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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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Business

Raytheon Excalibur Ib completes qualification flight testing

Posted  October 21, 2013

Raytheon fired 84 precision-guided Excalibur Ib all up rounds during qualification flight tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. During the testing, Excalibur Ib exhibited exceptional accuracy, with the majority of the rounds landing within two meters of the target. The tests also certified stringent performance and safety requirements. “Excalibur achieved new firsts during qualification testing,”…

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Defense

Shutdown cost DOD $600 million in productivity

Posted  October 21, 2013

Furloughs of civilian employees as a result of the government shutdown cost the Defense Department at least $600 million in productivity, the Pentagons top financial officer said Oct. 17. During a Pentagon news conference, DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale said that in addition to the lost productivity, the shutdown generated a number of other costs…

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Headlines October 21, 2013

Posted  October 21, 2013

News: Families suspect SEAL Team 6 crash was inside job on worst day in Afghanistan – Questions haunt the families of Extortion 17, the 2011 helicopter mission in Afghanistan that suffered the most U.S. military deaths in a single day in the war on terrorism.   Business: Honeywell third quarter profit improves as sales climb – Honeywell…

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News Briefs October 21, 2013

Posted  October 21, 2013

DOD begins the transfer of airbase in Kyrgyzstan The U.S. Department of Defense has begun the process of relocating from the Transit Center at Manas International Airport and plans to complete the transfer of areas and facilities to the government of Kyrgyzstan by July 2014. The current agreement between the U.S. and Kyrgyz governments on…

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Raytheon produces new U.S. Army satellite communications terminals ahead of schedule

Posted  October 23, 2013

Raytheon, the only provider of fielded Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite communication terminals that protect the most sensitive military information, has completed production on 39 new terminals for the U.S. Army ahead of schedule. Since production began in 2007, 67 percent have been deployed to the field. The Army uses the Humvee-mounted Secure Mobile Anti-Jam…

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Accelerating deliveries drive Boeing third quarter profits

Posted  October 23, 2013

Faster airplane production is going straight to Boeing’s bottom line. Third-quarter net income rose 12 percent as the company delivered planes to customers at a quicker pace. It has already sped up the assembly of two of its planes ó the 737 and 777 ó and Oct. 23 announced plans to boost production of its…

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Missile Defense: An old idea uniquely suited for today’s global threats

Posted  October 23, 2013

Recent satellite imagery suggests that North Korea has greatly expanded its uranium enrichment capabilities. The nation just promised to launch more long-range rockets “soon.” And, reportedly, labs in Pyongyang are hard at work developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland. With the North Korean threat apparently mounting, it’s essential for the United States…

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Northrop Grumman’s F-35 assembly line honored with ‘Assembly Plant of the Year’ award

Posted  October 23, 2013

Northrop Grumman's F-35 Integrated Assembly Line was named "Assembly Plant of the Year" by Assembly Magazine in recognition for the facility's world-class processes to reduce costs, increase productivity and improve quality.

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Defense

Future uncertain for Ground Combat Vehicle, Armed Aerial Scout

Posted  October 23, 2013

Army photograph by David Vergun Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, and Gen. Dennis Via, commander, Army Materiel Command, speak Oct. 21, 2013, at a modernization press conference at AUSA’s 2013 Annual Meeting, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. As a result of fiscal “belt tightening, the…

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Space

Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft departs ISS, ends demonstration mission for NASA

Posted  October 23, 2013

A cargo resupply demonstration mission by Orbital Sciences Corp. drew to a close Oct. 22 as Expedition 37 crew members aboard the International Space Station detached and released the Dulles, Va., company’s Cygnus spacecraft from the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus had been attached to the space station’s Harmony module for 23 days. The spacecraft delivered about…

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