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Headlines December 19, 2014

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News: SpaceX’s attempt to land rocket on floating barge postponed – It’s set to be one of the most groundbreaking moments in humanity’s six decades of space exploration. Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law – President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion federal spending measure into law Dec. 16, officially ending any threat of a government…

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Defense

Army to launch cruise missile-detecting aerostat at Aberdeen Proving Ground

Posted December 19, 2014 by C. Todd Lopez

Sometime early next week, the Army expects to launch the first of two tethered aerostats from a ground base at White Marsh, Md., just north of Baltimore.

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Short-notice: A new way to exercise

Posted December 19, 2014 by SSgt. Derek VanHorn

When 1st Lt. Matt Lavigne's phone rang late Dec. 10, he knew it was time to scramble into action.

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Defense

Australian F-35 lands at new home

Posted December 19, 2014 by 2nd Lt. Tanya Wren

The first Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II jet arrived at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 18. The jet's arrival marks the first international partner F-35 to arrive for training at Luke.

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Lockheed Martin-built MUOS-3 satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle fairing

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The third Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing Dec. 18. It is scheduled to launch Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Veterans

New webpage allows vets with PTSD to apply for discharge upgrade

Posted December 19, 2014 by Lisa Ferdinando

Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder who were discharged under "other than honorable" conditions can apply on a new webpage to have their discharge upgraded if it was due to PTSD.

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Headlines December 17, 2014

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News: U.S. Air Force tanker platform slated for year-end debut – Boeing is planning for first flight of its 767-2C – upon which the U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker will be based – by year’s end, six months late. Northrop Grumman wins $657.4 million deal to supply drones to South Korea – Northrop Grumman has won…

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Tech

NASA analysis: 11 trillion gallons to replenish California drought losses

Posted December 17, 2014 by

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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Boeing breaks ground in St. Louis for new composites center

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Boeing Dec. 16 began construction in St. Louis of a new 367,000-square-foot facility in which it will build parts for the newest member of its 777 commercial airplanes family, the 777X. 

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Governor Brown’s Military Council visits Aerospace Valley

Posted December 17, 2014 by Linda KC Reynolds

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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