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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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AF acquisition chief nominee testifies

Posted  January 17, 2014

Dr. Bill LaPlante testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 16 during his nomination hearing to be the next assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition.

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NASA announces partnership opportunities for U.S. commercial lunar lander capabilities

Posted  January 17, 2014

Building on the progress of NASA’s partnerships with the U.S. commercial space industry to develop new spacecraft and rockets capable of delivering cargo, and soon, astronauts to low Earth orbit, the agency is now looking for opportunities to spur commercial cargo transportation capabilities to the surface of the moon. NASA has released an announcement seeking…

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Army aviation has ‘unique capabilities’ for civil support, consequence management

Posted  January 17, 2014

Army photograph by SFC Jesse Flagg The California National Guard drops water from an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter on the Rim fire in the Stanislaus National Forest near Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 21, 2013. From responding to wildfires and floods in the western United States to an earthquake on the other side of the…

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Boeing starts assembly of final KC-46A test aircraft

Posted  January 17, 2014

Boeing is assembling the fourth and final KC-46A test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker program at the company’s Everett factory, keeping the program on track to deliver the initial 18 tankers to the Air Force by 2017. “All four test aircraft are moving through production to support our transition to…

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NASA tests Orion spacecraft parachute jettison over Arizona

Posted  January 17, 2014

Engineers testing the parachute system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft increased the complexity of their tests Jan. 16, adding the jettison of hardware designed to keep the capsule safe during flight. The test was the first to give engineers in-air data on the performance of the system that jettisons Orion’s forward bay cover. The cover is…

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Boeing celivers AirBridgeCargo Airlines fifth 747-8 Freighter

Posted  January 17, 2014

Boeing and AirBridgeCargo Airlines, part of Volga-Dnepr Group and Russias largest cargo airline, recently celebrated the delivery of the airlines fifth 747-8 Freighter. “AirBridgeCargo has already experienced the outstanding payload and operating economics of the 747-8 family, said Denis Ilin, executive president of AirBridgeCargo Airlines. We are very excited to receive our fifth 747-8 Freighter….

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Dempsey makes case for slowing manpower costs

Posted  January 17, 2014

The Defense Department must slow the growth of its manpower costs to avoid a crisis in the future, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said earlier this week. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told NPR’s Tom Bowman that if military manpower and personnel costs continue growing at current levels there won’t be money…

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NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel releases annual report

Posted  January 17, 2014

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, has released its 2013 annual report examining NASA’s safety performance over the past year and highlighting issues and concerns to agency and government officials. The report released Jan. 15 is based on the panel’s 2013 fact-finding and quarterly public meetings; “insight”…

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Headlines – January 15, 2014

Posted  January 15, 2014

News: Navy divers recover remains of missing MH-53E pilot – Navy divers searching the wreckage of the MH-53E “Sea Dragon” recovered the remains of missing pilot, Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder Jan. 14.  War funding climbs in omnibus bill for first time since 2010 – A massive U.S. government spending bill introduced Jan. 13 evening would ramp up…

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News Briefs January 15, 2013

Posted  January 15, 2014

Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon to Retire Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has decided to retire after 11 terms. Republican officials said the 75-year-old McKeon will announce his plans on Thursday. The California Republican has represented a district north of Los Angeles that includes several major defense…

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