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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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Researchers test insect-inspired robots

Posted  November 21, 2014

KMel Robotics photograph These nano-quads are the size that the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Micro-Autonomous Systems Technology consortium of researchers envision. The current state is about as compact as a microwave oven.   Army researchers are finding they have much to learn from bees hovering near a picnic spread at a park. Dr. Joseph Conroy,…

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F-35 and F-22 combine capabilities in operational integration training mission

Posted  November 21, 2014

The U.S. Air Force deployed four F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., to Eglin Air Force Base, earlier this month for the unit's first operational integration training mission with the F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing here.

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NASA announces early stage innovations space tech research grants

Posted  November 21, 2014

NASA image by Eric Stern Advanced thermal protection materials modeling using the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method simulates the flow through porous TPS materials. Research into these sorts of advanced technologies enable the journey to Mars and enable future exploration. NASA has selected 11 university-led proposals for the study of innovative, early stage technologies…

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NASA teams with South Korean agency to further improve air traffic management

Posted  November 21, 2014

NASA photograph Jaiwon Shin, NASAís associate administrator for Aeronautics Research, and Jaeboong Lee, president of the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement, signed an agreement Nov. 17, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea, for future agency cooperation on the development of advanced air traffic management technologies. NASA and the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement have…

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U.S. Navy commemorates C-2 Greyhound’s 50th anniversary of first flight

Posted  November 21, 2014

For nearly 50 years, the C-2A Greyhound has carried passengers, essential supplies and letters from home to U.S. Navy carrier strike groups around the globe.

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Northrop Grumman to upgrade U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps LITENING advanced targeting systems

Posted  November 21, 2014

Northrop Grumman has received an award of $116 million to upgrade AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING Advanced Targeting Systems for the United States military. Under the terms of the existing indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, Northrop Grumman will provide upgrades and spares to the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and Marine Corps. This award will bring…

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GA-ASI advances sense, avoid capability with two new test flights

Posted  November 21, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. Nov. 20 announced two key technological advances related to its ongoing Sense and Avoid system development efforts. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions. In collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration and Honeywell, GA-ASI tested a proof-of-concept SAA system,…

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NASA awards launch services contract for Ionospheric Connection Explorer

Posted  November 21, 2014

NASA has selected Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., to provide launch services for the Ionospheric Connection Explorer mission. ICON is targeted to launch in June 2017 from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands aboard a Pegasus XL launch vehicle from Orbital’s “Stargazer” L-1011 aircraft. The total…

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Northrop Grumman introduces Viper 2.1 laser

Posted  November 21, 2014

Northrop Grumman’s Laser Systems business unit has announced its new Viper 2.1 laser, featuring a form factor and interface for use on all directed infrared countermeasure systems. The Viper 2.1 is the latest in the family of Viper lasers designed specifically for DIRCM systems. After five years of funding, development and testing, the Viper 2.1…

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Air Force announces criteria for KC-46A Reserve basing

Posted  November 21, 2014

After extensive internal review, the Air Force on Nov. 9, released the basing criteria that will be used to select candidate bases for the first Reserve-led KC-46A main operating base. The KC-46As will begin arriving at the first Air Force Reserve-led global mobility wing in fiscal year 2019. The basing criteria under consideration include mission…

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