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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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Castleman talks about his career in Aviation Art.

Posted  September 4, 2012

For aviation artist Douglas "Doug" Castleman, aviation art was a perfect fit. Castleman received his degree in Fine Art from California State University, Northridge and went on to become an award-winning artist.....

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Dawn spacecraft prepares for trek toward dwarf planet

Posted  September 4, 2012

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant destinations to help scientists answer questions about the formation of our solar system. The spacecraft is scheduled to leave the giant asteroid Vesta Sept. 5 to start its 2 1/2-year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn began…

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Northrop Grumman’s BACN completes 3,000th E-11A mission overseas

Posted  September 4, 2012

Northrop Grumman’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node has completed 3,000 missions flying aboard the E-11A Bombardier Global Express BD-700 aircraft in support of overseas contingency missions. The 451st Tactical Airborne Gateway at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, executed the 3,000th mission on July 14. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne communications and information gateway system that provides situational awareness…

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NORAD, Russia train to confront terrorist hijackings

Posted  September 4, 2012

It was a scene unthinkable even 30 years ago as U.S., Canadian and Russian militaries worked together this week at the North American Aerospace Command headquarters to confront a common enemy: terrorist hijackers.....

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Lancaster takes LEAPS towards a safer city

Posted  September 4, 2012

The City of Lancaster has officially launched the Law Enforcement Aerial Platform System (LEAPS), designed to aid the L.A. County Sheriff's department in fighting crime and providing quicker response times for other emergencies.

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NASA launches radiation belt storm probes mission

Posted  September 4, 2012

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes, the first twin-spacecraft mission designed to explore our planet’s radiation belts, launched into the predawn skies at 4:05a.m., EDT, Aug. 30 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. “Scientists will learn in unprecedented detail how the radiation belts are populated with charged particles, what causes them to change and how…

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Boeing Winged Joint Direct Attack Munition completes first round of tests

Posted  September 4, 2012

A winged version of the Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition that will triple the weapon’s glide range to more than 40 miles is a step closer to production after completing wind tunnel tests at a U.S. facility in June. Developed in partnership with the Commonwealth of Australia, the 500-pound JDAM Extended Range features a modular…

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Upcoming events for September 2012

Posted  September 4, 2012

Sept. 1-7 – Symposium on Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology Including Fundamental Interactions, Moorea, French Polynesia https://hepconf.physics.ucla.edu/pacific/index.html Sept. 2-7 – 11th International Conference on Substorms, Luneburg, Germany www.international-substorm-conference.com/ Sept. 2-7 – 8th Tours Symposium on Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics, Black Forest, Germany www-win.gsi.de/Tours2012/Tours2012.html Sept. 2-8 – International School of Space Science: Astrophysical and Space Plasmas, L’Aquila,…

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Veteran reunions for September 2012

Posted  September 4, 2012

Sept. 3-5: 3rd A&E Pensacola, Fla. For more information, contact Dean Droz at (407) 957-2423 or email deandroz@yahoo.com.   Sept. 5-9: 504th Bomb Group (Tinian, 1945) Minneapolis, Minn. For more information, contact Kaz Barcynski at (252) 637-0587 or email mskb134@gmail.com.   Sept. 6-8: 20th Air Force (Guam) Branson, Mo. For more information, contact Rose Penrod…

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NASA Curiosity rover begins eastbound trek on Martian surface

Posted  September 4, 2012

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has set off from its landing vicinity on a trek to a science destination about a quarter-mile (400 meters) away, where it may begin using its drill. The rover drove eastward about 52 feet (16 meters) Aug. 28, its 22nd Martian day after landing. This third drive was longer than Curiosity’s…

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