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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft powers through first integrated system testing

Posted  April 14, 2014

NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test - Exploration Flight Test-1 - later this year. EFT-1 will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth and return it safely.

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45th Space Wing launches NRO Satellite on board Atlas V

Posted  April 14, 2014

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 1:45 p.m. April 10 carrying a classified national security payload. The payload was designed and built by the National Reconnaissance Office. “I am proud of the persistence and focus of the…

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Russian aircraft flies near U.S. Navy ship in Black Sea

Posted  April 14, 2014

Navy photograph by Seamn Edward Guttierrez III Sailors man the rails as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Feb. 11, 2014. Donald Cook is the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota. A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald…

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Headlines April 14, 2014

Posted  April 14, 2014

Business: U.S. Navy looks to leverage submarine work to keep costs down – The U.S. Navy hopes to save money and time by leveraging industry investments as it replaces its Ohio-class nuclear-armed submarines with the Virginia-class attack submarines now built by General Dynamics Corp and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.  Study raises red flags on California aerospace…

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News Briefs April 14, 2014

Posted  April 14, 2014

U.S. Navy destroyer Zumwalt christened in Maine The U.S. Navy has christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a 610-foot (186-meter)-long warship with advanced technologies and a stealthy design that will reduce its visibility on enemy radars. The warship bears the name of the late Adm. Elmo ìBudî Zumwalt, who became the…

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Veterans

OATH leads to new home for Veteran Jerral Hancock

Posted  April 18, 2014

Commending Lancaster High School students and the Antelope Valley community, actor/musician Gary Sinise spoke via Skype, taking the OATH in support of building Army Spec. Jerral Hancock and his family a new home.

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Business

Boeing delivers 8,000th 737

Posted  April 18, 2014

World’s best-selling airplane marks historic milestone with delivery to United Airlines Boeing April 16 delivered the 8,000th 737 to come off the production line to United Airlines, marking another important milestone for the world’s best-selling airplane. The airplane, a Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range), features a special logo. The 737 is the first commercial airplane in…

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Keel laid for future USS Gabrielle Giffords

Posted  April 18, 2014

The Navy and Austal USA held a keel-laying ceremony for the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), the Navy’s 10th littoral combat ship (LCS), in Mobile, Ala., April 16. The keel-laying ceremony recognizes the first joining together of a ship’s components. While modern shipbuilding processes allow fabrication of individual modules to begin months earlier, the…

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Events

Five AV High Schools participate in Innovation Challenge

Posted  April 18, 2014

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Students from five high schools throughout the Antelope Valley participated in Northrop Grummanís High School Innovation Challenge at Pete Knight High School April 5, to develop the next gas-free vehicle. Participating high schools were: Pete Knight, Tehachapi, Palmdale, The Palmdale Aerospace Academy and Antelope Valley. Students from five high schools…

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All systems go: Navy’s laser weapon ready for summer deployment

Posted  April 18, 2014

Navy engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer. The prototype, an improved version of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), will be installed on USS Ponce for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf, fulfilling plans announced by…

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