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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 supports U.S. Air Force Minuteman missile test Launch

Posted  December 28, 2012

Northrop Grumman recently supported the successful flight testing of the U.S. Air Force's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system last month. The tests demonstrate and support assessment of the accuracy, availability and reliability of the weapon system.

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Soyuz capsule carrying 3-man crew docks with International Space Station

Posted  December 28, 2012

A Soyuz capsule packed with three astronauts successfully docked Dec. 21 with the International Space Station, taking the size of the full crew at the orbiting laboratory to six. American Tom Marshburn, Russian Roman Romanenko and Canadian Chris Hadfield traveled two days in the capsule before linking up with the space station’s Russian Rassvet research…

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Boeing to provide two more C-40A transport aircraft to US Navy

Posted  December 28, 2012

Boeing has received a $145 million order from the U.S. Navy for two additional C-40A Clipper transport aircraft, increasing the service's ability to move military personnel and cargo around the world.

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CURIOSITY creates virtual sun in a visual first to uncover its inner workings

Posted  December 28, 2012

A direct hit from a big solar storm could take out everything we rely on in our technological-driven world - from communications to banking to our water supply. But what do we really know about the sun and its inner workings? And are we prepared for the next major storm?

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Army’s strategic vision plan unveiled

Posted  December 28, 2012

This month the latest Army Capstone Concept was rolled out, a broad roadmap for how the Army will conduct future planning, organization and operations globally in support of the president's national security objectives.

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Contract briefs – December 28, 2012

Posted  December 28, 2012

ViaSat receives $52 million contract for airborne ISR   ViaSat Inc. will provide broadband airborne satcom services for a U.S. government customer under a contract award valued at $52 million. The one year contract is a renewal for services already provided using ViaSat ArcLight® technology over a managed private network established in 2009 to support…

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Business briefs – December 28, 2012

Posted  December 28, 2012

General Dynamics acquires Applied Physical Sciences Corp.   General Dynamics has acquired Applied Physical Sciences Corp. of Groton, Conn., in a cash transaction for an undisclosed price. Applied Physical Sciences is a leading provider of applied research and development services, and will complement the engineering programs of General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary…

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NASA’s Space Launch System core stage passes major milestone, ready to start construction

Posted  December 28, 2012

The team designing America’s new flagship rocket has completed successfully a major technical review of the vehicle’s core stage. NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will take the agency’s Orion spacecraft and other payloads beyond low-Earth orbit, providing a new capability for human exploration. The core stage preliminary design review (PDR) was held Thursday at NASA’s…

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Boeing completes preliminary design review for Space Launch System core stage

Posted  December 28, 2012

Boeing and NASA on Dec. 20 completed the Preliminary Design Review for the Space Launch System core stage and avionics, validating the design of the rocket that will send humans beyond low Earth orbit to places like the moon, an asteroid and ultimately Mars.

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Philippines to acquire helicopters, trucks in bid to modernize military

Posted  December 28, 2012

The Philippine’s defense chief says the government has signed separate contracts worth 163 billion pesos (about $39 million) with Italian and South Korean companies to supply helicopters and trucks as part of efforts to modernize its poorly equipped military. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Dec. 27 the Philippines will purchase three multi-purpose AW 109 helicopters…

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