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A 65-foot, 72,000-pound booster rocket mock-up exits the cargo bay of a C-17 Globemaster III July 26, 2006. The airdrop was the final test in phase 2B of the Falcon small launch vehicle program, a joint effort between Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force to develop a more flexible and low-cost method of putting a 1,000-pound satellite into low earth orbit. This was the longest and heaviest single item ever dropped from a C-17. (Photo by Steve Zapka) C-17 performs final drop in Falcon SLV test phase
Sometimes, test programs have added benefits on top of the intended goal, as was the case when testers here completed the third and final test in phase 2B of the Falcon Small Launch Vehicle program July 26.The Falcon SLV program is a joint effort between the Air Force, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Airlaunch LLC and other private
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Edwards residents enjoy pool games and two films at the Services-sponsored "Hot Summer Nights" free movie event held at the Sonic Splash Pool on July 15, 2006. Pool-goers watched "Finding Nemo" followed by "Jaws" while casually floating on rafts or lounging poolside.  (Photo by Airman Stacy Garcia) Sonic Splash Pool hosts movie night
The Oasis Community Center held its first-ever free movie night at the Sonic Splash Pool on Saturday.Open Air Cinema, Oasis Community Center and Outdoor Recreation teamed up to help bring the Edwards community together. Pool games like Marco Polo and football for parents started the event. Later that evening, two movies were shown -- "Finding Nemo"
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Default Air Force Logo AF deputy chaplain reflects on life's necessity for spiritual wellness
It was 104 degrees on Sunday morning at Edwards. In a compound between Park Street and Fitzgerald Avenue, there were more than 50 cars parked outside a white building, accented with colorful windows and brown roof. More than 150 people were gathering inside the building. The temperature inside the building was a contrast -- it was about 25 degrees
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Willow Bay (left), journalist, talks with military women and military wives here as part of a documentary for the Lifetime television network Monday.  (Photo by Senior Airman Francesca Carrano) Lifetime 'listens' to Edwards women on career vs. family
More than 30 women gathered over lunch Monday in the Conference Center's Looking Glass Room to share their views on life, love, politics and the world with representatives from the Lifetime television network. As part of a multi-platform initiative, Lifetime is traveling the country a part of a research project designed to get a clear picture of
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Panda Express offered free lunch to 100 family members of deployed personnel during the restaurant's grand opening here July 5, 2006.  (Photo by Airman 1st Class Julius Delos Reyes) Panda Express opens with free food
Panda Express celebrated the opening of its first restaurant in a military installation July 5 at the Oasis Community Center here.Panda Express provided free catered lunch to family members of deployed personnel and donated 100 percent of the day's gross sales to the Teen Center. "Whenever we open a restaurant, we want a celebration," said Tom
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A large hole developed in the casing of a '40s-era bomb after Edwards' Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit detonated a charge on top of it. The sand-filled bomb, manufactured in 1943, was discovered in an undeveloped area east of Lancaster, Calif.  (Photo by Capt. Vince King) After nearly 60 years, EOD helps old bomb explode
Edwards' Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit responded to a remote area east of Lancaster, Calif. after an off-roader reported an unexploded bomb July 7.When the EOD team arrived, they found a heavily-weathered bomb partially buried in the desert. "It was a 500-pound, general purpose bomb, which was probably dropped in the late '40s," said Senior
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Search and recovery specialists practice rescuing 'injured astronauts' during a space shuttle exercise in November 2003. Hundreds of people from various Edwards organizations are directly tasked with supporting NASA's successful shuttle landing and departure.  (Photo by Senior Airman Jet Fabara) Team Edwards gears up, waits for Shuttle return
With the approved "safe to come home" signal for the Space Shuttle Discovery, Team Edwards is still taking every precaution in preparing shuttle support.Discovery, which launched into space July 4, is scheduled to land July 17, at Kennedy Space Center in Florida with Edwards as the primary backup landing site. Even on standby status, Edwards is
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Maj. Sherman Kearl, 416th Flight Test Squadron F-16 pilot, prepares for his early-morning flight, July 4, 2006, in support of local Fourth of July festivities. Edwards' support of Southern California flyovers included three more pilots and more than 40 maintainers and support personnel.  (Photo by Senior Airman Francesca Carrano) Edwards pilots celebrate holiday in California skies
Fourth of July is well-known for its barbecues, pool parties and parades, but for nearly half a million people in six Southern California communities, an F-16 flyover from Edwards were part of the festivities.Flyovers don't just happen. For the communities of Acton, Huntington Beach, Ojai, Barstow, Tehachapi and Burbank, work began months ago to
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Default Air Force Logo Edwards activates, realigns new units in historic ceremony
"A great day for the test wing and a great day for Edwards," were the words used by the 412th Test Wing commander, Col. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., in opening ceremonies June 20 to formally create three new groups and eight new squadrons for the wing. The ceremony forms the test wing into an organization that more closely aligns its core functions with
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Pat Dubria, 418th Flight Test Squadron chief engineer, assists J.T. Stevens in launching foam balls from a "Statapult" — a tool which teaches students how to properly design tests and analyze the results.  (Photo by Airman Stacy Garcia) AFFTC conducts first Design of Experiments course
The Air Force Flight Test Center recently conducted its first Design of Experiments course to engineers assigned at Edwards."The response was overwhelming," said Dr. George Ka'iliwai, AFFTC Technical Advisor and course instructor. "We sent the public announcement describing the course out via e-mail, and 10 engineers signed up for the course within
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