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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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AeroVironment unveils four-ounce pocket DDL secure video, data receiver

Posted  October 23, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc. has unveiled its new Pocket DDL™ secure digital video and data receiver.  The four-ounce device enables remote viewing of video and data from AeroVironment small unmanned aircraft systems as well as from helicopters, airplanes, other unmanned aircraft and ground robots equipped with the company’s Digital Data Link. AeroVironment has delivered thousands of DDL-enabled…

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Future uncertain for Ground Combat Vehicle, Armed Aerial Scout

Posted  October 23, 2013

Army photograph by David Vergun Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, and Gen. Dennis Via, commander, Army Materiel Command, speak Oct. 21, 2013, at a modernization press conference at AUSA’s 2013 Annual Meeting, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. As a result of fiscal “belt tightening, the…

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Raytheon test fires enhanced Marine Corps anti-tank weapon system

Posted  October 23, 2013

  Raytheon has successfully completed an initial round of live-fire testing with a new U.S. Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle Anti-Tank weapon system. The upgraded, highly mobile, anti-armor LAV-AT weapon system is designed to protect reconnaissance and light infantry. Its mission is to defeat threats at long-range, day or night, and in all weather conditions….

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NASA Dryden awards facilities maintenance contract to Helix Management Services

Posted  October 23, 2013

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., has awarded a contract to Helix Management Services, of Lanham, Md., to provide facility operations and maintenance services at the center’s campuses at Edwards Air Force Base and Palmdale, Calif. The firm fixed-price contract could be worth as much as $29.4 million over the five-year life of the…

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GA-ASI’s improved Gray Eagle flies more than 45 hours non-stop

Posted  October 23, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Oct. 22 the successful completion of the first of two planned U.S. Army endurance demonstration flights with its Improved Gray Eagle® aircraft. IGE.

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NASA laser communication system sets record with data transmissions to and from Moon

Posted  October 23, 2013

NASA’s Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration has made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles between the moon and Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits per second. LLCD is NASA’s first system for two-way communication using a laser instead of radio waves. It also has demonstrated an…

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Boeing begins assembling third KC-46A tanker aircraft

Posted  October 23, 2013

Boeing is assembling a third KC-46A test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker program at the company’s Everett, Wash., factory, keeping the program on schedule to complete production of four test aircraft by the third quarter of 2014. “In addition to the three KC-46A tankers now in production, our System Integration…

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UTC Aerospace Systems selected by Dassault Aviation to provide four systems for Falcon 5X

Posted  October 23, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Dassault Aviation to supply the Ram Air Turbine System, the SmartProbe® Air Data System, the Fire Protection System and the Throttle Control Unit for its latest Falcon 5X Business Jet. UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., will provide the systems through its Electric Systems business…

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Upgrades boost ballistic missile defense radar’s performance to protect against missile raid

Posted  October 23, 2013

Ballistic missile raids – large numbers of simultaneously launched weapons – may soon have a tougher time penetrating allied air defenses. Raytheon has started upgrading the AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar’s signal and data processing equipment) to enable the “brains” of the radar to more quickly and accurately discriminate threats from non-threats and enhance radar…

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Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft departs ISS, ends demonstration mission for NASA

Posted  October 23, 2013

A cargo resupply demonstration mission by Orbital Sciences Corp. drew to a close Oct. 22 as Expedition 37 crew members aboard the International Space Station detached and released the Dulles, Va., company’s Cygnus spacecraft from the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus had been attached to the space station’s Harmony module for 23 days. The spacecraft delivered about…

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