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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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F-35 Lightning II program surpasses 10,000 flight hours

Posted  October 9, 2013

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II program continues its operational maturation, surpassing 10,000 flight hours in September.

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Army’s top logistician remains ‘cautiously optimistic’ on Afghanistan withdrawal

Posted  October 9, 2013

The Army's top logistician told members of the House Armed Services Committee Oct. 2 he remains "cautiously optimistic" that the Army will complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests high concentrated photovoltaic system

Posted  October 9, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne (a GenCorp company), is successfully demonstrating a commercial-scale High Concentrated Photovoltaic pilot system designed to generate more solar energy at less cost, in a smaller amount of space, than traditional flat-panel PV technology. The 600-square-foot unit is rated at 17.5 kilowatts DC, enough electricity to power seven homes. It began operating in August…

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Boeing delivers fifth Canadian CH-147F Chinook helicopter

Posted  October 9, 2013

Boeing has delivered the Royal Canadian Air Force's fifth CH-147F Chinook helicopter one month ahead of schedule and only three months after the arrival of the first in June, expanding Canada’s military cargo capability while continuing the Chinook program’s history of excellence.

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Forecast International predicts restrained growth in regional aircraft market

Posted  October 9, 2013

In Forecast International’s new study, “The Market for Regional Transport Aircraft,” the Connecticut-based market research firm predicts that 4,035 regional aircraft will be built from 2013 through 2022. The value of this production, which includes both regional jets and regional turboprop airliners, is estimated at $141.8 billion in 2013 U.S. dollars. In the new study,…

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News Briefs October 9, 2013

Posted  October 9, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,147 As of Oct. 8, 2013, at least 2,147 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,775 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines October 9, 2013

Posted  October 9, 2013

News: Pentagon chief attends arrival of four war dead – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled to Dover Air Force Base Oct. 9 for the arrival of the remains of four U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Joining Hagel on the trip from Washington were Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. Shutdown…

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ATK’s AARGM earns second full-rate production award from U.S. Navy

Posted  October 11, 2013

ATK, a world leader in ammunition, precision guided weapons and rocket motors, has been awarded a contract valued at $102.4 million by the U.S. Navy for the second full-rate production lot (FRP 2) of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile. The contract covers AARGM and Captive Air Training Missiles for the U.S. Navy, Italian Air Force…

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Army approved to continue fielding WIN-T Increment 2

Posted  October 11, 2013

The Army has received approval to continue with further limited additional production and fielding of its mobile tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or WIN-T, Increment 2. The Army remains on track to field Capability Set 14 to brigade combat teams, known as BCTs, and will continue developing follow-on capability sets in support of…

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Key DOD nominees testify at confirmation hearing

Posted  October 11, 2013

Nominees for senior positions overseeing the Defense Departments special operations, cost assessment and program evaluation, and the Navy testified Oct. 10 as the Senate Armed Services Committee deliberated their confirmations. The nominees are Michael D. Lumpkin, for assistant secretary of Defense for special operations and low intensity conflict; Jamie M. Morin, for director of cost…

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