning to begin a landmark mission to survey carbon dioxide gas in Earth's atmosphere. NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, or OCO-2, is expected to provide insight into how the planet adjusts to the increased production of carbon dioxide from a vantage point in orbit that will allow it to take readings on a scale never achieved before....

2014-07-01 16:22:21

LONDON, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: Future of the Australian Defense Industry - Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2019http://www.reportbuyer.com/industry_manufacturing/defence/future_australian_defense_industry_market_attractiveness_competitive_landscape_forecasts_2018_1.html SummaryThe Future of the Australian Defense Industry - Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2019...

2014-06-26 16:21:11

STRATFORD, Conn., June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has been awarded a U.S. Air Force contract to develop new combat search and rescue helicopters. Sikorsky will develop a derivative of the UH-60M BLACK HAWK model for the Air Force's rescue mission. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20060403/SIKORSKYLOGO The award of an estimated $1.28 billion Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract...

2014-06-23 16:22:52

~ Wins include a Gold, two Silver and a Bronze, 10 shortlist nominations AUSTIN, Texas, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Austin's GSD&M, the country's leader in purpose-based marketing and branding, picked up a coveted Gold and two Silver Cyber Lion Awards for The U.S. Air Force Collaboratory platform and a Bronze Cyber Lion for the RadioShack "Goodbye, '80s" Super Bowl campaign at the 2014 Cannes Lions Festival--the world's leading celebration of creativity in communications. In...

SpaceX Delays Falcon 9 Launch Two Days In A Row
2014-06-24 06:30:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online UPDATE: June 24, 2014 (6:30 a.m.) In order to allow more time to fix ongoing technical issues, SpaceX announced that it would push back Tuesday’s scheduled Falcon 9 launch by at least a week. In an online flight update, the space transportation company said that it would be “taking a closer look at a potential issue identified while conducting pre-flight checkouts” prior to Sunday’s aborted launch, and would use...

2014-06-12 16:20:47

Providing Specialized Expertise for Reliable and Affordable Support KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a contract from the U.S. Air Force with an initial value of $109 million for sustainment of the reentry subsystem for the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Lockheed Martin's work will include repair, modification and testing of hardware and software components in the reentry system-reentry vehicle (RS-RV)...

2014-06-12 12:21:10

ARLINGTON, Va., June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association, in partnership with Peter Huessy's Congressional Breakfast Series, is proud to announce an upcoming AFA Air Force Breakfast Series event featuring guest speaker Lt. Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the Air Force Association's Headquarters Building, in Arlington, Virginia. Due to space and...

2014-06-10 12:21:07

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A hybrid cloud developed by the Global Combat Support System - Air Force (GCSS-AF) program and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will provide a secure, hosting capability, that when used with other existing services, will lower costs, increase agility and improve service for 800,000 Air Force users. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20110419/PH85737LOGO-b The GCSS-AF cloud pilot, which concludes in July 2014, strives to provide a hosting...


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General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper
2013-10-03 13:25:05

The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, once known as the Predator B, is an unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV that was created by the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) for the United States Air Force. Air Force members refer to the MQ-9 and other UAVs, also known as drones, as Remotely Piloted Vehicles/Aircraft (RPV/RPA) because humans can control them, but they are capable of autonomous flight as well. This hunter-killer drone is the first of its kind that can be used for long-endurance...

Rex Walheim
2012-10-27 13:23:11

Rex Walheim is a United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. He was born Rex Joseph Walheim on October 10, 1962 in Redwood City, California. He graduated from San Carlos High School in 1980 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984. Upon his graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. The following April, he was assigned to work as a missile warning operations crew...

Mark Lee
2012-10-25 11:41:36

Mark Lee is a former NASA astronaut and USAF Colonel. He was born Mark Charles Lee on August 14, 1952 in Viroqua, Wisconsin. He is an Eagle Scout and a graduate from the Class of 1970 at Viroqua High School. He attended the United States Air Force Academy and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1974. He then trained at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas and at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona in preparation for his assignment at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, where he...

Thomas Jones
2012-10-22 11:32:31

Thomas Jones is a former United States astronaut. He was born Thomas David Jones on January 22, 1955 in Baltimore, Maryland and participated in Eagle Scouts as a child. He graduated from Kenwood High School in 1973 and went on to attend the United States Air Force Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in basic sciences in 1977. After completing as a Distinguished Graduate of the Academy, Jones served as an Air Force officer on active duty for 6 years. He then flew strategic...

Gregory Johnson
2012-10-22 11:08:31

Gregory Johnson is a NASA astronaut and a former colonel in the United States Air Force. He was born Gregory Harold "Box" Johnson on May 12, 1962 in South Ruislip, Middlesex, United Kingdom. Throughout his childhood, he became an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.. He graduated from Park Hills High School in Fairborn, Ohio in 1980 and went on to attend the United States Air Force Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1984. He was...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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