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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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Defense

Air Force envisions smaller force to preserve readiness

Posted  December 16, 2013

Discussing upcoming budgetary variables during a Pentagon news conference Dec. 13, the Air Force’s top civilian leader for the past six months addressed the inevitability of a smaller force. Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning, who is returning next week to his position as undersecretary of the Air Force following today’s Senate confirmation of Deborah…

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Fighter pilot gets hero’s burial

Posted  December 16, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Family, friends and U.S. Air Force members attend the remembrance funeral of Maj. Troy Gilbert Dec. 11, 2013, at Arlington Cemetery, Va. Gilbert was an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot whose aircraft crashed on Nov. 27, 2006 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Maj. Troy Gilberts former wife and their five…

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Raytheon opens new San Antonio cyber center

Posted  December 16, 2013

Raytheon has opened its newest cyber facility in San Antonio, Texas, combining Raytheon’s San Antonio-area cyber professionals and its full spectrum of cyber offerings together for collaboration and smoother integration for the company’s customers. “Raytheon is excited to be growing its presence in ‘Cyber City USA’ as San Antonio plays a significant role in developing…

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NASA selects SpaceX to begin negotiations for use of historic launch pad

Posted  December 16, 2013

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies Corporation of Hawthorne, Calif., to begin negotiations on a lease to use and operate historic Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Permitting use and operation of this valuable national asset by a private-sector, commercial space partner will ensure its continued viability and allow for…

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Home for the holidays

Posted  December 16, 2013

  Lockheed Martin delivered its 15th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities in Marietta, Ga., Dec. 13. Air Force crews flew the Super Galaxy to Dover Air Force Base, Del. It is the third C-5M delivery in less than a month and the fifth for 2013. The Super Galaxy is…

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory reveal giant plasma flows on sun

Posted  December 16, 2013

Observations from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, have enabled scientists to confirm the existence of giant flows of gases and plasma moving heat from the sun’s interior to its surface. The findings end 45 years of speculation about the “giant convection cells” and advance understanding of the formation of sunspot activity that causes space…

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Budget woes cause Air Force to refine funding priorities

Posted  December 16, 2013

Budget battles here are causing tectonic shifts in the Air Force, the service’s leaders said during a Pentagon news conference Dec. 13. Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, said that even with some relief from sequestration, the service will pay the bills via…

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Thousands lay wreaths at Arlington gravesites

Posted  December 16, 2013

More than 143,000 wreaths were placed on gravesites, Dec. 14, as part of the 22nd annual "Wreaths Across America" event at Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia.

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Forecast International sees Pentagon bracing for major acquisition decisions

Posted  December 16, 2013

The Pentagon is fighting an uphill battle against a fractured Congress eager to rein in deficits, though lawmakers thus far appear either unwilling or unable to do so in a sound and practical manner, according to a recent analysis by Forecast International. “The discord on Capitol Hill threatens to undermine the Pentagon’s acquisition plans through…

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CSAF outlines joint strike fighterís value

Posted  December 16, 2013

On the day that Lockheed-Martin delivered its 100th F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter to the Air Force, the services leaders today marked the milestone and outlined the aircrafts value. The F-35 will be delivered to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where it will serve as the first training aircraft for pilots of the fifth-generation…

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