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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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NATO defense ministers set post-2014 Afghanistan mission

Posted  June 5, 2013

NATO defense ministerial meetings June 4 and 5helped to cement the allianceís commitment to a ìtrain, advise and assistî mission that will begin after the International Security Assistance Force disbands at the end of 2014, NATOís senior civilian leader said June 5. The end of 2014 will mark the end of our combat mission, but…

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NASA’s Spitzer sees Milky Wayís blooming countryside

Posted  June 5, 2013

New views from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show blooming stars in our Milky Way galaxy’s more barren territories, far from its crowded core. The images are part of the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (Glimpse 360) project, which is mapping the celestial topography of our galaxy. The map and a full, 360-degree view of…

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U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $31 million to continue supporting airborne mission computers

Posted  June 5, 2013

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $31.5 million contract for the performance-based logistics support of the Advanced Mission Computers in the Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier aircrafts. This is the second five-year performance-based logistics contract that General Dynamics has won with the Naval Supply Systems Command. General Dynamics Advanced…

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Heftier unmanned ground vehicle offers more lifting, hauling strength

Posted  June 5, 2013

Photograph courtesy of iRobot The iRobot Warrior, using a tool on the end of its arm, is able to grab, lift and carry heavy items. The arm can lift up to 350 pounds and the Warrior can carry a payload of up to 150 pounds. A small car can’t pull a heavy trailer. Sports utility…

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Business

Northrop Grumman begins sampling new gallium nitride packaged power amplifier for military, commercial high-power amplifier needs

Posted  June 5, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -†Northrop Grumman has developed a new gallium nitride (GaN) flange packaged power amplifier, APN180FP, targeting military and commercial Ka-band communication applications. This product represents the first commercial availability of a packaged, GaN-based component from the company. “The APN180FP provides customers with a powerful, easy-to-use, high-frequency product that greatly expands the accessibility of…

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Northrop Grumman supports STEM education initiatives by awarding grants to Los Angeles area teachers

Posted  June 5, 2013

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. -†Northrop Grumman) has provided grants worth a total of $3,300 to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational initiatives in Los Angeles metropolitan area schools. Northrop Grumman awarded 11 individual grants of $300 each to teachers in local elementary, middle and high schools to fund projects that promote STEM education and awareness….

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UTC Aerospace Systems awarded Boeing C17 Globemaster III landing gear system overhaul services contract

Posted  June 5, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has again been selected by Boeing to provide landing gear system maintenance services in support of the U.S. Air Force fleet of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. Included as part of the agreement, the company will partner with Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah supporting C-17 workload. UTC Aerospace Systems…

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Headlines June 5, 2013

Posted  June 5, 2013

News White House promises veto of GOP spending plan The White House stepped in June with a veto threat against a House GOP plan to advance a round of 2014 spending bills that would ease sequester-imposed cuts on the Pentagon while forcing even deeper cuts on non-defense programs. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/03/white-house-promises-veto-gop-spending-plan/ House panel votes to stop DOD…

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News Briefs June 5, 2013

Posted  June 5, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,097 As of June 4, 2013, at least 2,097 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 1,738 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Becker communication system selected for C-130 Hercules AMP

Posted  June 7, 2013

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected as part of a larger C-130 Hercules Avionics Modernization Program. The Intercom System modernization and avionics upgrade was selected by an undisclosed military customer, which will be managed in conjunction with a prime aircraft integration company. The project replaces the aging aircraft ICS system and wiring…

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