Daily Archives: June 15, 2011

Space Shuttle Update (17)

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ET-138 to the VAB
NASA – Workers accompany External Tank-138 as it is transported to the Vehicle Assembly Building, seen in the background. The external fuel tank arrived in Florida on July 13, 2010 from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans.

ET-138, the last newly manufactured tank, was originally designated to fly on Endeavour’s STS-134 mission to the International Space Station, but later reassigned to fly on space shuttle Atlantis’ final mission, STS-135. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

SRB Processing
Technicians check the progress of the solid rocket booster segment after its lift from the work stand in the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo credit: NASA/Cory Huston

Ready for Stacking
The Space Shuttle Program’s final solid rocket booster assembly is stationed in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building. The right and left forward assemblies, which were refurbished and processed at Kennedy, are comprised of three components — nose cap, frustum and forward skirt.

Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, the boosters will be stacked and then joined to an external fuel tank for shuttle Atlantis’ STS-135 mission to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Frank Michaux

Landing Gear, Check!
Landing Gear, Check!Space shuttle Atlantis goes through a routine landing gear test in Orbiter Processing Facility-1 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Technicians are checking to make sure the shuttle’s wheels, brakes, elevons and body flap function properly.

Seen here, the nose landing gear is deployed. During a shuttle landing, the nose gear comes down after the main gear and helps the shuttle coast to a stop. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

Shuttle Tile Installation
Shuttle Tile InstallationIn Orbiter Processing Facility-1, a thermal protection system technician inspects the area on shuttle Atlantis’ underside before a heat shield tile is installed.

The tiles are part of the Orbiter Thermal Protection System that protects the shuttle against temperatures as high as 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which are produced during descent for landing. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

Elbowcam Installation
Elbowcam InstallationTechnicians install an elbow camera onto the robotic arm inside shuttle Atlantis’ payload bay.

Atlantis will deliver the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module packed with supplies, logistics and spare parts to the International Space Station on its STS-135 flight. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann


Five Ways the Recovery Could Implode

By Roya Wolverson – Take the latest Wall Street Journal economic forecasting survey: Economists put the chances of a double-dip recession in the next year at a mere 16%. And a lot of them think U.S. growth will practically double in speed in this year’s second half. And yet, consumers are hurting, unemployment is up, and housing prices continue to fall. So what’s with all the freakish positivity?

Here are the five trouble spots most likely to throw the recovery off:

  1. An Oil Supply Squeeze
  2. The Eurozone Question
  3. State and Local Debt Woes
  4. Another Housing Slump
  5. A Sharp Slowdown in Asia

more> http://is.gd/IY8MQn


Hackers break into Senate computers

By Diane Bartz and Thomas Ferraro – The loosely organized hacker group Lulz Security broke into a public portion of the Senate website but did not reach behind a firewall into a more sensitive portion of the network, Martina Bradford, the deputy Senate sergeant at arms, said on Monday (6/13/11).

Despite the breach, the Sergeant at Arms Office, which provides security for the Senate, said that the breach had not compromised any individual senator’s information. more> http://is.gd/1oG5ZW


Culture change towards sustainability

By Pankaj Arora – Culture – often known as the character of the organization, refers to a company’s values, beliefs, business principles, traditions, ways of operating, and internal work environment. Depending on how a culture gets evolved in a company – is it static or dynamic, is it weak or strong, is it open or authoritative, is it innovative and shared team culture or solely based on individual performance, shows how much the company would be able to adapt itself to the ever changing societal demands and pressures of the market place.

Gap and Starbucks are changing the operations of their supply chains through fair trade and best labor practices in the factories where they source their raw materials from. more> http://is.gd/CMnBF2

Nokia wins rare victory as Apple settles legal row

By Tarmo Virki – Nokia notched up a rare victory against arch-rival Apple as the iPhone maker agreed to settle a long-running row over patents.

“It is clear that Apple will be the payer here, and the sums will be significant,” said Swedbank analyst Jari Honko.

Legal battles have become increasingly common in the cellphone industry since Apple and Google carved out a large chunk of the lucrative and quickly expanding smartphone market at the expense of older players. Nokia, which has said it will be more aggressive in licensing its patents, flagged further legal battles were ahead. more> http://is.gd/FO6Pzc