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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 $80.5 million from U.S. Navy for Joint Standoff Weapon

Posted  December 28, 2013

Raytheon has received an $80.5 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 200 full rate production Lot 10 AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapons. The contract also includes associated support equipment and one performance characterization test. JSOW provides growth and threat adaptation opportunities for current and future customers, and interoperates with several…

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DOD looks 25 years ahead in unmanned vehicle roadmap

Posted  December 28, 2013

Strategy and budget realities are two aspects of the Defense Department's new Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap, released Dec. 23.

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Boeing, Cathay Pacific Airways announce order for additional wide-body airplanes

Posted  December 28, 2013

Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways announced that Cathay Pacific has ordered an additional 747-8 Freighter and three 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The order, valued at about $1 billion at current list prices, will bolster Cathay Pacific’s 747-8 Freighter fleet and 777-300ER fleet to 14 and 53, respectively. “We are very pleased to confirm this latest aircraft…

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Northrop Grumman expands industry support for Japan E-2C Hawkeye program

Posted  December 28, 2013

Northrop Grumman has entered into an exclusive, five-year agreement with AAR Corporation of Illinois and Sumitomo Corporation of Japan, expanding industrial support for the Japan E-2C Hawkeye program by establishing a “just-in-time” inventory management process. “Japan is our largest international Hawkeye operator,” said Bart LaGrone, vice president, E-2/C-2 programs, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “The Japan…

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Africa Command repositions forces to increase flexibility

Posted  December 28, 2013

The commander of U.S. Africa Command is repositioning forces in East Africa in an effort to attain maximum flexibility to respond to State Department requests, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters in Washington, D.C., Dec. 23.

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General Dynamics awarded $122 million for Virginia-class submarine procurement

Posted  December 28, 2013

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $121.8 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for three Virginia-class submarines, SSN-793, SSN-794 and SSN-795. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The contract provides funding for steam and electrical-plant components, main propulsion unit and ship-service turbine generator sets, as…

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Sweet Sixteen

Posted  December 28, 2013

Lockheed Martin delivered its 16th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities in Marietta, Ga., Dec. 23. U.S. Air Force aircrews ferried aircraft tail number 87-0036 to Dover Air Force Base, Del. It is the fourth C-5M delivery in 32 days and the sixth for 2013. The C-5M Super Galaxy has…

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News Briefs December 28, 2013

Posted  December 28, 2013

Nader says Boeing pressure on union ‘unseemly’ Consumer activist and failed presidential candidate Ralph Nader has some words for Boeing. In an open letter to Boeing CEO Jim McNerney Dec. 26, Nader said the company’s effort to squeeze worker pensions and pay is “unseemly.” He cited McNerney’s salary as one reason and the tax advantages…

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Headlines December 28, 2013

Posted  December 28, 2013

News: Obama signs defense law, calls it a ‘welcome step’ toward closing Guantanamo Bay prison – President Obama signed a sweeping defense policy law Dec. 26 that cracks down on sexual assault in the military and eases restrictions on transferring detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the custody of foreign countries. Boeing…

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Cadet research seeks to end costly bird-strikes on aircraft

Posted  December 30, 2013

Bird strikes cost more than $700 million in damage annually to both military and commercial airplanes – putting both lives and property at risk. But a group of cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., are working on ways to scare birds away from the aircraft, particularly during take-offs and landings; when the majority…

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