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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

Navy will invite China to Pacific Rim exercise

Posted  September 18, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and his Chinese counterpart, Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie, told reporters in Beijing, China, Sept. 18 they see progress and room for growth in the two nations’ military relationship. During a news conference following small- and large-group meetings the two attended this morning, Panetta said he informed the general today…

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Navy awards General Dynamics $94 million to plan USS Miami fire restoration

Posted  September 17, 2012

The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $94 million contract for advance planning and preliminary execution of fire-restoration efforts on USS Miami. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The USS Miami was damaged in a fire in May while it was in dry dock at the Portsmouth Naval…

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Northrop Grumman signs teaming agreement with KUKA Systems Corporation North America for T-X

Posted  September 17, 2012

Northrop Grumman has signed an exclusive teaming agreement with Detroit-based KUKA Systems Corporation North America, a commercial automation and assembly line integrator, to help design the assembly line for the U.S. Air Force Trainer X program. Northrop Grumman is the manufacturing partner on the BAE Systems Hawk Advanced Jet Training System team that is pursuing…

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News Briefs – September 17, 2012

Posted  September 17, 2012

Neil Armstrong, first to walk on moon, buried at sea The first man to walk on the moon has been buried at sea. NASA says Neil Armstrong’s cremated remains were buried in the Atlantic Ocean Sept. 14 during a ceremony aboard the USS Philippine Sea. Armstrong was a Navy fighter pilot before joining the space…

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force achieve key milestones for command, control modernization program

Posted  September 17, 2012

The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman have successfully completed an integrated baseline review and an interim design review for the Air Operations Center Weapon System modernization program. The successful events mean the AOC Weapon System program is ready to enter the design phase. The baseline review, concluded on July 12, established a mutual understanding…

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Raytheon awarded second low-rate initial production contract for US Air Force F-15E Radar Modernization Program

Posted  September 17, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon has been awarded its second contract from Boeing Company for low-rate initial production of active electronically scanned array radar systems for the U.S. Air Force F-15E Radar Modernization Program. Raytheon’s APG-82(V)1 AESA radar can simultaneously detect, identify and track multiple air and surface targets at longer ranges than the APG-70…

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Boeing to present range of flexible solutions at Modern Day Marine

Posted  September 17, 2012

Boeing to present range of flexible solutions at Modern Day Marine During this year’s Modern Day Marine 2012 exposition, Boeing will highlight products and services that support the Marines’ ability to be agile and effective in any situation. The Marine Corps League event takes place Sept. 25-27 at U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. “We…

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Wounded warriors discuss transitions to new lives

Posted  September 17, 2012

Caregivers, National Guard and Reserve support and sports for the wounded are the top Defense Department priorities for wounded warriors and their families, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for warrior care said Sept. 13. John R. Campbell made the comments after listening to wounded warrior panelists discuss their experiences with recovery at the annual…

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International Space Station astronauts land safely in Kazakhstan

Posted  September 17, 2012

Three members of the Expedition 32 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth Sept. 16, wrapping up a mission lasting more than four months. Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA, and Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin of the Russian Federal Space Agency, undocked their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft…

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Air Force Association announces new president

Posted  September 17, 2012

The Air Force Association Board of Directors have approved Craig R. McKinley, the 26th Chief of the National Guard Bureau, as the next AFA President. McKinley will be succeeding Michael M. Dunn, who retired after completing his term in the five-year position. “The AFA Search Committee conducted an exhaustive search for the right person to…

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