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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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News Briefs October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

Military supplier blames closure on U.S. shutdown, sequester PORT HURON, MICH. ó A Michigan company that makes camouflage items for the military says the partial government shutdown is one reason itís going out of business. The Detroit News says that Port Huron-based GMA Cover Corp. announced the closing in a letter to its employees Oct….

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Customized integrated circuit deliveries bolster Advanced EHF communication payloads

Posted  October 25, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Recent deliveries of application-specific integrated circuits are getting Northrop Grumman’s production of payloads for the U.S. Air Force’s fifth and sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency protected communication satellites off to a strong start. More than 800 ASICs delivered by Honeywell Aerospace in Plymouth, Minn., and BAE Systems of Arlington, Va., bolster…

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AFSOC receives additional MC-130J Commando II

Posted  October 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Damien A. Guarnieri A U.S. Air Force crew ferried an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations Forces tanker from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., Oct. 24. The Lockheed Martin-built aircraft is assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command. The Commando II supports such missions as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration, and aerial…

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61st Airlift Squadron receives first C-130J Super Hercules

Posted  October 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd R. McQueen The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., received its first Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Oct. 24. A crew from the squadron ferried the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., facility in Marietta, Ga. The 61st AS, which has operated C-130s since 1956,…

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Lockheed Martin conducts third successful flight test of new GMLRS warhead

Posted  October 25, 2013

Lockheed Martin has successfully conducted the†third† engineering development test flight of the new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Alternative Warhead at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Preliminary data indicate all test objectives were achieved. During the short-range test, three GMLRS rockets were launched from an MLRS M270A1 launcher and each destroyed its respective ground-based target…

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Gray Eagle completes 20,000 automated takeoffs, landings

Posted  October 25, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced that its Gray EagleÆ Unmanned Aircraft System has reached a record 20,000 successful automatic launch and recoveries with the Automatic Takeoff and Landing System. This milestone was achieved on September 25 and comes just…

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Celebrated pilot and Vietnam POW dies at 88

Posted  October 25, 2013

Retired Brig. Gen. Robinson “Robbie” Risner, a celebrated Korean War jet fighter ace and Vietnam prisoner of war, died Oct. 22 at Bridgewater Retirement Community, Bridgewater, Va.

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Boeing, Korean Air finalize order for 12 twin-aisle airplanes

Posted  October 25, 2013

Boeing and Korean Air have finalized an order for five 747-8 Intercontinentals and six 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners that was announced as a commitment during the Paris Air Show in June. In addition, Korean Air has also announced an order for one additional 787 Dreamliner. The value of the combined order is valued at $3.9…

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Boeing delivers Kenya Airways’ first 777-300ER

Posted  October 25, 2013

Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to GE Capital Aviation Services for lease to Kenya Airways. It is Kenya Airways’ first 777-300ER and the largest airplane in the carrier’s fleet, providing greater capacity, range and improved operating economics for its long-haul operations. “The delivery of this Boeing 777-300ER aircraft marks a key milestone for…

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NASA’s great observatories begin deepest ever probe of universe

Posted  October 25, 2013

NASA’s Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes are teaming up to look deeper into the universe than ever before. With a boost from natural “zoom lenses” found in space, they should be able to uncover galaxies that are as much as 100 times fainter than what these three great observatories typically can see. In an…

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