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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Madison County overdose deaths shattering 30-day records


Madison County overdose deaths shattering 30-day records


Article Excerpt: "... Mark McMurray, Huntsville Police Chief, and Lieutenant Tony McElyea with the department said their drug agents have seized more than 20,000 hits of heroin and Fentanyl off the streets in Huntsville since January. However, the rate people are dying from these drugs in Huntsville is at an all-time high. Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill said 24 people died in Madison County from suspected drug overdoses in the last month..."


Reference: www.waaytv.com

Monday, June 15, 2020

UK space race heats up with first ever Shetland rocket launch


UK space race heats up with first ever Shetland rocket launch


Article Excerpt: "... Edinburgh-based Skyrora successfully launched its Skylark Nano from the Fethaland peninsula at North Roe..."


Reference: www.telegraph.co.uk

SpaceX's historic encore: Astronauts arrive at space station


SpaceX's historic encore: Astronauts arrive at space station


Article Excerpt: "... “NASA is not going to purchase, own and operate rockets and capsules the way we used to," Bridenstine said. “”We’re going to partner with commercial industry.” The docking occurred barely 19 hours after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off Saturday afternoon from Kennedy Space Center, the nation’s first astronaut launch to orbit from home soil in nearly a decade ..."


Reference: www.richmond.com

KBR wins $570 million contract for NASA spaceflight operations


KBR wins $570 million contract for NASA spaceflight operations


Article Excerpt: "... Houston-based engineering company KBR Inc said on Monday it was awarded a $570.3 million contract by NASA to develop and execute spaceflight operations at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama..."


Reference: www.reuters.com

COVID-19 in Alabama: State sees 657 new cases over 24 hours


COVID-19 in Alabama: State sees 657 new cases over 24 hours


Article Excerpt: "... In the last 14 days, 88,767 tests have been reported to the state with. 7,555 people testing positive..."


Reference: www.waff.com

Friday, June 12, 2020

Volga-Dnepr Delivers for First Stage of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 Rocket for NASA’s Next Mars Rover Mission


Volga-Dnepr Delivers for First Stage of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 Rocket for NASA’s Next Mars Rover Mission


Article Excerpt: "... The AN-124-100 ‘Ruslan,’ is the only aircraft large enough to carry the Atlas 5, and flew the 32-meter long rocket booster, from Huntsville, Ala., to its final launch location. In addition to the over-length piece, Volga-Dnepr also transported payload fairings and RD-180 engines for the special mission..."


Reference: www.aviationpros.com

All Things Bama Podcast: What Do the Positive COVID-19 Tests Mean for Alabama Football?


All Things Bama Podcast: What Do the Positive COVID-19 Tests Mean for Alabama Football?


Article Excerpt: "... news of current Crimson Tide players testing positive for COVID-19. What does it all mean for college football's regular season? Could we see coaches wearing masks on the sidelines? Could there be a second wave?..."


Reference: www.si.com

Record 849 New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed In Alabama


Record 849 New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed In Alabama


Article Excerpt: "... Alabama set a record for the number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in one day, as 849 new cases of the virus were confirmed Wednesday. As well, the state has now reached 750 deaths..."


Reference: yahoo.com

New coronavirus cases in Alabama nearly double after reopening, expert says


New coronavirus cases in Alabama nearly double after reopening, expert says


Article Excerpt: "... Daily cases have increased from roughly 250 to nearly 500 in recent days, Dr. Jodie Dionne-Odom, a specialist in infectious diseases at UAB Health, told AL.com, adding that 90 percent of counties across the state are reporting increases...The state could see a reintroduction of lockdown measures if cases increase to the point that hospitals are overwhelmed..."


Reference: www.foxnews.com

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Coronavirus cases surging in dozens of states even as lockdowns get phased out


Coronavirus cases surging in dozens of states even as lockdowns get phased out


Article Excerpt: "... In Alabama, outbreaks in nursing homes and poultry plants helped drive state numbers upward, though there was a drop more recently. But that may change — there is evidence of community transmission in the capital, Montgomery, which has become an emerging hot spot, said State Health Officer Scott Harris. “I think reopening the economy gave a lot of ..."


Reference: Philadelphia Inquirer

City of Florence to pay $300,000 to hackers in cyber attack


City of Florence out nearly $300,000 after ransomware hack


Article Excerpt: "... The money will be paid to hackers in bitcoin and will come from the city’s insurance fund, according to our news partners at the Times Daily...The hackers now have possession of personal information on city employees and customers..."


Reference: www.waff.com

Huntsville jumps in latest Census count, on pace to be largest city in Alabama within two years


Huntsville jumps in latest Census count, on pace to be largest city in Alabama within two years


Article Excerpt: "... Rocket City is well on its way to becoming the largest city, as Huntsville’s population is set to surpass Birmingham’s within the next three years, if not faster. Meanwhile, Alabama’s other large cities have each seen their populations shrink..."


Reference: www.al.com

First space tourists will face big risks, as private companies gear up for paid suborbital flights


First space tourists will face big risks, as private companies gear up for paid suborbital flights


Article Excerpt: "... On May 30, 2020, millions of Americans watched the inaugural SpaceX Crew Dragon launch NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. This mission marked two significant events: First, the return of launch to orbit capability for human spaceflight from the United States. Secondly, it successfully demonstrated private sector capability to build and operate a launch vehicle for human spaceflight..."


Reference: phys.org

Marshall boosts historic test flight of SpaceX


Marshall boosts historic test flight of SpaceX


Article Excerpt: "... A team at Marshall Space Flight Center’s Huntsville Operations Support Center joined teams at Kennedy, SpaceX’s mission control center in Hawthorne, California, and NASA’s Johnson Space Center in monitoring the launch. “I’m feeling so excited about this incredible accomplishment,” Marshall’s Steve Gaddis, launch vehicle deputy manager for the Commercial Crew Program, said. “It’s taken many people and many years to get here. The Marshall team has contributed in many significant ways. Working with our SpaceX Commercial Crew partner ..."


Reference: www.theredstonerocket.com

Partnerships manager goes from deep South to deep space


Partnerships manager goes from deep South to deep space


Article Excerpt: "... Growing up in tiny Kossuth, Mississippi – a farming village of some 200 people – Reggie Alexander recalls afternoons with his brother, exploring the galaxy on TV with the starship Enterprise crew on “Star Trek.” Back then, he never imagined he would one day guide development of spacecraft and propulsion technologies supporting exploration missions, including those part of NASA’s Artemis program. The agency’s lunar program includes landing the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024 ..."


Reference: www.theredstonerocket.com

NASA Wants Aerojet Rocketdyne to Make More Rocket Engines with 3D-Printed Parts


NASA Wants Aerojet Rocketdyne to Make More Rocket Engines with 3D-Printed Parts


Article Excerpt: "... As part of a years-long working relationship with NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne of Sacramento, California, will be building a total of 24 RS-25 rocket engines to support as many as six SLS flights for a total contract value of almost $3.5 billion. Originally slated to produce six new RS-25 engines, the company has recently been awarded a $1.79 billion contract modification to build 18 additional RS-25 rocket engines to support future deep space exploration missions ..."


Reference: 3dprint.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Tesla SpaceTruck Study Looks Ready To Boldly Go Places Where No Man Has Gone Before


Tesla SpaceTruck Study Looks Ready To Boldly Go Places Where No Man Has Gone Before


Article Excerpt: "... if we do end up colonizing either the moon or Mars (or both) in the far, far future, we’re going to need vehicles to get around, and at one point those vehicles will need to be able to transport large amounts of cargo..."


Reference: www.carscoops.com

SpaceX rockets fly with software you can find on your Android phone


SpaceX rockets fly with software you can find on your Android phone


Article Excerpt: "... Chromium gave SpaceX access to lots of programmers already skilled with the technology. That means a web app written in HTML and JavaScript, just like millions of websites, is showing the astronauts what they need to see, and interpreting their taps and swipes. That's a departure from traditional aerospace programming methods using lower-level languages..."


Reference: www.msn.com

Cyber-Incidents Surge 366% at NASA


Cyber-Incidents Surge 366% at NASA


Article Excerpt: "... "Being one of the nation’s most important federal agencies, this is an alarming finding," wrote Atlas researchers. "Cyber incidents at NASA can affect national security, intellectual property, and individuals whose data could be lost due to data breaches." The findings were based on data gathered by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 2018 and 2019..."


Reference: www.infosecurity-magazine.com

Putin's space chief slams 'mockery' after SpaceX launch, reminds U.S. it relied on Russian rockets for years


Putin's space chief slams 'mockery' after SpaceX launch, reminds U.S. it relied on Russian rockets for years


Article Excerpt: "...MOSCOW — Americans should show more respect for Russia’s space program after relying on it for nine years as the only way to send U.S. astronauts into orbit, the head of Russia’s space agency said. The United States launched the first astronauts from U.S. soil since 2011 last month in a rocket built by SpaceX, the company of billionaire ..."


Reference: theprovince.com

Huntsville Hospital system has record number of COVID-19 patients, but CEO says it’s still manageable


Huntsville Hospital system has record number of COVID-19 patients, but CEO says it’s still manageable


Article Excerpt: "... Huntsville Hospital’s CEO said Monday the hospital system had more current COVID-19 hospitalizations than it has had at any point since the pandemic started..."


Reference: whnt.com

Monday, June 8, 2020

SpaceX’s plan to fly humans across globe in 30 minutes with Starship rocket revealed


SpaceX’s plan to fly humans across globe in 30 minutes with Starship rocket revealed


Article Excerpt: "... “Basically, what we're going to do is we're going to fly BFR like an aircraft and do point-to-point travel on Earth, so you can take off from New York City or Vancouver and fly halfway across the globe. “You'll be on the BFR for roughly half an hour or 40 minutes, and the longest part of that flight is actually the boat out and back." This is not a pipe dream though, Ms Shotwell reiterated, adding that the wheels are already in motion..."


Reference: www.express.co.uk

ULA’s Tory Bruno on Plans to Launch Vulcan Centaur Rocket in 2021


ULA’s Tory Bruno on Plans to Launch Vulcan Centaur Rocket in 2021


Article Excerpt: "... The next-generation Vulcan rocket is undergoing assembly operations in Decatur, Ala., and features Blue Origin's BE-4 liquefied natural gas engines that have a thrust capacity of 1.1M pounds..."


Reference: executivebiz.com

Alabama surpasses 20,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, nears 700 deaths


Alabama surpasses 20,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, nears 700 deaths


Article Excerpt: "... As of Sunday, there are over 20,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alabama. Over 259,000 people have been tested. Within the last 14 days, ADPH says there have been over 5,600 new cases and over 84,400 tests conducted. ..."


Reference: www.waff.com

Saturday, June 6, 2020

WE HAVE LIFT-OFF! Head to Space Camp with Nasa for a real out-of-this-world trip in Alabama


WE HAVE LIFT-OFF! Head to Space Camp with Nasa for a real out-of-this-world trip in Alabama


Article Excerpt: "... Astro­nauting is harder than it looks. I’ve flown out to Huntsville, Alabama — home to Nasa’s Marshall Space Flight Center — for the chance to play space cadet for the weekend. Here, the quirky Space Camp programme, which has been admitting teenage students for years, has just opened the airlocks to adults, too..."


Reference: www.thesun.co.uk