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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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Business

Boeing says strong demand pushing commercial production rates higher

Posted  March 11, 2013

Boeing said March 11 that strong demand for its commercial airplanes and a healthy backlog are behind the company’s decision to keep increasing production rates. “The data tells us the market is strong and will continue to be strong. That’s why we’re confident as we raise our production rates,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of…

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KYOCERA recognized for excellence by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems for second consecutive year

Posted  March 11, 2013

Kyocera America Inc. was recently recognized by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems for Supplier Excellence in 2012, representing the companyís second consecutive 3-Star Supplier Excellence award. This honor acknowledges Kyoceraís performance in overall quality, on-time delivery, customer satisfaction, and total business and financial health. The Supplier Excellence selection process is undertaken annually by SAS to…

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Raytheon’s dual-band datalink tested with Thales radar

Posted  March 11, 2013

Raytheon has tested its company-funded dual-band datalink with a Thales Nederland Advanced Phased Array Radar. The test took place at a shore-based Dutch facility and marked a key step toward enabling more European ships to employ the full range of missiles within the Standard Missile family, including the Standard Missile-3. “Right now, few of Europe’s…

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News Briefs March 11, 2013

Posted  March 11, 2013

Boat crashes near California base, drugs found, no people Officials say an overturned boat and floating bales of a suspected illegal drug have been discovered off the central California coast at Vandenberg Air Force Base, but they haven’t found anyone who may have been steering the craft. Second Lt. Kaylee Ausbun says the small boat…

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Headlines: March 11, 2013

Posted  March 11, 2013

News Three dead in U.S. Navy Prowler crash Three people were killed in a training flight after an E/A-6B Prowler crashed into a wooded area 50 miles west-southwest of Spokane, Wash. A source familiar with the crash confirmed that there were three people onboard the aircraft, which belonged to Electronic Attack Squadron 129, the Vikings….

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U.S., Philippine service members work together during PACANGEL

Posted  March 13, 2013

A joint team of U.S. service members traveled to the Philippines to participate in Operation Pacific Angel March 4 through 11.

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VA will use preliminary findings to reduce verification denials

Posted  March 13, 2013

To speed eligibility determinations of Veteran-owned small businesses for Department of Veterans Affairs’ ìVeterans Firstî contracts, theVA will allow applicants the opportunity to correct minor deficiencies before an initial denial is issued. Starting May 1, the VA will begin providing preliminary findings to applicants before completing a comprehensive review of their submissions. This is expected…

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Boeing names Ferra Engineering a supplier for Extended Range JDAMs

Posted  March 13, 2013

Boeing has selected Brisbane, Australia,-based Ferra Engineering to build wing kits that triple the effective range of the Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range and allow aircrews to deploy the weapon from beyond the range of an enemyís air defense system. The Royal Australian Air Force became Boeingís first JDAM ER customer in 2011. Boeing…

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Dempsey: Sequestration will affect programs, readiness

Posted  March 13, 2013

The Defense Department will see effects to long-term military readiness and support programs such as the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors under sequestrationís fiscal constraints, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said March 11. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey gave remarks and fielded questions from the audience at the National League of Cities…

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NASA’s Michoud assembly facility manufactures liquid natural gas tanks for Lockheed Martin

Posted  March 13, 2013

NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, the agency’s only large-scale advanced manufacturing facility, soon will be building liquefied natural gas tanks with commercial applications on Earth. In a March 12 ceremony that included Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md., announced it is drawing on the unique experience and equipment at Michoud…

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