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The Stars Our (Internet) Destination

September 15, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Throughout time, humans have explored their surroundings, crossing oceans and landmasses in pursuit of knowledge and glory. This thirst for knowledge also turned eyes skyward, causing the curious to try to understand the vastness of existence around the planet Earth. As technology advanced, the desire to venture into the cosmos became increasingly possible, until man walked on the moon and equipment traveled much farther away. Fortunately for those who are still on terra firma, gathering information about the universe is much easier than launching on a rocket ship. People can learn and discover more about deep space through adventures in cyberspace without the need for oxygen tanks or special suits.

Guest Post: The Launch of STS-131, From the Press Site at the Kennedy Space Center

April 5, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Student Katherine Ackerman blogs her experience at this morning's launch of Space Shuttle Discovery: "There was a giant rush of air, an enormous flame, and-kaboom-blastoff! I'm torn between saying that it looked like the world was ending and that it looked like the world was being created anew."

SIGNAL Says: Col. Stephen Hargis, USAF

February 19, 2010
By Katie Packard

"These materials and electronics ... have the potential to increase the performance and useful life of the next generation of satellites and launch systems."-Col. Stephen Hargis, USAF

Space Now a Contested Venue

June 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

The proliferation of international space systems and an increase in the number of technologies that can physically threaten satellites has led the U.S. Defense Department to redefine space as a contested environment. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has issued a special area of emphasis, or SAE, applying this designation to space for the military community. The result will be a change in the way military personnel view space and incorporate its role in their training regimens.

Aerospace Corporation Awarded Contract for Scientific, Engineering and Technical Support

November 12, 2008
By Katie Packard

Aerospace Corporation is being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for $797 million. This action will provide acquisition of scientific, engineering and technical support for the federally funded research and development center (Aerospace Corp.), which supports the U.S. Air Force and other U.S. Defense Department.

U.S. Air Force Looks At European Space

September 2008
By Adam Baddeley

As aerospace operations increasingly beckon, the U.S. Air Force is looking across the Atlantic as well as skyward. It has created a new liaison office designed to coordinate and boost space cooperation with Europe. This comes as both civil government and military entities across the continent are deploying new space-based systems that can complement or enhance U.S. capabilities.

Sojka Spreads Its Wings

September 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon

A new NATO partner nation has entered the international unmanned aerial vehicle market with a multipurpose surveillance platform. Designed for tactical operations, the

Neuron Gains Altitude

September 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon

A French-led industrial consortium is developing Europe's first combat-size stealth aircraft. The program will produce an unmanned aerial vehicle to serve as a testbed to

Operational Readiness Takes Flight

October 2000
By Christian B. Sheehy

Over the past decade, downsizing in the U.S. Air Force has refocused the service's goals on the efficiency, readiness and maximization of manpower and resources within a tighter budget. Restructuring the organization's planning and allocation systems under a new program will ensure that the challenges of a rapidly changing global defense picture will continue to be met.

Simulator Sharpens Raptor's Claws

October 2000
By Henry S. Kenyon

A powerful computer that generates thousands of radar signals is being used to test the electronic warfare suite on the F-22 Raptor. The device pushes the aircraft's countermeasure package to the breaking point, allowing engineers to locate, analyze and repair faults in the system prior to installation.


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