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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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Defense

SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

Posted  November 24, 2014

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships

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Northrop Grumman names communications directors for Unmanned Systems, Military Aircraft Systems

Posted  November 24, 2014

Faith Jennings Northrop Grumman has announced that industry veteran Faith Jennings, and retired Rear Adm. Vic Beck will lead Communications for its Aerospace Systems sector’s unmanned systems and military aircraft divisions, respectively. “Northrop Grumman is a world-class organization filled with outstanding experts who design, build and deliver some of the most complex defense and military…

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XCOR Aerospace announces latest milestone in ULA program

Posted  November 24, 2014

XCOR Aerospace photograph by Mike Massee The XCOR-ULA XR-5H25 LOX-Hydrogen Rocket Engine, fed by XCOR’s proprietary rocket propellant piston pump technology. MOJAVE, Calif. XCOR Aerospace announced Nov. 20 it has completed the latest test series for the liquid hydrogen engine it is developing for United Launch Alliance. This is an important milestone in the long-running…

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Northrop Grumman, Air Force complete integrated baseline review

Posted  November 24, 2014

Northrop Grumman has successfully conducted the integrated baseline review of the production, deployment and initial sustainment phase for the Enhanced Polar System Control and Planning Segment. The U.S. Air Force’s EPS provides space-enabled, secure communications capabilities to polar users in support of national objectives. EPS CAPS receives telemetry and supplies configuration commands, mission and cryptographic…

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Medal of Honor recipient from Korean War laid to rest in Arlington

Posted  November 24, 2014

Decades after he was killed protecting his unit from the enemy, Medal of Honor recipient Pvt. Miguel A. Vera of the Korean War was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

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AEDC completes longest engine test in its history

Posted  November 24, 2014

For the first time, an accelerated mission test was accomplished for the F101-GE-102 engine in the Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility altitude cell C-1 at Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. The $21 million test program was the longest single entry of a jet engine in AEDC’s history. The engine ran more than…

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New crew arrives at space station to continue scientific research

Posted  November 24, 2014

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station. The Soyuz TMA-15M vehicle docked to the International Space Station at 9:48 p.m., EST, above the Pacific Ocean, approaching the coast of Ecuador. Terry Virts of NASA, Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)…

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VA to accept proposals for new scheduling system

Posted  November 24, 2014

As part of The Department of Veterans Affairs ongoing effort to improve veterans access to healthcare, the VA announced it has issued a Request for Proposal for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System. The new MASS technology will help improve access to care for veterans by providing schedulers with state-of-the-art, management-based scheduling software. When it…

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Business

UTC names president, CEO

Posted  November 24, 2014

United Technologies Corporation announced Nov. 24 that Louis R. Chenevert has informed the Board of Directors of his retirement as chairman and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Gregory J. Hayes, UTC senior vice president and chief financial officer, has been elected President, Chief Executive Officer and a director. Edward A. Kangas, lead independent director, has…

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Headlines November 21, 2014

Posted  November 21, 2014

News: Dempsey lays groundwork for larger 2016 defense budget – The top U.S. military official on Wednesday made the case for growing the base defense budget significantly over the $535 billion spending cap imposed by Congress for fiscal 2015.   Business: Boeing can bill $61 million that Pentagon withheld for months – The Pentagon withheld $60.5 million…

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