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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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Lockheed Martin selects CubeSat integrators for Athena to enhance launch systems integration

Posted  August 14, 2013

Lockheed Martin has chosen three world-class companies to provide CubeSat integration for Athena launch services. Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems LLC of Irvine, Calif., TriSept Corporation of Chantilly, Va., and Spaceflight, Inc. of Tukwila, Wash. will provide turnkey CubeSat integration services for multi-payload and RideShare missions using Athena launch services beginning in 2015. We are very pleased…

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NASA announces new strategic vision for aeronautics research

Posted  August 14, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has unveiled a new strategic vision that will better align the work of the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate to address looming challenges in global air transportation. Continuing a tradition of nearly a century of aviation research, NASA’s aeronautical innovators will bring to life new technology and ideas in flight to…

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Northrop hosts ninth annual engineering competition, awards dinner for high school program

Posted  August 14, 2013

Northrop Grumman's Azusa campus recently concluded its year-end activities for the company's High School Involvement Partnership program with its ninth annual engineering competition and an awards dinner.

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NASA Dryden pilots, photographers at CSC Science Camp

Posted  August 14, 2013

Several NASA Dryden pilots and photographers who had a central role in the Space Shuttle Endeavour's Tour of California last September shared their stories and images at the center's "Mission 26" hands-on science camp

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Army Research Lab, Purdue explore 3-D printing to fix deployed equipment, cut maintenance costs

Posted  August 14, 2013

New technology being developed by research engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Purdue University will soon help just about any soldier deployed in far-off locations to immediately spot and fix damaged aircraft and ground vehicle parts. Researchers found that combining the general purpose, finite-element analysis software ABAQUS with Python, an open-source code used…

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SOFIA in New Zealand—Much attempted, much achieved

Posted  August 14, 2013

Fly 6,900 miles each way, deploy a cadre of flight and ground crew members along with an international science team for three weeks, and during that time fly three nights per week, 10 hours per flight, all while conducting world-class science.

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JPL, Masten testing spacecraft precision landing software

Posted  August 14, 2013

Masten photograph Masten Space Systems’ Xombie technology demonstrator ascends from its pad at the Mojave Air and Space Port on a recent test launch for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft inspired millions of people worldwide a year ago when its unprecedented “sky crane” landing system successfully landed the Curiosity rover in…

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Training pods produce knowledge, keeps war fighters sharp

Posted  August 14, 2013

Keeping track of 60 aircraft from U.S. and allied partners during a two-week exercise could seem to be an impossible task especially in a training space the size of Florida.

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DOD announces same-sex spouse benefits

Posted  August 14, 2013

WASHINGTON Aug. 14, the Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, according to a DOD news release issued today. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage…

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Strike Fighter Squadron 101 granted “interim safe for flight”

Posted  August 14, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Liz Kaszynski An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet Replacement…

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