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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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U.S. Navy deploys Standard Missile-6 for first time

Posted  December 2, 2013

The U.S. Navy is deploying Raytheon’s Standard Missile-6 for the first time, marking the initial operational capability milestone for the U.S. Navy’s newest, most advanced extended range area defense weapon. “We’re very pleased to achieve initial operational capability on schedule,” said Capt. Mike Ladner, Surface Ship Weapons major program manager. “The SM-6, with its ability…

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Last ‘new’ Phantom returns to service

Posted  December 2, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christopher Reel The final, of 314 QF-4s produced since 1998, landed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Nov. 19. It will be used as an unmanned-full-scale-aerial target during training exercises. The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron received the last of the “new” QF-4 aerial targets†as the Vietnam-era aircraft landed at Tyndall…

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World’s largest military aviation museum ready to build new addition

Posted  December 2, 2013

The world's largest military aviation museum is about to get bigger.

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U.S. Navy accepts MUOS-2 satellite, ground stations after Lockheed Martinís successful testing

Posted  December 2, 2013

ULA photograph A United Launch Alliance Atlas V launches with MUOS-2 satellite July 19, 2013. Lockheed Martin has completed on-orbit testing of the second Mobile User Objective System satellite and handed over spacecraft operations to the U.S. Navy. †The handover also includes acceptance of three MUOS ground stations that will relay voice and high-speed data…

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NASA taps student teams to simulate human exploration of other worlds

Posted  December 2, 2013

NASA is debuting a new engineering design challenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration. The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge is a more complex follow-on to the successful NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. The competition is open to high school and college students and challenges them to create a vehicle…

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News Briefs November 27, 2013

Posted  November 27, 2013

Groups press EPA on Kirtland fuel spill cleanup Two New Mexico citizen groups are repeating demands for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to conduct an independent review of the Kirtland Air Force Base groundwater contamination. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Albuquerque-based Citizen Action and the environmental group Amigos Bravos sent a letter last week…

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Headlines November 27, 2013

Posted  November 27, 2013

News: Rules of engagement limit the actions of U.S. troops, drones in Afghanistan – The new U.S.-Afghanistan security agreement adds restrictions on already bureaucratic rules of engagement for American troops by making Afghan dwellings virtual safe havens for the enemy, combat veterans say. NASA under fire for bonus payments to contractors – The internal watchdog for NASA…

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DOD wraps climate change response into master plans

Posted  November 27, 2013

The effects of climate change are already evident at Defense Department installations in the United States and overseas, and DOD expects climate change to challenge its ability to fulfill its mission in the future, according to the first DOD Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap. John Conger, the acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment…

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Northrop Grumman’s IBCS completes successful air, missile defense demonstration

Posted  November 27, 2013

Army photograph Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System engagement operations centers and fire control network relays participate in a major U.S. Army demonstration to highlight a warfighter-focused, any sensor-any shooter net-centric capability. The U.S. Army and Northrop Grumman have successfully demonstrated a war fighter-focused, net-centric battle command system for integrated air and missile…

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Senior leaders review Unified Quest ‘deep future’

Posted  November 27, 2013

How long should a unit be self-sufficient after hitting the ground, and why can’t the Army get immediate communications capability using local, established, commercial networks after arriving at a forward location? These were questions discussed by senior Army leaders who met Nov. 20, at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., to discuss lessons learned…

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