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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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Lockheed Martin opens facility to accelerate MUOS secure radio terminal, government application development

Posted  December 12, 2014

With the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System expected to achieve global communications coverage next year, Lockheed Martin recently established a new radio terminal development and certification facility to help put MUOS’ new capabilities into warfighters’ hands faster.

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XCOR presents new platforms for suborbital science at AGU

Posted  December 12, 2014

MOJAVE, Calif. -†XCOR AerospaceÆ presents new instruments for solar observation and atmospheric phenomena measurement, alongside its full scale Lynx spacecraft, Dec. 15ñ19 at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Both instruments ñ the Southwest Research Institute’s Solar Instrument Pointing Platform and KickSat’s sprite, will demonstrate future platforms for commercial suborbital science. “We’re…

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Navy tests news unmanned underwater vehicle at JEBLC-FS

Posted  December 12, 2014

Navy photograph by PO3 Edward Guttierrez III The GhostSwimmer vehicle, developed by the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell project Silent NEMO, undergoes testing at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story. Project Silent NEMO is an experiment which explores the possible uses for a biomimetic device developed by the Office of Naval…

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Thunderbirds release 2015 show schedule

Posted  December 12, 2014

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have finalized their 2015 show schedule. In its 62nd season, the team is slated to perform 71 demonstrations at 39 locations.

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Navy moving forward with LCS

Posted  December 12, 2014

Navy photograph by JoAnna Delfin The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is moored at Apra Harbor on U.S. Naval Base Guam. Fort Worth is conducting its maiden 16-month rotational deployment in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance.   Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the Navy “to move forward with a multi-mission…

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Boeing begins construction of simulation, analytics lab space in Huntsville

Posted  December 12, 2014

Boeing announced Dec. 11 it has begun construction on a 7,000-square-foot addition to its research and technology center in Alabama. Known as the Center for Applied Simulation and Analytics, the new lab space will serve as a hub for Boeing, its research partners and academic collaborators to create and develop simulation and analytics technologies, providing…

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Help U.S. cope with climate change: Enter NASA-USGS data app challenge

Posted  December 12, 2014

NASA in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey is offering more than $35,000 in prizes to citizen scientists for ideas that make use of climate data to address vulnerabilities faced by the United States in coping with climate change.

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F-35 European maintenance sites announced

Posted  December 12, 2014

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program office announced Dec. 11 the European locations for heavy engine and heavy air frame maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade facilities. ìIn the European region, F-35 initial air frame MROU capability will be provided by Italy by 2018,” Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan told reporters. Bogdan…

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Arlington National Cemetery continues improvements, director testifies

Posted  December 12, 2014

In testimony on Capitol Hill, the executive director of Army National Cemeteries said as the pace of interments remain at an all-time high, Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia, continues process improvements.

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BAE Systems announces proposed acquisition of Eclipse Electronic System

Posted  December 12, 2014

BAE Systems announced Dec. 11 that it has entered into an agreement with Esterline Corporation for the proposed acquisition of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Eclipse Electronic Systems, Inc., for cash consideration of approximately $28 million, subject to closing adjustments. The Texas-based Eclipse Electronic Systems business employs approximately 90 people and provides highly-advanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance…

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