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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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NASA opens new era in measuring Western U.S. snowpack

Posted  May 3, 2013

A new NASA airborne mission has created the first maps of the entire snowpack of two major mountain watersheds in California and Colorado, producing the most accurate measurements to date of how much water they hold. The data from NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory mission will be used to estimate how much water will flow out…

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Vietnam War sailors honored at Arlington

Posted  May 3, 2013

The U.S. Navy honored four sailors from a Vietnam-era helicopter crew during an interment ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery May 2.

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Raytheon realigns two business headquarters locations

Posted  May 3, 2013

Part of company’s previously announced consolidation initiative Company announced May 2 that two of its four businesses will have new headquarters locations. The decisions stem from the company consolidation announced March 25, 2013, intended to streamline operations, increase productivity and achieve stronger alignment with its customers’ priorities. Raytheon’s newly formed Intelligence, Information and Services business…

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News Briefs: May 1, 2013

Posted  May 1, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,077 As of April 30, 2013, at least 2,077 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,719 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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NASA spacecraft will visit asteroid with new name

Posted  May 1, 2013

An asteroid that will be explored by a NASA spacecraft has a new name, thanks to a third-grade student in North Carolina. NASA’s Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will visit the asteroid now called Bennu, named after an important ancient Egyptian avian deity. OSIRIS-Rex is scheduled to launch in 2016, rendezvous with Bennu in…

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AV Board of Trade heads to Washington, D.C.

Posted  May 1, 2013

The AV Board of Trade recently made its annual legislative trip to our nation’s capitol, the 57th annual trip to be exact, since their first visit as the AV Progress Association. As always, appointments are made around topics included in the white papers that are compiled throughout the year.  Committee chairs in transportation, environment, healthcare…

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First Lady unveils certification plan for veteran jobs

Posted  May 1, 2013

White House photograph by Chuck Kennedy First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, April 29, 2013. The First Lady announced the IT Training and Certification Partnership, a new public-private partnership that will enable thousands of service members…

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SAIC awarded NASA Glenn support contract

Posted  May 1, 2013

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by NASA to provide safety, health, environmental and mission assurance services at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. The single-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a 19-month base period of performance, three 12-month options, one five-month option,…

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Hagel to make furlough decion soon, press secretary says

Posted  May 1, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will make a decision soon on the scope of civilian furloughs in response to sequestration spending cuts, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said May 1. Hagel is reviewing analysis on the budget “and he’ll reach a decision in the near future,” Little told reporters. Little acknowledged news reports that some services…

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Budget cuts mean Army must consider where it will buy weapons

Posted  May 1, 2013

Army photograph by Sgt. Christopher Johnston The Lima Army Tank Plant, Lima, Ohio, which produced the M1A2 tank, will stay open and busy until at least 2018, producing tanks and other equipment for both the U.S. Army and for sale to foreign countries through the Army’s foreign military sales program. With sequestration firmly in place,…

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