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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 completes delivery of fourth AEHF protected comm payload

Posted  December 8, 2014

The steady production of the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency protected military communications satellite continues on track with Northrop Grumman’s delivery of the fourth payload to AEHF prime contractor Lockheed Martin 4 1/2 months early. The payload’s phased array, nulling and advanced v-band crosslink antennas were integrated and tested with the payload module that Northrop…

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Indian Navy selects Sikorsky’s Seahawk for multi-role helo requirement

Posted  December 8, 2014

India’s Navy has selected Sikorsky Aircraft Corp to fulfill the service’s Multi-Role Helicopter requirement for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, among other maritime roles. Negotiations will now begin to procure 16 S-70B SeahawkÆ helicopters, with an option for eight additional aircraft, along with a complete logistics support and training program.† “India’s selection of the S-70B helicopter…

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Northrop Grumman elects corporate VP, CFO

Posted  December 8, 2014

Northrop Grumman announced Dec. 8 that its board of directors has elected Kenneth L. Bedingfield, corporate vice president and chief financial officer, effective after the company files its 2014 annual report. Bedingfield will succeed James F. Palmer, who has announced his intention to retire in 2015. In his new role, Bedingfield will be responsible for…

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Lockheed Martin names senior VP, Washington operations

Posted  December 8, 2014

Lockheed Martin has appointed Robert Rangel, 55, to senior vice president for Washington Operations and a corporate officer effective Jan. 1, 2015. Rangel succeeds Greg Dahlberg, 63, who has been named senior vice president for Strategic Enterprise Initiatives and will retire in August 2015. In his new role, Rangel will be responsible for leading the…

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NASA’s Curiosity rover finds clues to how water helped shape Martian landscape

Posted  December 8, 2014

NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS illustration This illustration depicts a lake of water partially filling Mars’ Gale Crater, receiving runoff from snow melting on the crater’s northern rim. Observations by NASA’s Curiosity Rover indicate Mars’ Mount Sharp was built by sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years. This interpretation of Curiosity’s finds…

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Remaining USS Arizona survivors hold ‘final toast’ to shipmates

Posted  December 8, 2014

On the afternoon of Dec. 7, four of the nine remaining USS Arizona survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack - John Anderson, Lauren Bruner, Louis Conter and Donald Stratton - arrived to USS Arizona Memorial for their final reunion.

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War fighters reap benefits as critical upgrades continue

Posted  December 8, 2014

Courtesy photograph Workers at Tinker AFB, Okla., install critical 40/45 upgrades to E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft during programmed depot maintenance. The AWACS 40/45 program office, headquartered at Hanscom AFB, Mass., is the lead for delivering, and potentially accelerating, the upgrades. The Airborne Warning and Control System 40/45 program office is delivering, and…

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Boeing Business Jets names Longridge to lead VIP jet sales

Posted  December 8, 2014

Boeing Dec. 8 named David Longridge as president of Boeing Business Jets. Longridge will lead a team of people responsible for the sales, support and operations of Boeing commercial products in VIP, government and military service. ìIím very pleased to have a strong leader like David to the lead the BBJ team,î said John Wojick,…

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Headlines December 5, 2014

Posted  December 5, 2014

News: NASA’s Orion blasts off in historic test flight – The towering rocket carrying NASA’s new Orion spacecraft blasted off just after sunrise Dec. 5 in an historic test flight designed to ultimately bring humans to Mars. U.S. House sends massive Pentagon policy bill to Senate – The U.S. House Dec. 4 easily passed a massive Pentagon…

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News Briefs December 5, 2014

Posted  December 5, 2014

Navy Blue Angel slides off runway in Maine A jet from the Navy’s elite Blue Angels flight demonstration team has skidded off a runway in Maine. No injuries are reported. An official at the former base where the fighter was landing to promote an air show says the F/A-18 Hornet slid off the end of…

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