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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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Afghan AF, NATO Air Training Command sign joint strategic flightplan

Posted  December 10, 2012

Maj. Gen. Abdul Wahab Wardak, commander of the Afghan air force, and Brig. Gen. Steven Shepro, commander of NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan, signed the first-ever combined strategy into effect at a Nov. 28 ceremony at the NATC-A headquarters at the Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan. All three Wings and key leaders witnessed the ceremony. The…

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Northrop Grumman releases Version 2.0 of the U.S. Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System Software

Posted  December 10, 2012

Northrop Grumman has successfully released Version 2.0 of the U.S. Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System software. This release, recently tested at the Northrop Grumman Contractor System Integration Laboratory (C-SIL) in Huntsville, is an upgrade to the Version 1.0 release of April 2011. Notable new features include improved interfaces with Patriot, Sentinel…

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Pilot calls F-35 big leap in fighter capability

Posted  December 10, 2012

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jet will be a strategic deterrent for the nation because of its “huge leap in capability,” a Marine Corps pilot said. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Scott, commander of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wingís Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., recently told the Pentagon…

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Space launch vehicle core purchases balance needs with lower cost, competition

Posted  December 10, 2012

Purchasing core elements used to launch 28 rockets into space for National Security Space missions is the focus of negotiations between the Air Force and United Launch Alliance to establish a requirements contract, according to Defense Under Secretary Frank Kendall. The plan is to procure 36 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle cores over a five-year period,…

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‘Fiscal Cliff’ would challenge Army to maintain readiness

Posted  December 10, 2012

Knowing there’s a possibility the government will go over a “fiscal cliff” on midnight, Dec. 31, the Army recognizes some of the challenges it will face, but a senior leader said Thursday its priority will be to maintain readiness of the force. Like its sister services, the Army faces repercussions and adjustments that would follow…

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Veterans

VA weeks to expand list of service-connected TBI effects

Posted  December 10, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department is publishing a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that would change its rules to add five diagnosable illnesses that are secondary to service-connected traumatic brain injury. “We must always decide veterans’ disability claims based on the best science available and we will,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said. “Veterans…

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Army developing next-generation surveillance aircraft

Posted  December 10, 2012

Army scientists, engineers and program developers are making substantial progress building and integrating a technically sophisticated battlefield surveillance aircraft called Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System in a laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., service officials said. The initial task, now underway at Aberdeen’s Joint Test and Integration Facility, is aimed at engineering and…

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NASA’S Hubble to reveal new findings about the early universe

Posted  December 10, 2012

WASHINGTON — NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 12, to discuss the latest findings from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers will report on recent observations of a previously unseen population of primitive galaxies that formed more than 13 billion years ago.   The teleconference panelists are:   – Richard…

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DOD prepares for potential sequestration

Posted  December 10, 2012

The Office of Management and Budget has instructed the Department of Defense to pursue internal planning to meet required budget cuts if sequestration goes into effect Jan. 3. “We are at the very start of this process,” said Dr. George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, during a Pentagon press availability here,…

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USS Truman hosts first flight deck taxiing of X-47B UCAS-D

Posted  December 10, 2012

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and personnel from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program office (PMA-268) integrated test team made history Dec. 9 as they taxied an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft for the first time aboard a carrier. During the test phase, UCAS deck…

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