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Storm fails to quench liftoff of secret reconnaissance satellite

The fiery launch of an Atlas V (541), among the most powerful of the venerable Atlas family, briefly dispelled the gloom over Californiaís Central Coast on the evening of Dec. 12. A team of personnel from United Launch Alliance and the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base completed the countdown sequence at 7:19…

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Navy demonstrates unmanned helicopter operations aboard Coast Guard cutter

http://static.dvidshub.net/media/video/1412/DOD_102145893/DOD_102145893-512×288-442k.mp4 Coast Guard photograph An MQ-8B Fire Scout UAS is tested off the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf near Los Angeles, Dec. 5 2014. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center has been testing UAS platforms consistently for the last three years. The U.S. Navy completed an MQ-8B Fire Scout demonstration aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter…

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GPS III, OCX successfully demonstrate key satellite command, control capabilities

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the worldís most powerful and accurate Global Positioning System, the U.S. Air Forceís next generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System. Successful completion of Exercise 4 on…

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NASA analysis: 11 trillion gallons to replenish California drought losses

It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water - around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir - to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.

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Governor Brown’s Military Council visits Aerospace Valley

Members of the Governor’s Military Council visited Edwards Air Force Base and Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, to learn a little more about the Antelope Valley’s defense industry and to get a closer look at some of America’s leading aerospace companies.


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NASA Aeronautic Academy interns finish program

Posted  September 6, 2012

Inertia, proverse yaw, bifilar sensitivity, aileron deflection, doublet maneuvers - throw in a few mathematical equations that have more letters than numbers and it's enough to make anyone's head spin.

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Robotics competition teaches science, technology, core values to Edwards students

Posted  February 20, 2012

This past year, a new sport was introduced to Branch Elementary School students at Edwards. It does not focus on physical athleticism or include a ball, bat, racquet, or even a helmet. Rather, the First Lego League’s competitive robotics…

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House puts its imprint on Obama’s defense budget

Posted  April 30, 2012

Domestic military base closings are out. The Global Hawk drone is back in. A Republican-led House panel is putting its mark on President Barack Obama’s proposed defense budget, reversing several of the Pentagon’s wishes. Members of six Armed Services subcommittees, working April 26 and 27, clearly followed the adage of their chairman, Rep. Howard “Buck”…

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Alan Radecki shares Vintage Air Blog on Aerotech NewsRadio

Posted  May 31, 2012

Alan Radecki, aerospace and flight test photographer for Northrop Grumman and author of A Mojave Scrapbook, was featured on Aerotech NewsRadio May 31. He shared how his experience as a professional photographer and passion for aviation history led to a rather unique blog, Vintage Air, which he began in September 2011.

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Veterans

VA improves online access to benefits information

Posted  July 18, 2012

Nearly 1.7 million veterans and service members have registered for the Department of Veterans Affairs-Department of Defense web portal, eBenefits, which provides online information and access to a wide variety of military and veteran benefits resources. A VA news release issued July 18 says about 1.67 million users have signed up, and notes the strong…

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Pfc. Brent Benbow of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), kneels to photograph the front and rear of a tombstone in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Dec. 15, 2011. Benbow was part of a task force that documented every tombstone, grave marker and cremation site in the cemetery for an electronic database.
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IG testifies to Congress: Arlington Cemetery making progress

Posted  February 7, 2012

Within the last two years, Arlington National Cemetery has seen much progress in correcting gravesite deficiencies, increasing customer service, and instituting effective computer record keeping, said the Army’s inspector general.

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President Barack Obama, flanked by firefighters, national park employees and police men and women, talks about his new Veteran Job Corps initiative to replenish the nation's first responders at Fire Station #5 in Arlington, Va., Feb 3, 2012. Obama chose Fire Station #5 because its firefighters were among the first responders to first arrive at the Pentagon on following the Sept. 11 attacks.
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Obama announces program to hire vets as first responders

Posted  February 7, 2012

President Barack Obama Feb. 3 continued his commitment to improving employment among veterans by introducing an initiative to hire them as the country’s first responders. “In my State of the Union address, I proposed a new initiative called the Veterans Jobs Corps to put veterans back to work…

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Boeing delivers first 747-8, 777 freighters to Korean Air

Posted  February 7, 2012

Boeing and Korean Air Feb. 6 celebrated delivery of the airline’s first 747-8 and 777 Freighters. With the milestone delivery, Korean Air becomes the first airline in the world to operate both the 747-8 and 777 Freighters.
“We are very proud to become the first airline in the world…

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Rocketdyne being sold – Boeing is rumored as buyer

Posted  March 30, 2012

United Technologies Corp CEO Louis Chenevert confirmed March 15 that UTC is selling its Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne subsidiary. The sale reflects UTC’s assessment that future rocket engine procurements are slowing down, in response to defense spending and NASA refocusing. But perhaps more so because UTC needs to raise $16.5 billion to complete its purchase…

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Air Force places $2.4 million order for AeroVironment Puma AE small UAS

Posted  April 18, 2012

AeroVironment received a firm fixed-price order valued at $2,431,440 April 5 from the U.S. Air Force for Puma AEâ„¢ small unmanned aircraft systems through an existing U.S. Army contract. Delivery is scheduled within two weeks. “More…

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