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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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Rescue squadron deactivates at Camp Bastion

Posted  January 6, 2014

The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter aircrew of the 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron and pararescuemen of the 651st Expeditionary Rescue Flight, deployed here, sat alert for the last time Dec. 31, 2013.

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner visits New Zealand in international debut

Posted  January 6, 2014

Boeing has flown the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland, New Zealand, home of launch customer Air New Zealand, marking the 787-9's international debut and longest flight since the robust test program began.

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Generational changes important to air dominance

Posted  January 6, 2014

The last time American soldiers or Marines came under attack from enemy military aircraft was during the Korean War.

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NASA’s Fermi makes first gamma-ray study of a gravitational lens

Posted  January 6, 2014

An international team of astronomers, using NASA’s Fermi observatory, has made the first-ever gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a kind of natural telescope formed when a rare cosmic alignment allows the gravity of a massive object to bend and amplify light from a more distant source. This accomplishment opens new avenues for research, including…

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Army team to destroy Syrian chemical weapons afloat

Posted  January 6, 2014

Some 64 specialists from the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center are expected to depart for the Mediterranean in about two weeks aboard the ship MV Cape Ray to destroy chemical weapons from Syria.

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Global Hawk aids in Philippine relief efforts

Posted  January 6, 2014

The inherent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk Block 30 Unmanned Aerial System were used to support massive international humanitarian assistance and relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Due to Global Hawk’s long endurance, persistence and range, the Block 30 was the only high altitude asset able to support…

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Headlines January 4, 2014

Posted  January 5, 2014

News: Issa bill would end Saturday mail to repeal military pension cut – A top House Republican has proposed legislation that would  replace the controversial new cut in pension benefits for working-age military retirees by allowing the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery.   Business: Critical vote looms for Boeing machinists – Members of Boeing’s largest…

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NAVSEA Completes Waterjet Seal and Evaluation on USS Fort Worth

Posted  January 5, 2014

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) divers recently completed the first full underwater waterjet seal and evaluation on a littoral combat ship (LCS), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), the Navy announced, Jan. 2.

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News Briefs January 4, 2014

Posted  January 5, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,162 As of Dec. 31, 2013, at least 2,162 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,788 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to visit New Zealand in international debut

Posted  January 5, 2014

Boeing plans to bring the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland in early January to visit launch customer Air New Zealand. The trip, which is contingent on weather and other test factors, would mark the international debut of the 787-9, the second and newest member of the super-efficient 787 family. “Boeing is proud to bring the 787-9…

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