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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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New Mexico couple’s defraud ‘apology’ letter rejected

Posted  July 24, 2013

A federal judge has rejected a letter of apology from a New Mexico couple found guilty of defrauding the U.S. Air Force out of millions. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery ruled July 22 that Donald Dean Brewer and his wife, Sherri Lynn Brewer, both 64, face federal prison time unless they resubmit a draft of…

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United Tech posts big second quarter profit, revenue gains

Posted  July 24, 2013

United Technologies, citing strong orders at its elevator business in China and for commercial airline parts, posted double-digit percentage increases in profit and revenue for the second quarter Tuesday. The aerospace and building systems conglomerate is benefiting from its $18.4 billion purchase of Goodrich, and subsidiary Pratt & Whitney’s $1.5 billion deal to buy Rolls-Royce…

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U.S. Army soldiers test JLENS in real-world scenarios

Posted  July 24, 2013

The U.S. Army has completed Early User Testing of the Raytheon developed JLENS. During the six-week-long EUT at the Utah Test and Training Range, soldiers tested JLENS’ ability to operate in a number of complex scenarios that replicated an operational environment. The soldiers also tested JLENS’ endurance by operating the system continually for 20 days….

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Boeing completes 737 MAX 8 firm configuration

Posted  July 24, 2013

Boeing has completed the firm configuration of the 737 MAX 8. This milestone marks completion of the major trade studies that define the capabilities of the 737 MAX family. “We have defined the design requirements for the 737 MAX that provide our customers with the most value in the single-aisle market,” said Michael Teal, chief…

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Lockheed Martin ships third AEHF satellite to U.S. Air Force for upcoming launch

Posted  July 24, 2013

Lockheed Martin shipped the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communications satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., July 10, where it will be prepared for a September liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket.

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Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s second C-17 Globemaster III

Posted  July 24, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing delivered the Indian Air Forceís second C-17 Globemaster III July 22, a month after Indiaís first C-17 arrived in the country and immediately began supporting IAF operations. This second IAF C-17 also will immediately enter service. India will receive 10 aircraft by 2014. “Our first C-17 Globemaster III not only…

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News Briefs July 24, 2013

Posted  July 24, 2013

Northrop Grumman second quarter net income rises two percent Defense contractor Northrop Grumman said July 24 that second-quarter net income rose 2 percent, easily beating Wall Street expectations, and the company boosted its outlook for the full year. Northrop Grumman, based in Falls Church, Va., earned $488 million, or $2.05 per share, up from $480…

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Northrop Grumman to supply steering gear systems for Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers

Posted  July 26, 2013

Northrop Grumman has been awarded contracts totaling $14.4 million by prime contractors General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries to supply the steering gear system for three new DDG 51 Class Arleigh Burke destroyers. The steering gear system is vital for the control and maneuverability of the ship and is directly linked to…

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NASA IRIS observatory – designed, built By Lockheed Martin – sees first light

Posted  July 26, 2013

The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph observatory, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for NASA, has produced its first images and spectra of a little understood region of the sun through which the energy that supports the Sun’s hot corona is transported.

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Vice chief addresses current Army challenges

Posted  July 26, 2013

While budget cuts and sequestration are a challenge, Americans won't accept them as an excuse for the Army failing to maintain a fighting force able to win the nation's wars, said the Army's vice chief of staff.

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