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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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Boeing flies first 787-9 Dreamliner

Posted  September 18, 2013

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took to the skies for the first time Sept. 17, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery in mid-2014.

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NASA Dryden engineers capture dramatic supersonic shockwave images

Posted  September 18, 2013

Elusive schlieren images of supersonic shockwaves emanating from NASA F-15 and F/A-18 aircraft flying at supersonic speeds were captured during recent pilot proficiency flights.

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Next Boeing GPS IIF satellite arrives at Cape Canaveral for launch

Posted  September 18, 2013

Boeing workers lift the Global Positioning System IIF-5 satellite onto a transporter following its Aug. 1 arrival at the Navstar Processing Facility on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Boeing shipped the fifth GPS IIF satellite from its satellite factory in El Segundo, Calif., on a U.S. Air Force C-17 airlifter. Workers will fuel the…

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Dryden technicians modify Dream Chaser simulator

Posted  September 18, 2013

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Simulation technicians Brent Bieber, left, and Dennis Pitts install a boilerplate Dream Chaser canopy structure over the cockpit of a flight simulator in the simulation laboratory at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. The modification will give Dream Chaser pilot-astronauts a more representative view of the actual flight profiles the spacecraft…

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Lockheed Martin successfully launches first LRASM boosted test vehicle from MK 41 vertical launch system

Posted  September 18, 2013

Lockheed Martin has successfully launched the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Boosted Test Vehicle from a MK 41 Vertical Launch System canister at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. During the company-funded test, the MK 41 VLS successfully launched the LRASM BTV. The BTV, which includes the proven Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket Mk-114 rocket motor, ignited…

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Boeing sends protected government signal through commercial satellite

Posted  September 18, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. – Boeing has transmitted a government-developed, frequency-hopping signal through a commercial satellite, demonstrating the potential for the military to access more communications pathways at a lower cost than building new satellites, while protecting its data from jamming attempts. In the first demonstration of its kind, Boeing in July used the government’s…

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AAR signs 10-year contract for avionics support with Rockwell Collins

Posted  September 18, 2013

AAR has signed a long-term contract with aviation electronics manufacturer Rockwell Collins which will provide component repair support for Rockwell Collins products used by AARs growing portfolio of airline customers under long-term component support agreements. The contract covers products on AAR customer fleets including the Airbus A319, A320, A330, Boeing 737 and 767, and Bombardier…

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LVC-DE simulation aids UAS in the NAS integration

Posted  September 18, 2013

NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System project is providing critical data to decision-makers who are working to meet the congressional mandate to open the national airspace to remotely or autonomously controlled aircraft by 2015.

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U.S., allies increase protected military satellite comm capability with AEHF launch

Posted  September 18, 2013

The third Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communication satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin team for the U.S. Air Force, was successfully launched at 4:10 a.m., Sept. 18, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Lockheed Martin confirmed signal acquisition at 51 minutes after launch. The AEHF system…

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ATK delivers 100th AARGM to U.S. Navy

Posted  September 18, 2013

ATK has reached a significant achievement on the path to Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Full Operational Capability with delivery of the 100th AARGM to the U.S. Navy. Elected officials and U.S. Navy leaders attended a commemoration ceremony at the ATK Ridgecrest California Production facility in honor of the milestone. Attendees included 23rd Congressional District U.S….

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