Daily Archives: June 22, 2011

Space Shuttle Update (19)

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ET-138 Joins SRBs on MLP
NASA – In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers guide external fuel tank, ET-138, for space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-135 mission, as it is lowered between the twin solid rocket boosters on the mobile launcher platform. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

Powered Up
In Orbiter Processing Facility-1, shuttle Atlantis’ systems are being “powered-up,” or tested, in preparation for its move to the Vehicle Assembly Building where it will be joined with the external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters on the mobile launcher platform. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

Main Engine Installation
In Kennedy’s Orbiter Processing Facility-1, a Hyster forklift moves the second of three space shuttle main engines closer to shuttle Atlantis for installation.

Each engine is 14 feet long, weighs about 6,700 pounds, and is 7.5 feet in diameter at the end of the nozzle. This is the final planned engine installation for the Space Shuttle Program. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Payload CEIT
Payload CEITIn the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the STS-135 crew inspects the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module with the carrier’s technician.

From left are Pilot Doug Hurley, Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus, Commander Chris Ferguson (upper level), a carrier technician and Mission Specialist Rex Walheim. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Ready for Rollover
Ready for RolloverShuttle Atlantis slowly backs out of Orbiter Processing Facility-1 during its move to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The move called “rollover” is a major milestone in processing for the STS-135 mission to the International Space Station. Inside the VAB, Atlantis will be attached to its external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller May 17, 2011

We’re Behind You, Atlantis
Employees and the crew of STS-135 hold up a “We’re Behind You, Atlantis” banner to commemorate space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-135 mission and final flight for the Space Program. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller May 17, 2011


Patent Reform or Patent Ripoff?

By Dana Rohrabacher – For constitutional conservatives, there is little to like in this bill. H.R. 1249 is in reality designed to transform America’s patent system into one that is more like the patent systems in Europe and Asia. It’s called harmonization and it won’t work to the interests of the American people anymore than remodeling our healthcare system to more closely resemble socialist systems in Europe.

The House Rules Committee is now preparing to send this Patent Ripoff bill to the House floor this week. more> http://tinyurl.com/656ab5m


How Sweden Steered Clear of the Greece Fiasco

By Brendan Greeley – Swedes, this month, ask for no more than a spare patch of grass or dockside granite to bask in the midsummer. The country has never really gone in for protest anyway, and right now there’s nothing to protest about.

The European project has always fed off of the momentum of ever more integration. Now Sweden’s success offers a counterargument: Less integration works, too. It turns out that sovereignty matters, not just to the euroskeptical fringe but to the Swedes, the people who gave the world ABBA, Ikea, and benign socialism. more> http://tinyurl.com/42vhjlw


Engineers create world’s smallest fuel cell, powered by biology

R&D Mag – Carnegie Mellon University’s Kelvin B. Gregory and Philip R. LeDuc have created the world’s smallest fuel cell powered by bacteria. Future versions of the biology-powered fuel cell could be used for self-powered sensing devices in remote locations where batteries are impractical, such as deep ocean or geological environments. more> http://tinyurl.com/3s7yx5l


Sprint offers AT&T spectrum solution without merger

AT&TBy Jasmin Melvin – AT&T Inc (T.N) could greatly expand its network capacity for a fraction of the cost it plans to shell out to buy T-Mobile USA, Sprint Nextel (S.N) said on Monday (6/20/11).

“AT&T could increase its capacity by developing its warehoused spectrum, accelerating its 4G network buildout, and implementing a more efficient network architecture.” A 600 percent boost in capacity could handle AT&T’s projected data demands and would cost far less than the $39 billion AT&T would spend to take over T-Mobile, Sprint said. more> http://tinyurl.com/5srarma



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CONGRESS WATCH Want an economic recovery? Here’s how By US Congressman Phil Roe – Jobs are created and the economy starts to flourish when businesses start producing more. My policy to promote job growth is to create an atmosphere that … Continue reading