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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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Historic leap: Navy shipboard laser operates in Arabian Gulf

Posted  December 10, 2014

Officials at the Office of Naval Research announced Dec. 10 the laser weapon system - a cutting-edge weapon that brings significant new capabilities to America's Sailors and Marines - was for the first time successfully deployed and operated aboard a naval vessel in the Arabian Gulf.

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Boeing CST-100 spacecraft moves another step closer to flight

Posted  December 10, 2014

Boeing and NASA recently completed the Ground Segment Critical Design Review and set the baseline design for the company’s Commercial Crew Transportation System, moving a step closer to the planned early 2017 voyage to the International Space Station. Completion of the Certification Baseline Review allows construction on system hardware, including the spacecraft and United Launch…

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Missing airman from World War II buried at Arlington

Posted  December 10, 2014

The remains of an Army Air Forces Airman who had been missing since World War II was buried with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Dec. 4.

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Air Force realigns missions to enhance nuclear support

Posted  December 10, 2014

In response to a directive from the secretary of the Air Force and chief of staff of the Air Force, the 377th Air Base Wing in Albuquerque, N.M., will realign under Air Force Global Strike Command, and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center will reorganize, combining the AFNWC commander and Air Force program executive officer…

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Boeing expands landing gear overhaul, exchange offerings

Posted  December 10, 2014

Boeing announced Dec. 10 that Air Canada, the largest domestic and international airline in Canada, is the launch customer for Boeing’s new landing gear exchange programs for 777-300ER (Extended Range) and 777-200LR (Longer Range) airframes. Under the agreement, Air Canada will receive fully overhauled and certified landing gear shipsets for its fleet of 17 777-300ERs…

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CalVet launches veterans homes hiring blitz

Posted  December 10, 2014

In preparation for the opening of a new Skilled Nursing Unit at the CalVet West Los Angeles Veterans Home, CalVet will be holding a CalVet Job Fair Jan. 21, 2015. The fair runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and will be held at the West LA Home, 11500 Nimitz Ave., Los Angeles. CalVet is seeking applicants for…

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Headlines December 8, 2014

Posted  December 8, 2014

News: Hagel says U.S. to leave up to 1,000 extra troops in Afghanistan – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday confirmed that the Obama administration will leave up to 1,000 more troops than originally planned in Afghanistan beyond year’s end, as the United States and NATO nations scramble to ensure that a new international mission to…

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News Briefs December 8, 2014

Posted  December 8, 2014

Israeli military opens new Gaza war investigations The Israeli military says it has opened eight new criminal investigations into cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer’s Gaza war. The Dec. 6 announcement appears to be a further attempt to head off international investigations into the military’s conduct during the 50-day conflict. More than 2,100…

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NASA’s new Orion spacecraft completes first spaceflight test

Posted  December 8, 2014

NASA marked a major milestone Dec. 5 on its journey to Mars as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years.

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Double Deuce: Two MC-130Js celivered to U.S. Air Force

Posted  December 8, 2014

Lockheed Martin photographs by David Key U.S. Air Force crews ferried two MC-130J Commando II aircraft assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility located in Marietta, Ga., Dec. 5. These aircraft will be operated by the 352nd Special Operations Group and will be based at Royal Air Force Mildenhall…

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