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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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Northrop Grumman, Air Force complete successful CDR of EPS control, planning segment

Posted  May 21, 2014

Northrop Grumman has successfully conducted the critical design review for the Enhanced Polar System Control and Planning Segment the week of April 28 and the Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate exercised the program’s development option on April 30. The U.S. Air Force’s EPS provides space-enabled, secure communications capabilities to polar users in support of national…

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MH-60 trainer is a first for U.S. Navy squadrons in Japan

Posted  May 21, 2014

Navy photograph An MH-60 Tactical Operational Flight Trainer, similar to the one above, was delivered to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan on May 16. The reconfigurable device, the first-of-its-kind for the MH-60 community, will provide aircrew training for two types of helicopters. Once installation is complete, three squadrons will use the device for procedures, proficiency…

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Army inducts self-propelled howitzer into low-rate initial production

Posted  May 21, 2014

Air and sea power are critical strategic military assets, but land power is undeniable in its ability to compel and deter adversaries.

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Pratt & Whitney unveils higher thrust PurePower engine

Posted  May 21, 2014

Pratt & Whitney May 20 launched the newest addition to the PurePower engine family, the PW1135G-JM engine, a 35,000 thrust class engine for the Airbus A321neo aircraft. The engine’s higher thrust makes it the most powerful engine on the A321neo allowing A321neo operators, fitted with Geared Turbofanô engine technology, to fly routes of greater distance…

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Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib moves closer to full rate production

Posted  May 21, 2014

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Raytheon and the U.S. Army completed Initial Operational Test and Evaluation for Excalibur Ib during a series of successful tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. This milestone moves the program one step closer to full rate production. During IOT&E, artillerymen from Fort Riley’s 1st Battalion, 5th Field…

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Sikorsky Aircraft, LORD Corporation successfully test hub mounted vibration suppressors

Posted  May 21, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft and LORD Corporation May 20 announced the successful completion of flight demonstration testing of the Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressor, a new technology aimed to reduce vibration on helicopters. The demonstration was part of an effort to address the challenge of crew fatigue and reduced equipment reliability and readiness that are caused by helicopter…

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Headlines May 21, 2014

Posted  May 21, 2014

News: Body found in search for Marine who fell during Osprey training flight – The body of a Marine who fell from an MV-22 Osprey aircraft May 19 during a training flight near White Lake was recovered May 20 after an exhaustive search by more than 1,000 military and law enforcement personnel.    Business: Space industry…

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News Briefs May 21, 2014

Posted  May 21, 2014

Russian army readies return from Ukrainian border The Russian Defense Ministry says its units in the western regions bordering Ukraine are preparing for a journey to their home bases in line with President Vladimir Putin’s order. Putin ordered the withdrawal May 19 in what could be an attempt to ease tensions with the West over…

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NASA’s WISE findings poke hole in black hole ‘doughnut’ theory

Posted  May 23, 2014

A survey of more than 170,000 supermassive black holes, using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, has astronomers reexamining a decades-old theory about the varying appearances of these interstellar objects.

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Report: FAA too reliant on Boeing for battery test

Posted  May 23, 2014

The government failed to properly test the Boeing 787’s lithium-ion batteries and relied too much on Boeing for technical expertise, a new report says. The National Transportation Safety Board May 22 criticized the process used by the Federal Aviation Administration to certify the new jet in 2007. It also recommended that the FAA needed to…

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