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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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The DARPA Grand Challenge: Ten years later

Posted  March 14, 2014

DARPA photograph Oshkosh Defenseís TerraMax vehicle was an entrant in the 2004 Grand Challenge. Autonomous vehicle challenge led tnew technologies and invigorated the prize challenge model of promoting innovation At the break of dawn on March 13, 2004, 15 vehicles left a starting gate in the desert outside of Barstow, Calif., tmake history in the…

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Northrop Grumman begins integrating antennas for fourth Advanced EHF communications payload

Posted  March 14, 2014

Two downlink antennas that are the fastest of their kind to operate in space are being integrated into the protected communications payload built by Northrop Grumman for the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite. The company delivered the Super High Frequency Array Unit (SAU), as the antennas are called, in early March to AEHF system…

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Study assesses physical demands for combat arms

Posted  March 14, 2014

In full gear, Sgt. Shawanna Washington moved ammunition, loaded mortar rounds into a gun tube, moved agilely as if under enemy fire, and completed other physically demanding tasks of a Soldier on the battlefield.

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Centennial World War I commemoration effort gears up

Posted  March 14, 2014

It was called The Great War even as it was going on. It engulfed the world, and the world is still feeling its effects. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and U.S. officials are gearing up to mark the centennial. In his day job, Robert J. Dalessandro is…

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Lockheed Martin receives $255 million U.S. Army contract for Guided MLRS rocket production

Posted  March 14, 2014

Lockheed Martin received a $255 million contract in late 2013 from the U.S. Army for Lot 9 production of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary rocket.The new allotment of rockets will be delivered to the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Republic of Italy.  Delivery will begin in April 2015. Work will be performed…

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NASA’s Operation IceBridge begins new Arctic campaign

Posted  March 14, 2014

Researchers aboard NASA's P-3 research aircraft left the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., March 10 for Greenland to begin a new season of collecting data on Arctic land and sea ice.

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First Boeing Built Inmarsat-5 satellite successfully completes on-orbit testing

Posted  March 14, 2014

Boeing’s first of four satellites for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, has passed all of its on-orbit testing and has now been handed over to Inmarsat. “This is an important milestone for Global Xpress,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat. “The testing of the Boeing built platform and payload has been completed and shown to meet…

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Lockheed Martin to acquire Industrial Defender

Posted  March 14, 2014

Lockheed Martin has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Industrial Defender, a leading provider of cyber security solutions for control systems in the oil and gas, utility and chemical industries. Subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close within 30 days. The terms of the agreement were not…

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NASA names David W. Miller as agency’s new chief technologist

Posted  March 14, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced March 13 that David W. Miller, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., has been named the agency’s new Chief Technologist.

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JUPITR program takes shape on Korean Peninsula

Posted  March 14, 2014

Courtesy photograph The Joint United States Forces Korea Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition, or JUPITR, which is a program led by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, or JPEO-CBD, and supported by the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, will provide unique biological detection capabilities to address the demand for stronger…

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