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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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Army program secures critical component for artillery, mortar ammunition

Posted  January 24, 2014

Army photograph by Gertrud Zach Soldiers assigned to Bulldog Battery, Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, load a M777A2 Howitzer during 2nd Cavalry Regiment’s Maneuver Rehearsal Exercise at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Feb. 13, 2013. The U.S. Army is nearing completion on a project to eliminate its dependency on foreign countries for a critical energetic…

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Boeing, UAE partners look to harvest biofuel from desert plants

Posted  January 24, 2014

Boeing and research partners in the United Arab Emirates have made breakthroughs in sustainable aviation biofuel development, finding that desert plants fed by seawater will produce biofuel more efficiently than other well-known feedstocks.

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NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

Posted  January 24, 2014

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high priority areas of interest to America’s space program. Aligned with NASA’s Space Technology Roadmaps and priorities identified by the National Research…

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Airbus Mobile assembly lineís first building taking shape

Posted  January 24, 2014

Airbus photograph With the placement of the final truss atop the roof this week, the construction of the first building in the Airbus Mobile Assembly Line complex has reached an important milestone. The entire ìskeletonî of the building can now be seen. This building is the Final Assembly Line Hangar, which is where A320 family…

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NASA launches third generation communications satellite

Posted  January 24, 2014

NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite L (TDRS-L), the 12th spacecraft in the agency’s TDRS Project, is safely in orbit after launching at 9:33 p.m., EST, Jan. 23 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Ground controllers report the satellite – part of a network providing…

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Headlines – January 22, 2014

Posted  January 22, 2014

News: Virgin Galactic goes supersonic – Not content with breaking its own previous altitude records, an incredible video of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo reveals the latest test flight also managed to smash through the sound barrier. The video, taken by cameras placed on carrier plane WhiteKnightTwo, show SpaceShipTwo reaching its maximum velocity of Mach 1.4, approximately 767mph…

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News Briefs January 22, 2014

Posted  January 22, 2014

Dead woman identified in homicide at Nellis AFB Authorities have identified a 34-year-old woman found dead at Nellis Air Force, Nev., in a case that led to the arrest of her husband on a murder charge. The Clark County coroner says Theresa Rivera died of asphyxia Jan. 17 at home on Kevil Circle at the…

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NASA set for big year in Earth science with five new missions

Posted  January 22, 2014

For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet.

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GA-ASI, Northrop showcase additional unmanned electronic attack capabilities

Posted  January 22, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and Northrop Grumman announced Jan. 22 the second successful demonstration of PredatorÆ B/MQ-9 Reapers Electronic Attack capability featuring Northrop Grummans new Pandora Electronic Warfare system at the U.S. Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor course held at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 22. GA ASI is a leading…

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Space Florida, Israelís chief scientist announce request for proposals

Posted  January 22, 2014

This month, Space Florida and MATIMOP (Israel’s industrial center for research and development), on behalf of the Israeli Chief Scientist Office, issued a joint Request For Proposals for research and development projects sponsored by companies in both states. In October 2013, the States of †Florida and Israel formed a $2 million joint industrial research funding…

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