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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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Northrop Grumman unveils new B-2 book at AFA conference

Posted  September 16, 2013

Northrop Grumman has released a new book about the people and innovation that helped create the U.S. Air Force’s B-2 stealth bomber, one of most powerful and survivable aircraft ever produced. Entitled “B-2: The Spirit of Innovation,” the book was written by political analyst Rebecca Grant, president of IRIS Independent Research, and the author of…

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Guardsmen mobilize to assist in Colorado flooding

Posted  September 16, 2013

Army National Guard photograph by Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida Colorado National Guardsmen respond to floods in Boulder County, Colo., Sept.12, 2013. The guardsmen are working with local agencies to help citizens in the area affected by the flooding by evacuating people using high-clearance vehicles.   Nearly 100 Colorado National Guard soldiers and airmen, along with…

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In U.S. arsenal, lessons for Syria chemical weapons

Posted  September 16, 2013

Three decades after the United States started destroying its own chemical weapons, the nation’s stockpile stands at more than 3,000 tons – about three times what the U.S. now says Syrian President Bashar Assad controls. Taken together, the remaining U.S. arsenal weighs about as much as three dozen Boeing 737s loaded for takeoff. And while…

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Headlines September 16, 2013

Posted  September 16, 2013

News: Multiple deaths in Navy Yard shooting rampage – Multiple people were killed Sept. 16 after a shooter opened fire in a rampage at a Navy yard in the nation’s capital, putting government buildings on lockdown and sending police SWAT teams rushing to the scene. One suspect is dead, but two others may be on the…

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News Briefs September 16, 2013

Posted  September 16, 2013

Study recommends $453 million Los Angeles River restoration A federal study recommends spending $453 million to restore part of the concrete-line Los Angeles River to nature – but critics say it doesn’t go far enough. The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday unveiled four options for restoring an 11-mile stretch of the river, a flood…

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KC-46 progress hinges on requirements, funding stability

Posted  September 18, 2013

An Air Force official Sept. 17 announced production and high-priority upgrade plans to refresh its fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers. In a presentation at the at the Air Force Associations 2013 Air & Space Conference & Technology Exposition, Maj. Gen. John Thompson, the Air Force program executive officer for tankers, outlined continued progress in the cargo…

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Experimental space plane shooting for ‘aircraft-like’ operations in orbit

Posted  September 18, 2013

Commercial, civilian and military satellites provide crucial real-time information essential to providing strategic national security advantages to the United States.

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First Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 satellite on track for 2013 launch

Posted  September 18, 2013

The first of three Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress satellites being built by Boeing has successfully completed a key system life test, paving the way for it to launch later this year.

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Edwards Civ Mil Support Group receives gift

Posted  September 18, 2013

The Sept. 13 meeting of the Edwards Civ-Military Support Group directors heard news of a generous contribution to its charitable work for the military stationed at Edwards Air Force Base. The directors approved a budget item for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays; action was announced on gifts to the Higher Grounds Internet CafÈ for…

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Cal Poly undergrad from Tehachapi interns at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

Posted  September 18, 2013

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida Brooke Neufeld, a Cal Poly-Pomona undergrad from Tehachapi, Calif., helped develop a portable data acquisition system for a flight research project during her internship at NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center. Recent high school graduates seldom win an internship with NASA, but robotics whiz Brooke Neufeld, a 2013 alumna of Tehachapi…

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