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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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Northrop Grumman delivers additional MQ-8C Fire Scout to U.S. Navy

Posted  November 27, 2013

Northrop Grumman has delivered the second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy after completing final assembly at the company’s unmanned systems center in Moss Point, Miss. The aircraft is joining the first one delivered to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., to conduct flight testing before using the system for operational…

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Defense

Unmanned aircraft maintenance partnership to increase production

Posted  November 27, 2013

The Air Force Sustainment Center, or AFSC, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and General Atomics reached a partnership agreement Nov. 9, for the maintenance of unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, including the Predator/Reaper and the Army’s version, the “Gray Eagle.” The an enterprise-level, public-private agreement, signed by Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, †the AFSC commander,…

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Boeing delivers C-17 cargo compartment trainer to Royal Australian Air Force

Posted  November 27, 2013

Boeing has delivered a full-scale C-17 Globemaster III Cargo Compartment Trainer to the Royal Australian Air Force, ensuring that RAAF loadmaster training can be cost-effectively completed in Australia instead of in the United States. The CCT is a fully functional replica of a C-17 fuselage in a dedicated facility at RAAF Base Amberley. It can…

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Upcoming Events – December 2013

Posted  November 25, 2013

Dec. 1-3 – Workshop: Expansive Skies, An Astronomy Weekend, Abiquiu, N.M. http://ghostranch.org/expansive-skies-an-astronomy-weekend/ Dec. 1-6 – 10th Latin American Symposium on Nuclear Physics and Applications, Montevideo, Uruguay www.fing.edu.uy/if/lasnpa/index.php Dec. 1-6 – Seventh TRR33 Winter School, Passo del Tonale, Italy http://darkuniverse.uni-hd.de/view/Main/WinterSchool13 Dec. 2-3 – WISH Science Workshop: Exploring Into Darkness, Tokyo, Japan www.wishmission.org/sciws2013/Welcome.html Dec. 2-4 – International…

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Headlines November 25, 2013

Posted  November 25, 2013

Business: Boeing invites more than a dozen sites to bid on 777 work – Boeing has invited more than a dozen U.S. locations to compete in a bidding process to determine where its new 777 long-haul passenger jet will be built, a company spokesman said. South Carolina issues bonds to lure Boeing – South Carolina will sell…

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News Briefs November 25, 2013

Posted  November 25, 2013

Clock ticks on authority for Guantanamo detention The fate of 164 suspected terrorists who have lived for years in legal limbo at Guantanamo Bay may hinge on a law that could expire if U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014. President Barack Obama has long promised to close the detention camp at a U.S. Navy…

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NASA launches technology transfer ‘super tool’

Posted  November 25, 2013

Businesses and individuals interested in using NASA research to develop new technologies and products now have access to an online tool to make the process of licensing easier. The QuickLaunch licensing tool provides access to a select portfolio of NASA technologies for the purpose of licensing and commercial development. The tool features pre-approved terms and…

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Northrop Grumman to supply AN/TPS-78 air defense radar systems to Royal Thai Air Force

Posted  November 25, 2013

Northrop Grumman has been selected by the Royal Thai Air Force to supply additional AN/TPS-78 air defense and surveillance radar systems. Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will begin supplying equipment to the Royal Thai Air Force in 2015. The company will also provide training, spares and logistics support. “With this award, we…

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Army purchases bird-like, micro-unmanned aerial system

Posted  November 25, 2013

The Army recently purchased 36 Maveric unmanned aerial systems as a result of an urgent request from Soldiers in combat.

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CANES sets sail aboard USS McCampbell

Posted  November 25, 2013

The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman have successfully installed Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services on the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell. The installation was completed during the ship’s approximate five-month scheduled maintenance at U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Prior to installation, Northrop Grumman produced, integrated and tested the CANES system and delivered it…

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