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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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Headlines December 10, 2014

Posted  December 10, 2014

News: Chinese national accused of transporting U.S. Air Force program information – A Chinese national has been arrested while carrying sensitive proprietary information on titanium used in a U.S. Air Force program, most likely the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut.   Business: Boeing KC-46 tanker on track…

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News Briefs December 10, 2014

Posted  December 10, 2014

Food service firms admit cheating U.S. military Several international companies have pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for overcharging the U.S. military in connection with a contract to provide food and water to troops in Afghanistan. Court documents say the privately held firms fraudulently inflated the price of fresh fruits and vegetables and bottled water,…

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Technical interchange meeting focuses on hypersonic capabilities

Posted  December 10, 2014

An Air Force and Navy Technical Interchange Meeting on ground testing of materials for high-speed aerospace applications was held here last month to discuss needs across the community in terms of current tools and methodologies.

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NAVAIR, Boeing delivers 20th P-8A to fleet operators at NAS Jax

Posted  December 10, 2014

Boeing photograph P-8A Poseidon aircraft No. 760 takes off from a Boeing facility in Seattle, Wash., Dec. 9 for delivery to fleet operators in Jacksonville, Fla., marking the 20th overall production P-8A aircraft for the U.S. Navy. This Poseidon, a game changer for naval aviation, will join a growing fleet of the newest U.S. Navy…

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Orion spacecraft heading home after successful at-sea recovery by U.S. Navy, NASA

Posted  December 10, 2014

Engineers are getting their first look at the Lockheed Martin-built Orion spacecraft following its successful flight test and recovery Dec. 5. With the spacecraft recovered from the Pacific and brought to port in San Diego, technical teams are examining flight data recorders and samples of the heat shield to learn as much as possible about…

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Northrop Grumman to supply navigation system for SBIRS GEO-5 satellite

Posted  December 10, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been selected by prime contractor Lockheed Martin to provide its space inertial reference system for the U.S. Air Force Space-Based Infrared System's fifth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite.

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Sixty years later: still the fastest man on earth

Posted  December 10, 2014

Courtesy photograph On Dec. 10, 1954, Col. John P. Stapp propelled down the Holloman High Speed Test Track aboard the Sonic Wind Rocket Sled 1 at a rate of 632 miles per hour. The purpose of this experiment was to see at what speed a pilot could safely eject. The Sonic Wind 1, the sled…

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Northrop Grumman completes center fuselage for first Norwegian F-35 aircraft

Posted  December 10, 2014

Northrop Grumman has completed – on budget and on schedule – the center fuselage for the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft to be ordered by Norway, a conventional takeoff and landing variant designated AM-1.  

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U.S. Marine Corps flies data link-equipped MALD-JÆ for first time

Posted  December 10, 2014

The U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force successfully collaborated with Raytheon for the first flight demonstration of a Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-JÆ) equipped with a radio data link. Adding the data link expands the weapon’s situational awareness and allows for in-flight targeting adjustments. Raytheon flew a captive carry mission from U.S. Marine…

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America’s entry into World War II remembered 73 years later

Posted  December 10, 2014

Courtesy photograph President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Declaration of War against Japan on Dec. 8, 1941, a day after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan carried out a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The next day, President Franklin Roosevelt told a joint session of Congress…

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