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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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World

Aircraft crash in Afghanistan kills seven

Posted  May 1, 2013

A civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff April 29, killing all seven people aboard, the U.S.-led military coalition said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash, but the coalition said in a statement to The Associated Press: “Taliban’s claims are false.” It said the…

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Space

SpaceShipTwo first powered flight goes as planned

Posted  May 1, 2013

http://www.aerotechnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/spaceshiptwo1.jpg Close up of SS2 during successful rocket-powered flight. It took eight and a half years and only lasted for 16 seconds, but all involved know the wait was worth it. SpaceShipTwo being developed for Virgin Galactic had its first powered flight on April 29. The unique hybrid nitrous oxide liquid oxidizer and hydroxyl terminated…

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Edwards Civ-Mil selects 2013 projects; honors contributors

Posted  May 1, 2013

The April Edwards Civilian-Military support Group directors meeting discussed the 2013 project for the base, and verified the annual barbecue date. They also heard reports on the AV Board of Trade Washington, D.C., tour and the California Space Week celebration in Sacramento. Several projects for the base were discussed. Rehabilitation of the name plaques at…

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Tech

NASA rover prototype set to explore Greenland ice sheet

Posted  May 1, 2013

NASA's newest scientific rover is set for testing May 3 through June 8 in the highest part of Greenland.

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Business

Lockheed Martin celebrates golden anniversary in Huntsville, Ala., and commitment to innovation

Posted  May 1, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin°Øs first building in Huntsville, Ala., shown here in a 1960s era photo, was constructed 50 years ago on the Bradford Drive, which today is the site of nine buildings. Lockheed Martin commemorated 50 years of operations in Huntsville, Ala., May 1 with a celebration attended by approximately 1,000 people, including…

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Veterans

VA withholds disability claims executives’ bonuses

Posted  May 1, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs is withholding bonuses for senior officials who oversee disability claims, citing a failure to meet performance goals for reducing a sizable backlog in claims processing. The backlog has increased dramatically over the past three years, and the department has come under intense criticism from veterans groups and members of Congress…

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Headlines April 29, 2013

Posted  April 29, 2013

News Four service members die in plane crash in Afghanistan, NATO says Four international service members have died in a plane crash in southern Afghanistan. Initial reporting of the April 27 crash indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time, NATO said. Pentagon steps up planning for potential military intervention in…

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News Briefs: April 29, 2013

Posted  April 29, 2013

Alabama offering new veterans driver’s license Alabama veterans will have the option to display proof of their military service on their driver’s license. A law sponsored by Democratic Rep. Marcel Black of Tuscumbia provided for the Veterans Driver’s License. The state Department of Public Safety says the licenses will be available beginning May 1. Black…

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Space

Herschel completes its ‘cool’ journey into space

Posted  April 29, 2013

The Herschel observatory, a European space telescope for which NASA helped build instruments and process data, has stopped making observations after running out of liquid coolant as expected. The European Space Agency mission, launched almost four years ago, revealed the universe’s “coolest” secrets by observing the frigid side of planet, star and galaxy formation. “Herschel…

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Business

Telair delivers 300th lower deck cargo system for Airbus A-330, -340 series

Posted  April 29, 2013

Telair International, a subsidiary of U.S.-based aerospace and defense contractor AAR has delivered the 300th advanced lower deck cargo system to the Airbus fuselage production line in Hamburg, Germany. Since 2008, Telair has been the single source supplier for the advanced cargo handling systems for the Airbus A330-200 and -300 and A340-300 series of aircraft,…

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