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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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NASA partner SpaceX completes review of 2014 commercial crew abort test

Posted  October 25, 2013

In preparation for a summer 2014 test, NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies recently laid out its plan to demonstrate the Dragon spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the event of an in-flight emergency.

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Boeing, EL AL Israel Airlines finalize order for two more 737-900ERs

Posted  October 25, 2013

Boeing and EL AL Israel Airlines have finalized an order for two additional Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The order comes just two weeks after the Israeli flag-carrier took delivery of its first 737-900ER. This order brings the total number of 737-900ERs ordered by EL AL to eight. “This decision by EL AL to purchase…

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Headlines October 23, 2013

Posted  October 23, 2013

Business: Lockheed protests Navy radar decision – Lockheed Martin, stung Oct. 10 by a Navy decision to award Raytheon the contract to develop and build a new radar that could be installed on generations of new missile ships, filed a protest Oct. 22 against the decision. U.S. Navy orders Raytheon to halt radar work after protest -…

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News Briefs October 23, 2013

Posted  October 23, 2013

Navy Blue Angels to resume performances next year The Blue Angels are set to return to the skies above air shows nationwide in 2014. The Navy has announced that the popular flight demonstration team will have a full schedule for the 2014 season. The team suspended its 2013 performance schedule this spring after forced federal…

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DOD awards Iridium $400 million, five-year contract for Iridium airtime services

Posted  October 23, 2013

Iridium Communications Inc. announced Oct. 21 that it has been awarded a $400 million, multi-year, fixed-price contract with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to provide satellite airtime services to meet the communications needs of the U.S. Department of Defense and their federal partners. This five-year contract renews the provision for delivering Enhanced Mobile Satellite…

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Northrop Grumman demonstrates micro-gyro prototype for DARPA program

Posted  October 23, 2013

Northrop Grumman has developed and demonstrated a new micro-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Gyro (micro-NMRG) prototype for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, providing precision navigation for size- and power-constrained applications.

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Hagel says NATO’s Afghanistan planning on track

Posted  October 23, 2013

DOD photograph by Marine Sgt. Aaron Hostutler Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, meets with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu after a meeting of defense ministers from NATO and partner countries that contribute to the International Security Assistance Force mission at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Oct. 23, 2013. Hagel met with several defense counterparts regarding NATO’s…

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Pratt & Whitney AeroPower, Safran Microturbo to provide auxiliary power unit for Dassault’s Falcon 5X Business Jet

Posted  October 23, 2013

Pratt & Whitney AeroPower has been selected to provide its APS500[D] auxiliary power unit for the Falcon 5X business jet – Dassault Aviation’s largest, most powerful twin-engine jet to date. Pratt & Whitney AeroPower, a United Technologies Corp. company, is partnering with Safran Microturbo for this project.  Microturbo is a Safran company. Dassault unveiled the…

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Forecast International says business jet market gaining traction

Posted  October 23, 2013

Forecast International predicts that manufacturers will build 9,575 business jets during the 10-year period between 2013 and 2022. The Connecticut-based market research firm estimates the value of this production at $235 billion in constant 2013 U.S. dollars. Business jet production has declined each year since 2008, when manufacturers produced more than 1,300 business jets.  Production…

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Boeing, Aerolineas Argentinas complete agreement for 20 Next-Generation 737s

Posted  October 23, 2013

Boeing and Aerolineas Argentinas, the flag carrier of Argentina, have completed an agreement for 20 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The agreement, valued at $1.8 billion at list prices, will play a key role in Aerolineas Argentinas’ continued efforts to modernize its fleet and increase passenger satisfaction. When the order is finalized, it will be posted as…

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