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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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Headlines June 21, 2013

Posted  June 21, 2013

Business Boeing told to refund overcharges to Pentagon The Pentagon’s purchasing agency said Boeing must refund $13.7 million in excessive charges on spare parts, including a $10 device for which the defense contractor charged $2,286 apiece. Raytheon contests U.S. backing Lockheed anti-ship missile Raytheon, the world’s largest missile maker, is challenging a Pentagon plan to…

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News Briefs June 21, 2013

Posted  June 21, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,103 As of June 18, 2013, at least 2,103 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 1,744 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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CalVet home loans collaborates with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for veterans in North Los Angeles County

Posted  June 24, 2013

Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley, the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate for North Los Angeles County, in collaboration with the California Department of Veterans Affairs, is building homes for veterans in Sylmar and Santa Clarita. The project in Santa Clarita will consist of an 87-home community and the one in Sylmar will be…

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A ‘Super’ Delivery

Posted  June 24, 2013

The 11th C-5M Super Galaxy departed for Dover Air Force Base, Del. from Lockheed Martin  facilities in Marietta, Ga., June 21. The aircraft was flown to Delaware by Maj. Gen. Craig Neil Gourley, vice commander of the Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. The C-5M is the only true strategic airlifter…

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Northrop Grumman to offer improved GPS-challenged navigation, geo-registration solution for U.S. Air Force

Posted  June 24, 2013

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has been awarded a phase two inertial navigation system-related contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to continue improving geo-registration accuracy for positioning and pointing applications, even in GPS-denied conditions. Geo-registration of data is critical for accurate interaction between systems, such as locating targets and handing off coordinates to…

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TransDigm to acquire GE Aviation’s Electromechanical Actuation Business

Posted  June 24, 2013

TransDigm Group Incorporated announced June 21 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of GE Aviation’s Electromechanical Actuation Division, for approximately $150 million in cash. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close around the end of the third quarter fiscal 2013. The…

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Competitors selected for DARPA spectrum challenge

Posted  June 24, 2013

As wireless devices proliferate and the radio spectrum becomes ever more congested, all users have a common interest in radio technologies that can accommodate the largest number of users but still enable priority traffic to get through.

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Navy receives first F-35C Lightning II

Posted  June 24, 2013

The U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 received the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft from Lockheed Martin today at the squadron's home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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StandardAero awarded C-130 propulsion system maintenance, engineering support contract

Posted  June 24, 2013

StandardAero has been awarded a multi-year contract for maintenance and engineering support of the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s C-130H and C-130H-30 Hercules propulsion systems. The award endorses StandardAero’s global, market-leading position on Hercules and Orion propulsion support. It also recognizes the benefits StandardAero can deliver to C-130 and P-3 operators over their life cycle; including…

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European Space Propulsion secures first flight contract to deliver FORMOSAT- 7 thrusters

Posted  June 24, 2013

European Space Propulsion , , announced June 21 that it has signed a contract with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited for the delivery of 19 MR-103 thrusters for the FORMOSAT-7 program. European Space Propulsion is an Aerojet Rocketdyne company. This first award for ESP includes delivery of thrusters for six spacecraft and an option for hardware…

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