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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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Edwards aircrew take virtual jump into parachute training

Posted  September 5, 2012

For years, aircrew personnel at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., have had the opportunity to train in virtual simulators that mimic real-life scenarios that occur during flight.....

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Northrop Grumman submits proposal for Marine Corps Common Aviation Command and Control System

Posted  September 5, 2012

Northrop Grumman has submitted its proposal for the development and integration phase of the U.S. Marine Corps Common Aviation Command and Control System. The CAC2S provides a complete modernization of the Marine Air Command and Control System. CAC2S will replace dissimilar legacy systems with a common, open, modular, scalable design based on proven, high-technology readiness…

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Iraqi air force F-16 training takes off in Arizona

Posted  September 5, 2012

While the Republic of Iraq anticipates an initial delivery of F-16 Fighting Falcons in September 2014, the pilots who will fly them embark on a historic partnership with the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson, Ariz., to learn how to fly the multipurpose fighter.

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GA-ASI introduces system-wide enhancements for Predator B/MQ-9

Posted  September 5, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Sept. 5 the successful first flight of the Block 1-plus Predator(r) B/MQ-9 Reaper, an upgrade to the original Block 1 Predator B that has been in production since 2003.

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NASA selects science teams for astrobiology institute

Posted  September 5, 2012

NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $40 million to five research teams to study the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. The newly selected teams are from the University of Washington; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Wisconsin, Madison; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and University of Southern California. Average funding…

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Raytheon successfully tests HARM upgrades

Posted  September 5, 2012

Raytheon has completed testing of High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile upgrades, which make the combat-proven missile more precise and accurate, while reducing collateral damage. HARM suppresses or destroys surface-to-air missile radars, early warning radars and radar-directed air defense artillery systems. The upgrade, called the HARM Control Section Modification, adds a GPS receiver and an improved inertial measurement…

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Operational F-22’s employ small diameter bombs during WSEP

Posted  September 5, 2012

During a Combat Hammer exercise Alaska F-22 Raptors became the first operational F-22 unit to drop GBU-39 small diameter bombs.

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Upgrade to first increment of Army’s tactical network to improve interoperability

Posted  September 5, 2012

As the Army prepares to begin fielding the on-the-move capabilities of its tactical communications network, it is executing upgrades to the current network backbone in order to increase the interoperability and commonality of current and future network increments.

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New NASA book reveals pressure suits are height of fashion

Posted  September 5, 2012

NASA has published a colorful, picture-filled book that details the development and use of the protective clothing worn by test pilots, astronauts and others as they soar high above Earth. “Dressing for Altitude: U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits – Wiley Post to Space Shuttle” provides a 526-page survey of the partial- and full-pressure suits designed to…

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Lockheed Martin, Raytheon complete first launch exercise for next gen GPS satellites

Posted  September 5, 2012

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have successfully completed the first launch readiness exercise for the U.S. Air Force’s next generation GPS III satellites. The exercise is a key milestone demonstrating the team remains on schedule to achieve launch availability in 2014. The Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellites and the Raytheon-developed next generation GPS operational control system,…

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