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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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NASA’s Curiousity Rover caught in act of landing

Posted  August 6, 2012

An image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the Curiosity rover still connected to its 51-foot-wide parachute as it descended...

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Democrats reject GOP move to force layoff notices

Posted  August 6, 2012

Senate Democrats rejected a Republican effort to force defense contractors to send out notices of possible job layoffs four days before the election, calling the move politically driven and purely speculative based on looming spending cuts. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 17-13 against an amendment by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. The provision would have overturned…

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Defense official: Cuts hit war fighters, weapons

Posted  August 6, 2012

War fighters heading to Afghanistan would receive less training while the Navy would be forced to buy fewer ships if lawmakers fail in the next five months to come up with an alternative deficit-reduction plan, a Pentagon official said Aug. 1. Imploring Congress to act, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and the White House’s acting…

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News Briefs – August 6, 2012

Posted  August 6, 2012

Senator ends hold on Air Force chief nomination A Republican senator has ended his hold on the White House pick for Air Force chief of staff over the service’s response to a widening sex scandal at a Texas base. In a statement Aug. 2, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said he had met with Gen….

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Boeing establishes simulator-based training for Kiowa flight instructors

Posted  August 6, 2012

Boeing subsidiary Boeing Defence Australia has installed a Helicrew simulator at the Oakey Army Aviation Training Centre, Queensland, Australia, in order to...

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Lockheed Martin delivers 20,000th Guided MLRS rocket

Posted  August 6, 2012

Lockheed Martin has delivered the 20,000th Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary rocket to the U.S. Army. With a range of up to 70 kilometers, GMLRS Unitary is an all-weather, precision-strike weapon that can be deployed rapidly, producing pinpoint engagements with minimal collateral damage. The GMLRS rocket is assembled at the company’s production facility in…

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Ball Aerospace demonstrates prototype X-band SATCOM on-the-move phased array antenna

Posted  August 6, 2012

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully demonstrated its Mobile Multifunction Low-Cost Array system, a prototype X-band SATCOM On-the-Move phased array antenna, at the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground facility, Aberdeen, Md.

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Air Force has role in Mars Rover success

Posted  August 6, 2012

As news broke of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory "Curiosity" rover's successful landing on the "Red Planet" Aug. 6, Arnold Engineering Development Complex's (AEDC) Hypervelocity Tunnel 9 Director...

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Boeing, EL AL finalize order for two additional 737-900ERs

Posted  August 6, 2012

Boeing and EL AL have announced that the Israeli national carrier has finalized an order for two additional Next-Generation 737-900ERs (Extended Range), adding to EL AL’s previous order in March 2011, bringing the total number to six 737-900ERs on order. The two-airplane order is valued at approximately $179.2 million at current list prices. “The Next-Generation…

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NASA announces next step in effort to launch Americans from U.S. soil

Posted  August 6, 2012

NASA announced Aug. 3 new agreements with three American commercial companies to design and develop the next generation of U.S. human spaceflight capabilities, enabling a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years. Advances made by these companies under newly signed Space Act Agreements through the agency’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative…

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