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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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Fox Field celebrates 5th Annual Airfair

Posted  September 6, 2012

With beautiful, clear blue skies, Sept. 1 was a great day for the 5th Annual Fox Field Airfair, held at the William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster, Calif.

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NASA Aeronautic Academy interns finish program

Posted  September 6, 2012

Inertia, proverse yaw, bifilar sensitivity, aileron deflection, doublet maneuvers - throw in a few mathematical equations that have more letters than numbers and it's enough to make anyone's head spin.

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NASA Mars rover Curiosity beings arm-work phase

Posted  September 6, 2012

After driving more than a football field’s length since landing, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is spending several days preparing for full use of the tools on its arm. Curiosity extended its robotic arm Wednesday in the first of 6-10 consecutive days of planned activities to test the 7-foot (2.1-meter) arm and the tools it manipulates….

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Boeing Next-Generation 737-900ER surpasses 500 orders

Posted  September 6, 2012

Boeing's Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) surpassed 500 orders this week. The milestone was reached when a customer converted its 737-700s to 737-900ERs.

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Partners, innovation help Pentagon deal with budget cuts

Posted  September 6, 2012

The Defense Department is dealing with long-term budget reductions by working more closely with international partners and continuously improving performance, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told an international audience Sept. 5. Frank Kendall delivered the opening address, titled International Partnerships for Coalition Success, at ComDef 2012, a conference of government and…

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Plane Crazy Saturday set for Sept. 22

Posted  September 6, 2012

The September Plane Crazy Saturday will feature display and flying on remote control model aircraft by the Murac Model Masters. These can be very serious “models” with wingspans up to about six feet. They normally fly from their airfield located at the north end of Rosamond Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Some…

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Northrop Grumman aids navigation of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover

Posted  September 6, 2012

Northrop Grumman supplied the navigation and pointing aid for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which recently began a historic two-year exploration of Mars.

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Air Force awards Lockheed Martin $152 million Sniper ATP sustainment contract

Posted  September 6, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $152 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for Sniper(r) Advanced Targeting Pod sustainment support over a five-year period, beginning in September 2012. The contract transitions legacy Sniper pod sustainment support from Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to Warner Robins Air Force Base, Ga. Additional scope includes engineering support,…

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AeroVironment receives $16.5 million of funding from U.S. Army for RQ-11B Raven

Posted  September 6, 2012

AeroVironment, Inc. has received $16,472,298 in additional funding to perform on Aug. 10, 2012, from the United States Army under a contract action with a total projected value of $65,889,191. The company announced the initial $15.8 million funding of that contract action on June 1, 2012. The overall contract action includes RQ-11B Raven systems, new…

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New LEAPS program featured on Aerotech NewsRadio

Posted  September 6, 2012

Photographs by Rebecca Amber Deputy Mike Rust from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Department. Aerotech NewsRadio hosted live interview about the new Law Enforcement Aerial Platform System (LEAPS) Aug. 30. LEAPS began its 365-day contract between the City of Lancaster, Aeroview LLC. And Spiral Technology Inc. Aug. 24. In studio to talk about the system were President…

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