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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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NASA’s NuSTAR helps solve riddle of black hole spin

Posted  February 27, 2013

Two X-ray space observatories, NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton, have teamed up to measure definitively, for the first time, the spin rate of a black hole with a mass 2 million times that of our sun. The supermassive black hole lies at the dust and gas-filled heart of…

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National video contest asks the public to share “Why Space Matters to the Future”

Posted  February 27, 2013

Space exploration has challenged, inspired, and improved us for more than half a century. Today, the Coalition for Space Exploration, in partnership with the recently-formed NASA Visitor Centers Consortium announced an expansion of the Coalition’s “Why Space Matters to the Future” video contest that encourages U.S. residents to visualize what life will be like in…

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Northrop Grumman names VP finance, controller for Electronic Systems Sector

Posted  February 27, 2013

Northrop Grumman has appointed Timothy Harrington as vice president of finance and controller for the company’s Linthicum-based Electronic Systems sector, effective immediately. In his new position, Harrington will be responsible for all sector financial functions, including financial planning, reporting and analysis, rates and budgets, government liaison, accounting, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, tax, international finance, program planning and…

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Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk program selected for U.S. Air Force sustainment excellence award

Posted  February 27, 2013

The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program was recently awarded the 2012 Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for demonstrating the most improved performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the high-flying fleet of Global Hawks. “Even with a year marked with fiscal challenges…

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AAR completes sale of 10 737-400 aircraft to MAS from its joint venture portfolio

Posted  February 27, 2013

AAR and its joint venture partner have completed the sale of 10 Boeing 737-400 aircraft to Malaysian Airline System Berhad, which the company announced in November 2012. The sale is consistent with the companyís stated goal to reduce its investment in aircraft leasing. AAR’s portfolio now includes four aircraft held in joint ventures and two…

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Troops, vets want ‘fair shot’ at employment, Battaglia says

Posted  February 27, 2013

Service members and veterans are more than prepared to transition into civilian employment, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Feb. 25. Following the release today of a report by the Executive Office of the President titled “The Fast Track to Civilian Employment: Streamlining Credentialing and Licensing for…

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Hagel takes office as 24th Defense Secretary

Posted  February 27, 2013

DOD photograph by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley Chuck Hagel is sworn into office as the 24th defense secretary by Michael L. Rhodes, the Defense Department’s director of administration and management, as Hagel’s wife, Lilibet, holds a Bible at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013. Just before his private swearing-in ceremony as the 24th secretary of defense,…

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Boeing brings advanced training capabilities to U.S. Navy’s T-45 fleet

Posted  February 27, 2013

Four operational flight trainers built by Boeing are up and running at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., allowing the U.S. Navy to shift some training for its T-45 aircraft to the ground and thereby improve safety and save money. The flight simulators use high-fidelity, state-of-the-art visuals to train naval flight officers on the ground, saving…

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Mojave Air and Space Port improvements on schedule

Posted  February 27, 2013

Major capital improvement projects are proceeding on schedule at Mojave Air & Space Port, the staff reported to the directors at the Feb. 19 meeting. A marketing budget for the airport was also discussed. The projects are: providing utilities to the north side of the airport; repaving and widening of runway 4-22 under an FAA…

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A look back at black aviation engineer units of World War II

Posted  February 27, 2013

Air Force photograph Air Force photograph Members of an aviation engineer battalion construct a heavy bomber airfield near Eye, England, in 1943. As we close the books on February, Black History Month offers us the opportunity to recall the important role black Americans played in providing the worldwide system of bases during World War II…

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