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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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Pentagon welcomes new chief of National Guard Bureau

Posted  September 7, 2012

Cabinet secretaries, service chiefs and other government and military leaders gathered Sept. 7 for a Pentagon ceremony marking a change in leaders for the nation’s National Guard Bureau. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke during the event marking the end of Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley’s term…

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News Briefs – September 7, 2012

Posted  September 7, 2012

Colorado loses bid to speed destruction of weapons A federal court says Colorado doesn’t have the authority to set a deadline for the Army to destroy chemical weapons stored at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Sept. 5 upheld a lower court’s decision throwing out the state’s lawsuit. Colorado argued that…

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F-35A reaches ‘huge milestone’ in program development

Posted  September 7, 2012

Air Force officials begin their F-35A Lightning II Operational Utility Evaluation Sept. 10, an instrumental step in beginning joint strike fighter pilot and maintenance training for the service. Two 33rd Fighter Wing pilots from Elgin Air Force Base, Fla.; along with two Air Force test pilots, will conduct the review expected to last approximately 65…

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Fury(r) 1500 UAS achieves full data rate SATCOM video link

Posted  September 7, 2012

AME Unmanned Air Systems announced Sept. 7 that the Fury 1500 UAS has become the first truly tactical UAS to downlink live video over Satellite Communications. A Fury(r) aircraft transmitted full-motion video to a ground terminal over a high bandwidth commercial SATCOM link. Fury 1500 was developed at AME’s UAS facility in San Luis Obispo,…

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Aerotech Newsradio September 6, 2012

Posted  September 7, 2012

Thank you for listening. Our guest is Andrew Nelson, C.O.O. of Xcor.

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News briefs – September 6th, 2012

Posted  September 6, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,974   As of Sept. 4, 2012, at least 1,974 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 1,650 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a…

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General assesses progress, momentum in Afghanistan

Posted  September 6, 2012

Less than a week before the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a senior U.S. officer assigned to NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said each such observance “serves to remind me of why we are here.” Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander of ISAF Joint Command, spoke Sept. 5 with Pentagon reporters…

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Mojave revitalization group prepares for ‘visioning’ dialog

Posted  September 6, 2012

The Revitalize Mojave working group held its monthly meeting Aug. 23 at the Mojave Airport board meeting. Any interested resident is invited to attend these discussions, which are at 5:15 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month. There are three committees, which also welcome participation: Design is headed by Timothy Kuster; Economic Restructuring is…

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New California law to help commercial space flights by Mojave tenants

Posted  September 6, 2012

At the Sept. 4 meeting of the East Kern Airport District, CEO Stuart Witt noted passage of AB 2243. The board approved applying for state matching funds for the new FAA Airport Improvement Program grant, and it also approved a change in the airport security contractor. The California legislature unanimously approved bill 2243, Space Flight…

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New capabilities of Lynx multi-mode radar tested on U.S. northern border with CBP

Posted  September 6, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Sept. 6 that it has completed the successful integration and operational testing of its Lynx(r) Multi-mode Radar, a next-generation capability that integrates Synthetic Aperture Radar, Ground Moving Target Indicator, and Dismount Moving Target Indicator radar. Testing was conducted in May by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Customs and…

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