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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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VA official outlines progress in reducing claims backlog

Posted  December 11, 2013

A senior Veterans Affairs Department official Dec. 11 outlined progress made by the Veterans Benefits Administration in reducing the backlog of veterans disability compensation and pension claims by 36 percent since March, attributing the success to the combined impact of transformation initiatives and increased employee productivity. Allison A. Hickey, undersecretary of veterans affairs for benefits,…

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Headlines December 9, 2013

Posted  December 9, 2013

Business: EADs breaks redundancy taboo in plan to cut 5,800 jobs – Airbus parent EADS risked a collision with unions and European politicians by unveiling plans to cut 5,800 mainly defense and space jobs that for a first time include significant forced redundancies, driven by weak European budgets. Small steps to Mars are a big leap…

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News Briefs December 9, 2013

Posted  December 9, 2013

Army seeks Fort Irwin ties to Afghan murder Army investigators are asking for the public’s help in Southern California to solve the 2009 murder of a soldier in Afghanistan. The Victorville Daily Press reports Dec. 6 that authorities believe someone in the Fort Irwin area may have details about the murder of 31-year-old Sgt. Anton…

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Astrium, Raytheon team to compete for NATO ballistic missile defense work

Posted  December 9, 2013

Astrium, the world’s second largest space company, and Raytheon signed a teaming agreement that formalizes the companies’ plans to compete for the role as lead system engineers and integrators for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Ballistic Missile Defense Program. NATO’s BMD Program oversees the development and execution of ballistic missile defense capabilities, which expanded in…

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Brunei accepts four Sikorsky S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters for regional security missions

Posted  December 9, 2013

The Ministry of Defence this week at the Brunei International Defence Exhibition accepted two Sikorsky S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters into the Royal Brunei Air Force following an unveiling attended by His Majesty the Sultan.

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VA warns of marketing scam

Posted  December 9, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently posted an alert on its Facebook page warning of a marketing scam targeting veterans. A marketing company has purchased telephone numbers that differ by one digit from the VAs national call center and the GI Bill call center. Callers who misdial and reach the fraudulent numbers will be offered…

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First Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 Global XpressÆ satellite sends initial on-orbit signals

Posted  December 9, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. The first Boeing Inmarsat-5 satellite has launched and sent signals from orbit, the initial step to establishing Global Xpress, the worlds first globally available high-speed mobile broadband service for government and commercial users. This launch is noteworthy for two reasons: It is the first in the Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 series of four high-power…

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Boeing 777X wind tunnel testing under way

Posted  December 9, 2013

Boeing announced Dec. 9 that low-speed wind tunnel tests have begun for the Boeing 777X, a major milestone in airplane development.

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Q&A: Airbus Chairman discusses suppliers for plant

Posted  December 9, 2013

Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor is high on Alabama, and his opinion of its Capital City is on the rise. McArtor toured Montgomery, Ala., during a recent visit before being applauded by local leaders for his role in bringing a new airplane assembly plant to Mobile. But that $600 million plant and its expected 1,000…

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Boeing names four to satellite business leadership positions

Posted  December 9, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing is continuing to ensure effective leadership across its Space & Intelligence Systems business with four executives being appointed to new assignments. “At S&IS we believe that our customer’s mission is our mission. For this reason we have selected proven leaders with solid technical and industry experience,” said Craig Cooning, vice…

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