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Sunday, January 14, 2018

SpaceX to test Falcon Heavy rocket Monday at Kennedy Space Center


SpaceX to test Falcon Heavy rocket Monday at Kennedy Space Center


Article Excerpt: "... The Falcon 9 is now used to hoist satellites and supplies to the International Space Station. The Heavy is intended for super-big satellites, as well as cargo destined for points far beyond, like Mars. Musk has repeatedly warned there's a good chance the new rocket could blow up, thus, his own personal property will be aboard ..."


Reference: www.wpxi.com

Friday, January 12, 2018

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches NROL-47 Mission for the National Reconnaissance Office


United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches NROL-47 Mission for the National Reconnaissance Office


Article Excerpt: "... A single RL10B-2 liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine powered the second stage. The booster and upper stage engines are both built by Aerojet Rocketdyne. ULA constructed the Delta IV Medium+ (5,2) launch vehicle in Decatur, Ala. This is ULA's first launch in 2018 and the 124th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006 ..."


Reference: www.prnewswire.com

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New cyber, engineering magnet school coming to Huntsville


New cyber, engineering magnet school coming to Huntsville


Article Excerpt: "... Just as Huntsville has always been on the leading edge of the rocket and aerospace industries, the Alabama School of Cyber-Technology and Engineering will ensure that Alabama students are at the forefront of today's emerging technologies." Initial plans call for the school to begin classes by August 2020 ..."


Reference: www.al.com

SpaceX denies that it lost the ‘Zuma’ spy satellite


SpaceX denies that it lost the ‘Zuma’ spy satellite


Article Excerpt: "... something made it into orbit and went around at least once, though it doesn’t necessarily mean the satellite is still there. The satellite could have ..."


Reference: www.post-gazette.com

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

3 suspects indicted in north Huntsville Walmart parking lot shooting


3 suspects indicted in north Huntsville Walmart parking lot shooting


Article Excerpt: "... the Feb. 12 shooting that seriously injured a 20-year-old, according to court documents. The shooting happened during a gun transaction outside Walmart on Sparkman Drive, police have said ..."


Reference: www.al.com

SpaceX May Have Destroyed a U.S. Spy Satellite Worth Billions of Dollars ...or did it?


SpaceX May Have Destroyed a U.S. Spy Satellite Worth Billions of Dollars


Article Excerpt: "... the SpaceX launch of a government spacecraft is reported to have ended in disaster, with the payload burning up in the atmosphere before it reached orbit. What happened: SpaceX launched a mysterious government payload called Zuma, thought to be a spy satellite, on Sunday. But the ..."


Reference: www.technologyreview.com

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Astronaut John Young, Who Walked on the Moon and Led 1st Shuttle Mission, Dies at 87


Astronaut John Young, Who Walked on the Moon and Led 1st Shuttle Mission, Dies at 87


Article Excerpt: "... John Young, NASA's longest-serving astronaut, who walked on the moon and flew on the first Gemini and space shuttle missions, has died ..."


Reference: www.space.com

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

SpaceX prepares secret 'Zuma' satellite launch


SpaceX prepares secret 'Zuma' satellite launch


Article Excerpt: "... There is not much information about the secretive payload satellite other than defence contractor Northrup Grumman's involvement ..."


Reference: sky.com

Power restored in south Huntsville


Power restored in south Huntsville


Article Excerpt: "... The outage was reported to be from Weatherly Road south to the Marshall County line and from Redstone Arsenal to Green Mountain ..."


Reference: whnt.com

Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Chinese space station is falling to Earth next year — but it’s the last thing to worry about


A Chinese space station is falling to Earth next year — but it’s the last thing to worry about


Article Excerpt: "... But usually, these falling objects are small enough or shaped in such a way that they’ll burn up safely while re-entering the atmosphere. The problem with Tiangong-1 is that it’s rather massive ..."


Reference: www.msn.com

Thursday, December 28, 2017

NASA Engineers successfully use 3-D Printed Part on RS-25 Rocket Engine


NASA Engineers successfully use 3-D Printed Part on RS-25 Rocket Engine


Article Excerpt: "... As we build future RS-25s, NASA and our partners are taking advantage of innovative manufacturing techniques, including additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, to make the engines more affordable,” said Andy Hardin engine integration hardware manager for the SLS Program at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “3-D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing, and the pogo accumulator is the first of many components that can be built more quickly and less expensively ..."


Reference: www.clarksvilleonline.com

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Scottsboro councilman makes rare find using metal detector


Scottsboro councilman makes rare find using metal detector


Article Excerpt: "... His research paid off on a trip to South Carolina. That's where he found a George Washington inaugural cuff button, one of only eight in existence ..."


Reference: www.waff.com

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

City of Huntsville reminds residents about delayed holiday trash pick-up


City of Huntsville reminds residents about delayed holiday trash pick-up


Article Excerpt: "... Since Christmas and New Year's Day fall on a Monday, the City of Huntsville's trash pick-up will shift by one day. So if you typically have a Monday pick-up, it will be on a Tuesday this time, and so on ..."


Reference: whnt.com

SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights Up The California Sky, Freaks Out Some Residents


SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights Up The California Sky, Freaks Out Some Residents


Article Excerpt: "... An iridescent streak lit up the sky over Southern California on Friday night, stopping traffic and leading some residents to marvel and others to worry about a UFO or even a nuclear bomb attack. In reality, it was a SpaceX rocket lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Santa Barbara, Calif., carrying 10 satellites for the Iridium constellation ..."


Reference: www.npr.org

Friday, December 22, 2017

Huntsville hopes to land Alabama spaceport


Huntsville hopes to land Alabama spaceport


Article Excerpt: "... Getting a space shuttle to land in Huntsville could get closer to becoming a reality. The Alabama Space Authority held its first meeting Tuesday. The committee was created earlier this year to work towards obtaining a federally licensed spaceport. State Senator Gerald Dial was selected as the new chairman. “The technology is being developed here in Huntsville ..."


Reference: www.waaytv.com

Friday, December 15, 2017

Elon Musk's SpaceX becomes first private company to launch a reused rocket on a NASA mission


Elon Musk's SpaceX becomes first private company to launch a reused rocket on a NASA mission


Article Excerpt: "... Elon Musk's rocket company made NASA history Friday, as SpaceX became the first company to launch a resupply mission to the International Space Station on a reused rocket. The mission, known as Commercial Resupply Services 13 (CRS-13) ..."


Reference: www.cnbc.com

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Madison County voters overwhelmingly approve school taxes


Madison County voters overwhelmingly approve school taxes


Article Excerpt: "... Madison County voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to continue six existing property taxes for its three public school systems. The votes provided critical support to operating budgets, and they ensured the continuation of special programs like robotics, biotechnology and career academies ..."


Reference: http://www.al.com

NASA: Heads Up, Earthlings! The Geminids Are Here (most meteors visible from midnight to 4 a.m. on Dec. 14)


Heads Up, Earthlings! The Geminids Are Here


Article Excerpt: "... The shower will peak overnight Dec. 13-14 with rates around one per minute under good conditions, according to Cooke. Geminids can be seen on nights before and after the Dec. 14 peak, although they will appear less frequently. "Geminid activity is broad," said Cooke. "Good rates will be seen between 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 and dawn local time the morning of Dec. 14, with the most meteors visible from midnight to 4 a.m. on Dec. 14, when the radiant is highest in the sky ..."


Reference: www.nasa.gov

Decatur police seize plane, arrest pilot during drug investigation


Decatur police seize plane, arrest pilot during drug investigation


Article Excerpt: "...The plane is a 1967 Beechcraft with a tail number of N22PK. The FAA lists the status of the plane as "in question". The registration comes back to..."


Reference: http://www.waff.com

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sample Ballot for Dec. 12, 2017 Election, Madison County


Sample Ballot for Dec. 12, 2017 Election Madison County


Excerpt: ...Click >Here for a Sample Ballot. A sample ballot viewed or printed from this website is not an official ballot. To obtain an official ballot, you must go to a designated polling location on Election Day or apply for an absentee ballot...


Reference: www.madisoncountyvotes.com