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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 contractor pays $1.15 million over bid allegation

Posted  September 6, 2012

A Colorado defense contractor has agreed to pay $1.15 million to settle allegations that it improperly got information about a competitor’s bid for two contracts for the top-secret National Reconnaissance Office, federal prosecutors said Sept. 4. Paragon Dynamics Inc., of the Denver suburb of Aurora, was accused of getting copies of bid information from Raytheon,…

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Navy signs specification document for the Ohio replacement submarine program

Posted  September 6, 2012

The Navy formalized key ship specifications for both the United States’ Ohio Replacement and United Kingdom’s Successor Programs in a document signed Aug. 31 at the Washington Navy Yard. Rear Adm. Thomas J. Eccles, chief engineer and deputy commander Naval Systems Engineering Directorate, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Capt. William J. Brougham, Ohio Replacement…

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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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News Briefs – September 5th, 2012

Posted  September 5, 2012

Marine F/A-18C Hornet crash   A Marine F/A-18C Hornet crashed in a remote range area of the Fallon Range Training Complex at approximately 3:15 p.m., CDT, Sept. 1. The pilot ejected safely from the aircraft and was treated at Banner Churchill Community Hospital in Fallon for minor injuries and has been released. The pilot and…

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AFOSR forging new international collaborations

Posted  September 5, 2012

As part of an ongoing effort to expand the horizon of scientific knowledge through international liaison and leadership, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in collaboration with Australian National Fabrication Facility organized a Program Review to explore U.S./Australia basic science collaborations in Materials and Nanotechnology. “This effort was made possible by joint interagency and…

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Iraq’s first Super Hercules

Posted  September 5, 2012

The first of six C-130J Super Hercules for the Iraqi Air Force recently completed its first flight at Marietta, Ga.

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U.S. commander: Stealth fighters `100 percent’ safe

Posted  September 5, 2012

The deployment of a dozen F-22 stealth fighters to Japan has so far gone off without a hitch as the aircraft are being brought back into the skies in their first overseas mission since restrictions were imposed over incidents involving pilots getting dizzy and disoriented, a senior U.S. Air Force commander told the Associated Press…

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Budget cuts loom over plans for F-35 at Nellis

Posted  September 5, 2012

The potential for defense budget cuts and layoffs at Lockheed Martin loom over plans to deliver the first F-35 fighter jets to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., early next year, though no decision has been announced about which programs might get cut and where. The base in southern Nevada is set to get 36 Joint…

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Northrop Grumman welcomes British defence minister to unmanned ground vehicle facility

Posted  September 5, 2012

Northrop Grumman welcomed the United Kingdom's Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Peter Luff MP, to the company's production facility for unmanned ground systems in Coventry, England.

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Concerns persist over ex-SEAL’s bin Laden raid book

Posted  September 5, 2012

Defense Department officials continue to weigh their legal options against a former Navy SEAL who may have revealed classified information in a book he wrote about the Osama bin Laden raid, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a news conference Sept. 4. On Aug. 30, the Defense Department sent an advisory letter of material…

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