Tag: U.S. Air Force

Mostly Sunny With A Chance Of Sonic Booms: USAF Warns California Residents To Expect SpaceX Rocket Landing

The U.S. Air Force issued an advisory to warn the public about the launch and landing of the SpaceX Falcon 9 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Residents might hear sonic booms which are completely normal and safe.

Space October 7, 2018

Air Force Certifies SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket, Awards $130 Million Contract

The Department of Defense certified SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy to be at the helm of an important national security space project. The military also awarded SpaceX a launch service contract amounting to $130 million.

Space June 22, 2018

Orbital ATK OmegA Vying For US Air Force Funding: Can It Compete With SpaceX And Others?

OmegA is Orbital ATK’s proposed rocket for the U.S. Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. It’s competing with big names for funding, including SpaceX, Blue Origin, and others.

Space April 21, 2018

ULA Wasn't Given The Opportunity To Bid Against SpaceX For Air Force’s X-37B Space Plane's Upcoming Launch

ULA has claimed that it was not given a fair chance to bid for the launch contract of U.S. Air Force’s X-37B miniature space plane. The contract was awarded to Elon Musk owned Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX.

Space June 10, 2017

Not-So-Secret Mission: Here’s The Purpose Behind America’s X-37B Military Space Shuttle

Last Sunday, Central Florida residents were jolted awake by a mysterious sonic boom that turned out to be from the unmanned X-37B space plane. What is this 'secret mission' that the U.S. Air Force intended to accomplish?

Space May 10, 2017

Secret But Not So Quiet: X-37B Military Space Shuttle Wakes Up Florida With A Sonic Boom

The U.S. Air Force secretive military plane X-37B landed with a big boom in Florida last weekend. The unmanned mini space shuttle returned to Cape Canaveral after completing its fourth mission, OTV-4, in the Earth’s lower orbit.

Space May 8, 2017

WATCH: Delta IV Rocket Carrying Advanced WGS-9 US Military Communications Satellite Takes Off For Space

Delta IV rocket launched the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) space mission for the U.S. Air Force on Saturday, March 18. See the launch highlights here.

Space March 19, 2017

F-35 Soars To New Heights In US Air Force Combat Test Featuring Airstrikes And Cyber Threats

The U.S. Air Force successfully employs a collaborative system against traditional and cyber attacks in its F-35 A Lightning II. The fighter jet achieved a 15:1 kill rate.

Defense February 12, 2017

Raspberry Pi Top Gun Style: AI Triumphs Over US Air Force Pilot In Dogfight Simulation

The future is now as artificially intelligent programs continuously defeat human counterparts in various scenarios. The most recent of these accomplishments saw a computer-controlled program ALPHA completely disintegrate an aircraft expert in dogfight simulations.

Defense June 29, 2016

Air Force Gets B-21 Stealth 'Long Range Strike Bomber': Is It Worth The Mind-Boggling Price?

The B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber is designed for a high-threat environment and can be sent from the United States to strike anywhere in the world. The Air Force is excited about this, but legislators are worried about the price tag.

FUTURE TECH February 29, 2016

US Air Force Unveils First Official Image Of B-21, Its Next-Generation Stealth Bomber

The U.S. Air Force reveals the official image of the B-21, also known as Long Range Strike Bomber. The next-generation warplane will soon take the place of the outmoded B-52 and B-2 bombers.

FUTURE TECH February 28, 2016

U.S. Air Force Allowing Enlisted Personnel To Pilot Drones For The First Time Ever

With the demands for drones on the rise and an increased rate of terrorist threats, the U.S. Air Force has had to change its ways.

FUTURE TECH December 28, 2015

The US Air Force Is Running Out Of Bombs And Missiles In The Fight Against ISIS

As B-1 bomber aircraft drop a record number of bombs and F-15E fighter jets use up a variety of weapons in the war against ISIS, the U.S. Air Force has revealed that its munitions stockpiles are now depleted.

FUTURE TECH December 7, 2015

Forget Lock Picking: This Thermite Torch Can Melt Metal Locks In Two Seconds

The Air Force unveiled a new lock-picking tool that can do more than pick a lock. It can melt a lock, and other pieces of metal, to nothing.

FUTURE TECH November 19, 2015

Air Force Tests Unarmed Minuteman 3 Missile From Vandenberg AFB In California

The U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command held an operational test procedure by launching a Minuteman III Missile on Oct. 21. The launch team and participating officers called the launch a rewarding experience.

FUTURE TECH October 22, 2015

DARPA And Air Force To Equip War Planes With HELLADS Combat Lasers By 2020

Enemy threats have become increasingly sophisticated and the U.S. Air Force, along with DARPA and General Atomics, aim to rise up to the challenge. Future war planes will boast combat lasers called HELLADS to counter missiles, UAVs and other combat aircraft.

FUTURE TECH September 20, 2015

US Sends F-22 Raptor Jets To Europe: What Are The Specs And Capabilities Of This War Machine

The U.S. Air Force announced the upcoming deployment of F-22 fighter jets to Europe in a show of solidarity with European allies among increasing concerns over Russia's military activity in Ukraine.

FUTURE TECH August 26, 2015

US Air Force Tests Safe Version Of B61-12 Nuclear Bomb In Nevada

The test on the B61-12 nuclear bomb is part of a program that looks to extend the service of the weapon. The test was carried out in the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.

FUTURE TECH July 9, 2015

U.S. Air Force Bombs ISIS Camp After 'Moron' Reveals Location Through Selfie And Social Media Posts

A most dangerous selfie for ISIS when one photo conveniently reveals the location of its camp for the U.S. to bomb.

Internet Culture June 6, 2015

Commercial Firm SpaceX Wins Right To Bid On Launches For US Spy, Military Satellites

SpaceX has won the right to enter bidding to launch U.S. national security space missions. Certification by the U.S. Air Force will let SpaceX compete with the Lockheed-Boeing venture that has held a monopoly on such launches.

Space May 27, 2015

Air Force Successfully Launches New GPS Satellite From Cape Canaveral

A new satellite joins the series already in space as part of the GPS, improving navigational capabilities for the system for military and civilian use.

Space March 26, 2015

Army Helicopter Crashes In Florida: 7 Marines, 4 Soldiers Presumed Dead

An army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was reported to have crashed in Florida. Seven marines and four soldiers aboard the helicopter for a night training mission are presumed dead, one Pentagon official says.

Society March 11, 2015

U.S. Air Force to shut down HAARP, putting all conspiracy theories to rest

The HAARP station, run by military forces and blamed by some for a wide variety of tragedies, is being shut down. Ending the program may just feed more conspiracy theories.

May 25, 2014

SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants ULA monopoly to end, sues to save U.S. Govt. $1 bn

Elon Musk and SpaceX have filed suit against the Air Force, claiming they were blocked from military launches. What could this mean for the future of Air Force satellites?

Space April 30, 2014

Space plane X-37B sets new endurance record

A secret spy plane, operated by the U.S. Air Force, is flying high above Earth. And it's been doing it for a record amount of time. So what is it doing up there?

Space March 30, 2014

Bird-like drone can now perch on trees

A robotics company has helped equip a drone of the U.S. Air Force with robotic legs that can help it perch on trees and other surfaces.

FUTURE TECH January 29, 2014

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