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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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Raytheon’s first new-production Patriot System debuts in successful flight test

Posted  March 27, 2012

Raytheon successfully completed a system-level guided flight test of the new-production Patriot at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The modernized Patriot provides an affordable, low-risk and rapid path to meet the warfighter’s current and future air and missile defense requirements. “The system’s flawless performance using all newly-built major end items is a significant milestone for…

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Army sees 10,000 CROWS manufactured

Posted  March 27, 2012

The Army is marking the manufacture of the 10,000th M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station, known as CROWS. The CROWS system allows a weapon such as the M2 .50-caliber machine gun to be mounted atop a vehicle, such as the Humvee, and be targeted and fired remotely from…

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Boeing celebrates delivery of Japan Airlines’ first two 787 Dreamliners

Posted  March 27, 2012

Boeing and Japan Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first two 787 Dreamliners March 26. JAL is the first airline to take delivery of a 787 powered by fuel-efficient General Electric GEnx engines. “Today is an important moment in our 60-year…

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NASA confirms launch date for five rocket mission from Virginia

Posted  March 27, 2012

NASA managers have given a “go” for a countdown leading to the launch of five suborbital sounding rockets early in the morning March 27 on a science mission that will briefly create a milky white cloud that may be visible along a large portion of the U.S. east coast. The launch window for the mission…

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Final Combat Talon I undergoes PDM

Posted  March 27, 2012

In two weeks, the last MC-130E Combat Talon I will complete its final phase of programmed depot maintenance at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., before departing for its final run from the flight line. The Combat Talon I fleet has been at Robins for PDM since the 1990s. The program was transferred from…

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Aerospace, defense industry poised for a mergers, acquisitions boom

Posted  March 27, 2012

Following years of uncertainty, the aerospace and defense industry is on the brink of a mergers and acquisitions boom, according to a new Deloitte report. Specifically, the study shows many companies are well-positioned to take strategic advantage of consolidation opportunities, particularly at the supplier level, due to pent-up demand, available capital and favorable valuations. And,…

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SM-3 IIA team completes TDACS preliminary design review

Posted  March 27, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. – Raytheon has completed the preliminary design review of the SM-3 Block IIA’s throttleable divert and attitude control system. Essentially a rocket motor with four main divert nozzles and six attitude control nozzles, the TDACS’s precision propulsion will enable the SM-3 Block IIA to intercept incoming ballistic missiles with pinpoint accuracy. “The TDACS…

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DOD needs industry’s help to catch cyber attacks

Posted  March 27, 2012

The Defense Department needs private-sector cooperation in reporting computer network attacks in real time to stop what has been the “greatest transfer of wealth in history” that U.S. companies lose to foreign hackers, the head of U.S. Cyber Command told a Senate committee March 27. Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, who also is the National…

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Pentagon wants more money for Israel’s Iron Dome

Posted  March 27, 2012

The Pentagon will press Congress for more money for Israel’s Iron Dome system designed to intercept short-range rockets and mortars, a boost for Israel as the Obama administration tries to dissuade the Mideast ally from launching a potential unilateral strike on Iran. The announcement from the Pentagon March 27 also comes as Obama has faced…

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NASA’s Twitter account receives Shorty Award

Posted  March 27, 2012

NASA’s activities in social media were recognized March 26 in New York when the agency’s official Twitter feed, @NASA, received a Shorty Award for the best government use of social media. The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media across sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and others. NASA’s nomination cited multiple…

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