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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The US Space Force's Space Fence orbital tracking system is officially operational


The US Space Force's Space Fence orbital tracking system is officially operational


Article Excerpt: "... The Space Fence ground infrastructure is located in the Marshall Islands, and currently is in the "initial operational capability and operational acceptance" phase. The program will track the existing 26,000 orbital objects already..."


Reference: yahoo.com

Huntsville Hospital CEO: Busiest hospital in the state, can’t get access to testing materials


Huntsville Hospital CEO: Busiest hospital in the state, can’t get access to testing materials


Article Excerpt: "... Huntsville Hospital faces a lack of sufficient testing supplies, CEO David Spillers said. “Huntsville Hospital is the busiest hospital in the state of Alabama,” Spillers said. “We see more patients annually, than anybody else in the state including UAB and we can’t get access to that material to do testing here. I think that’s not right..."


Reference: whnt.com

Huntsville police order closure of more than 20 businesses, including some big box stores


Huntsville police order closure of more than 20 businesses, including some big box stores


Article Excerpt: "... Alabama, as of Friday, ordered the closure of numerous venues and businesses, including all sorts of retail stores. Specifically, furniture stores, clothing and shoe stores, jewelry and luggage shops, book and music stores, department stores and sporting good stores were all required to close..."


Reference: www.al.com

Friday, March 27, 2020

Four shot at Huntsville motorcycle club


Four shot at Huntsville motorcycle club


Article Excerpt: "... motorcycle club on Mastin Lake Road...Officers found four black men with gun shot wounds. One did have life threatening injuries..."


Reference: www.waff.com

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Rocket City News: FAQs about Stimulus Checks: When? How much? Will I be taxed later?


FAQs about Stimulus Checks: When? How much? Will I be taxed later?


Article Excerpt: "... The announcement that stimulus checks are headed to the pockets of Americans is certainly welcome news that’s generated plenty of questions..."


Reference: www.nbc4i.com

U.S. Space Force: Maybe your purpose on this planet isn't on this planet.


U.S. Space Force: Maybe your purpose on this planet isn't on this planet.


Article Excerpt: "The U.S. Space Force is a military service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force. USSF responsibilities will include developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present to our Combatant Commands. IF INTERESTED, CLICK HERE."


Reference: www.spaceforce.mil

SpaceX encounters problem just before Crew Dragon parachute test


SpaceX encounters problem just before Crew Dragon parachute test


Article Excerpt: "... SpaceX just experienced a hiccup in the lead-up to its first crewed flight. The California-based company hauled a test article of its Crew Dragon capsule ..."


Reference: www.space.com

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Privacy Concerns: Tips for working from home and video conferencing


Privacy Concerns: Tips for working from home and video conferencing


With so many people working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have privacy concerns. Many are wondering if they are being photographed by their employer while working from home, Some have privacy concerns simply over the lack of privacy while video conferencing. We have a few tips to relieve some of the stress over your privacy concerns:

  1. Hang a sheet from the ceiling around your work area to block the view of items in your home
  2. Put some clothes on! You don't want to become the next porn star of the office
  3. Don't pick your nose! Hey, it has taken you years to refine that special technique
  4. Hang photo frames with fake certificates and awards for your Navy Seal sniper kills
  5. Put a brass stripper pole in the background with a stuffed monkey sliding down it
  6. Create a recording of crazy sounds in the background like roosters crowing or some SWAT Team action
  7. Wear a Trump or Obama mask


On a serious note, your privacy is important, a clear view of your home on video could cause thefts or even arrests. You don't want others seeing your rare art items or your 90" smart TV so they can steal it. You don't want anyone to zoom in on that credit card you have sitting out. You also don't want to be arrested for that joint sitting in your ashtray or that gun that violates your felony restrictions. Although this short article is more on the humorous side, it's meant to open your eyes to privacy issues that working from home might cause.


Reference: Rocket City News

SpaceX's in-flight rocket engine failure threatens NASA astronaut launch debut


SpaceX's in-flight rocket engine failure threatens NASA astronaut launch debut


Article Excerpt: "... in-flight rocket engine failure during SpaceX’s March 18th Starlink launch could pose a threat to the company’s imminent NASA astronaut launch debut according to a statement provided by the space agency yesterday. SpaceX and NASA are currently working around the clock to prepare a Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft..."


Reference: www.teslarati.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Rocket City team from UAH launches rocket with rover payload


NASA Student Launch works around COVID-19 restrictions


Article Excerpt: "... The Rocket City didn’t hesitate in meeting the challenge. A team from the University of Alabama in Huntsville took to a field in Woodville on March 14, and successfully launched a rocket with a rover as its payload ..."


Reference: www.al.com

Monday, March 23, 2020

Weather looks good for ULA Atlas V rocket launch from Cape Canaveral


Weather looks good for ULA Atlas V launch from Cape Canaveral


Article Excerpt: "... A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will fly into favorable skies when it lifts off from Cape Canaveral with a military communications satellite this week..."


Reference: www.floridatoday.com

Rocket News: Tool For Collecting Rocks Installed on Perseverance Rover for July Launch to Mars


Tool For Collecting Rocks Installed on Perseverance Rover for July Launch to Mars


Article Excerpt: "... The launch window for Perseverance opens on July 17 and extends through August 5, when Earth and Mars are in the proper positions to support a direct interplanetary flight, launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida atop a ULA workhorse Atlas V ‘541’ rocket, equipped with four strap-on solid rocket boosters same as when the Curiosity rover was launched in 2012 ..."


Reference: www.americaspace.com

Corona Virus and Politics: More Corporate Welfare But No Help for the Working Class on the Front Lines


Stimulus bill as a bailout for massive corporations


Article Excerpt: "... a key provision within the bill as a bailout for large corporations, saying it didn't impose enough conditions to protect workers...The failure to move ahead sent stock futures tumbling 5% before Monday's market open"


Reference: www.msn.com

U.S. surgeon general says coronavirus outbreak 'to get bad' this week


U.S. surgeon general says coronavirus outbreak 'to get bad' this week


Article Excerpt: "... This week it’s going to get bad,” Adams told NBC’s “Today” show, saying there were more people out to see Washington’s famed annual cherry blossoms than there were blossoms. “This is how the spread is occurring. Everyone needs to be taking the right steps right now: stay home..."


Reference: www.reuters.com

Meet The Stolen Russian Space Shuttle that Flew Only Once


Meet The Stolen Russian Space Shuttle that Flew Only Once


Article Excerpt: "... The one functioning orbiter that resulted from all this stolen data — the Buran — looks strikingly similar to its American counterpart. The nose is virtually the same, as are the chines along the wings. The color scheme is quite similar, as is the tail assembly. Soviet engineers were quick to point out that the Buran was more capable, in reality, the two aircraft are so similar, American orbiters were able to dock at Mir, the short-lived Russian space station with minimal modifications..."


Reference: nationalinterest.org

Sunday, March 22, 2020

How to survive self isolation, according to an astronaut


How to survive self isolation, according to an astronaut


Article Excerpt: "... COVID-19, people are thinking about how to stay sane and achieve some goals while stuck in self-isolation. To help with this, retired Canadian astronaut and national treasure Chris Hadfield has made a video offering advice on how to cope with isolation..."


Reference: www.digitaltrends.com

OneWeb launches 34 satellites from Kazakhstan


OneWeb launches 34 satellites from Kazakhstan


Article Excerpt: "... OneWeb previously launched 40 satellites from space centers in Kazakhstan and South America. Saturday's launch came from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz rocket purchased through French space firm Arianespace..."


Reference: www.upi.com

What's that in the sky? It's a SpaceX rocket, but it sure doesn't look like it


What's that in the sky? It's a SpaceX rocket, but it sure doesn't look like it


Article Excerpt: "... Planetary nebula? Supernova remnant? No, this incredible image is actually a photo of a rocket launch. The rocket's exhaust combined with atmospheric effects emulates an image of a deep-space object..."


Reference: www.space.com

Friday, March 20, 2020

NASA decides against using Gateway for 2024 lunar landing


NASA decides against using Gateway for 2024 lunar landing


Article Excerpt: "... Loverro stated in the meeting that this meant taking the Gateway off of the critical path towards the 2024 landing goal, but emphasized that NASA was still committed to building and developing the station. “By taking Gateway out of the critical path for the lunar landing in 2024, I believe what we have done is create a far better Gateway program..."


Reference: www.nasaspaceflight.com

Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled moon, dies at 88


Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled moon, dies at 88


Article Excerpt: "... Worden died in his sleep at a rehab center in Houston following treatment for an infection, said friend and colleague Tom Kallman. “Al was an American hero whose achievements in space and on Earth will never be forgotten,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a statement..."


Reference: mynorthwest.com

Feeling ill? Where to get tested in the Rocket City for the Coronavirus


Feeling ill? Where to go to get tested in Huntsville, Athens


Article Excerpt: "... If you're feeling sick but not sick enough to go to the ER, there are more and more options popping up in the Tennessee Valley. Doctors will be able to test for COVID-19 at the clinic. Friday morning Huntsville Hospital is opening a specimen collection sight at John Hunt Park at 9 a.m. But you can only go there..."


Reference: www.waff.com

Treasury secretary says tax filing deadline moved to July 15


Treasury secretary says tax filing deadline moved to July 15


Article Excerpt: "... Americans will have an additional three months to file their taxes amid the coronavirus pandemic, the US treasury secretary said Friday..."


Reference: www.msn.com

Thursday, March 19, 2020

When Will Coronavirus Stimulus Checks Hit the Rocket City?


Coronavirus stimulus checks: What you need to know


Article Excerpt: "... When are the checks coming? How much will they be for? The Treasury Department proposal called for payments to be issued April 6 and May 18. But again, that's just a proposal and not money that's been approved. Congress could very well change those dates if and when it passes legislation, including cash payments..."

Reference: www.msn.com

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Elon Musk Reveals SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Had an Early Engine Shutdown


Elon Musk Reveals SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Malfunctioned During Launch


Article Excerpt: "... Following the successful launch of the rocket, Musk revealed that the Falcon 9 actually encountered an issue during takeoff. Through a recent tweet, the SpaceX founder noted that one of the nine Merlin engines of Falcon 9’s first stage unexpectedly shut off during the ascent of the rocket..."


Reference: www.ibtimes.com

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 60 more Starlink satellites, but booster landing fails


SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 60 more Starlink satellites, but booster landing fails


Article Excerpt: "... able to place another batch of 60 Starlink internet satellites into the planned orbit. The first stage, however, was unable to pull off what would have been its fifth landing, instead chalking up SpaceX's second unsuccessful recovery in the past three flights..."


Reference: www.cbsnews.com