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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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Missile-warning satellites contract awarded

Posted  July 3, 2014

The Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., awarded a $1.86 billion contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, Calif., for production of the fifth and sixth Space-Based Infrared System, or SBIRS, geosynchronous, or GEO, missile-warning satellites. “This is a great day in the history of…

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Lockheed Martin to enhance U.S. Navy C4ISR collection, dissemination capabilities

Posted  July 3, 2014

Lockheed Martin will work to enhance how the Navy exchanges C4ISR data throughout the space, air, surface, subsurface, and unmanned sensor domains under a contract with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific. This IDIQ contract has a ceiling value of $35 million over five years. For the Navy, every platform is a sensor, and…

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NASA, Boeing sign space launch system contract

Posted  July 3, 2014

Boeing has finalized a contract with NASA to develop the core stage of the Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket ever built and destined to propel America’s return to human exploration of deep space. The $2.8 billion contract validates Boeing’s earlier selection as the prime contractor on the SLS core stage, including the avionics,…

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Northrop Grumman builds 50,000th tactical gyroscope

Posted  July 3, 2014

Northrop Grumman has produced its 50,000th G-2000 gyroscope, the world’s smallest tactical grade, dynamically-tuned gyroscope in production, which is used for both military and commercial purposes. The G-2000 senses rate orientation for stabilization and targeting applications. Since 1992, Northrop Grumman’s Salt Lake City facility has produced the two-axis G2000 gyroscope for missile and torpedo guidance,…

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Another C-5M goes west

Posted  July 3, 2014

A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the 20th C-5M Super Galaxy to† Travis Air Force Base, Calif., from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., June 30. Travisí second Super Galaxy, Aircraft 85-0010 was delivered 28 days ahead of the contracted schedule. A total of 52 Super Galaxy aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to…

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Army researches the future of 3-D printing

Posted  July 3, 2014

One day, soldiers will get critical repair parts at the point of need through innovative, reliable 3-D printing systems. This vision of the future will lift the logistics burden and lighten the load to provide more capabilities at less cost, according to Army researchers.

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News Briefs July 3, 2014

Posted  July 3, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,194 As of July 1, 2014, at least 2,194 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,817 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines July 3, 2014

Posted  July 3, 2014

News: Air Force sued over F-35 basing decision – The U.S. Air Force is being sued by a coalition of residents in Vermont who say the decision to base new F-35 fighters out of a local airport will be a nuisance and a potential safety risk.   Business: NASA finalizes contract to build the most powerful…

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Seattle Seahawk, Palmdale native visits Northrop Grumman’s Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence

Posted  July 7, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph Palmdale, Calif., native DeShawn Shead shows off his Super bowl ring during his visit to Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence PALMDALE, Calif. -Seattle Seahawk football player DeShawn Shead spoke to intern students, military personnel and employees about the value of top performance during a visit to Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale…

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94th Infantry Division vets reunite to remember World War II

Posted  July 7, 2014

To remain hidden against the snow in Germany during World War II, "the quartermaster gave us a white sheet to wear over our uniform - and a white pillowcase to wear on our helmet."

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