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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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President awards Medal of Honor to Afghanistan veteran

Posted  February 13, 2013

Army photograph by Leroy Council President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 11, 2013. Romesha received the Medal of Honor for his actions during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan in October…

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Lockheed Martin WindTracer achives major airport efficiency enhancements

Posted  February 13, 2013

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has applied hundreds of thousands of research measurements made by Lockheed Martin’s WindTracer® Doppler lidar to redefine flight rules, achieving major efficiency enhancements at U. S. airports. The FAA granted approval for San Francisco International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport to conduct dependent arrival operations on their closely spaced…

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NASA awards program integration contract for Orion

Posted  February 13, 2013

NASA has selected ARES Technical Services Corp. of Burlingame, Calif., for its program integration contract for Orion. The cost-plus-fixed-fee services contract has a potential value of $49 million, including options. The contract begins April 1 with a base performance period of two-and-a-half years followed by two one-year options and includes indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity task orders. ARES…

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NASA’s Orion lands safely on two of three parachutes in test

Posted  February 13, 2013

NASA engineers have demonstrated the agency’s Orion spacecraft can land safely if one of its three main parachutes fails to inflate during deployment. The test was conducted Tuesday in Yuma, Ariz., with the parachutes attached to a test article. Engineers rigged the parachutes so only two would inflate, leaving the third to flag behind, when…

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Revitalize Mojave money on the way as plan is unveiled

Posted  February 13, 2013

An enthusiastic group of stake holders welcomed the Community Revitalization Vision Plan presented Jan. 31 at the Mojave Veterans Building. The Kern County Planning and Community Development consultants showed what Mojave might look like in the future. The vision is based on wishes expressed in last years’ workshops, to which all community members were invited….

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NASA Spinoff 2012 features new space tech bettering your life today

Posted  February 13, 2013

A plant texts a farmer to say it needs more water. An invisible coating scrubs pollutants from the air. A robot roams a hospital’s halls, aiding doctors and nurses by recording vital signs and registrations. The 2012 edition of NASA’s annual Spinoff publication captures a nation and world made better by advancements originally achieved for…

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U.N. agency moves to kill aircraft battery exemption

Posted  February 13, 2013

A U.N. agency that sets global aviation safety standards is moving to prevent aircraft batteries like the one that caught fire on a Boeing 787 last month from being shipped as cargo on passenger planes, people familiar with the effort said. Over the past few days, the members of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s dangerous…

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NASA’s Chandra suggests rare explosion created our galaxyís youngest black hole

Posted  February 13, 2013

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest a highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. The remnant appears to be the product of a rare explosion in which matter is ejected at high speeds along the poles of a rotating star. The remnant, called…

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Defense

Boeing awarded U.S. Air Force contract to continue GPS modernization

Posted  February 13, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing will continue modernizing the Global Positioning System satellite constellation for up to five more years, extending the company’s role in the vital military and civilian navigation network. The U.S. Air Force, which operates the GPS network, recently awarded Boeing a $51 million, one-year contract with four one-year options. The contract…

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Leland Melvin updated on Dryden’s education outreach

Posted  February 13, 2013

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's education team presented an overview of the center's education programs to NASA's Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin Feb. 8

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