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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

Curtiss-Wright names chief operating officer

Posted  October 31, 2013

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced Oct. 31 the promotion of Thomas P. Quinly to the position of chief operating officer, effective immediately. He is succeeding David C. Adams who was recently promoted to the position of president and chief executive officer of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. Quinly has more than 30 years of experience across the defense, aerospace and…

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World

U.S. looks to Asia nations to build their militaries

Posted  October 31, 2013

Lawmakers voiced bipartisan support Oct. 29 for the Obama administration’s strategic pivot to Asia but stressed the need for partner nations to strengthen their military capabilities and contribute more to their own defense. Members of the House Armed Services Committee plan to step up scrutiny of U.S. military policy in the fast-growing region, where despite…

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Events

Save the date: AVBOT Business Outlook Conference set for Feb. 21

Posted  October 31, 2013

The 2014 Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference will be held at Mojave Air & Space Port’s newly completed Events Center Feb. 21, 2014. This year’s Board of Trade sponsored conference theme is “Breaking Boundaries.” The site is the completely renovated Events Center, a hangar style structure dating back to World War II. The building is designed…

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Defense

Defense officials detail nuke upgrade program

Posted  October 31, 2013

Defense Department officials testified on Capitol Hill Oct. 29 about the program to modernize one of the oldest weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Madelyn R. Creedon, the assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs, and Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, spoke at a hearing of the House…

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Business

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Utah facility reaches 10-year safety milestone

Posted  October 31, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced Oct. 24 that its Clearfield, Utah, site has achieved a significant safety milestone in operating for 10 years without a lost-time injury. The Utah facility, primarily a manufacturing-based operation, reached the decade-long milestone in late September. “We are extraordinarily proud of the safety accomplishments by our Utah teammates,” said…

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Business

Raytheon expands international footprint of electronic warfare capability

Posted  October 31, 2013

Raytheon has been selected by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to provide its Advanced Countermeasure Electronic System for the second group of Iraq’s F-16IQ aircraft ordered this year. ACES was also selected by Lockheed Martin in 2012 for the first group of F-16IQs and is the integrated electronic warfare system of choice for other international air forces….

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Veterans

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and ceremonies coming to Palmdale Amphitheater

Posted  October 31, 2013

Point Man Antelope Valley and the City of Palmdale will present the Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall for the Antelope Valley on display Nov. 7 through Nov. 12 at 8 a.m. at the Palmdale Amphitheater. The public will have 24 hour a day access to the AV Wall while it is on display. An opening…

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Space

Dream Chaser landing gear failure spoils first free flight test

Posted  October 31, 2013

The first glitch in a successful program to qualify the Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser as a Space Station crew taxi vehicle happened March 26. The Dream Chaser engineering test article was released from an Erickson Sky Crane helicopter at 12,500 feet. The unmanned prototype followed its automated flight programs perfectly, first diving at 50 degrees,…

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Defense

Aviano AB F-16 accident report released

Posted  October 31, 2013

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials released the results of their investigation into the Jan. 28 crash of an F-16 Fighting Falcon over the Adriatic Sea, resulting in the death of the pilot on board. At the conclusion of the investigation, the board president, Brig. Gen. Derek P. Rydholm, found clear…

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Business

Northrop Grumman receives $43 million to retrofit Joint STARS Fleet

Posted  October 31, 2013

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $43 million contract to retrofit the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft, trainers and laboratories. The contract has options for an additional three years to complete retrofit of the entire fleet. The contract replaces computers in both the operator work stations and radar…

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