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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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Boeing, Jetlines announce order for five 737 MAX 7s

Posted  December 15, 2014

Boeing and Jetlines announced Dec. 15 an order for five 737 MAX 7s as the new Canadian ultra-low cost carrier builds its future fleet. The order, valued at $438 million at current list prices, includes purchase rights for an additional 16 737 MAXs. 

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NASA tests software that may help increase flight efficiency, decrease aircraft noise

Posted  December 15, 2014

NASA researchers Dec. 12 began flight tests of computer software that shows promise in improving flight efficiency and reducing environmental impacts of aircraft, especially on communities around airports. Known as ASTAR, or Airborne Spacing for Terminal Arrival Routes, the software is designed to give pilots specific speed information and guidance so that planes can be…

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Thousands gather to honor fallen veterans for Wreaths Across America Day

Posted  December 15, 2014

DOD photograph by Sebastian Sciotti Jr. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses service members and volunteers during the opening ceremony on Wreaths Across America Day in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Battaglia read a letter co-written with Army Gen….

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Lockheed Martin wins Alaska spaceport bid

Posted  December 15, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The state-owned space agency Dec. 12 named Lockheed Martin the winner of a bidding process to reconfigure a launch pad to accommodate larger rockets than what the Kodiak Launch Complex can currently handle. Lockheed Martin beat out three other bidders to reconfigure launch pad one at the Kodiak site, officials with the…

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U.S., U.K. sign framework for future naval cooperation

Posted  December 15, 2014

Leaders of the U.S. and British navies agreed on a shared vision for closer cooperation Dec. 11, the culmination of a yearlong effort that will build on a long-standing maritime partnership over the next 15 years. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and his counterpart in the United Kingdom, First Sea Lord Sir George…

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Air Force approves full rate production for JASSM-ER

Posted  December 15, 2014

The U.S. Air Force has approved full rate production for Lockheed Martin’s Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range. JASSM-ER successfully completed U.S. Air Force Initial Operational Test and Evaluation flight testing in 2013. During IOT&E, the program had a 95 percent success rate, scoring 20 successes in 21 flights. Lots 11 and 12 of the…

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Headlines December 12, 2014

Posted  December 12, 2014

News: After dramatic day, House approves $554 billion for Pentagon – The U.S. House of Representatives Dec. 11 narrowly approved a $1 trillion government-wide spending bill, but only after shouting on the floor, the changing of votes and arm-twisting behind closed doors.   Business: Musk’s SpaceX closer to certification for launches, U.S. says – Billionaire Elon Musk’s…

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News Briefs December 12, 2014

Posted  December 12, 2014

Polish leader hails purchase of U.S. missiles Poland’s defense minister says long-range missiles the country is purchasing from the U.S. are the most modern military equipment the country has ever purchased and that they are especially needed at this time of tension in the region. Tomasz Siemoniak spoke Dec. 11 at the signing ceremony for…

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Navy decommissions USS Norfolk

Posted  December 12, 2014

Navy photograph by PO1 Shannon D. Barnwell The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) returns to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after completing its final deployment. Norfolk will begin the inactivation process in 2015. The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) was decommissioned Dec. 11 during a ceremony at Naval Station…

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Raytheon awarded $26 million U.S. Navy contract for Tomahawk launching system

Posted  December 12, 2014

Raytheon has received a $25.9 million U.S. Navy contract for Tomahawk missile Composite Capsule Launching Systems. Production and delivery of the systems will support submarine-launched Tomahawk Cruise missiles. “Submarine and surface-launched Tomahawk missiles have been employed in more than 2,000 combat missions worldwide,” said Roy Donelson, Raytheon Tomahawk senior program director. “Raytheon and the U.S….

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