In the news...

October 4, 2013

News Briefs October 4, 2013

Miramar air show cancelled amid gov’t shutdown

Marine Corps officials say the federal government shutdown has forced cancellation of the Miramar Air Show in San Diego this year.

Marine Corps officials in a statement Oct. 3 apologized for the inconvenience the cancellation may have caused the sponsors and those planning to attend the event that was scheduled for this weekend.

The annual free, two-day show has been one of the nation’s most popular, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors.

In past years, the show featured the Navy’s Blue Angels. But the Defense Department this spring grounded military aircraft for shows, citing budget restraints.

Miramar officials had planned to still feature civilian planes and a static display of Marine Corps aircraft before the shutdown forced the cancellation. AP

Navy set for weekend football; other sports off

Football is on at Navy this weekend, although all other varsity and club sports are suspended because of the government shutdown.

The Defense Department said Oct. 3 everything was on hold through Oct. 6 except for the Oct. 5 football game against Air Force.

Navy and Air Force received the go-ahead to play because the game is not funded by the government. A sellout crowd is expected.

Army will play its game, too. Boston College said on its website that the Oct. 5 game against the service academy will proceed.

I’m thrilled our students and those from the service academies will get to play their games this weekend, athletic director Brad Bates said. Thank you, fans, for your patience and understanding the past couple of days.

Service academy football games are paid for with nonappropriated funds and have been long planned. Such funds generally come from outside sources and are not approved through Congress.

Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said his department had provided information to Pentagon officials to assure them that no government money will be spent on any aspect of the game. Gladchuk said a Navy home game brings in about $4 million from tickets, sponsorship, television and radio rights fees and other revenues such as parking and concessions. The game essentially pays for itself, he said.
Football revenue funds Navy’s 32 other sports teams.

As for the consequences of a home football game being canceled, Gladchuk said Oct. 2: It would be devastating to our budget. AP

Luke AFB workers protest partial government shutdown

Some civilian workers at Luke Air Force Base in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Ariz., are protesting the federal government’s partial shutdown.

Some of the workers who could not do their jobs at the pilot training base protested outside one of Luke’s entry gates Oct. 2.

Signs carried by the protesters included Congress locked us out and Luke employees have families.
The protesters were among 412 workers at Luke who were placed on unpaid furloughs Tuesday.

Diane Talley, an administrator at the base’s mental health clinic, said the shutdown is hurting the workers economically while also keeping them from helping those they serve.

Others protesters included aircraft mechanics, engineers and financial analysts. AP

Turkey renews permit to send troops to Syria

Turkey’s Parliament has extended by a year a mandate that allows the military to send troops into Syria if the need arises.

Legislators voted Oct. 3 by a show of hands in favor of the bill despite objection from opposition parties, which argued the move would drag Turkey to war.

The government proposed the extension, saying the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons poses an imminent and serious threat to Turkey.

Parliament first authorized the military to send troops to Syria last year, after five Turkish civilians were killed from Syrian shelling at a border town. That expires Oct. 4.

Turkish-Syrian relations have further deteriorated since then and last month Turkey shot down a Syrian helicopter that strayed into its territory. AP

Putin says Russia will expand its Arctic presence

President Vladimir Putin says Russia will expand its presence in the Arctic and restore a Soviet-era military base there.

Putin said Oct. 3 that the Arctic region is essential for Russia’s economic and security interests.

He told activists of the main Kremlin party that the Russian military has been restoring a Soviet-era military base on the New Siberian Islands that was shut down after the Soviet collapse. He added that the facility is key for protecting shipping routes across the Arctic Ocean.

Russia, the U.S., Canada, Denmark and Norway have all been trying to assert jurisdiction over parts of the Arctic, believed to hold up to a quarter of the Earth’s undiscovered oil and gas. AP




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines December 17, 2014

News: U.S. Air Force tanker platform slated for year-end debut - Boeing is planning for first flight of its 767-2C – upon which the U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker will be based – by year’s end, six months late. Northrop Grumman wins $657.4 million deal to supply drones to South Korea - Northrop Grumman has won...
 
 

NASA launches new Micro-g NExT for undergraduates

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a new microgravity activity called Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams. The deadline for proposals is Jan. 28, 2015. Micro-g NExT challenges students to work in teams to design and build prototypes of spacewalking tools to be used by astronauts for spacewalk training in the...
 
 
launch1

Storm fails to quench liftoff of secret reconnaissance satellite

The fiery launch of an Atlas V (541), among the most powerful of the venerable Atlas family, briefly dispelled the gloom over Californiaís Central Coast on the evening of Dec. 12. A team of personnel from United Launch Allianc...
 

 
Coast Guard photograph

Navy demonstrates unmanned helicopter operations aboard Coast Guard cutter

http://static.dvidshub.net/media/video/1412/DOD_102145893/DOD_102145893-512×288-442k.mp4 Coast Guard photograph An MQ-8B Fire Scout UAS is tested off the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf near Los Angeles, Dec. 5 2014. The Coast...
 
 
GPS-OCX

GPS III, OCX successfully demonstrate key satellite command, control capabilities

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the worldís most powerfu...
 
 

Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully demonstrates 3D printed rocket propulsion system for satellites

Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed a hot-fire test of its MPS-120 CubeSat High-Impulse Adaptable Modular Propulsion System. The MPS-120 is the first 3D-printed hydrazine integrated propulsion system and is designed to provide propulsion for CubeSats, enabling missions not previously available to these tiny satellites. The project was funded out of the NASA Office of Chief...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>