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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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2014 QDR presumes future includes more risk, less money

Posted  March 14, 2014

The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review isn’t like previous reviews, a senior Defense Department official said March 10. Christine E. Wormuth, deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and force development spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The QDR is a congressionally mandated review of DOD strategy and priorities. It is intended to…

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Space station crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted  March 14, 2014

Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth March 10 after 166 days in space, during which they made 2,656 orbits around the planet and traveled almost 70.5 million miles. Expedition 38 crew members Michael Hopkins of NASA, and Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) touched…

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First F-35 Lightning II arrives at Luke AFB

Posted  March 14, 2014

Escorted by two F-16 fighting Falcons, Luke Air Force Base's first F-35 Lightning II arrived at the Arizona base a little after 11 a.m. March 10, from the Lockheed Martin factory in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services announces industry-unique refund or reflight program

Posted  March 14, 2014

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, introduced the industryís first ñ and only ñ 100 percent space launch vehicle refund or reflightprogram, to protect customers in the event of a total launch vehicle malfunction. The program also provides partial refunds for partial malfunctions, and applies to all future LMCLS…

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LONGBOW International receives $96 million support contract for U.K. Apache fire control systems

Posted  March 14, 2014

LONGBOW International, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, received a $96 million contract in 2013 from AgustaWestland to support LONGBOW Fire Control Radars on U.K. Apache AH Mk.1 aircraft. The five-year contract includes engineering services, integrated logistics support and an in-country repair capability. The effort is part of the overall Integrated Operational…

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Officials update Congress on military space policy, challenges

Posted  March 14, 2014

If potential adversaries are to challenge the United States, they must do so in the space domain, the Defense Departments top space policy official told Congress March 12. Douglas L. Loverro, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, joined by Gen. William L. Shelton, the commander of Air Force Space Command, testified before…

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Tobyhanna lands Gray Eagle Ground Control Station repairs

Posted  March 14, 2014

Army photograph Repairs on the Ground Control Stations for Gray Eagle (MQ-1C) Unmanned Aircraft Systems are scheduled to begin at Tobyhanna Army Depot in fiscal year 2016. The Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy have named Tobyhanna Army Depot as the Depot Source of Repair for the Gray Eagle (MQ-1C) Unmanned Aircraft System Ground…

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Astro Aerospace delivers antennas for Next-Generation GPS III satellites 3 through 6

Posted  March 14, 2014

Continuing its support for the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System, Northrop Grumman's Astro Aerospace has delivered 32 self-deploying, monopole JIB antennas for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth GPS III satellites.

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MQ-8C Fire Scout reaches 100 flight hours

Posted  March 14, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph by Alan Radecki An MQ-8C Fire Scout†on†runway after†a test flight at Point Mugu, Calif., March 10. The unmanned helicopter surpassed 100 flight hours during this event and will continue†to undergo testing at Point Mugu this year. In July, the Navy will conduct dynamic interface testing with the MQ-8C aboard USS Jason Dunham…

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Sequestration would cripple U.S. military strategy, Hagel says

Posted  March 14, 2014

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request before the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., March 13, 2014. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Robert F. Hale, the Defense Department’s comptroller, joined Hagel…

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