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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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Raytheon awarded $11.5 million to upgrade U.S. Air Force weather data analysis system

Posted  November 9, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon an $11.5 million contract to enhance the Weather Data Analysis system. The modernized system is expected to deliver significant efficiencies and improve weather forecast analysis capabilities, enabling warfighters to make critical mission decisions. “Enhancing WDA will deliver advanced capabilities to the Air Force, enabling the Air Force Weather…

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New space sensor as a hosted payload to track air pollution across North America

Posted  November 9, 2012

NASA has selected a proposal from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to build the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent hourly during daytime. The instrument, to be completed in 2017 at a cost of not more than $90 million, will share a ride on a commercial…

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Army researchers link ground robots wirelessly

Posted  November 9, 2012

Four U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers have developed an algorithm that will make it easier for the Department of Defense to maintain wirelessly networked Army PackBots and other military assets using radio communications.

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Nation’s seventh Littoral Combat Ship takes shape as Lockheed Martin team lays the keel

Posted  November 9, 2012

A Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy's seventh Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Detroit Nov. 8. The event was part of a time-honored keel laying ceremony that took place at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin.

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NASA selects American small businesses for continuation of innovative research, technology projects

Posted  November 9, 2012

NASA has selected 39 small business proposals to enter into negotiations for Phase 2 contract awards through the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. The SBIR program partners with small businesses to catalyze efforts to develop new technologies to support NASA’s technology needs. NASA will award contracts to 36 small high-technology firms in 17 states…

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Northrop Grumman to develop affordable, protected satellite communication capabilities

Posted  November 9, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center will demonstrate ways to make future protected military satellite communications capabilities more affordable with three awards received Sept. 28 under the Protected Military Satellite Communication Design for Affordability Risk Reduction initiative. Under the 10-month, firm fixed-price contracts, the company…

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Northrop Grumman appoints VP of Aerospace Products

Posted  November 9, 2012

Northrop Grumman announced Nov. 8 that it has appointed Chris Yamada vice president of its Aerospace Products organization.

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Air Force establishes full-time presence in Poland

Posted  November 9, 2012

U.S. officials praised the long-standing relationship with Poland as they celebrated the first full-time U.S. military presence in that nation Nov. 8. During a ceremony at Lask Air Base, located about 100 miles southwest of Warsaw, U.S. Air Force personnel flew the American flag, marking the establishment of a small unit dedicated to supporting multi-national…

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AAR sources, modifies 737-400s for Colombian Air Force

Posted  November 9, 2012

AAR has sourced and is modifying two Boeing 737-400 aircraft for Colombia’s Air Force, Fuerza Aerea Colombiana. The program is expected to generate approximately $31 million in the second half of the company’s current fiscal year. The program demonstrates AAR’s wide range of capabilities, which the company combines to create custom-tailored solutions for its commercial…

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NASA, ESA use experimental interplanetary internet to test robot from ISS

Posted  November 9, 2012

NASA and the European Space Agency successfully have used an experimental version of interplanetary Internet to control an educational rover from the International Space Station. The experiment used NASA’s Disruption Tolerant Networking protocol to transmit messages and demonstrate technology that one day may enable Internet-like communications with space vehicles and support habitats or infrastructure on…

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