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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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Division West soldiers test new technology to defeat IEDs

Posted  August 13, 2012

Military combat engineers and civilian technical experts gathered here recently to conduct a series of experiments aimed at providing soldiers with new technology in the counter-improvised explosive device fight.

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Ball Aerospace incorporates enhanced data communication for JPSS-1 satellite

Posted  August 13, 2012

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. will incorporate essential data communication enhancements for the Joint Polar Satellite System, currently under development for an early 2017 launch.

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Army certifies soldiers ready to defend battlespace against missiles, swarming boats with JLENS

Posted  August 13, 2012

Combatant commanders have moved one step closer to being able to detect, track and engage threats such as swarming boats and incoming cruise missiles, around the clock, from hundreds of miles away. In June 2012, the first class of U.S. Army soldiers completed mission operator training on the Raytheon JLENS elevated, persistent over-the-horizon sensor system….

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High readiness key to deter North Korean threats

Posted  August 13, 2012

Maintaining a high state of military readiness is imperative to deterring North Korean threats in the region, the 8th U.S. Army's deputy...

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NASA Curiosity Mars rover installing smarts for driving

Posted  August 13, 2012

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity spent its first weekend on Mars transitioning to software better suited for tasks ahead, such as driving and using its strong robotic arm. The rover’s “brain transplant,” occurred during a series of steps Aug. 10 through Aug. 13, installed a new version of software on both of the rover’s redundant main…

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Bill would expand fertility coverage for veterans

Posted  August 13, 2012

The roadside bomb that exploded outside Andrew Robinson’s Humvee in Iraq six years ago broke the Marine staff sergeant’s neck and left him with collapsed lungs – and without use of his legs. It also cast doubt on his ability to father a child, a gnawing emotional wound for a then-23-year-old who envisioned starting a…

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Navy marks milestone production of key aircraft computer system

Posted  August 13, 2012

The Navy and industry partner General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems marked the milestone production of a key computer system...

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Northrop Grumman signs mentor-protege agreement With Juno Technologies

Posted  August 13, 2012

Northrop Grumman has signed a U.S. Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé agreement with Juno Technologies, a teammate on Northrop Grumman’s Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services program. CANES is the Navy’s effort to streamline and update shipboard networks to improve interoperability and affordability across the fleet. The mentor-protégé relationship was formalized during a signing ceremony on…

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Welsh ‘humbled’ to serve as Air Force chief of staff

Posted  August 13, 2012

The Air Force chief of staff flag passed to the service's 20th chief in a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 10.

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Boeing opens new parts processing center in Oregon

Posted  August 12, 2012

Boeing celebrated Aug. 10 the opening of its new parts processing center and building expansion in Gresham, Ore., a suburb of Portland. Employing about 1,800 people, Boeing Portland is an ISO 14001-certified site that serves as the company’s Center of Excellence for complex machining, gear systems and flight controls. Elected officials and representatives from community…

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