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  • Alabama City Approves Deal for Rocket Engine Plant, 400 Jobs (Minimum $36 hr.)

    07/14/2017 5:33:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | July 14, 2017 | The Associated Press
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A rocket engine factory and nearly 400 high-paying jobs could come to an Alabama city. AL.com reports the Huntsville City Council unanimously approved the two-phase deal Thursday night to bring a Blue Origin factory that would create full-time jobs with hourly wages averaging at least $36. Blue Origin would invest a total of $200 million. The agreement depends on Blue Origin Alabama getting a production contract from United Launch Alliance, which needs a new engine. ULA assembles rockets in Decatur to launch military and commercial satellites into space.....
  • Jeff Bezos has job openings for nearly 100 people at Blue Origin-here's who his rocket company is...

    05/03/2017 12:25:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 2, 2017 | Dave Mosher
    In 2000, with his six-year-old business Amazon.com well on its way to becoming a retail empire, Jeff Bezos quietly launched his childhood dream: a rocket company. Called Blue Origin, Bezos kept the operation cloaked in secrecy for many years; only the occasional interview, or rare explosion in the deserts of west Texas (where test flights occur), divulged his plans. The company's initial goal was to launch people to the edge of space and back — all while recovering the rocket to dramatically lower the cost of flight....
  • Defense contractor to add 800 jobs in Huntsville (Alabama)

    04/11/2017 1:41:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Birmingham Business Journal ^ | April 11, 2017 | Tim Steere, digital producer
    “We are two years into the first phase of our competitive improvement program (CIP) affordability drive and the consolidation progress, and overhead cost reductions achieved to date have exceeded our expectations,” Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake said in a release. “We intend to build on this success by expanding our CIP-related consolidation efforts so we can deliver the value our customers demand and position our company for further growth.” Aeroject Rocketdyne previously selected Huntsville as the home of its Defense division headquarters and its Rocket Shop advanced programs. Aerojet Rocketdyne has been developing the AR1 rocket engine since...
  • This 240-Rocket Semi Truck Means Business

    03/29/2017 10:42:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | March 28, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    Sometimes one or two rockets just won't do, and you need 239 or 240. That's the thinking behind the Jobari Defense Systems Multiple Cradle Launcher (MCL). Developed in the United Arab Emirates, MCL can ripple fire more than two hundred rockets at some unfortunate target, saturating an area with tens of thousands of lethal steel balls. The MCL consists of an Oshkosh Defense 6×6 Heavy Equipment Transporter—known in the US Army as the M1070 HET. The M1070 is used by the Army to haul Abrams tanks, and towards that end has eight wheels and a 700 horsepower Caterpillar six cylinder...
  • The incredible moment Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket lands back at Cape Canaveral [tr]

    02/20/2017 5:11:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 20, 2017 | Kaileen Gaul
    Amazing video shows the historic moment the first stage of the Falcon 9 touched down at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on the launch pad. The SpaceX rocket descended through the clouds before landing right in the middle of the pad, a perfect landing after a rocky start. The rocket was supposed to launch Saturday but took off 9:38am Sunday instead because of a technical error. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk captioned the video on Instagram: 'Baby came back'
  • New evidence Iran evaded sanctions, continued nuclear weapons development with Venezuela

    08/30/2016 1:17:46 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Foreign desk News ^ | Aug 26, 2016 | Lisa Daftari
    New evidence suggests Iran received help from Venezuela with its nuclear program despite a decade of U.N.-mandated sanctions aimed at curbing the rouge regime’s controversial nuclear and ballistic missile programs. A 2009 document obtained by Brazil’s leading weekly, Veja magazine, shows late dictator President Hugo Chavez signing off on the release of funds to help Iran with its nuclear ambitions. Specifically, the document states the funds were to be designated for the import of equipment for a gunpowder factory and the development of production plants for nitroglycerin and nitrocellulose, elements used in rocket propulsion for Iran’s government. There is also...
  • Federal Investigators Spot Flaws in SpaceX Falcon 9 Rockets

    02/03/2017 1:32:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Feb 3, 2017 | Jay Bennett
    After launching ten satellites into orbit last month, and successfully landing a Falcon 9 first stage, it looked like SpaceX was getting back on track. But unfortunately, preliminary reports from a Government Accountability Office investigation have found "persistent cracking of vital propulsion-system components," according to The Wall Street Journal. Specifically, turbofans that pump rocket fuel to the Falcon 9 engines were identified as weak points where cracking can occur. ... Acting NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot told The Wall Street Journal that the agency is "talking to [SpaceX] about turbo machinery," and that he's confident "we know how to fix them."...
  • Antares rocket raised on launch pad for station supply run (launch TODAY @ 2:12pm PDT/5:12pm EDT)

    10/16/2016 8:33:07 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 16 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 14OCT2016 | Stephen Clark
    Engineers erected a commercial Antares rocket vertical on its launch pad on Virginia’s Eastern Shore Friday, positioning the 13-story booster for liftoff Sunday night with more than 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments for the International Space Station. With a Cygnus supply ship enclosed in its nose cone, the rocket rolled out of its Horizontal Integration Facility on a self-propelled transporter starting around 5:12 p.m. EDT (2112 GMT) Thursday for the mile-long journey to launch pad 0A on Wallops Island, Virginia. Orbital ATK’s ground team secured the rocket after reaching the seaside launch pad at dusk, then hoisted the booster...
  • Elon Musk Asks for Help Solving SpaceX Rocket Explosion

    09/09/2016 1:26:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 84 replies
    Space.com ^ | 09/09/2016 | Calla Cofield
    Musk tweeted about the loss of the Falcon 9 hours after the incident, noting that the explosion appeared to originate "around upper-stage oxygen tank" but the cause was "still unknown." SpaceX provided more updates about the incident on Sept. 2. Then, Musk's account went quiet until about 12:30 a.m. EDT this morning (0030 GMT), when he began tweeting actively about the explosion. "Still working on the Falcon fireball investigation. Turning out to be the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years," Musk wrote. "Important to note that this happened during a routine filling operation. Engines...
  • SpaceX’s Explosion Reverberates Across Space, Satellite and Telecom Industries

    09/05/2016 1:34:08 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 45 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 4, 2016 | Steve Lohr
    The explosion of a SpaceX rocket last Thursday will have an impact across the space industry, far beyond the losses on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral. An Israeli satellite operator’s deal to sell itself to a Chinese company is imperiled. Planned launches of communications satellites that support international mobile phone service and digital television are delayed and put in doubt. NASA’s cargo deliveries to the International Space Station will probably be disrupted. All of them are customers of the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, whose rocket exploded in Florida. The private space launch company, led by the entrepreneur Elon...
  • Something Just Exploded on SpaceX's Launchpad

    09/01/2016 6:37:50 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 78 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | sep 1 2016 | By Jay Bennett
    Reports are pouring in that a Falcon 9 rocket exploded at SpaceX test facilities this morning. This morning a number of people near Cape Canaveral Air Force Base are reporting on Twitter that a Falcon 9 rocket blew up on the launch pad at SpaceX's facilities. It is not clear yet exactly what cause the explosion or if the it was a rocket planned for a launch in the coming days.
  • Blue Origin breaks ground on Florida factory

    06/30/2016 9:31:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    spacenews.com ^ | June 28, 2016 | by Brian Berger —
    In his June 28 email — the latest in a series of emails he sends out to provide short updates on Blue Origins’ activities — Bezos described the 750,000 square foot rocket factory as “custom-built from the ground up to accommodate manufacturing, processing, integration and testing. “Among other things, the facility hosts large scale friction stir welding and automated composite processing equipment,” he wrote. “All of the vehicle will be manufactured in this facility except for the engines. Initial BE-4 engine production will occur at our Kent facility while we conduct a site selection process later this year for a...
  • U.S. Rocket Artillery Will Blast Islamic State From Turkey

    04/29/2016 6:00:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 29, 2016 | Joseph Trevithick
    The United States will soon surround the Islamic State on three sides with rocket artillery batteries. The plans follow months of aerial bombardment, but the ground-launched rockets represent an expanding and less-publicized element to the war. On April 26, the Pentagon announced it will send U.S. Army troops and the rocket launchers to southern Turkey. The ground combat branch already has similar units in Iraq and Jordan — and the use of the launchers are by no means exclusive to these three countries.
  • How a Nazi SS commando became a Mossad assassin

    03/30/2016 4:20:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/3/16 | Matt Wanderman
    For the first time, Mossad agents confirm that one of their most useful assassins was one of the top officers in the SS. .....
  • ULA sits out Air Force launch competition

    11/17/2015 11:34:03 AM PST · by Rockitz · 14 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | November 16, 2015 | Stephen Clark
    United Launch Alliance said Monday it did not submit a proposal in a competition to launch a U.S. Air Force GPS navigation satellite, apparently relinquishing the contract to rival SpaceX, the only other company certified to launch the mission. The Air Force wanted both companies to bid on the launch, setting up the first competition for the launch of a national security mission since Boeing and Lockheed Martin merged their rocket programs in 2006 to form ULA. ULA cited requirements in the request for proposals, which the Air Force released Sept. 30, and a congressionally mandated ban on RD-180 engines...
  • How To Go To Space (made simple) -- 3min YouTube video

    11/12/2015 1:53:00 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/10/15
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  • 'Impossible' rocket drive works and could get to Moon in four hours

    07/28/2015 11:20:36 AM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 70 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 28, 2015 | Sarah Knapton
    [Now this would be really cool! Hope it pans out!] 'Impossible' rocket drive works and could get to Moon in four hoursThe British designed EM Drive actually works and would dramatically speed up space travel, scientists have confirmedBy Sarah Knapton, Science Editor 6:04PM BST 28 Jul 2015 Interplanetary travel could be a step closer after scientists confirmed that an electromagnetic propulsion drive, which is fast enough to get to the Moon in four hours, actually works. The EM Drive was developed by the British inventor Roger Shawyer nearly 15 years ago but was ridiculed at the time as being scientifically...
  • Rocket sirens sound in Israel's south, explosion heard

    06/06/2015 12:15:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 6-6-2015 | Haaretz
    Rocket alerts sounded in Ashkelon and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council on Saturday evening. Residents reported hearing at least one explosion. The Israel Defense Forces deployed Iron Dome missile defense batteries in several locations in the south this week following several incidents of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli territory.
  • Delivers 2,000 Rockets for Iraq But Holds Half for Now: Source

    06/01/2015 6:26:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    The United States has delivered 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank weapons destined for Iraq, sending 1,000 directly to the government in Baghdad, with the U.S.-led coalition holding the other half in the region for training Iraqis and for future contingencies, a U.S. defence official told Reuters on Monday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the delivery took place over the past several days. The official did not provide further details.
  • Warriors Win over Rockets sets up dream Finals matchup

    05/31/2015 7:55:54 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 12 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | 5/28/15 | Ben Golliver
    OAKLAND — What's one more week compared to a 40-year championship drought? What's one more week when it means a shot at the first title in franchise history? The Warriors eliminated the Rockets with a 104–90 victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday, advancing to an NBA Finals date with the Cavaliers. This is a matchup worth waiting for, and a little patience will be required. Because both Golden State and Cleveland made quick work of their conference finals foes, the NBA will hit the pause button for a full week before the championship series opens...