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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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Hagel vows to restore confidence in nuclear mission

Posted  January 27, 2014

A day after ordering an independent review of the militarys nuclear force amid allegations of cheating on proficiency exams by Air Force officers overseeing the nations ballistic nuclear missiles, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Jan. 24 vowed to restore confidence in the Air Forces nuclear mission. Whatever the factors – historical, institutional, cultural – the Department…

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NASA instruments on European comet spacecraft begin activation countdown

Posted  January 27, 2014

Three NASA science instruments are being prepared for check-out operations aboard the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus in November. Rosetta was reactivated Jan. 20 after a record 957 days in hibernation. U.S. mission managers are scheduled to…

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MCAS Miramar announces 2014 air show

Posted  January 27, 2014

The commanding officer of MCAS Miramar, Col. John Farnam, invites the San Diego community to the 2014 Miramar Air Show, Oct. 4-5. “This is exciting news for us here at Miramar, as this is our single-greatest opportunity to open our doors to you, our neighbors, and welcome you to our flight line,” said Col. Farnam….

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Application deadline Approaches for NASA STEM program for high school girls

Posted  January 27, 2014

NASA is accepting applications until noon, CST, Feb. 3, for its 2014 Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars program, in which high school junior girls can jump-start their future careers by exploring possibilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Applicants must be female high school juniors who are U.S. citizens, have a cumulative grade…

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U.S. sues KBR in connection with Army work in Iraq

Posted  January 27, 2014

The federal government is suing Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc., charging that the defense contractor submitted false claims and took kickbacks in connection to a U.S. Army contract in Iraq. The government alleges that KBR employees took kickbacks from two Kuwaiti companies that it hired as subcontractors in 2003 and 2004, then filed claims…

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U.S. Navy confirms its selection of Raytheon for Next Generation Jammer Electronic Warfare Program

Posted  January 27, 2014

Following the U.S. Navy’s confirmation of its Next Generation Jammer contractor, Raytheon announced Jan. 27 it is ready to resume work on this critical electronic attack program for the warfighter. “We commend the GAO’s thorough assessment of this contract award and the U.S. Navy’s re-evaluation that has solidified us as the provider of the world’s…

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Ball Aerospace completes integration of WorldView-3 spacecraft

Posted  January 27, 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed integration of WorldView-3, the next generation commercial remote-sensing satellite being built for DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions. WorldView-3, the fourth remote-sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe by Ball, is scheduled to launch from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in summer 2014. With the imagery…

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AFOSR awards $15.5 million in research grants

Posted  January 27, 2014

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research today announced that it will award approximately $15.5 million in grants to 42 scientists and engineers from 32 research institutions who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program. The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States…

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James ceremoniously sworn-in by Hagel

Posted  January 27, 2014

A day after ordering an independent review of the militarys nuclear force amid allegations of cheating on proficiency exams by Air Force officers overseeing the nations ballistic nuclear missiles, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Jan. 24 vowed to restore confidence in the Air Forces nuclear mission. Whatever the factors – historical, institutional, cultural – the Department…

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NASA, JAXA prepare rain, snow satellite for launch

Posted  January 27, 2014

The world enters a new era of global weather observing and climate science in February with the launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, a new international science satellite built by NASA. GPM, a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, is scheduled to launch Feb. 27 from Tanegashima Space Center…

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