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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 supports new generation of lithium-ion batteries

Posted  July 15, 2013

A few months back, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research was proud to publish an article regarding a research accomplishment by Dr. Jim Tour and his research team at Rice University. AFOSR, along with other funding agencies, supported Dr. Tour’s research effort to make graphene suitable for a variety of organic chemistry applications –…

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Combat air forces to resume flying

Posted  July 15, 2013

Combat Air Forces units from multiple commands will begin flying again July 15 after many stopped flying in April of this year due to sequestration.

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Raytheon demonstrates high-definition, two-color third generation FLIR system

Posted  July 15, 2013

Raytheon’s Third Generation Forward Looking Infrared Improved Target Acquisition System and fire control successfully achieved proof of concept in a series of laboratory and field tests. Preliminary evaluation of the impact of firing all versions of the TOW missile was also performed. “Raytheon’s FLIR improvement program provides warfighters with better clarity at all ranges, allowing…

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NASA’s Hubble finds new Neptune moon

Posted  July 15, 2013

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a new moon orbiting the distant blue-green planet Neptune, the 14th known to be circling the giant planet.

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Senate passes Vietnam Veterans Donor Recognition Act of 2013

Posted  July 15, 2013

The U.S. Senate July 10 passed H.R. 588, the Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgement Act of 2013.

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News Briefs July 12, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

Afghanistan: NATO helicopter makes ‘hard landing’ KABUL, AFGHANISTAN ó The NATO-led coalition says one of its helicopters made a ìhard landingî in northern Afghanistan but that there were no injuries. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed militants had fired on an American Chinook transport helicopter in Baghlan province overnight. But coalition spokesman Capt. Luca Carniel said…

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Headlines July 12, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

News Lawmaker proposes bill to exempt Defense civilians from furloughs A Democratic congressman has introduced legislation to prohibit furloughs for civilian Defense employees, who face one of the heaviest burdens among federal workers under the government-wide spending cuts known as the sequester. Business Lockheed, Italy cancel ceremony at Italian F-35 plant Lockheed Martin and the…

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Air Force presents award to Global Hawk team

Posted  July 12, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Col. Carlin Heimann (third from left), U.S. Air Force Global Hawk program director, accepts the 2012 Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award alongside George Guerra (fourth from left), Global Hawk vice president and other Global Hawk program representatives, including (from left) Terry Williamson, Rod Berlin, Avis Anderson, Desiree Goble, Dave Yackel…

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Fanning makes first visit to Nellis, Creech AFBs

Posted  July 12, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Matthew Lancaster Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning speaks to Airmen about Air Force concerns during an all call July 8, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Fanning came to visit with Airmen at Nellis and Creech AFBs and answer questions they may have. Acting Secretary of…

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Northrop Grumman sponsors second year of collaborative engineering project by Cal State students

Posted  July 12, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Cal Poly, Pomona students (from left) Luis Andrade, Mathew Gan, Ajay Bettadapura, Jordan Quintana and Ramon Navarro discuss flight plans for their unmanned aerial vehicle, whose mission was to drop a bottle of water on a target mid-flight. Team members ensured that the aircraft’s communications link was functioning and that the payload…

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