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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 aids France with RPG-defense test data

Posted  July 12, 2013

Courtesy photograph French soldiers patrol in a VBCI infantry fighting vehicle equipped with a legacy rocket-propelled grenade defense system. Fighting in Mali spurred the need for increased capabilities to protect French soldiers, and the U.S. Army has transferred technical test data on a new rocket-propelled grenade defense system, Q-Nets II, through an international agreement. The…

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Lockheed Martin delivers 100th targeting system for F-35

Posted  July 12, 2013

Martin recently delivered the 100th Electro-Optical Targeting System for the F-35 Lightning II. EOTS provides affordable, high performance multifunction targeting to the F-35ís full spectrum of military operations. EOTS is the first sensor that combines forward-looking infrared and infrared search and track functionality to provide F-35 pilots with situational awareness and air-to-air and air-to-surface targeting…

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SecDef details ‘Plan B’ should sequestration continue

Posted  July 12, 2013

If sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, the Defense Department will be forced to consider involuntary reductions-in-force for the civilian workforce, draconian cuts to military personnel accounts and a virtual halt to military modernization, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Senate leaders July 11. The senators had requested detailed information on how…

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F-35 pilot cadre grows to 100 as training ramps up at Eglin Air Force Base

Posted  July 12, 2013

Maj. Robert Miller became the 100th pilot to fly the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II when he took to the skies above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for a training flight July 9. Millerís 90-minute familiarization flight included normal operations for aircraft handling and landings in an F-35A fighter. The flight followed academic and simulator…

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Air Force Reserve MAFFS C-130s, crews back in Colorado

Posted  July 12, 2013

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Daniel Butterfield Members of the Air Force Reserve Commandís 302nd Airlift Wing load a U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System into a C-130 aircraft the morning of June 12. This marked the start of the 2013 MAFFS season for the 302nd AW. The aircraft dropped retardant on the…

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Boeing, Silk Airways announce order for two 747-8 freighters

Posted  July 12, 2013

Boeing and Silk Way Airlines, a cargo carrier based in Baku, Azerbaijan, announced July 11 an order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters valued at $704 million at current list prices. “Silk Way Airlines’ vision is to be a successful and profitable cargo operator by investing in its fleet and services and continuing to increase its…

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Korean War veteran tells story of littlest survivors

Posted  July 12, 2013

The Korean War veteran who established the Korean War Children’s Memorial in Washington state will return to South Korea this July. Invited to Korea by Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim Moon-soo, George F. Drake, Ph.D., will return with other Korean War veterans for the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice. While serving as a…

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X-47B makes first arrested landing at sea

Posted  July 12, 2013

Navy photograph by PO3 Kevin J. Steinberg An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The landing marks the first time any unmanned aircraft has completed an arrested landing at sea. George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations…

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U.S.-China military ties growing, Pacom commander says

Posted  July 12, 2013

The military-to-military relationship between the United States and China is deepening in a quite commendableî way that may help improve overall engagement between the two countries, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, told Pentagon reporters July 11. During a news briefing, Locklear said he has spent the week here taking…

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Lockheed Martin completes captive carry tests with LRASM, future U.S. Air Force, Navy missile

Posted  July 12, 2013

Lockheed Martin recently completed a series of Long Range Anti-Ship Missile captive carry flight tests at the Sea Range in Point Mugu, Calif., advancing the research program toward its first missile release and free flight test later this year. The captive carry missions were flown aboard a U.S. Air Force B-1B from the 337th Test…

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