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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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U.S. Army selects ViaSat to supply Link 16 small tactical terminals for Apache helicopters

Posted  August 31, 2013

The U.S. Army is adding its AH-64E Apache helicopter fleet to the Link 16 network. Following successful flight tests, the Army has decided to pursue a sole source solicitation of ViaSat Inc. for the Small Tactical Terminal KOR-24A to satisfy its requirement for an Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station Small Airborne Link 16 Terminal. The STT…

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NASA tests limits of 3-D printing with powerful rocket engine check

Posted  August 31, 2013

The largest 3-D printed rocket engine component NASA ever has tested blazed to life Aug. 22 during an engine firing that generated a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. This test is a milestone for one of many important advances the agency is making to reduce the cost of space hardware. Innovations like additive manufacturing, or…

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Northrop Grumman Australia agrees to acquire Qantas Group’s defense services business

Posted  August 31, 2013

Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Limited, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, has signed a definitive agreement with Qantas Airways Limited to acquire Australia-based Qantas Defence Services Pty Limited. QDS provides integrated logistics, sustainment and modernization support to Australian government and military customers. The acquisition is subject to various conditions and is expected to close in 2014….

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Defense satellite launched from Vandenberg may be final KH-11

Posted  August 31, 2013

On Aug. 28 the 4th Space Launch Squadron and United Launch Alliance successfully lofted a classified satellite payload into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office atop a Delta IV-Heavy, the largest rocket currently available in the U.S. inventory.

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NASA data reveals mega-canyon under Greenland ice sheet

Posted  August 31, 2013

Data from a NASA airborne science mission reveals evidence of a large and previously unknown canyon hidden under a mile of Greenland ice. The canyon has the characteristics of a winding river channel and is at least 460 miles long, making it longer than the Grand Canyon. In some places, it is as deep as…

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VA announces big expansion of ‘VetSuccess on Campus’

Posted  August 31, 2013

As a new school year begins, a Department of Veterans Affairs official announced Aug. 29 that VA will nearly triple the number of colleges and universities it partners with to offer on-campus vocational and rehabilitative VA counseling through its “VetSuccess on Campus” program. Curt Coy, VA’s deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity, told reporters during a…

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Advanced Super Hornet demonstrates significant stealth, range improvements

Posted  August 31, 2013

Boeing photograph An F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet prototype with conformal fuel tanks designed and built by Northrop Grumman completed its first flight earlier this month.   During three weeks of flight testing the Advanced Super Hornet, Boeing and partner Northrop Grumman demonstrated that the fighter can outperform threats for decades to come with improvements that…

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NASA helicopter test a smash hit

Posted  August 31, 2013

Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., dropped an old Marine CH-46E helicopter fuselage filled with 15 dummy occupants from a height of about 30 feet Wednesday to test improved seats and seatbelts and gather data on the odds of surviving a helicopter crash. They used cables to hoist the helicopter fuselage with…

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Virgin Galactic to host career fair

Posted  August 31, 2013

Virgin Galactic, along with its sister space vehicle manufacturing organization, The Spaceship Company, are hosting a career fair Sept. 7 in Mojave, Calif., and online to expand their best-in-class teams. More than 100 positions are available for innovative engineers, procurement gurus, superstar composite technicians and more, offering a truly out-of-this-world career with history-making opportunities. Open…

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Northrop Grumman taps Brian E. Chappel to lead the F-35 Lightning II program

Posted  August 31, 2013

Brian E. Chappel has been appointed vice president and program manager for the Northrop Grumman F-35 Lightning II program. Northrop Grumman is principal partner to Lockheed Martin on the F-35.

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