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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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NASA announces new civil rights compliance Website for grant recipients

Posted  December 3, 2012

NASA has launched a new website, MissionSTEM.nasa.gov, devoted to broadening the reach of its civil rights technical assistance program. The goal of the site is to increase communication between NASA, its grantee institutions and other stakeholders on civil rights compliance, equal opportunity and diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs funded by NASA….

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Lockheed Martin delivers first U.S. Army DRTS, begins work on third range

Posted  December 3, 2012

Lockheed Martin has delivered its first Digital Range Training System to the U.S. Army for live fire gunnery qualifications by armored vehicle crews and has begun development on a third range under a $13.8 million contract award. The Digital Range Training System provides a realistic combat environment for Abrams, Bradley and Stryker crews. The initial…

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New AFRL laboratory forging future of energy-efficient aircraft

Posted  December 3, 2012

With an eye toward the energy optimization needs of future military aircraft, the Air Force Research Laboratory is cutting the ribbon on a new, state-of-the-art facility to meet the research and development demands of complex and rapidly-changing platforms. The Advanced Power and Thermal Research Lab is a 53,000 square foot, three-story, multi-laboratory facility devoted to…

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SecAF declares ‘modernization can’t wait’

Posted  December 3, 2012

The Air Force’s senior civilian addressed the importance of modernization and the challenges ahead for the Air Force at the 2012 Aerospace and Defense Investor Conference in New York City Nov. 29. “Among the most difficult challenges facing the Air Force is the need to modernize our aging aircraft inventory as the defense budget declines,”…

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NASA accepting proposals for reduced gravity education flights

Posted  December 3, 2012

NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is accepting applications from teams of kindergarten, elementary and secondary school teachers to conduct scientific experiments aboard the agency’s reduced gravity aircraft next year. The MicroGravity eXperience (Micro GX) flight program will take place July 12-20, 2013, at Johnson. Educators selected to fly also will participate in an online…

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C-130H Hercules retired from service

Posted  December 3, 2012

The C-130H Hercules has retired from service after 34 years with the Royal Australian Air Force, with a farewell ceremony at RAAF Base Richmond in Sydney. Since its delivery in 1978, the C-130H Hercules has provided the Australian Defence Force with a highly effective transport capability. C-130H Hercules has supported Defence personnel on operations in…

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Pentagon ceremony recognizes sovereignty of Indian nations

Posted  December 3, 2012

Army leaders and Native Americans gathered at the Pentagon, Nov. 28, to commemorate the importance of a recently signed Army policy directive that recognizes the sovereignty of American Indian tribes. Katherine Hammack, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, opened the event by telling the audience that the policy memorandum was…

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Boeing helps Danish company Multicut obtain aerospace manufacturing certification

Posted  December 3, 2012

Boeing has helped Danish machining company Multicut achieve AS/EN9100 certification, which increases companies’ opportunities to win supplier contracts. Multicut, located in Vildbjerg, manufactures complex machined parts and subassemblies. Its certification is part of a Boeing industrial participation program that helps Danish companies of all sizes pursue high-technology manufacturing contracts. “Through our work with Boeing to…

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DOD, Lockheed Martin agree to more F-35s

Posted  November 30, 2012

The U.S. Defense Department and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement in principle to manufacture 32 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jets, Pentagon Press Secretary George E. Little said Nov. 30. The jets are part of Low-Rate Initial Production batch 5 — the fifth production lot of the aircraft. Unit-cost data will be made…

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News Briefs – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Boeing engineers union likely to back mediation   The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace is likely to agree to mediated talks with Boeing, Reuter is reporting. Nov. 29, Boeing asked for U.S. mediators to resolve talks with the union in a bid to resolve the stand-off between the two parties. The SPEEA represents…

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