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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-built WGS satellite enhances tactical communications for war fighters

Posted  May 29, 2013

Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite it is delivering to the U.S. Air Force to give war fighters greater access to fast, secure communications that help them complete their missions more safely and effectively. After reaching final orbit, WGS-5 will complete several maneuvers and tests before beginning…

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works lays keel of DDG 1001, second Zumwalt-class Destroyer

Posted  May 29, 2013

On May 23, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated the keel laying of Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), the second ship in the planned three-ship Zumwalt class of guided-missile destroyers. The ship is named for Petty Officer Second Class Michael Monsoor, a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2006. Monsoor was on…

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F-35B celebrates one year at Eglin

Posted  May 29, 2013

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Coates, an F-35B Lightning II maintainer, gives the thumbs up to Marine Capt. David Corkill piloting the joint strike fighter that he is cleared safe to resume his flying mission after hot refueling the aircraft. The F-35B and pilot were able to conduct a…

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SecAF: Sequestration hits AF readiness, modernization

Posted  May 29, 2013

Sequestration has hit the Air Force particularly hard, impacting its force structure, readiness and modernization, senior Air Force leaders said May 23.

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F-15 crashes in Pacific, pilot safe

Posted  May 29, 2013

Japan Air Self Defense Force rescue squadron crews safely recovered the pilot who ejected from a Kadena Air Base-based F-15 aircraft over the Pacific Ocean approximately 70 miles east of Okinawa at around 9 a.m., May 27. The pilot is in stable condition and is being evaluated at a military medical facility. The cause of…

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United Launch Alliance launches second successful mission for U.S. Air Force in just nine days

Posted  May 29, 2013

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully launched the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 8:27 p.m., EDT, May 24y from Space Launch Complex-37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This mission launched just nine days after ULA successfully launched the GPS IIF-4 satellite last Wednesday, May 15….

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C-5C the Galaxy

Posted  May 29, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, Calif., performed maintenance on one of just two C-5C Galaxy aircraft in the world in May 2013. The C-5C features more cargo capacity than A & and B models due to removal of the entire passenger compartment. Each of the two C-5C aircraft is…

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Arlington ceremony honors fallen service women

Posted  May 29, 2013

The Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues and senior women enlisted military members gathered at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial here May 22 for the 16th annual recognition ceremony.

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Headlines May 24, 2013

Posted  May 24, 2013

In the news….. Hurdles to closing Guantanamo just as high under new Obama plan President Obama announced measures May 23 to revitalize his failed first-term commitment to close the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, but the renewed effort faces the same steep political climb: To make it work, Congress would have to accept a…

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News Briefs May 24, 2013

Posted  May 24, 2013

Air Force general vows to protect quality of weapons work The commander of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., says budget cuts are hitting the Albuquerque installation’s staff and operations but that the safety, security and reliability of the weapons themselves won’t be affected. Maj. Gen. Sandra Finan says…

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