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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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News Briefs – September 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,995 As of Sept. 25, 2012, at least 1,995 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 1,657 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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General Dynamics awarded $94 million to support U.S. Marine Corps C4ISR systems

Posted  September 28, 2012

General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a 42-month, $94.4 million task order to support the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command Total Integrated Ground Equipment Readiness Contractor Logistics Support contract. Under this contract, General Dynamics will deliver cost-effective, innovative technology, logistics and program management support for command, control, communications,…

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Modular Backpack Panel to allow soldiers to carry heavy, unwieldy loads

Posted  September 28, 2012

Lightening soldiers’ loads has always weighed heavily on Rich Landry’s mind. While more and more equipment is being developed to assist them on the battlefield, Landry worries how soldiers will carry it all over rugged terrain in places such as Afghanistan without incident or injury. As an individual equipment designer with the Load Carriage Prototype…

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Lockheed Martin completes centralization of targets, countermeasures operations in Alabama

Posted  September 28, 2012

Lockheed Martin Sept. 26 announced that it has completed the centralization of its Targets and Countermeasures operations in Huntsville, Ala., where the program offices of both the company and the Missile Defense Agency customer are located. “Centralizing our core program operations enables us to maintain our cost competitiveness,” said Dr. Patricia Dare, director of Targets…

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NASA announces senior leadership changes

Posted  September 28, 2012

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced three changes to his senior leadership team Sept. 25. Robert Lightfoot, acting associate administrator at NASA Headquarters in Washington, will assume that role on a permanent basis. Patrick Scheuermann, director of NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., will become director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight…

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NASA Orion splashdown tests ensure safe landings for astronauts

Posted  September 28, 2012

The 18,000-pound test article that mimics the size and weight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft crew module recently completed a final series of water impact tests in the Hydro Impact Basin at the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. The campaign of swing and vertical drops simulated various water landing scenarios to account for different…

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AFMC to declare 5-Center IOC Oct. 1, track results of reorg

Posted  September 28, 2012

After some 18 months of planning and careful transition, Air Force Materiel Command officials are ready to declare initial operational capability of AFMC’s 5-Center reorganization Oct. 1 and continue the process of improving its support to the warfighter. In early July, the command began activating its new centers and consolidating others as it transitioned from…

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Northrop Grumman awarded A-10 Thunderbolt II task 0rders

Posted  September 28, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman two task orders under the A-10 Thunderbolt II Life-cycle Program Support indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. Under the terms of the $4.4 million aircraft structural integrity program Legacy IV task order, Northrop Grumman will manage several tasks to include testing and validation of current A-10 flight spectrum…

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NASA Mars rover finds old streambed on Martian surface

Posted  September 28, 2012

NASA’s Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving. There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but this evidence – images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels – is the first of its kind. Scientists are studying the…

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Pratt & Whitney’s F119 engine achieves significant milestones

Posted  September 28, 2012

Pratt & Whitney has delivered the 500th F119 engine, which powers the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, to the U.S. Air Force. This delivery is accompanied by another significant milestone for the F119 program – more than 20 years of simulated operational service through Accelerated Mission Tests, an achievement that further demonstrates the maturity and dependability…

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