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Early Reconnaissance SatellitesEarly  ...
Early Reconnaissance Satellites

An artist’s concept of a pair of Advanced Vela satellites being deployed in orbit about 1967-1970. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/5/2013

Early Reconnaissance SatellitesEarly  ...
Early Reconnaissance Satellites

Col Lee Battle, Discoverer program director, and Capt William Johnson, Discoverer project officer, observe the ground track of a Discoverer satellite in 1961. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/5/2013

Early Reconnaissance SatellitesEarly  ...
Early Reconnaissance Satellites

Launch of the highly successful Discoverer 18 mission on 7 December 1960. The film capsule was recovered in mid-air. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/5/2013

Early Reconnaissance SatellitesEarly  ...
Early Reconnaissance Satellites

Technician testing a bio-medical capsule for launch on a Discoverer satellite in 1959. Most Discoverer missions carried reconnaissance payloads instead. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/5/2013

Early Reconnaissance SatellitesEarly  ...
Early Reconnaissance Satellites

Members of the Weapon System 117L program gather at the Western Development Division in 1956, soon after the first Air Force space program was transferred from Wright Aeronautical Development Center. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/5/2013

Early Reconnaissance SatellitesEarly  ...
Early Reconnaissance Satellites

Arrival of Discoverer XIII capsule, the first successfully recovered, at Andrews AFB on 13 August 1960. Left to right: Col “Moose” Mathison (commander of 6594th Test Wing), who brought the capsule; Maj Gen Osmond J. Ritland (commander of Air Force Ballistic Missile Division); Lt Gen Bernard A. Schriever (commander of Air Research and Development Command); and two civilian officials. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/5/2013

Early Reconnaissance SatellitesEarly  ...
Early Reconnaissance Satellites

A JC-130 airplane of the 6593rd Test Squadron makes a practice catch of a parachute with a simulated film-return capsule about 1962. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/5/2013

Military Satellite Communications Military  ...
Military Satellite Communications

This artist’s concept depicts a Milstar I satellite in orbit. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

Military Satellite Communications Military  ...
Military Satellite Communications

Two officials of Hughes Aircraft Company and the Air Force’s program director compare the sizes of TACSAT and Syncom. Syncom was the first geosynchronous commercial communications satellite. Left to right: Richard M. Bentley, Col Marion B Gibson, and Clare G. Carlson. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

Military Satellite Communications Military  ...
Military Satellite Communications

Testing of a NATO III satellite is reviewed by the Air Force’s program director and a manager from Philco-Ford Corporation. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

Military Satellite Communications Military  ...
Military Satellite Communications

The completed Tactical Communications Satellite (TACSAT) undergoes testing at Hughes Aircraft Company in 1969. It was successfully launched Feb. 9, 1969. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

Military Satellite Communications Military  ...
Military Satellite Communications

A Skynet II satellite is packed for shipment at a contractor’s facility. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

Military Satellite Communications Military  ...
Military Satellite Communications

A NATO III satellite is prepared for testing by two technicians at Philco-Ford Corporation April 15, 1976. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

Military Satellite Communications Military  ...
Military Satellite Communications

The second and last Skynet II satellite is unpacked at Cape Canaveral for launch processing Oct. 3, 1974. It was successfully launched Nov. 22, 1974. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

Military Satellite Communications Military  ...
Military Satellite Communications

Artist’s concept of IDCSP satellites being released in orbit from their Titan IIIC launch vehicle. The IDCSP constellation consisted of 26 operational satellites. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

Military Satellite Communications Military  ...
Military Satellite Communications

The payload fairing is installed on Titan IIIC-16 at Cape Canaveral. Enclosed are the last 8 satellites of the Initial Defense Communications Satellite Program (IDCSP), successfully launched June 13, 1968. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

Global Positioning SystemGlobal  ...
Global Positioning System

Launch of NAVSTAR II-1 on 14 February 1989. This was the first GPS Block II satellite in orbit and the first use of the Delta II rocket. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

GPS Early User Equipment 2GPS Early User  ...
GPS Early User Equipment 2

Two soldiers test early models of GPS manpack receivers in 1978. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

GPS Early User Equipment 1GPS Early User  ...
GPS Early User Equipment 1

A soldier holds one of the Small Lightweight GPS Receivers (SLGRs) used during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

GPS Predecessors 2-2GPS  ...
GPS Predecessors 2-2

Testing the concept for the 621-B program at White Sands Missile Range Sept. 8, 1972 are A.E. Gillogly of The Aerospace Corporation and M. Moore of Grumman Aerospace Corporation. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

GPS Predecessors 2-1GPS  ...
GPS Predecessors 2-1

The Naval Research Laboratory’s managers for the Timation program and, later, the GPS program: Roger L. Easton (left) and Al Bartholemew. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

GPS Predecessors 1-4GPS  ...
GPS Predecessors 1-4

Artist’s concept of the NTS-2 satellite in orbit. SAMSO launched it successfully June 23, 1977. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

GPS Predecessors 1-3GPS  ...
GPS Predecessors 1-3

Personnel at Vandenberg AFB add a Stage Vehicle upper stage to the Naval Research Laboratory’s NTS-2 satellite. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

GPS Predecessors 1-2GPS  ...
GPS Predecessors 1-2

Artist’s concept of the Naval Research Laboratory’s Timation III satellite. It was also known as the first Navigation Technology Satellite (NTS-1). SAMSO’s Space Test Program successfully launched it July 13, 1974. (USAF photo)
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GPS Predecessor 1-1GPS Predecessor  ...
GPS Predecessor 1-1

The first navigation satellites were the Naval Research Laboratory’s Transit prototypes. The first to achieve orbit was Transit 1B, shown here during pre-launch testing. AFBMD successfully launched it using a Thor Ablestar rocket April 13, 1960. (USAF photo)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

LAAFB Volleyball PlayoffLAAFB  ...
LAAFB Volleyball Playoff

Players from SMC’s Infrared Space Systems directorate volleyball team attempt to block a return shot from the MILSATCOM team during a playoff game, May 30. The MILSATCOM team won the match for the overall volleyball championship. (Photo by Joe Juarez)
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Posted: 5/31/2013

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WGS- 6

WGS-6 arrives at the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The satellite is scheduled to launch aboard a Delta IV launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral, May 22. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 5/17/2013

FEB Partnership AwardsFEB Partnership  ...
FEB Partnership Awards

The Military Satellite Communications Engineering Division is recognized by the Federal Executive Board with a Partnership Award, May 8. The division was cited for its partnerships in providing communications for approximately 16,000 aircraft, ships, mobile and fixed sites. (Photo by Sarah Corrice)
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Posted: 5/16/2013

FEB Partnership AwardsFEB Partnership  ...
FEB Partnership Awards

Leonard Gonzales, director of the SMC Equal Opportunity Office, accepts the FEB Partnership award on the STEM-Diversity Group’s behalf, May 8. (Photo by Sarah Corrice)
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Posted: 5/16/2013

Atlas V GPS IIF-4 LaunchAtlas V GPS  ...
Atlas V GPS IIF-4 Launch

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully launched the fourth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-4 satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 5:38 p.m. EDT, May 15, 2013, from Space Launch Complex-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Photo: ULA
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Posted: 5/16/2013

Atlas V GPS IIF-4 LaunchAtlas V GPS  ...
Atlas V GPS IIF-4 Launch

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully launched the fourth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-4 satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 5:38 p.m. EDT, May 15, 2013, from Space Launch Complex-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Photo: ULA
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Posted: 5/16/2013

SMC Captain Runs Boston MarathonSMC Captain  ...
SMC Captain Runs Boston Marathon

Captain Ruben Arredondo, SMC Global Positioning Systems Directorate, crosses the finish line at the Boston Marathon, April 15. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 5/2/2013

Milken ConferenceMilken  ...
Milken Conference

Panel members, pictured left to right, are: Esther Dyson, chairman of EDventure Holdings; Mae Jemison, astronaut and principal of 100 Year Starship; Richard Sandler, panel moderator and executive vice president of the Milken Family Foundation; Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, SMC commander; and Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX. (Photo by Sarah Corrice)
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Posted: 5/2/2013

2013 Earth Day2013 Earth Day
2013 Earth Day

Los Angeles Air Force Base celebrates this year's Earth Day April 23 (Photo by Sarah Corrice).
2013 Earth Day


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Posted: 4/24/2013

2013 Earth Day2013 Earth Day
2013 Earth Day

Los Angeles Air Force Base celebrates this year's Earth Day April 23 (Photo by Sarah Corrice).
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Posted: 4/24/2013

2013 Earth Day2013 Earth Day
2013 Earth Day

Los Angeles Air Force Base celebrates this year's Earth Day April 23.
2013 Earth Day


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Posted: 4/24/2013

Hero of the GameHero of the Game
Hero of the Game

Service members stand on center ice at the LA Kings hockey game, April 21. (Photo by Sarah Corrice)
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Posted: 4/22/2013

HVAC Upgrade ProjectHVAC Upgrade  ...
HVAC Upgrade Project

A heating and heating and air conditioning unit is removed from at top a building on Los Angeles AFB, April 20. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 4/22/2013

HVAC Upgrade ProjectHVAC Upgrade  ...
HVAC Upgrade Project

Workers secure a heating and air conditioning unit for removal, April 20 (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 4/22/2013

Holocaust Remembrance DayHolocaust  ...
Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Survivor, Regina Hirsch, shares her story of survival at Auschwitz at the Space and Missiles Systems Center's annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 17. (Photo by Sarah Corrice)
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Posted: 4/22/2013

Motorcycle Safety DayMotorcycle  ...
Motorcycle Safety Day

Riders inspect motorcycles during Los Angeles AFB’s annual Motorcycle Safety Day, April 15. The event included safety briefings from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, Aerospace Motorcycle Club and the Academy of Motorcycle Operation, and a guided mentorship ride. (Photo by Van Ha)
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Posted: 4/22/2013

Earth Day 2013 at LAAFBEarth Day 2013  ...
Earth Day 2013 at LAAFB

LAAFB celebrates 2013 Earth Day
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Posted: 4/22/2013

AFAF Goal ExceededAFAF Goal  ...
AFAF Goal Exceeded

LAAFB tops its Air Force Assitance Fund goal for this year. Pictured from left to right are Senior Airman Maria Santos, Senior Airman Leslie Freitas and Lt. Peter DeBois, this year’s AFAF Los Angeles Air Force Base installation project officers. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 4/18/2013

SMC Team VolunteersSMC Team  ...
SMC Team Volunteers

SMC’s Development Planning Directorate team volunteers pause for a break during a Habitat for Humanity house rebuild in Los Angeles, April 13. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 4/16/2013

SMC Team VolunteersSMC Team  ...
SMC Team Volunteers

SMC’s Development Planning Directorate team volunteers work on a Habitat for Humanity house rebuild project in Los Angeles, April 13. The volunteers are helping build and rehabilitate homes, providing a hand up to low-income families in need of safe decent and affordable shelter. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 4/16/2013

SBIRS GEO-2 LaunchSBIRS GEO-2  ...
SBIRS GEO-2 Launch

The SBIRS GEO-2 satellite launches from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., March 19. The spacecraft separated from the upper stage approximately 43 minutes after launch. Following separation, the spacecraft began a series of orbital maneuvers to propel it to a geosynchronous earth orbit. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)
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Posted: 3/19/2013

Certificate of RecognitionCertificate of  ...
Certificate of Recognition

Senior Airman Levi Mburu (left) receives a certificate of recognition from Hermosa Beach Mayor, Patrick Bobko, during a council meeting Mar 12, 2013. SrA Mburu was selected as the Airman of the Year for Los Angeles Air Force Base, home of the Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo, Calif.
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Posted: 3/13/2013

WGS-5 WGS-5
WGS-5

WGS-5 arrives at the Shuttle Landing Facility, March 9. The spacecraft will undergo final processing and encapsulation before being transported to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 3/12/2013

    

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