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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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Business

Boeing Military Aircraft announces leadership appointments

Posted  March 24, 2014

Boeing March 21 named four executives to new leadership positions in its Boeing Military Aircraft business unit. The appointments will be effective April 1, 2014. David Koopersmith is named vice president and general manager for Vertical Lift. Koopersmith, currently vice president of Attack Helicopter Programs, AH-64 Apache and AH-6 program manager and senior site executive…

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NASA Selects United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket to launch solar orbiter mission

Posted  March 24, 2014

NASA’s Launch Services Program announced today that it selected United Launch Alliance’s proven Atlas V vehicle to launch its next-generation sun explorer called Solar Orbiter. This award resulted from a competitive procurement under NASA Launch Services contracts that considered multiple launch providers. “We are honored that NASA has selected ULA to provide the launch service…

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Veterans

Soldier missing from Vietnam War accounted for

Posted  March 24, 2014

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced March 18 that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, were recently accounted for and will be buried in a group burial ceremony. Army SSgt. Lawrence Woods of Clarksville, Tenn., will be buried as part of group on March 21, at Arlington National…

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Business

DRS Technologies to supply its hybrid electric drive system to Korean Navy’s new class of frigates

Posted  March 24, 2014

DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today a contract award to design and produce a Hybrid Electric Drive propulsion system for the Republic of Korea Navy’s future Incheon-class multipurpose frigate known as FFX Batch II. The contract, valued at more than $9 million USD, was awarded to DRS’s Maritime and Combat Support Systems group…

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Triton Unmanned Air System completes initial flight test phase

Posted  March 24, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph The Navy’s unmanned MQ-4C Triton approaches Northrop Grumman’s flight test facility in Palmdale, Calif., March 13. This flight completed Triton’s initial flight test phase bringing the unmanned air system one step closer to introduction to the fleet in 2017. The Navy’s MQ-4C Triton completed its initial flight test phase at Northrop Grumman’s…

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NASA’s Spitzer telescope brings 360-degree view of galaxy to our fingertips

Posted  March 24, 2014

Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA’s new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TEDActive 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The star-studded panorama of our galaxy is constructed from more than 2 million infrared snapshots taken over the past 10 years by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. “If…

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Veterans

Veterans unemployment rate dropped in 2013

Posted  March 24, 2014

The unemployment rate for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans dropped in 2013, according to Labor Department statistics announced March 20. The unemployment rate fell to 9 percent last year for veterans who served on active duty since September 2001. The jobless rate for all veterans also edged down to 6.6 percent. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez…

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Business

General Dynamics awarded $26 million by Lockheed Martin for continued work on U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System III program

Posted  March 24, 2014

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, was recently awarded a $26 million contract from Lockheed Martin to support the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System (GPS) III †Network Communications Element. The Air Force’s next-generation GPS III satellites will improve position, navigation and timing services and provide advanced anti-jam capabilities yielding…

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Defense

Benet Labs’ mortar redesign to help infantrymen become more lethal, safer

Posted  March 24, 2014

Army photograph by 1st Lt. Cory Titus Apache Troop mortarmen fire the first round of the day for their mortar live-fire exercise at Combat Outpost Khilaguy, Afghanistan, Nov. 9, 2013. To properly emplace their system, two Soldiers must stand on the baseplate to help it set firmly in the ground. The United States infantry has…

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NASA extends Lockheed Martin contract to support ISS

Posted  March 24, 2014

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration recently awarded Lockheed Martin a one-year contract extension on the Cargo Mission Contract 2 valued at $22 million. The extension ensures continuation of processing services, including support planning, coordination, preparation and packing of standardized containers for cargo delivery to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Through this extension,…

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