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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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Air Force launches 3rd X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

Posted  December 12, 2012

In the next installment to improve space capability and further develop an affordable, reusable space vehicle, the Air Force conducted its third X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle launch at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Dec. 11, officials said. The launch comes on the heels of the successful flight of OTV-2, which made an autonomous landing at Vandenberg Air…

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Trial necessary to resolve claims from 2005 Boeing Wichita sale

Posted  December 12, 2012

A federal judge has ruled a trial is necessary to decide claims brought in a lawsuit by two unions arising from Boeing’s 2005 sale of its commercial aircraft operations in Kansas and Oklahoma. The lawsuit was brought by the International Association of Machinists and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace. In a 49-page…

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DOD approves grants for transportation improvements, replace schools on military installations

Posted  December 12, 2012

The Department of Defense announced Dec. 11 five grants from the Office of Economic Adjustment, including a $18.3 million grant to the Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration to improve access to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. They also announced a $35,247,240 grant to Geary County Unified School District Number…

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Obama Nominates Clark as Next Air Guard Director

Posted  December 12, 2012

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. “Sid” Clarke III, commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1st Air Force, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next director of the Air National Guard. If confirmed by the Senate, Clarke will replace Lt. Gen. Harry “Bud” Wyatt III, who is retiring in…

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New NASA-funded forecast system helps transoceanic flights avoid storms

Posted  December 12, 2012

A new NASA-funded prototype system developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research of Boulder, Colo., now is providing weather forecasts that can help flights avoid major storms as they travel over remote ocean regions. The eight-hour forecasts of potentially dangerous atmospheric conditions are designed for pilots, air traffic controllers and others involved in transoceanic…

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Operational Test Command completes Network Integration Evaluation 13.1

Posted  December 12, 2012

Testers, soldiers, engineers and combat developers completed the fourth iteration of a series of semi-annual field exercises, called Network Integration Evaluations, at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N. M., just in time to get everyone home for the holidays. Managed by a group known as the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, “TRIAD”…

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UTC Aerospace Systems awarded aftermarket contracts to support U.S. Navy’s V-22 program

Posted  December 12, 2012

UTC Aerospace Systems secured aftermarket contracts for Constant Frequency Generator repairs and retrofits, and upgraded spares for the U.S. Navy’s V-22 program. The V-22 is flown by both the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team and the U.S. Air Force. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. “UTC Aerospace Systems is delighted to support…

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Hubble provides first census of galaxies near cosmic dawn

Posted  December 12, 2012

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers announced Dec. 12 they have seen further back in time than ever before and have uncovered a previously unseen population of seven primitive galaxies that formed more than 13 billion years ago, when the universe was less than 3 percent of its present age. The deepest images to date…

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National Intelligence Council forecasts megatrends

Posted  December 12, 2012

The American Century is drawing to a close, and the U.S. Defense Department will have to be more flexible in dealing with a faster-paced multipolar world, according to the Global Trends 2030 report released Dec. 10. The National Intelligence Council has looked to the future to jumpstart the conversation about what U.S. policy should be,…

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Thales USA president, CEO to retire, company elects successor

Posted  December 12, 2012

Thales USA, Inc. has announced that President and CEO Allan Cameron will retire at year-end after eight years of service with the company. Vice President and General Manager of Thales Avionics, Alan Pellegrini, will succeed Cameron as president and CEO effective the beginning of 2013. Cameron joined Thales in 2004 leading the naval business in…

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