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  1. Irene Hackett

    Irene Hackett

    20/08/2016
    Irene Hackett
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    Irene Hackett
    21/08/2016 #18 Anonymous
    @William VanDorin - It is the dark side of the hope inherent in Space exploration that is troubling. I like your profile words, about transcending limitations. My hope is that the darkness of war leads humans to transcend the collective fearful limitations of the mind. Because there is beauty all around us.
    Phil Friedman
    21/08/2016 #17 Phil Friedman
    #9 #9 @Dean Owen - I can't speak for NASA, although I believe that the Cape Canaveral site was originally chosen at a time before the space program was that big. Moreover, in the U.S. commond sense has nothing to do with it. Congressional influence on the appropriations committee does, for where the launch site goes, so do money and jobs to the surrounding community. At the height of the program, the Titusville area grew to more than 40,000, whereas now it is pretty much a ghost town at 5,000 or less. The Cape offered, moreover, convenient location near a port, plus the ability to isolate the facility for security reasons (except when we used to run up the Banana River from Eau Gallie in an inflatable sport boat and get to within a 1/4 mile of the launch site.). Keep in mind, as well, that a rocket is not ingesting air as does a jet engine, and so is not likely to be choked out by sucking in a flock of birds. Whether striking some birds is structurally risky, I really don't know, but doubt it. Not an attitude that puts wildlife first, admittedly, but then we don't locate our cities in the deserts where they will not disturb native animal populations. Cheers!
    Pamela L. Williams
    20/08/2016 #15 Pamela L. Williams
    #13 That's really interesting William! You need to do a post on the subject. I would love to read it.
    William VanDorin
    20/08/2016 #13 William VanDorin
    It is a spectacle full of thunder and power put on for the public perception of what is possible. Sadly, this does not reflect the true state of our technology, which is exclusively the realm of black ops projects militarized and weaponized. We are a full fifty years beyond this in our spacecraft propulsion systems which do not use explosive force for a means of reaching, or navigating space. There exists zero point field propulsion and magnetic field manipulation systems which render Einstein's speed restrictions regarding mass irrelevant.
    Pamela L. Williams
    20/08/2016 #12 Pamela L. Williams
    #11 The Gobi is huge! We have area 51, but no one knows what goes on there :-). I guess each nation examines the risk and determines the best course of action. The U.S. chose over the ocean.
    Dean Owen
    20/08/2016 #11 Dean Owen
    #10 China has a launch site in the Gobi desert.
    Pamela L. Williams
    20/08/2016 #10 Pamela L. Williams
    #9 All launches are done over open water because of the dangers associated with a failed launch. The Challenger explosion threw debris a couple of miles away. After Challenger numerous rockets either exploded on their own and had to be destroyed because they went off course. Considering the speed at which they are traveling and the amount of fuel required to launch them and get them into space there is too much risk. They could explode over a town before mission control realized there was an issue, it happens that quick. Many rockets are launched off Naval vessels in the middle of the ocean.
    Dean Owen
    20/08/2016 #9 Dean Owen
    #6 #7 #8 You are all right. This photo was taken from across the river. But there have been a number of documented encounters where wildlife has struck an ascending shuttle. -http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/behindscenes/roadkill.html View more
    #6 #7 #8 You are all right. This photo was taken from across the river. But there have been a number of documented encounters where wildlife has struck an ascending shuttle. -http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/behindscenes/roadkill.html Given the risk to wildlife and crew, wouldn't it make sense to not do launches next to a river? Close
    Pamela L. Williams
    20/08/2016 #8 Pamela L. Williams
    #7 You're absolutely right Phil, They do keep the areas clear, as much as possible, of wildlife. But wildlife will do what they do. This was probably taken from across the river on the viewing lawns. I sat there when my daughter was 3 weeks old to watch the launch of the Columbia, the first launch after the Challenger explosion. I worked on Patrick AFB, which is the support base for the launches. The Air Rescue squadron was sometimes tasked with flying in the area prior to the launches to scare off birds. If you ever paid attention (who would with a launch) they were usually flying over the ocean several miles out when a launch took place. How do I know? For morning launches we (the dining facility) had to have a full breakfast hot and ready for them at 4 AM. High protein steak and eggs all the way!
    Phil Friedman
    20/08/2016 #7 Phil Friedman
    #2 Over several years, I worked serially on a number of on-site contract assignments in Titusville, FL, directly across the Indian River (which is actually an ocean sound) from the NASA Cape Canaveral launch site. And I've watched a number of launches, including the historic last night launch made under the NASA program. There is a lot of wildlife in the area, especially gulls, cormorants, pelicans, and other birds. But to the best of my knowledge,, steps ARE taken to keep the launch site clear of birds. Judging from the relative image size of the birds, they are way in the foreground of an image taken from quite far away with a really long lense. In other words althogh they appear at first glance to be at the launch site, they are a fair distance away. And have probably been raised to flight by the noise and the notably high level of vibration carried through the ground and water, enough to rattle glasses on a table several miles distant from the launch pad. Cheers!
    Irene Hackett
    20/08/2016 #6 Anonymous
    I am so glad you noticed that @Dean Owen. I live near the 'Space Coast' of FL and my favorite beach is on the protected Canaveral National Seashore where you can see NASA in the distant background - no condos, no other buildings whatsoever. The first time I visited NASA, I was very surprised at all the wildlife that abounded the premises. It is sad, but it makes once consider the consequences of human 'progress'.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    20/08/2016 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #2 Much as I would love to claim credit, I have to say,in my best Shaggy imitation, "Wuzzzn't me!" I think I first heard it from, @Alan Geller
    Dean Owen
    20/08/2016 #2 Dean Owen
    I can't remember who, I think it was Paul C, but someone coined the phrase "To Affinity and Beyond". What surprises me about this picture are the birds. I would have thought NASA would have cleared the area much like airports attempt to do....
    Irene Hackett
    20/08/2016 #1 Anonymous
    "Too infinity and beyond!"
  2. Rebekah Rounds

    Rebekah Rounds

    01/08/2016
    Rebekah Rounds
    Eternal light, up for grabs
    news.harvard.edu Martin Elvis of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics warns that a loophole in the Outer Space Treaty leaves open the possibility of a race for resources on the...
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  3. Rebekah Rounds

    Rebekah Rounds

    24/07/2016
    Rebekah Rounds
    Why asteroid mining could dictate our entire future in space
    www.sciencealert.com As Earth’s population continues to swell, the strain on our planet’s resources continues to grow. And although ecologists assert that we aren’t at the tipping point just yet, Earth has a finite amount of resources. Eventually, we are going to...
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  4. Rebekah Rounds

    Rebekah Rounds

    24/07/2016
    Rebekah Rounds
    Investments in space are taking off, though the ambitions are mostly down to earth
    www.technologyreview.com Extraterrestrial ventures are no longer limited to deep-pocketed...
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  5. Rebekah Rounds

    Rebekah Rounds

    24/07/2016
    Rebekah Rounds
    Old Radio Telescope Restored for New Uses - Sky & Telescope
    www.skyandtelescope.com Abandoned for 25 years, a 12-meter antenna once used during the Cold War is now introducing astronomy students to the radio...
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  6. ProducerDavid Grinberg

    David Grinberg

    02/06/2016
    NASA Budget Needs 'Big Bang' for Mars Mission
    NASA Budget Needs 'Big Bang' for Mars MissionWill NASA or private industry be the first to land humans on Mars? This is an important question due to the growing competition from commercial space startups, as Elon Musk of SpaceX recently announced. “I think, if things go according to plan, we...
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    David Grinberg
    15/08/2016 #53 David Grinberg
    All, please check out my new hive, "Universe, Space & Beyond" -- I would be honored if you would join. Thanks! https://www.bebee.com/group/universe-space-beyond
    Donald Grandy
    15/08/2016 #52 Donald Grandy
    Great article David @David Grinberg. If your readers didn't have an interest in space and space travel before reading your article. They will now! Just imagine if we as colony earth, could channel resources to focus on travelling to Mars. The technological advancements that would spin from this mission would be amazing. Thanks for sharing.
    Joanna Hofman
    18/07/2016 #51 Joanna Hofman
    Thank you, David for the interesting buzz . I missed it! Perhaps because I joined to beBee at the end of June. Excellent information.
    David Grinberg
    01/07/2016 #50 David Grinberg
    #42 @Neal Rauhauser My understanding is that Mars can indeed be terraformed by melting the large southern polar ice cap, which will release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and slowly heat up the planet (like the Greenhouse Effect), causing the Martian atmosphere to ultimately resemble that of Earth with water flowing on the surface filling up all of the dry riverbeds. Yes, theoretically scientists posit this will take several decades but is achievable since Mars is the most Earth-like planet in our solae system. See http://quest.nasa.gov/mars/background/terra.html and http://www.popsci.com/nasa-advances-lunar-terraforming-concept-phase-ii
    Nick Mlatchkov
    28/06/2016 #49 Anonymous
    The newest on the theme!
    Brian McKenzie
    27/06/2016 #47 Brian McKenzie
    #40 In 86/87 I was in units that had state of the art satellite video streaming and surveillance feeds from the other side of the world. It was my job yo analyze them frame by frame for minute details. Oddly nearly 20 years after the moon missions, our feeds were never as clear as the 'moon broadcasts'. I voiced that exact frustration and concern in passing to a section chief, the next month I received an early promotion and a transfer out of that unit. That summer, my new unit was responsible for overthrowing a Central American government and setting up another. Never believe a thing you see on TV -you do at your own folly.
    Nick Mlatchkov
    27/06/2016 #46 Anonymous
    It's from David's link: 'The famed astronomer and Pulitzer prize winner, Carl Sagan, says that there is enormous promise in the search for ancient life on Mars.'
    Neal Rauhauser
    27/06/2016 #42 Neal Rauhauser
    #41 You can't terraform a magnetic field. Mars lost the atmosphere it had due to this deficit. We could do some things to modify the planet's atmosphere and surface, but we'd still be facing the cosmic ray bombardment problem. We'd do better taking care of the planet we evolved on rather than trying to retrofit Mars.
    David Grinberg
    26/06/2016 #41 David Grinberg
    #34 @Neal Rauhauser. While I concur with your astute observation about the harsh conditions on Mars for human life to thrive currently, are you familiar with the science on "terraforming" the Martian environment to mirror that of Earth? http://quest.nasa.gov/mars/background/terra.html
    David Grinberg
    26/06/2016 #40 David Grinberg
    #15 @Brian McKenzie - As you know, Brian, there are conspiracy theories on almost anything, ranging from 9/11 to President Obama. But there were multiple Apollo missions which overwhelming evidence that we landed men on the moon. Please don't believe the hype, kind sir.
    David Grinberg
    26/06/2016 #39 David Grinberg
    Many thanks for your constructive comments and vigorous debate: @Larry Boyer @Jan Barbosa @Neal Rauhauser @Nick Mlatchkov @Dale Masters @Rod Loader @Erroll -EL- Warner @Brian McKenzie -- VERY MUCH APPRECIATED, GENTS!
    David Grinberg
    26/06/2016 #38 David Grinberg
    FYI: Great video here from CBS News: Inside Scientists' Groundbreaking Test to Grow Potatoes on Mars" http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-scientists-ground-breaking-test-to-grow-potatoes-on-mars/
    Neal Rauhauser
    26/06/2016 #37 Neal Rauhauser
    #36 You've got some scholarly references to back up these assertions?
    Nick Mlatchkov
    26/06/2016 #36 Anonymous
    #32 The Soviets didn't start the war in Afghanistan as foolishly as some may believe. It's part of a bigger plan for transforming the old decaying system into a Govn't run market economy which China had already began. Thus they created a bunch of blood thirsty officers & soldiers who later joined & controlled the underground while the Oligarchy revamped the economy. This way they prevented the creation of really independent economic & political forces. Fear played a major role in the transition.
    Neal Rauhauser
    26/06/2016 #35 Neal Rauhauser
    #33 Least dysfunctional doesn't mean functional. Any plan that doesn't address the radiation issues isn't a plan, it's a pipe dream.
    Neal Rauhauser
    26/06/2016 #34 Neal Rauhauser
    #27 I think Space X has a chance at creating a robust remote exploration presence for Mars. A large orbital communication/observation platform, perhaps even a second for redundancy's sake. A standard lander body built to carry multiple mission packs. Space X's vertical landing skills are perfect for a sample return mission. The cost of a single human mission would fund multiple robotic missions that could accomplish the same goals without any risk beyond costs. The idea that Mars is suitable as a backup plan if we wreck Earth is silly on many levels, and I think that concern is part of what motivates Musk.
    Nick Mlatchkov
    26/06/2016 #33 Anonymous
    #31 Still Mars has better conditions than any other of the near planets. Otherwise NASA wouldn't have spent so many resources researching it ....
    Neal Rauhauser
    26/06/2016 #32 Neal Rauhauser
    #14 No will, no way. The United States is still busy with the delusion that a rag tag band of religious fanatics wandering around with a couple of failed states far, far away somehow represents an existential threat. China might go to Mars, but the United States is going to same way the Soviet Union did after it withdrew from Afghanistan. A little undignified staggering, then we'll fall flat on our collective backside.
    Neal Rauhauser
    26/06/2016 #31 Neal Rauhauser
    Humans will never land on Mars, as it's a suicide mission due to ambient radiation. We get away with astronauts spending a year on ISS because its well within the protection of the Van Allen radiation belts. A ship that could carry humans to mars wouldn't be the airy Hermes from The Martian, it would have a living space surrounded by shielding including quite a bit of water. Mars doesn't have a magnetosphere, so surface conditions are similar to the moon. Lunar astronauts dramatically increased their risk of cataracts with even a 72 hour stay.
  7. Jacklin Wallner

    Jacklin Wallner

    24/05/2016
    Air and Missile Defense Radar Market worth 12.52 Billion USD by 2021

    Ground-based AMDRs are used to get real-time information in warfare situation. They are used along with airborne, naval, and satellite platform radars for target integration. It is a missile detection radar, positioned on the ground and is used for air defense through ground-controlled interception, command guidance, along with ground-directed bombing, air traffic control, instrument landing systems, and radar bomb scoring. Defense budget cuts in developed economies shifted the focus towards automation, and miniaturization of military radar system. Ongoing war against ISIS in Syria, Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, and conflicts in the Crimean Peninsula are driving the demand for ground-based military radar.
    Jacklin Wallner
    Air and Missile Defense Radar Market Worth 12.52 Billion USD by 2021
    www.prnewswire.com PUNE, India, May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The...
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  8. ProducerOliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI
    British Airways Drone Strike, How worried should we be?
    British Airways Drone Strike, How worried should we be?Tuesday, April 19, 2016 appeared on Fox Happening Now with @JonScottFNC 11:30am ET, discussing “British Airways Drone Strike, How worried should we be?” with Aviation expert, Mike Boyd of Boyd Group International.Watch Video Clip Here.Photo Credit...
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    Bright Ibeawuchi
    13/07/2016 #13 Bright Ibeawuchi
    With drone use exploding worldwide conflict with aircraft will only increase. Some drone manufactures are adapting by producing drones that automatically know to avoid commercial airspace.
    Virag Gulyas
    13/07/2016 #12 Virag Gulyas
    Having worked with the European Pilots' Association and hearing the reluctancy of regulating drones effectively on an EU and global level, the answer is VERY!
    David Grinberg
    25/04/2016 #11 David Grinberg
    In case you missed it, an excellent article and news clips per @Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI...
    Javier beBee
    24/04/2016 #10 Javier beBee
    #9 @Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI, please send me your proposal thru a private message thanks a lot !!!!
    Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI
    24/04/2016 #9 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI
    Hi @Javier beBee, I specifically specialize in producing expert high-impact breaking news content that will significantly grow beBee's user base and engagement, as I did at the early stages of LinkedIn Pulse. We can do the same for BeBee, bridging the narrowing gap between conventional and social media at this juncture for BeBee. I specifically specialize in this, especially given BeBee's unfeathered freedom for reporting on breaking news, which I typically do. We perhaps in the near future could build a Breaking News Hive to further facilitate beBee's growth. Warmly, Oli
    Javier beBee
    24/04/2016 #7 Javier beBee
    #2 @Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI many thanks ! We are open to proposals if you think you can help us to make userbase growth faster ! We feel honoroud to have such professionals like you in beBee ! Have a nice day !
    Milos Djukic
    24/04/2016 #6 Anonymous
    It's good to hear that @Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI!
    Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI
    24/04/2016 #5 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI
    I'm on here now Milos testing it out now for writing breaking news, as I've left LinkedIn Pulse.
    Milos Djukic
    24/04/2016 #4 Anonymous
    Thanks Prof. Oliver McGee!
    Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI
    23/04/2016 #3 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI
    Discussing the future of drones & commercial passenger aircraft flying in British & US air space on Fox News!
    Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI
    23/04/2016 #2 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI
    @Javier beBee you are going to beat LinkedIn Pulse as their direct marketplace competition in the long-form publishing space, still in its infancy and full of explosive growth potential for consumers. Please call upon me @OliverMcGee to help you in any way you see fitting. Warmly, Oli
    Javier beBee
    23/04/2016 #1 Javier beBee
    We should be worried because drones are proliferating out of control !