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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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Lockheed Martin JLTV completes successful manufacturing review

Posted  December 11, 2013

The Lockheed Martin Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team successfully completed the government's Manufacturing Readiness Assessment, an important milestone on the path to vehicle production at the company's Camden, Ark., manufacturing complex.

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NASA developing legs for space station’s Robonaut 2

Posted  December 11, 2013

NASA engineers are developing climbing legs for the International Space Station’s robotic crewmember Robonaut 2, marking another milestone in space humanoid robotics. The legless R2, currently attached to a support post, is undergoing experimental trials with astronauts aboard the orbiting laboratory. Since its arrival at the station in February 2011, R2 has performed a series…

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News Briefs December 11, 2013

Posted  December 11, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,153 As of Dec. 10, 2013, at least 2,153 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 1,785 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines December 11, 2013

Posted  December 11, 2013

News New budget deal still leaves big DOD funding gap Capitol Hill’s budget deal is good news for the Pentagon. But it is unlikely to eliminate the need to set in motion long-term money-saving measures such as reducing troop levels, delaying weapons programs and making controversial cuts to military pay and benefits. Lawmakers reach deal…

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Northrop Grumman reinvents satellite communications for aircraft

Posted  December 13, 2013

In one year, Northrop Grumman took a satellite communications system normally used in space and transformed it into a high-functioning, low-cost communications system that can be used on aircraft.

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Boeing realigns research, technology unit for growth, productivity

Posted  December 13, 2013

Boeing announced Dec. 12 it will establish technology research centers in Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington as it continues to lay the foundation for increased competitiveness and future growth. The company will restructure its Boeing Research & Technology organization, the company’s central research-and-development unit, through the establishment of research centers in Huntsville, Ala.;…

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Air Force’s top officer outlines tough budget decisions

Posted  December 13, 2013

With sequestration cemented as law into the foreseeable future, the Air Forces top officer Dec. 11 discussed some tough choices the service faces as its leaders try to pare $12 billion from the budget. In the final session of the Joint Chiefs of Staff series at the American Enterprise Institute here, Air Force Chief of…

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TAI delivers first center fuselage to Northrop Grumman under JSF/F-35 program

Posted  December 13, 2013

Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc., a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman, delivered its first F-35 Lightning II center fuselage to Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin at a ceremony held at TAI’s facilities in Ankara, Turkey, Dec. 11, 2013. This is the first F-35 center fuselage manufactured by TAI as an international manufacturing partner to Northrop Grumman. The…

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Private space vehicle innovators to headline at economic outlook event

Posted  December 13, 2013

Senior executives of two companies partnered in pioneering civilian space travel and new commercial space business will be among the speakers for the Feb. 21, 2014 Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference at Southern Californiaís Mojave Air and Space Port. The Antelope Valley Board of Trade, organizer of the annual day-long event, announced that George T….

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DARPA takes robots to disaster mitigation trials

Posted  December 13, 2013

Next week, 17 teams will take their multi-limbed, capable-looking robots through eight realistic disaster-response tasks that will make up the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge Trials Dec. 21-22 at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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