Daily Archives: June 28, 2011

Space Shuttle Update (22)

SPACE WATCH · NASA TV · STS-135: Last Space Shuttle Mission
Boeing: Slide show · Book (pdf)

Launch Date: July 8, 2011

Packing Rafaello
NASA – In the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, cargo is being installed inside the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module for shuttle Atlantis’ flight to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

STS-135 Payload CEIT
Space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-135 crew participates in a crew equipment interface test, or CEIT, in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Standing inside the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module, which will be packed with supplies, logistics and spare parts for their mission to the International Space Station, are Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus (left), Commander Chris Ferguson, Mission Specialist Rex Walheim and Pilot Doug Hurley.

The purpose of CEIT is for flight crew members to become familiar with the payload they will be working with and delivering to the station. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

Atlantis Awaits Payload
A hazy sun sets over Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as space shuttle Atlantis awaits delivery of the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module (MPLM) in its transportation canister.

Once delivered, the canister will be lifted to the payload changeout room. The payload ground-handling mechanism then will be used to transfer Raffaello out of the canister into Atlantis’ payload bay. Photo credit: NASA/Frank Michaux

Raffaello Headed to Pad
The canister that contains the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module, or MPLM, for the STS-135 mission, has been lowered onto a transportation vehicle in the Canister Rotation Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida headed for Launch Pad 39A. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

Raffaello Headed to Pad
The container that carries the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module (MPLM), secured on its transportation vehicle, makes its way past the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on its way to Launch Pad 39A. Photo credit: NASA/Frank Michaux June 16, 2011


Inventing a bad way to reform patent law

Editorial – H.R. 1249’s reforms are faulty.

The main problem is that they involve a clumsy transition to a new system for getting a patent. And the House bill supposedly would make America fit in with the way patents are taken out elsewhere. But it doesn’t. “The House version of the bill creates a strange hybrid system that is neither first-to-file nor first-to-invent,” Dan L. Burk told us; he’s a UC Irvine law professor specializing in intellectual property.

H.R. 1249 is one way not to reform patents. We urge Congress to drop it and go back to the drawing board. more> http://twurl.nl/c48yak


What’s needed: A $4 trillion gimmick-free deficit deal in two parts

By Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson – If we continue down our current path, debt will eclipse the size of the entire economy just a decade from now, and by the mid-2030s will be so high that CBO (Congressional Budget Office) doesn’t bother measuring it. The consequences of this path are grave: Slower economic growth, more taxpayer money going to pay for interest on the debt, less flexibility to address important needs or future emergencies, and — sooner or later — the most predictable financial, fiscal and economic crisis we have ever faced.

But it doesn’t have to end this way.. more> http://twurl.nl/6vt3hp


Bid for Nortel patents marks Google’s new push into mobile world

GoogleBy Iain Marlow – The so-called “stalking horse” bid sets a ballpark figure for a bidding process in June in which global technology giants will battle it out for the last meaningful assets within storied Nortel, which stumbled out of the dot.com bubble and eventually succumbed to a crushing debt burden and plunging sales. The only thing left: Its vast cache of intellectual property, patents relating to everything from advanced Internet search and social networking to 4G wireless technologies and semiconductors. more> http://twurl.nl/uu0cce


THOMAS Top Ten – compiled on Jun 26 2011

Congress watchLibrary of Congress –

  1. H.R. 1540 [112th]
    National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
  2. H.R. 1249 [112th]
    Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
  3. H.R. 2112 [112th]
    Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
  4. H.R. 4173 [111th]
    Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
  5. H.R. 1473 [112th]
    Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
  6. H.R. 1380 [112th]
    New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act of 2011
  7. H.R. 2021 [112th]
    Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011
  8. H.R. 2164 [112th]
    Legal Workforce Act
  9. H.R. 3590 [111th]
    Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  10. H.R. 1383 [112th]
    Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011

CONGRESS WATCH Rep. Phil Roe: Give Patients Control of Health Care; Politico, June 20 Reps. Marsha Blackburn  & Scott DesJarlais: Cut, Cap and Balance to Bring Real Recovery; The Tennessean, June 26 Rep. Tim Huelskamp: America’s Spending on Trial; Conservative … Continue reading


CONGRESS WATCH Cut, cap and balance to bring real recovery, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, tennessean.com ECONOMY: Blackburn On Cut, Cap, Balance, Fox News/YouTube [VIDEO 5:12]