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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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Unwanted Gear: Congress slows military efforts to save

Posted  April 24, 2013

Parked around the airstrip at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, are more than a dozen massive C-5A Galaxy transport planes. There is no money to fly them, repair them or put pilots in the cockpits, but Congress rejected the Air Force’s bid to retire them. So, in the weeks and months ahead, crews will tow…

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NASA announces 2012 small business industry awards

Posted  April 24, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden April 23 recognized three companies as winners of the agency’s 2012 Small Business Industry Awards. The Small Business Industry Award Program highlights a large business prime contractor, a small business prime contractor and a small business subcontractor for outstanding support to NASA in achieving the agency’s mission during the fiscal year….

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Readiness, modernization in flux, Air Force secretary says

Posted  April 24, 2013

The Air Force will see few force structure changes this year, but readiness and modernization accounts will be in flux this year and next, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said April 23. The secretary also told the Defense Writers’ Group that now is the time for another base realignment and closure process. Readiness and…

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Advanced cockpit ground control station flies Predator C Avenger

Posted  April 24, 2013

Next-generation GCS successfully integrates flagship, advanced Predator platforms General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced April 24 that it has successfully demonstrated its Advanced Cockpit Ground Control Stationís capability to fly Predator C Avenger. The flight occurred Nov. 15, 2012, at the companyís Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. GAASI is a leading manufacturer…

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U.S. probes safety testing of Boeing 787 batteries

Posted  April 24, 2013

Federal regulators let Boeing write the safety conditions for the problematic battery system in its beleaguered 787 “Dreamliner,” prescribe how to test it and carry out those tests itself, according to testimony and documents released at a hearing Tuesday. As airlines prepare to resume flying the 787 after a three-month grounding, the National Transportation Safety…

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Space station communications test bed checks out; experiments begin

Posted  April 24, 2013

NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) test bed has begun its experiments after completing its checkout on the International Space Station. The SCaN test bed is an advanced, integrated communications laboratory facility that uses a new generation of software-defined radio technology to allow researchers to develop, test and demonstrate advanced communications, networking and navigation technologies…

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VA launches hotline for health care, women veteran questions

Posted  April 24, 2013

The Veterans Affairs Department has launched a new hotline – 1-855-VA-WOMEN to receive and respond to questions from veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women veterans. The service began accepting calls March 27. “Some women veterans may not know about high-quality VA care and services available to…

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Headlines April 22, 2013

Posted  April 22, 2013

Business U.S. defense shares soar as investors ignore predictions of contraction Automatic federal budget cuts were supposed to shake the fortunes of Pentagon contractors, with a leading industry lobbyist predicting an “unemployment Armageddon” for defense workers. Dreamliner: Boeing starts replacing 787 batteries Boeing has started replacing batteries on some of its grounded 787 Dreamliner fleet,…

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News Briefs April 22, 2013

Posted  April 22, 2013

Yemen officials: U.S. drone kills two militants Yemeni army officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed two suspected al Qaeda militants east of the capital, sparking a retaliatory attack on a military checkpoint. It’s the third suspected U.S. drone strike in less than a week in Yemen. The officials in Marib province say at…

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Orbital successfully launches first Antares rocket

Posted  April 22, 2013

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the worldís leading space technology companies, April 21 completed a successful test launch of its new Antaresô rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at NASAís Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. Lift-off took place at 5 p.m., EDT, followed by payload separation approximately 10 minutes later and mission completion…

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