NASA hopes to fund Mars mission by renting out space on ISS
The International Space Station is past its prime, and NASA is looking to rent it out to commercial concerns as the agency looks towards the Moon and Mars. With the first module of the station entering Low-Earth Orbit in the late 1990s, the ISS has outlived its projected service... Read more
Air Force base damaged after California is rocked by 7.1 earthquake
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes A tower at an off-base plant that supports operations at Edwards Air Force Base sustained damage Friday during the 7.1 magnitude earthquake in southern California, base officials confirmed. Air operations have continued at the site despite the damage, Brig. Gen. John Teichert, commander... Read more
Airmen’s prank on Apollo 12 crew led to pornography being brought to the moon
In 1969, man landed on the moon during two separate missions, Apollo 11 and Apollo 12. During each mission, two of the three mission crew members walked on the lunar surface, performing experiments and several “firsts” for mankind. Unlike the super-serious Apollo 11, Apollo 12 is remembered by many... Read more
Marines offering pilots $280,000 bonus to fly fighter jets versus commercial planes
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Marine Corps is offering some of its aviators bonuses of up to $280,000 to remain in the service as the service looks to improve pilot retention, an issue the military has struggled with in recent years. The Marine Corps’ fiscal year 2020 aviation... Read more
U.S. sending a dozen F-22 Raptors to Qatar for first time
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Pentagon has deployed about a dozen F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets to the small Persian Gulf nation of Qatar as part of its recent buildup of forces amid tensions with Iran, Pentagon officials said Friday. The advanced fighters arrived at Al Udeid Air... Read more
From 100 miles away: New air-to-air missiles designed to destroy long-range Chinese targets
The AMRAAM is on its way out- and its replacement will have a lot more reach. The U.S. military is working on a joint service long-range air-to-air missile to replace the venerable AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile, known as the AIM-260 Joint Air Tactical Missile, or JATM. Designed... Read more
SpaceX is launching 152 human remains into space
The third launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy features a variety of payloads from science experiments and satellites, but along for the ride are more than 150 humans, well a small part of them. Celestis, a company that has been sending symbolic portions of human remains on space flights... Read more
USAF testing its new hypersonic missiles on a B-52
The U.S. Air Force initiated test flights of the new hypersonic AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon, mounting them below the wings of a B-52 Stratofortress. Known as the “Arrow,” the AGM-183A was slung aboard the B-52 in order to gather data on “drag and vibration impact” to the... Read more
Iran attack was first successful takedown of a Global Hawk drone
Chad Garland Stars and Stripes Iran’s attack on a U.S. Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft Thursday marks the first known instance of an adversary shooting down the workhorse drone in its nearly 18-year operational history. The RQ-4A Global Hawk maritime surveillance drone was flying in international airspace over the... Read more
New shipment of F-35s take to the sky at U.S. Air Force base in Germany
Jennifer H. Svan Stars and Stripes The skies above Spangdahlem Air Base roared Tuesday with the sounds of F-35s, as Utah-based airmen took the Air Force’s newest fighter jets on their first extended deployment to Germany. Pilots from Hill Air Force Base familiarized themselves with the terrain, scoped out... Read more
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