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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’s Woodland Hills Facility hosts mentoring, scholarship program

Posted  June 16, 2014

Northrop Grumman recently sponsored a student project demonstration and competition at its Woodland Hills facility to conclude this year's High School Involvement Partnership (HIP) mentoring and scholarship program.

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News Briefs June 16, 2014

Posted  June 16, 2014

Drone training on the rise in New Mexico Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., is devoting more and more time to training pilots in the use of drones. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the number of students learning how to operate remotely piloted aircraft at the Alamogordo base has multiplied. Holloman officials say more than 700…

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Headlines June 16, 2014

Posted  June 16, 2014

News: $40 billion missile defense system proves unreliable – With a convulsive rumble, followed by billowing flames and exhaust, a sleek 60-foot rocket emerged from its silo at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.    Business: RFP for U.S. bomber coming soon, Air Force’s top buyer says – The request for proposal on the U.S. Air Force’s long…

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Lockheed Martin’s DAGR, Hellfire II missiles score direct hits during ground-vehicle launch tests

Posted  June 18, 2014

Lockheed Martin successfully fired Hellfire and DAGR missiles from its Long Range Surveillance and Attack Vehicle turreted weapon system during recent ground-to-ground tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The LRSAV is a fully integrated, turreted, ground-vehicle weapon system. It uses advanced missile and weapon control-system technologies and a newly developed 15-inch, spherical, mast-mounted electro-optical/infrared…

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Honoring the fallen overseas

Posted  June 18, 2014

Photographs by John Hatcher Daughters of the American Revolution member, Judy Hatcher, far right, along with the Girl Scouts place more than 500 flags on the graves of World War II veterans at the Anzio American Cemetery in Anzio-Nettuno, Italy.   It was a time of healing, reflection and gratitude for Judy Hatcher as she…

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SecAF outlines changes for nuclear force

Posted  June 18, 2014

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James outlined new incentives and measures designed to change the culture of the service’s nuclear force June 17. Following a cheating scandal involving intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, and the subsequent relief of nine officers, a commander’s retirement and 91 other airmen…

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Special Olympics

Posted  June 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Linda Sherar TSgt. Della Santiago, 412 CPTS/CSS and 54 airmen from Edwards Air Force Base award medals, give high-fives and hugs to athletes during a Special Olympics event at Palmdale High School May 10, 2014. Palmdale is an official host town for the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles July 25-Aug….

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NASA astronauts David Leestma, Andrew Thomas retire

Posted  June 18, 2014

NASA photographs NASA astronauts David Leestma and Andrew Thomas are retiring from the astronaut corps after a combined 66 years in federal service. NASA has bid farewell to two veteran astronauts who have retired after a combined 66 years of federal service. David Leestma has retired after more than 44 years of government service. A…

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Pumping it up: Airbags take weight in ACTE G-III loads tests

Posted  June 18, 2014

Technicians at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Flight Loads Laboratory recently completed structural evaluations on a modified Gulfstream G-III aircraft that will serve as a test bed for the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge project.

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NASA announces award recipients for space station research flight opportunity

Posted  June 18, 2014

NASA has awarded $500,000 and payload flight opportunities for research and technology development onboard the International Space Station to academic institutions across the U.S. The awards are through NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The academic research to be conducted by space station astronauts is in areas important to the agency’s missions. These include…

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