Northrop announces centers of excellence in Florida, California, New York Northrop Grumman announced March 4 it is designating five centers of design and integration excellence in support of its Aerospace Systems sector’s manned aircraft, unmanned systems and electronic attack businesses. In addition, the company announced plans to close an Information Systems sector facility in Dominguez Hills, Calif. “Consolidating these centers of excellence will improve our strategic alignment with our customers’ need for increasingly innovative and affordable products, services and solutions,” said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman. “We continuously examine our operational capacity to determine how we can leverage it in the most efficient and costcompetitive manner. Given the current budget environment, it is imperative that we act to enhance future performance, innovation and affordability for our customers.” The Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence will be located in Melbourne, Fla., and will include aircraft design work currently being performed at the company’s Bethpage, N.Y., facility. The B-2, F/A-18 and F-35 programs will remain in Palmdale, El Segundo and Redondo Beach, Calif., respectively. The company’s Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence will be located at its Rancho Bernardo facility in San Diego, Calif. Two programs will transition to that center: the MQ-4C Triton program from Bethpage, N.Y., and the NATO Airborne Ground Surveillance program from Melbourne, Fla. An Electronic Attack Center of Excellence will be located in Bethpage, N.Y., and will include the Aerospace Systems’ Electronic Attack program team. The company has designated two Aircraft Integration Centers of Excellence, one in Palmdale, Calif., and the other in St. Augustine, Fla. Current integration activities in Moss Point, Miss., and New Town, N.D., are not included in this transition. The company will close its Dominguez Hills, Calif., facility as part of its long-term effort to reduce facilities and costs. This fa-
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F-35 Lightning IIs arrive at Nellis AFB
Air Force photograph by A1C Jason Couillard
A Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II lands March 6, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The aircraft will be assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron and the aircraft will be used for development test support, force development evaluation and supporting operational test aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The F-35 Lightning II is one of the newest aircraft about to enter the Air Force inventory. The F-35 is designed to be an affordable strike option that will be used throughout the Defense Department and by its allies. The jet is currently still being flight tested at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Senate appoints four members to QDR panel by Donna Miles American Forces Press Service Retired Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Michele Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy, are among four appointments to the Quadrennial Defense Review’s independent panel the Senate Armed Services Committee announced March 5. Also named to the panel were retired Air Force Gen. Gregory S. Martin, former commander of Air Force Materiel Command, and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, former Defense Intelligence Agency director. As part of a 10-member independent panel of civilian experts, they will provide outside analysis of the Defense Department’s work on the 2014 QDR that will guide U.S. strategic planning and procurement for the next two decades. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will appoint the chairman and vice chairman of the independent panel, and other panel appointees will be
made by the chair and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. The QDR is a congressionally mandated review of national defense strategy, force structure, modernization plans, infrastructure, budget plans and other elements of defense policy, conducted every four years. The 2014 QDR will be the fifth since Congress established the requirement in the fiscal year 1997 National Defense Authorization Act. Congress also required an independent panel to review the department’s work. Panel members will review DOD’s force structure and resource recommendations. Within three months of the QDR’s completion, they will submit an assessment of the QDR to the congressional defense committees. Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised Cartwright and Flournoy, his selectees to the panel, for the vast background they will bring to the panel. “General Cartwright and Michele Flournoy enjoy exceptionally high respect throughout the
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Black Hawk crash kills five troops in Kandahar A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has killed five American service members, officials said March 12. The March 11 crash brought the total number of U.S. troops killed that day to seven, making it the deadliest day for U.S. forces so far this year. Two U.S. special operations forces were gunned down hours earlier in an insider attack by an Afghan policeman in eastern Afghanistan. The NATO military coalition said in a statement that “initial reports” showed no enemy activity in the area at the time. The cause of the crash is under investigation, the statement said. A U.S. official said all five of the dead were American. The official said the helicopter went down outside Kandahar city, the capital of Kandahar province. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the information had not been formally released. Their deaths make 12 U.S. troops killed so far this year in Afghanistan. There were 297 U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan in 2012, according to an Associated Press tally. AP Two space launch workers hurt in blast at California base Two workers for a company that launches spacecraft for the U.S. government were seriously injured in an electrical explosion at Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast. The United Launch Alliance said in a statement that the two employees were transferred ZMarch 11 to a Los Angeles hospital that specializes in treating burn victims. The Santa Maria Times reports that the two, whose names and exact jobs have not been released, were working Saturday at Space Launch Complex 6 where a Delta 4 rocket is being prepared for an August launch when an “arc flash” occurred. Occupational safety officials say an arc flash happens when electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air to another conductor. ULA gave no further details on the cause or circumstances. AP South Korea, U.S. begin drills amid NKorean nuke threat South Korea and the United States are staging annual military drills that North Korea says it will respond to by scrapping the armistice that ended the Korean War and launching a nuclear attack on the U.S. After the March 11 start of the drills involving 10,000 South Korean and 3,500 American troops, Pyongyang reportedly followed through on an earlier vow to cut off a hotline with the South. Pyongyang has launched a bombast filled propaganda campaign against the drills and last week’s U.N. vote to impose new sanctions over the North’s Feb. 12 nuclear test. Pyongyang has vowed before to scrap the 1953 armistice. But recent rhetoric has been more warlike than usual. Pyongyang isn’t believed to be able to build a warhead small enough to mount on a long-range missile. AP Defense cuts may affect Air Force museum in Ohio A general says automatic defense budget cuts will slow research and technology development and cancel some special night and weekend events at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger leads the Air Force Materiel Command from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. She tells the Dayton Daily News the cuts likely will delay aircraft replacement and modernization, halt
most flight testing and create a backlog in maintenance operations. The command employs roughly 80,000 people at nine bases. About three-quarters are civilians who may be forced to take 22 days of unpaid leave. The command is planning for $1.4 billion in cuts, though the exact amount isn’t clear. The reductions are part of $85 billion in government-wide spending cuts that took effect March 1. AP Boat crashes near California base, drugs found, no people Officials say an overturned boat and floating bales of a suspected illegal drug have been discovered off the central California coast at Vandenberg Air Force Base, but they haven’t found anyone who may have been steering the craft. Second Lt. Kaylee Ausbun says the small boat was spotted by people walking on the beach March 7, and emergency responders immediately cordoned off the area around the aluminum boat for investigation and a search for any missing passengers. No possible boaters were found in the area. The boat was found north of the base’s Wall Beach. The suspected drugs aboard are being tested to confirm what they are. Authorities are asking locals to report any unusual activity in the area. AP California rejects U.S. Navy offshore explosive training California March 8 rejected a Navy offshore explosives and sonar training program that critics said could kill or deafen endangered whales, dolphins and other sea life. California Coastal Commissioners meeting in San Diego ruled unanimously that the Navy lacked enough information to back up its argument that the threat to marine mammals would be negligible. Scientists say there is still much to be learned about how much sonar activity affects marine animals. Studies have shown some species such as beaked whales may be adversely affected by some sonar. The Navy has estimated that the proposed training program would kill 130 marine mammals and cause hearing loss in 1,600 over five years. “We think these are underestimates,” Michael Jasny with the Natural Resources Defense Council told the commissioners. The panel and the Navy could now seek mediation to iron out their differences – or the Navy could simply choose to proceed with the training, as it did in 2007 and 2009. That probably would prompt the commission to sue in an effort to block the program, as it has in the past. AP U.S. relaxes export controls on some military parts The Obama administration is making it easier for U.S. companies to export equipment and parts that could have military uses. The White House says it has notified Congress of plans to give the Commerce Department authority to regulate exports of thousands of aircraft parts like bolts, wings and fuel tanks. They’ll be taken off the State Department’s strict U.S. Munitions List. More sensitive items like full engines, radar systems and missile launchers will stay under State Department control. It’s part of a broader move by the Obama administration to streamline outdated permit requirements left over from the Cold War, and more changes to the list are still to come. The White House says it hopes cutting red tape will significantly boost sales for U.S. exporters. AP
German Air Force plans to leave Fort Bliss Reorganization of the German Air Force means the overseas troops will leave a West Texas post after a relationship spanning nearly 60 years. The El Paso Times reported March 11 that the German Air Force Command for the U.S. and Canada will close at Fort Bliss on Sept. 30. Col. Heinz-Josef Ferkinghoff said operations will be moved to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, where Germany already has a flight training center. The German Air Defense Center will return to Germany within five years. The moves, which will affect several hundred German military personnel and civilian employees, come after U.S. base realignment changed some Fort Bliss operations. The German Air Force has had a presence at Fort Bliss since 1956. AP VA says it won’t follow New York gun law The federal Department of Veterans Affairs says its mental health professionals won’t comply with a new gun law in New York that requires them to report the names of patients they believe likely to hurt themselves or others. The reporting provision was set to take effect March 9. Several veterans and their advocates say it would deter many from seeking counseling and medications to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological issues. Veterans fear their rights would be taken away. Under the law pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the information would be used to determine whether someone should give up a gun license or weapon. VA spokesman Mark Ballesteros says federal laws protecting veterans’ treatment records take precedence. AP
Northrop Grumman closing Southern California facility Nearly 800 jobs will be affected when Northrop Grumman closes a Southern California facility near Carson this year, as the military contractor seeks to consolidate and cut costs. The Daily Breeze reports the work at the Dominguez Hills campus, which develops information technology and battlefield communications systems, will be moved to other Northrop facilities in phases. Northrop Chairman Wes Bush said March 4 the contractor must reorganize as the federal budget tightens. Engineers and scientists are among the positions affected. Rep. Janice Hahn, a Torrance Democrat, says in a statement that she’s saddened by news of the 768 jobs that will be moved out of the area. The Dominguez Hills facility was built in 1987 by TRW. Northrop acquired TRW in 2002. AP Tanks, aircraft interact for virtual Army training The Army is rolling out a new training system that integrates live, virtual and computergenerated scenarios in order to allow troops to train without the expense of using real tanks and aircraft. Lt. Col. Shane Cipolla, the officer in charge of the Integrated Training Environment, says before the system was deployed armored vehicle and helicopter simulators couldn’t communicate with each other. The system was delivered to Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, Texas, and it’s expected to be deployed to 18 locations by 2017. It is expected
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Boeing receives FAA approval of certification plan for 787 battery solution Boeing has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration of the company’s plan to test and certify improvements to the 787’s battery system. Successful completion of each step within the plan will result in the FAA’s approval to resume commercial 787 flights. “Our top priority is the integrity of our products and the safety of the passengers and crews who fly on them,” said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney. “Our team has been working around the clock to understand the issues and develop a solution based on extensive analysis and testing following the events that occurred in January. Today’s approval from the FAA is a critical and welcome milestone toward getting the fleet flying again and continuing to deliver on the promise of the 787,” he said. Ray Conner, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said that the company’s focus has been on developing a permanent resolution. “Working with internal and external experts in battery technology, we have proposed a comprehensive set of solutions designed to significantly minimize the potential for battery failure while ensuring that no battery event affects the continued safe operation of the airplane,” said Conner. “Our proposal includes three layers of improve-
ments. First, we’ve improved design features of the battery to prevent faults from occurring and to isolate any that do. Second, we’ve enhanced production, operating and testing processes to ensure the highest levels of quality and performance of the battery and its components. Third, in the unlikely event of a battery failure, we’ve introduced a new enclosure system that will keep any level of battery overheating from affecting the airplane or being noticed by passengers,” Conner said. Design feature improvements for the battery include the addition of new thermal and electrical insulation materials and other changes. The enhanced production and testing processes include more stringent screening of battery cells prior to battery assembly. Operational improvements focus on tightening of the system’s voltage range. A key feature of the new enclosure is that it ensures that no fire can develop in the enclosure or in the battery. Additional details of the new design will be provided by Boeing in the days ahead. Boeing made its certification plan proposal to the FAA in late February. March 12, the agency agreed that the proposed changes and the detailed test plans address the conditions that resulted in the suspension of 787 operations. The FAA also granted Boeing permission to begin
flight test activities on two airplanes: line number 86, which will conduct tests to demonstrate that the comprehensive set of solutions work as intended in flight and on the ground; and ZA005, which is scheduled to conduct engine improvement tests unrelated to the battery issue. Additional testing may be scheduled as needed. The certification plan calls for a series of tests that show how the improved battery system will perform in normal and abnormal conditions. The test plans were written based on the FAA’s standards as well as applicable guidelines published by the Radio Techni-
cal Commission on Aeronautics, an advisory committee that provides recommendations on ways to meet regulatory requirements. The RTCA guidelines were not available when the original 787 battery certification plan was developed. “We have a great deal of confidence in our solution set and the process for certifying it,” said Conner. “Before 787s return to commercial service, our customers and their passengers want assurance that the improvements being introduced will make this great airplane even better. That’s what this test program will do.”
Second F-35 for The Netherlands rolls out of F-35 production facility The second Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II for the Netherlands rolled out of the F-35 production facility March 2. This is the latest step in the production process leading to its eventual assignment to Eglin AFB, Fla., later this summer. The Netherlands is planning to use this conventional takeoff and landing jet, known as AN-2, for training and operational tests for pilots and maintainers. AN-2 will undergo functional fuel system checks before being transported to the flight line for ground and flight tests later this year. Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Arbogast
Representative launches Congressional Range & Testing Center Caucus Feb. 26, U.S. Congressman Diane Black, R-Tenn., released the following statement announcing the formation of the bipartisan Congressional Range & Testing Center Caucus. “As the wife, mother and daughter of U.S. servicemen, I believe that our brave men and women in uniform deserve our utmost respect and the resources and support necessary to carry out their mission. It is an honor to represent the Arnold Engineering
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Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base, a recent addition to the 6th district. The Congressional Range & Testing Center Caucus will be a valuable tool in offering resources and support to the range and test centers across the country. I look forward to working with my colleagues to learn more about the strategic value of these facilities and how Congress can support them in carrying out their vital mission.” said Congressman Black.
The Major Range and Test Facility Base (MRTFB) MRTFB is a designated set of Department of Defense installations, ranges, and facilities regarded as “national assets” for their test and evaluation missions. These ranges and test centers, spread across the country in more than 20 locations, are critical components for maintaining our military’s technological advantage. Now more than ever it is
essential that we recognize the strategic value of our various military installations. Mission of the Congressional Range & Testing Center Caucus: to better educate members of Congress on the strategic value of ranges and test centers in support of their operations and of the thousands of military personnel, government civilian and contractor employees who operate them. To this end, caucus mem-
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bers can expect to receive classified briefings from high-ranking DOD officials on the role performed by the MRTFB, site visits to see MRTFB activities firsthand, and delegation visits from the various constituent and community groups that already support the MRTFB. Editor’s note: Black serves as the co-chairman of the Congressional Range & Testing Center Caucus.
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simulators will interact with each other from bases across the world. With the effects of the automatic budget cuts looming for the Army and more soldiers returning from more than a decade of wars, Cipolla says the new system will permit more frequent training. AP Naval ship christened in San Diego The Navy has christened a ship in honor of African Americans who served in segregated units in the Marine Corps during World War II. The Los Angeles Times reports the USNS Montford Point is the Navy’s first mobile landing platform ship. It was christened March 2 at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. The name honors the 20,000 African Americans who trained at Camp Montford Point in North Carolina from 1942 to 1949 during an era of segregation within the military. The Times says 30 of the Montford Point Marines attended the christening. The 785-foot ship provides 25,000 square feet of space for vehicles, equipment and 380,000 gallons of fuel. AP China defends massive growth in military spending China is defending its booming military spending, saying its vast investments in the armed forces have contributed to global peace and stability. However, in a break with previous years, no figure for this year’s defense budget was presented at a news conference held March 4 on the eve of the opening of the annual legislative session. Spokeswoman Fu Ying said the figure would appear in the overall budget to be released Tuesday. Chinese defense spending has grown substantially each year for more than two decades, and last year rose 11.2 percent to 670.2 billion yuan ($106.4 billion), an increase of about 67 billion yuan. Only the United States spends more on defense. Fu cited U.N. peacekeeping and anti-piracy patrols as examples of China’s contribution to world peace and stability. AP West Virginia air show cancelled after losing Thunderbirds Organizers have canceled this year’s Thunder Over the Blue
Ridge, Martinsburg, W.Va., air show because the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds won’t be participating. The Air Force canceled the Thunderbirds’ air show appearances after April 1 in response to automatic federal spending cuts. Thunder Over the Blue Ridge had been set for May 11-12 at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport in Martinsburg. Media outlets report that the president of the air show’s board, Nic Diehl, announced the show’s cancellation March 4. The West Virginia Air National Guard’s 167th Airlift Wing had earlier announced it no longer could host the show because of budget constraints. AP Kalispell, Mont., air show postponed, Thunderbirds cancel The Kalispell, Mont., Chamber of Commerce is postponing indefinitely the Mountain Madness Air Show scheduled for July after federal budget cuts grounded the main attraction - the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. March 1, the Air Force announced the cancellation of all Thunderbirds shows after April 1 because of automatic budget cuts that took effect when Congress and the White House couldn’t reach a federal budget agreement by March 1. The air show had been scheduled for July 20-21. Capt. Jason Curtis, a Kalispell native, was scheduled to fly with the Thunderbirds. AP
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cility supports the development and integration of C4I networked communications capabilities and solutions, and mission support work for the Information Systems sector. This work will be transitioned in phases to other company facilities beginning in 2013. Northrop Grumman also announced plans to complete the closure of its Electronic Systems sector’s Norwalk, Conn., facility, including radar test range operations.
Navy awards Wyle $24 million UAS contract EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a three-year $24 million contract to provide reliability improvement, testing, technology insertion and life-cycle analysis for unmanned air systems and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance project and programs for the Naval Air Systems Command. Wyle’s experts will support the development and refinement of processes and equipment designed to increase reliability, maintainability, sustainability, quality and interoperability while simultaneously reducing or avoiding costs. The company also provides research and assesses candidate solutions, including reliability information analysis, and development of maintenance and procedure upgrades. These tasks are expected to improve reliability and availability as well as decrease life-cycle costs while implementing new or updated technologies and procedures. “We are pleased that Wyle has been awarded this contract, following our successful execution of unmanned aerial system projects for the Naval Air Systems Command under a related contract over the past two years,” said Rocky Rauch, Wyle program manager. In addition, Wyle is performing acquisition planning, system interoperability assessments, integrated reliability test planning and management, affordability and life cycle cost analysis, logistics management and management tasks associated with the data collection and testing of electrical, mechanical and avionics systems. Work, which began in late in 2012, is being performed primarily at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The task order was issued under the Defense Technical Information Center’s Reliability Information Analysis Center contract, an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity vehicle designed to assist the research, development, test and evaluation community with products.
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Boeing to consolidate flight training facilities in North America
Boeing announced March 8 it is consolidating flight training capabilities in North America – including 787 flight and maintenance training – at the Boeing Flight Services training campus in Miami, Fla. The consolidation is part of a larger Commercial Airplanes focus on customer commitments, stepping up efforts to meet market demand for Boeing products, services and support as airplane delivery rates increase. Boeing will relocate all full-flight simulators and other devices from Seattle to Miami, starting with two 787 training suites. Miami is Boeing’s largest commercial aviation training campus and is a preferred training location for customers based in Latin America as well as the United States, Middle East, Europe and elsewhere. With this consolidation, Miami will be established as the pro forma flight training location for Boeing in the Americas. Implementation will begin immediately. “This is about getting close to our customers, doing what is right for them and bringing them the best product support and services in the industry,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president, Flight Services, Commercial Aviation Services. “If we are going to better serve our customers and meet training commitments and airplane deliveries as we ramp up on rate, the time to do this is now.” With 20 simulator bays, the Miami facility is one of the largest commercial flight training campuses in the world, but currently that space is underutilized, with 11 training devices and the capacity to accommodate nine additional full-flight simulators. The majority of the Seattle Flight Services team will not be affected, but some employees will be impacted by the planned consolidation, Carbary said. “Our training team is the best in the industry.
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We value the contributions they bring to Boeing every day, and the competitive advantage they bring to our customers around the world.” The plan to locate 787 training in Miami was announced in 2008 as part of Boeing’s strategy to better serve the training requirements of airlines by locating training closer to where they do business. Over the past several years Boeing has consolidated and relocated a number of flight train-
ing campuses, including four in the United States, based on customer requirements. Boeing Flight Services, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, has also continued to expand capabilities elsewhere across the global network including new campuses in Shanghai; Baku, Azerbaijan; and Istanbul and is expanding capabilities at existing campuses in Singapore and London with additional new full-flight simulators.
Strategic positioning of the Boeing global training network is of vital importance to airlines around the world as they seek world-class training resources to meet the demand for aviation personnel. The 2012 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, a respected industry forecast of required commercial aviation personnel, cites a need for 460,000 new pilots and 601,000 new maintenance technicians over the next 20 years. Boeing photograph
The Flight Services Seattle campus provides customer training on two 787 full-flight simulators and a number of other airplane models. Pictured here, one of the two simulator bays at the Renton, Wash., facility.
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First F-35 with Marietta-built center wing flown
The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II with a Center Wing Assembly built at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., was flown for the first time last week. The aircraft, known as BF-25, is an F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing variant that will be delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps at Yuma, Arizona. The CWA is a major structural component and represents approximately one quarter of the aircraft’s fuselage. Approximately 350 people work on the F-35 program in Marietta. In addition to building the CWAs, technicians also apply specialized stealth coatings to F-35 horizontal and vertical tail control assemblies and also coat spare and repaired aircraft doors, panels and covers. The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least ten other countries.
Lockheed Martin photograph by Angel Delcueto
Raytheon announces mentor-protege agreements March 5, Raytheon announced mentor-protege agreements with small businesses ISYS Technologies and Equipment Links, Inc., at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s High Tech Conference in Los Angeles. The agreements demonstrate Raytheon’s commitment to helping small businesses gain contracting expertise and develop core competencies necessary for doing business with U.S. government customers. Raytheon’s Intelligence and Information Systems vice president of Supply Chain, Sylvia Courtney, presented the agreements to ISYS and Equipment Links at the conference. “Raytheon is committed to offering maximum opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses to contribute and succeed within our key customer programs,” said Courtney. “Teaming with small businesses has been a successful strategy for us, one that allows Raytheon to provide our customers with the best value products and services available.” Raytheon and ISYS Technologies signed a two-year U.S. Air
Force-sponsored mentor-protege program agreement to work on several Raytheon programs. Headquartered in Littleton, Colo., ISYS Technologies is a woman-owned small business focused on providing information technology and engineering services to government customers. As a protege, ISYS will leverage Raytheon’s expertise and resources to enhance its cyber capabilities, including cybersecurity skills and certification. The companies will work together to deliver complex cybersecurity solutions for NASA, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense. Equipment Links, a veteran-owned small business, entered into a mentor-protege agreement through Raytheon’s IIS Supplier Diversity program. Based in Henderson, Nev., Equipment Links provides asset management solutions, specializing in efficiency-driven reliability centered maintenance processes. Equipment Links will help establish RCM processes across Raytheon’s customer programs and pursuits for NASA, DOD and other federal civilian agencies. Raytheon’s IIS Supplier Diversity program strives to provide an
inclusive environment to do business with small, minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned (including service disabled veterans) and HUBZone businesses. The mentor-protege relationship connects large business, prime contractors with small businesses in a mutually beneficial agreement through the Supplier Diversity program. IIS currently has two other additional active mentor-protege programs, sponsored by the National Geospatial Agency. ISYS Technologies began operations in 1989. The company reorganized as a women-owned small business in 2002 and shifted its focus to providing services to the government, including Information Technology and Engineering Services to the Department of Defense and several federal civilian agencies. Equipment Links was founded in 1996. The veteran-owned company helps its government customers properly identify and implement preventive and predictive maintenance opportunities, as well as identify and eliminate all behaviors that contribute to delays and waste within the maintenance workforce.
Honeywell Aerospace expands global network of distributors for condition-based maintenance systems Honeywell recently announced a new global network of Condition-Based Maintenance Systems distributors. The network agreements, effective Jan. 1, 2013, include previous CBMS distributors — Diagnostic Solutions, Derco, Hope Aero, Eurotech, Kaigai, Master Tech, Merlinhawk, Telemeter and Vibratech — and new distributors Beijing Andawell Science & Technology in China and Transworld Aviation in the United Arab Emirates. “As one of the region’s largest aviation distributors, we are delighted to be partnering with Honeywell in the Middle East and Africa,” said Ahmed
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Jamal, general manager business development, Transworld Aviaiton. “This distribution agreement will enable Honeywell to shorten lead times on component orders and reduce turnaround times for repairs, ensuring customer order requests and queries are dealt with in a timely manner.” The new network will provide enhanced worldwide coverage with the added benefits of onsite or local technical support; native language support for sales, field service and training; and troubleshooting of Honeywell’s CBMS solutions. New network offices are open in China and United Arab Emirates, with other local offices planned
Beechcraft Corporation announced March 8 that it will formally protest to the U.S. Government Accountability Office the U.S. Air Force’s recent award of the Light Air Support contract to its Brazilian competitor, Embraer. An estimated 1,400 jobs in Kansas and other states are in jeopardy as a result of the Air Force decision. “Following our debrief with the Air Force earlier this week, we are
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the decision to restart the competition. Although SNC later sued the Air Force attempting to enforce the biased decision, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Christine O.C. Miller wrote in her Nov. 1, 2012, opinion that based on the investigation’s evidence of bias “the Air Force’s decision to cancel the contract award to SNC and re-solicit proposals was reasonable and rational and should stand.” “We simply don’t understand how
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the Air Force can justify spending over 40 percent more – over $125 million more – for what we consider to be less capable aircraft,” Boisture said. “Given our experience of last year and our continued strong concern that there are again significant errors in the process and evaluation in this competition, we are left with no recourse other than to file a protest with the GAO. The Air Force needs to make the right decision for the nation and our future allies.”
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Air Force cuts aviation support at public events Cuts include cancellation of The USAF Thunderbirds As the U.S. Air Force braces for potential sequester, leadership has cancelled all aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year and is standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team to save flying hours to support readiness needs. Effective March 1, active-duty, Reserve and Guard units will cease all aviation support to the public. This includes the cancellation of support to all air shows, tradeshows, flyovers (including funerals and military graduations), orientation flights, heritage flights, F-22 demonstration flights and open houses, unless the event includes only local static assets. Additionally, the Air Force will cancel the Thunderbirds’ entire 2013 season beginning April 1. The Thunderbirds and Heritage
Flight crews will complete their certification procedures for safely flying aerial demonstrations in case the budget allows resumption of scheduled events in 2013, but and the Air Force will cease participation in Heritage flights following certification. The Air Force will reduce flying hours by as much as 18 percent – approximately 203,000 hours – and impacts will be felt across the service and directly affect operational and training missions. “While we will protect flying operations in Afghanistan and other contingency areas, nuclear deterrence and initial flight training, roughly twothirds of our active-duty combat Air Force units will curtail home station training,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. Since all aerial support to public and military events is flown at no additional cost to the taxpayer using allotted training hours, the Air Force had no choice but to cancel support to these events. “Engaging with the public is a core Air Force mission and communicating and connecting with the public is more important today than ever before.
However, faced with deep budget cuts, we have no choice but to stop public aviation support,” said Brig. Gen. Les Kodlick, director of Air Force Public
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Joint program suspension lifted, F-35s fly again at Eglin by Chrissy Cuttita Eglin AFB, Fla. Another short-lived season of “cautionary suspension” has been lifted for F-35 Lightning II flying operations at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the 33rd Fighter Wing resumed sortie generation March 1. An engine blade crack discovered at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 19 caused the entire joint strike fighter fleet to be grounded. Before that, the F-35B was “grounded” due to a fuel leak at Eglin. This new way of business, integrating the Department of Defense’s fifth generation aircraft to its future units while its capabilities are still being tested by flight engineers and pilots, is called “concurrency.” “As with any new weapons system, we expect to learn things about the aircraft and the system over time and we are doing just that,” said Col. Andrew Toth, 33rd Fighter aWing commander. “The great part about that is we have a fully integrated team from the Joint Program Office all the way down to the 33 FW, making appropriate decisions to ensure we can continue safe and effective flying operations.” When the F-35 Joint Program Office issued a week-long cautionary suspension of flight operations due to the engine blade crack, they released a statement explaining it was for the safety of aircraft operators throughout the program. “It is too early to know the fleet-wide impact of this finding; however, as a precautionary measure, all F-35 flight operations have been suspended until the investigation is complete and the cause of the blade crack is fully understood,” according to the official statement . “The F-35 Joint Program Office is working closely with Pratt & Whitney and Lockheed Martin at all F-35 locations to ensure the integrity of the engine and
to return the fleet safely to flight as soon as possible.” Comprehensive tests concluded prolonged exposure to high levels of heat and other operational stressors on the specific engine with the cracked blade were contributing factors. “The engine in question is part of the F-35 test aircraft fleet, and had been operated at extreme parameters in its mission to expand the F-35 flight envelope,” according to an F-35 JPO statement after tests at the Pratt & Whitney facility in Middletown, Conn., and investigation results were complete. “No additional cracks or signs of similar engine stress were found during inspections of the remaining F-35 inventory. No engine redesign is required as a result of this event. Within the current DoD inventory, 17 F-35s are employed in test and development at Patuxent River Naval Air Station and Edwards Air Force Base; the remaining aircraft are assigned to Eglin Air Force Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov Base and Marine Corps Air Station F-35 A and B operations began again March 1 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a two-week cautionary Yuma, and comprise the initial F-35 suspension grounded the aircraft. An engine blade crack discovered at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Feb. training fleet.” 19 caused the recent suspension. Returning to flight operations quickly, effectively and safely are the goals of the military team and “For both student and qualified pilots, they authorities at Naval Air Systems Command and its contracted partners. will continue to maintain currency in F-35 simthe program office. When the F-35B flying operations were also ulators,” said Toth. “Due to the fidelity of the Delays or temporary time outs in revving up put on “cautionary suspension” for almost a month after a fueldraulic hose failure here Jan. the engines in any of the 22 aircraft here don’t simulators, approximately 50 percent of the core 18., Marines halted flying their newest stealth stop the integrated team at the 33rd FW from syllabus flights for the F-35 training program are fighter until cleared to return to flight upon re- continuing to build up the training program of accomplished virtually. Any additional time in the simulator gives pilots an opportunity to pracinstallation of compliant hoses by air worthiness the future. tice more emergency procedures and improve their capabilities.” Lockheed Martin full mission simulators are the proven method of training for the wing’s 12 F-35 pilots who were able to climb into the single-seat fighter for their first sortie. They began their certification to fly virtually in the classrooms and then by ramping up hours in the 33rd FW’s 260,000 state-of-the-art Academic Training Center. The ATC also includes electronic classrooms for maintainers, full scale mock-up cockpits and weapons bays to train with. On the flight line, maintainers can continue to hone their skills on the fifth generation aircraft. “One benefit of the grounding was our ability to conduct both deferred and routine maintenance activity,” the wing commander said. “There was no shortage of things for our maintainers to accomplish.” Eglin is the heart of F-35 training worldwide for the Air Force, Marine, Navy and international partner operators and maintainers of the Lightning II. “Temporary set-backs are a routine part of developing any new technology,” said Toth. “The wing will continue with safe and effective operations. The F-35 training environment at Eglin is a first, and it prepares our students for what they will face on the 21st century battlefield - working in joint and coalition environments. The F-35, most importantly, assures the future of U.S. and coalition air power.”
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Marine Col. Arthur Tomassetti, the 33rd Fighter Wing vice commander, walks away from his F-35B Lightning II after a sortie March 1. F-35 A and B operations began again March 1 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a two-week cautionary suspension grounded the aircraft. An engine blade crack discovered at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Feb. 19 caused the recent suspension.
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by Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service A living legacy to women who served in all branches of the U.S. military honors their service and sacrifice inside the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. The museum in the memorial depicts the “duty, honor and pride” of the 2 million women who served to defend the United States, from the beginning of the Revolutionary War through today’s war in Afghanistan. Situated at the ceremonial entrance to Arlington National Cemetery here, the $22 million memorial offers a grand welcome to the sacred military burial grounds with its neoclassical architecture. Following 11 years of construction, the museum was dedicated on Oct, 18, 1997, after the Women’s Memorial Foundation spearheaded the effort to educate the public and honor women who defended the nation during all eras and in all services.
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USS Monitor unknown sailors honored at Arlington it was the first fight between two iron-armored ships. Although the battle ended in a draw, Monitor fulfilled her orders to protect the Union ship The U.S. Navy honored two unknown sailors, Minnesota. “This was one of the most important naval found inside the sunken USS Monitor during an expedition to recover artifacts in 2002, with an battles in history, one of those rare occasions interment ceremony at Arlington National Cem- when technology raced ahead of our understanding of how to fully employ it,” said Capt. Henry etery, March 8. Special guests at the ceremony included Secre- Hendrix, director of Naval History and Heritage tary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Acting Under Sec- Command. “The battle between USS Monitor and retary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere the CSS Virginia will always serve as an anchor Kathryn Sullivan and James McPherson, Profes- point for U.S. naval history.” The Monitor would only serve until Dec. 31, sor of American History, Emeritus, Princeton 1862 when she sank near Cape Hatteras, off the University. Mabus spoke on the sacrifice the sailors made coast of North Carolina. She remained sunken for during the Civil War and the importance of honor- 112 years until the wreckage was discovered in ing the crew who paved the way for the modern 1974, and was designated the nation’s first national marine sanctuary. Navy. In 2002, during an expedition to recover the “This ceremony also honors every individual who ever put to sea in defense of our country,” ship’s gun turret, the remains of two sailors were said Mabus. “From the Marblehead men who discovered and transported to the Joint POW/MIA rowed Washington across the Delaware, to these Accounting Command. During Sullivan’s remarks to the more than 200 brave souls, to those who serve today in nuclearwho attended the chapel service, she read a letpowered carriers and submarines, sailors have alter written by Dr. Grenville Weeks, the surgeon ways been the same; they are at heart risk-takers, willing – even eager – to brave the unknown to aboard the Monitor, which expressed his feelings on losing the sunken ship and his devotion to enpeer past distant horizons.” The date for the ceremony was chosen to rec- sure she is remembered by future generations. “Just as the crew of the Monitor fought tirelessognize a historic day in naval history, the day ly to keep their ‘old-time knight in armor’ afloat Monitor arrived in Hampton Roads before its that day, so have many worked tirelessly since famous battle with Confederate iron clad CSS her loss to fulfill Dr. Weeks’ commitment to the Virginia which took place 151 years ago March ship, and her crew and to the 16 souls who were 9, 1962. Known as the Battle of Hampton Roads, lost that night,” said Sullivan. “Today we take another somber step, laying two of her sailors to rest in the hallowed ground of Arlington National Cemetery. As we do so, let us all reaffirm our own commitment, to forever remember the work of the Monitor and to ensure her story is told to our children’s children.” With the help of facial reconstruction created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Navy photograph by POC Sam Shavers Administration Members of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard place the remains of two and Louisiana State sailors recovered from the ironclad USS Monitor onto caissons during a University’s Forenmilitary funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery. sic Anthropology by PO1 Kiona Miller Washington, D.C.
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“Although women have always volunteered in defense of our nation, many of their contributions have been forgotten and are not recorded in today’s history books,” the website notes. A signature feature of the museum is the Register, a computerized database of information on about 3,500 former military and current active-duty women who voluntarily registered. Each entry shows the servicewoman’s picture, dates of service, awards received, key memories of her service and other statistics. The foundation registry invites veterans, active-duty, National Guard and Reserve servicewomen to register. Cadet nurses and service organization employees who served overseas during a war also are eligible to register. The museum’s Hall of Honor pays tribute to fallen servicewomen in a somber room amid flags of U.S. states,
territories and the military services. A small exhibit displays two books of female casualties while serving in the line of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The hall also honors women who served with “ ... particular sacrifice and achievement. Honored are those who were killed in action, died in the line of duty, were prisoners of war or were recipients of the nation’s highest awards for service and bravery,” a description reads. A marble “Sister Block,” taken from the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, stands formidably tall and wide, nearly ceiling-high in the room. The glass-enclosed exhibits in the museum’s main section vary by era, and among them are reminders of today’s wars; one depicting “The War on Terror,” and another displaying service uniforms worn in Iraq and Afghanistan
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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus delivers remarks at a military funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery for two Sailors recovered from the ironclad USS Monitor. Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras, N.C., in 1862.
and Computer Enhancement Services Laboratory, JPAC continues to search for the identity of the two sailors. In keeping with the Navy’s tradition to honor a service member’s final resting place, possible descendants of 30 family members from 10 different families, confirmed through a biological profile created by JPAC, were invited to take part in the ceremony. “It’s amazing – what they went through and what we have today, and it’s a blessing to be here to pay final tribute to the [service members]
with the backdrop of a flag that reads, “We Remember 9/11.” Exhibits titled, “Serving in the Military, from 1901 to 1945” and another “Since 1946,” comprise the work of early servicewomen. The exhibits include World War II dog tags, identification cards, worn photos and service manuals titled, “If You Should be Captured, These are Your Rights,” and “Survival on Land and Sea.” A citation for a Bronze Star medal, awarded to Della Polacek, reads, “In support of combat operations against the enemy in Manila, the Philippines,” for her service from April to July 1945. Today, “The Greatest Generation” of World War II veterans are in their 80s and 90s, and the museum offers a multitude of World War II-era artifacts from 1941 to 1945 in exhibits titled, “Overseas in the Military,” “POWs Under Fire,” and “The War Ends.”
who have given their lives to help us have a better life,” said Jamie Nicklis, descendant of Jacob Nicklis, one of the 16 sailors honored during the ceremony. “It was a beautiful service that they provided for us, and we are very thankful for the government and our country and for all the families here today.” The unknown sailors and 14 other crew members who died as the Monitor sank will be memorialized on a group marker in section 46 of the cemetery. Navy photograph by POC Sam Shavers
Members of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard follow caissons transporting the remains of two sailors recovered from the ironclad USS Monitor during a military funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery. Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras, N.C., in 1862.
A huge wall visual tribute, “The Greatest Generation” displays life-like, hand-painted portraits, taken from old black-and-white photographs. Men also are depicted in this display — the only mention of male service members in the museum. “The Forgotten War,” exhibit covers women who served during the 1950-53 Korean War. “The Era of Conflict — the Vietnam War,” tells the story of Army, Navy and Air Force nurses who comprised 80 to 90 percent of U.S. military women in Vietnam working on the ground, at sea and on evacuation flights, from 1964 to 1973. March 4 will mark the opening of “Celebrating 40 Years of Women Chaplains: A Courageous Journey of Faith and Service.” The Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation Inc. website says the exhibit “tells the story of the scores of women, be-
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ginning in 1973, who answered God’s call to minister to the nation’s military members and their families in times of war and peace.” Of all the meticulously planned exhibits and tributes, however, one extemporaneous display features a painting on an easel of Army SSgt. Jessica Clements, who left the military on a medical retirement following a roadside-bomb explosion in Iraq that left her with such severe traumatic brain injury that she had to learn to walk and talk again. Behind her painting is a large wall, filled with hundreds of notes to her, written by visitors. Resident artist Chris Demarest said it started with a single drawing by a 6-year-old child. One week later, he said, the wall was filled with notes left by visitors, thanking Clements for her service. He calls it “The Wall of Thanks.”
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Arlington to share design for Millennium expansion project The Millennium Project at Arlington National Cemetery started in the late 1990s when Congress realized that Arlington National Cemetery was near capacity. Expansion areas were limited, but through law, Congress directed a land transfer from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and the National Park Service; paired with existing Arlington property, the Millennium Project was born. The initial 2006 design for the Millennium Project called for removing the vast majority of the vegetation and trees in the project area, as well as filling in the stream that runs through the project to the Ord and Weitzel Drive. There was significant public opposition to this proposal. Alternate designs were developed between 2006 and 2010. On June 10, 2010, the Secretary of the Army installed new leadership at Arlington National Cemetery. This leadership team made sweeping changes to Arlington’s operations, including instituting environmentally friendly practices ranging from sustainable landscape design, to permeable sidewalks, and eco-friendly vehicles and smaller turf-utility vehicles. Arlington leadership also asked the Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District to develop a more environmentally friendly design that incorporates the area’s natural beauty and historic nature. The current design, which is 65-percent complete, includes restoring the stream and preserving the trees within 50 to 100
feet of the stream, as well as the other areas where possible. The area commonly known as “Arlington Woods,” belongs to the National Park Service and is adjacent to the Millennium Project footprint. No native trees will be removed from this National Park Service property. There will be improvements to the condition of the existing stream in the Arlington Woods area. Arlington Woods does contain trees estimated at up to 235 years old. The trees identified for removal as part of the Millennium Project are all in areas that were clear cut during the Civil War. The impacted trees are a maximum of 145 years old; the majority are between 50 and 100 years old. Arlington National Cemetery has been consulting with local, state, and federal agencies and organizations as the current design is developed. Based on the comments received, the designers are modifying proposed plans to save as many trees as possible. Arlington is also incorporating several hundred native trees and shrubs into the Millennium landscape design, since some of the existing vegetation is invasive. The Millennium Project is estimated to add close to 30,000 additional burial and niche spaces to Arlington National Cemetery. The Army is committed to maintaining Arlington National Cemetery as an active cemetery for as long as possible for our Nation’s military heroes and their families. Arlington National Cemetery is in-
terested in sharing information about the new design and obtaining public feedback about the project, and has scheduled an open house and site visit on Saturday, March 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The open house will begin with a briefing at the Women In Military Service for America Memorial, or WIMSA, and then transition to a site visit of three areas associated with the Millennium Project.
Representatives from Arlington National Cemetery’s engineering and horticulture offices, as well as representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District, will narrate the visit and be available to answer questions. The activity, which is scheduled for three hours in length, begins at WIMSA, and will involve some walking. The event is free of charge, but reservations are required.
Call (703) 614-0062 for reservations, or e-mail: ArlingtonCemetery.pao@ mail.mil. WIMSA is accessible via the Blue Line on the Metro. Parking is available for a fee at Arlington’s Welcome Center parking lot. Editor’s note: A graphic of the current proposed design of the Millennium Project is available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/arlingtoncemetery/8519172636/in/photostream.
The current proposed design of the Millennium expansion project at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. This design is estimated to add close to 30,000 burial and niche spaces to the cemetery.
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Space & Technology News SpaceX Dragon cargo mission overcomes thrusters’ glitch by Raphael Jaffe staff writer The March 1 launch of Cargo Resupply Service mission 2 [CRS2] to the International Space Station was flawless. Space X’s Falcon 9 brought the Dragon capsule into orbit. But at 9 minutes into the flight, the Dragon capsule’s Draco thruster system did not activate as planned. The capsule is equipped with 18 of SpaceX’s Draco thrusters, which use nitrogen tetroxide and monomethylhydrazine fuel to maneuver the spacecraft in orbit. “Issue with Dragon thruster pods,” SpaceX founder Elon Musk wrote on Twitter. “System inhibiting three of four from initializing. About
to command inhibit override.” Given the thruster issue, SpaceX engineers initially held off on commanding Dragon to deploy its solar arrays, which gather energy from the sun to power the vehicle. “One thruster pod is running. Two are preferred to take the next step, which is to deploy the solar arrays,” SpaceX officials said in a statement. “We are working to bring up the other two in order to plan the next series of burns to get to station.” By about 11:50 a.m., EST, about two hours after launch, SpaceX engineers had made enough progress to deploy the Dragon capsule’s solar arrays. “Solar array deployment successful,” Musk wrote in a Twitter post, after noting that “Thruster pod 3 tank pressure trending positive.” A few hours later, all four pods were operational.
Musk said the SpaceX team was still examining what caused the thruster pod problem, but a “preliminary guess” is that there was a blockage in oxidizer pressurization. After cycling and pressure hammering the stubborn valve, SpaceX was able to free up the blockage, Musk said. “All of the oxidizer tanks are now holding the target pressure on all four pods.” Musk, meanwhile, acknowledged that this morning’s trouble was “a little frightening.” But the good news is that there does not appear to be any leaks or debris. “All systems appear to be intact and functioning quite well at this point, so hopefully things go in that direction.” Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations at NASA, praised SpaceX’s efforts. “They did everything
right with the vehicle,” he said, and “showed the patience it takes to operate in space.” Dragon docked at the space station March 3; installed onto the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module. Five hours later, astronauts on board the station opened Dragon’s hatch and begin unloading cargo. Dragon arrived with more than 2,300 pounds of pressurized and unpressurized cargo and packaging to ensure safe travel. During the next 22 days, astronauts will unload and then load cargo, including materials to support critical science experiments. Dragon will return to Earth with more than 3,000 pounds of cargo, and has a targeted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja, Calif., March 25. Dragon is the only spacecraft in the world today capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth.
Grasshopper completes highest leap to date March 7, 2013, SpaceX’s Grasshopper doubled its highest leap to date to rise 24 stories or 262.8 feet, hovering for approximately 34 seconds and landing safely using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. Grasshopper touched down with its most accurate precision thus far on the centermost part of the launch pad. At touchdown, the thrust to weight ratio of the vehicle was greater than one, proving a key landing algorithm for Falcon 9. The test was completed at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Grasshopper, SpaceX’s vertical and takeoff and landing vehicle, continues SpaceX’s work toward one of its key goals – develop-
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NASA Dryden’s counterfeit parts screening system NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center is at the forefront of developing aerospace technology and it is now recognized as a model for ensuring that none of that technology fails from the use of counterfeit parts. Steven Foster, Dryden’s lead specialist for procurement quality assurance, spearheaded the development of a process that greatly reduces the possibility of receiving and using counterfeit parts. “We might sometimes add a few steps in a process, but we sleep better at night knowing that we have done everything we can to mitigate that risk,” Foster said. “Some people take the road of least resistance. We don’t.” Counterfeit parts makers are becoming more sophisticated and attuned to the market, making it a growing problem for industry and government,
prior to the parts arriving here. A point system from zero to 100 was developed to determine risk. The higher the score the more confident Dryden can be that it is safe to purchase from the company. A score of 52 is required in most cases to procure parts, Foster said. “Traceability is a big part of aerospace. Where did this part originate? Some suppliers can only trace it back to a country. Of course we won’t use it because we don’t know exactly where it came from and the risk would be too great,” Foster explained. It’s not always easy tracing the origin of parts, even those that are common off-the-shelf items. “Some vendors do not want to release information when we start digging. If they refuse to give it to us, we disqualify them,” Foster said.
ring that was “very obviously a counterfeit part,” he said. Former center director Kevin Petersen was concerned about counterfeit parts in the mid-2000s and Wildes was chosen to focus on the quality of parts. In recent years, Wildes hired Foster to focus on refining processes to filter out counterfeit parts. Without a good system to detect them, finding parts for some of the center’s aging aircraft can open the door for counterfeit part suppliers. The dedication to keeping fake parts and subpar materials out of Dryden shops and aircraft continues with the center’s current director David McBride. McBride approved a state-ofthe-art material analyzer recently that assists in determining the quality of delivered parts and materials. Quality assurance representative Scott Erickson explained the analyzer can determine the chemical make up of materials in a minute or less. In addition, it is so sensitive that it can also be used to investigate even light elements, solder, and welds. Previous equipment could only analyze general metals, but the new instrument is capable of looking at complex chemical elements used in the development of electronics. It is used to sample deliveries from established vendors and mills and in more extensive investigations on materials from new vendors or from foreign mills. Using the device, “We can trust what we are getting,” Erickson said. Dryden’s Quality Assurance team is now looking for ways to better share what the center has learned. “We are also working with NASA
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Scott Erickson prepares a material analyzer to determine the quality of metal sheets that were delivered to Dryden.
Headquarters to develop a single list of cleared suppliers for use by all NASA centers. That information could also be shared with different agencies and companies,” Foster said.
The goal of these efforts is the same – protect people from injuries and eliminate unknowns about parts and materials from the risks that must be taken for a successful flight test program.
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One of the most recent tools used to uncover substandard materials and counterfeit parts, the material analyzer provides an instantaneous readout of the content and quality of the material being checked.
Foster said. Suppliers selling counterfeit parts across the nation increased 63 percent from 2002 to 2011, adding 9,539 new high-risk vendors in 2011 alone. It is estimated that about 2 percent of all parts purchased by the government are counterfeit – more than 500,000 parts a year. An example of the problem was $2.7 million in damage to a U.S. Department of Defense missile system caused by the use of counterfeit parts. “In a recent webcast to 30 countries, we explained how Dryden reduced the risk of counterfeit parts with good processes in place to do a thorough vetting of companies, ranging in size from a mom-and-pop store to a multi-million dollar corporation,” Foster said. “We use that data to make informed decisions about if we want to use a supplier.” An electronic risk assessment questionnaire was developed at Dryden to determine a company’s records on where parts came from, controls on how the parts are acquired and tested
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“There can be a situation where a high-risk company is the only one with the part we need. We still get it, but we increase inspections and testing of the part before it is put into an aircraft for flight,” he added. Dryden has found counterfeit parts, one that cost just a nickel each. The parts were tie straps, also known as “tie wraps,” that are most commonly used for bundling wires together so they did not interfere with other control or structural components. The parts were procured from suppliers overseas. “Low cost items can have a high cost on our operation,” said Steven Wildes, chief of the Quality Assurance branch. “Dryden technicians would put the tie wraps on and the part would snap and break in half. We evaluated why the tie wraps would break and determined they were counterfeit,” Wildes said. Another example was when Dryden ordered O-rings for a jet engine component. What the center received was a video recorder belt labeled as an O-
NASA photograph by Tom Tschida
Preventing counterfeit parts from showing up in NASA Dryden aircraft and equipment takes a team that includes (from left), Steve Wildes, Sherry Schmitz, Nadia Wright, Jaime Garcia and Steve Foster.
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15th MEU on WestPac 12-02 Newly promoted Sgt. Henry E. Cisneros, company clerk, Headquarters and Service Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, thanks Capt. Braxton Mashburn, his commanding officer, after receiving his new rank on the flight deck of the USS Peleliu, March 1. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Cisneros, 21, is from Palmdale, Calif.
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U.S. Army Pvt. Manuel Ortiz, left, Lancaster, Calif., and U.S. Army Pfc. Cody Crutchfield, Magnolia, Texas, both with 3rd platoon, Baker Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, examine a model-improvised explosive devices during the Counter IED Training Class Feb. 9 at Camp A in Phitsanulok province, Kingdom of Thailand, during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. The training will be used to teach the Royal Thai Army and the U.S. military effective techniques in identifying IEDs. Joint and multinational training is vital to maintaining the readiness and interoperability of all participating military forces. 9th INF REG is part of 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
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Mojave Air & Space Port finances discussed by Raphael Jaffe staff writer A midyear budget update was presented by CFO Erika Westawski to the Mojave Air and Space Port directors at their March 5 meeting. CEO Stuart Witt discussed the current status of Mojave involvement in the FAA Screening Information Request solicitation regarding Unmanned Aviation Systems in the National Airspace. Several contract and purchase expenditures were approved. Witt also reported on his attendance at the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch to the International Space Station. Budget status Through January, expenses have exceeded revenues. This is due to major capital investments in bringing utilities to the north side of the airport, and to rehabilitation of Bldg. 137. This situation was anticipated; the airport has sufficient funds available to handle the overage. The north side utilities project is now estimated to cost about $1.5 million. It will be completed by mid-May. There was an overrun as complying with Southern California Edison requirements was more expensive than anticipated. The utility has detailed specifications for the structures in
which it will place electrical lines. The rehabilitation of building 137 is estimated to cost $1.5 million. It is progressing well. Bids will be sought on flooring. FAA UASTSS solicitation The FAA issued its Test Site Selection solicitation Feb. 14 after much delay. The FAA is seeking data to use in selecting six test sites to advance the integration of UAS into the Nation Airspace. Witt reported that the staff made a detailed analysis during the Feb 1618 weekend. It was estimated that perhaps $500,000 to $2 million might be involved to participate in this activity. It was noted that no federal funds have been earmarked for the effort. Several tenants are involved in UAS work. They operate under FAA experimental licenses. They see no need to become involved in this FAA procurement. The board directed staff not to bid on this solicitation, but to participate where appropriate. Mojave has indicated that it would be interested in becoming a launch and recovery site for such an effort. Both Inyokern Airport and Ventura County have spoken with Mojave. The FAA solicitation is in response to a requirement by Congress that it establish six UAS test sites. Applicants
must be non-federal public entities such as state or local governments, their departments, agencies or special purpose districts, or a “commuter authority.” They must complete several filings, including the submission of documentation showing compliance with SIR requirements by March 28. At present, 50 applicants from 37 states have responded.
Expenditures approved The Capitol Aerospace Group is performing a survey of airport obstacles and will provide instrument approach procedures for runways 26 and 30. They will identify potential mitigation measures to reduce the minima for the existing GPS approach for Runway 04. Also, they will assist Mojave in expediting approval of the new approaches with the FAA Flight Procedures Office. The contract amount is $20,000. • A new VOIP telephone system is to be installed in the administration building. The cost is $13,102.24.
• Consulting services on wind turbine tower light pollution will continue under a $10,000 increase to the present agreement with JG Clancy. • Incotec, an airport tenant which coats aerospace fasteners will be reimbursed $6,000 for installation of a water filtration system. • Participation as a sponsor of the New Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference was approved. The sponsorship fee is $2,500.
CEO activities Witt was invited as one of about 250 VIPs to witness the March 1 launch of Falcon 9-Dragon to bring cargo to the International Space Station. He was completely impressed with the launch countdown which proceeded with no interruptions. And when only one of the four Dragon attitude rockets fired, threatening mission success, the young SpaceX crew coolly and efficiently fixed the problem in six hours. Both Witt and retired astronauts and se-
nior NASA observers were impressed with the new generation. Witt took it as a sign of the efficiency of commercial involvement in space flight.
The Antelope Valley Board of Trade honored Witt with the Navigating Change Award in February. His letter of appreciation to the Board of Trade ends with the following: “Over the next year you will see a new and exciting series of ‘Firsts’ at Mojave. We would be honored to have your membership stand with us as we celebrate the many who reach high to make a difference for all humanity and further our nation’s leadership in aerospace. While I was personally honored with this award I represent the leadership of Mojave Air & Space Port and all who put their trust in us to provide the unencumbered opportunity to expand the new frontier of commercial space.”
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Robotic competition builds more than robots by Linda KC Reynolds staff writer Robotic teams came from as far away as Honolulu, Hawaii, to participate in the 2012-2013 Los Angeles Regional FIRST Tech Challenge Championship at Monrovia High School, Calif., however, only WHS Robotics from Cerritos, Metal Ducks from Hemet, and Gaulbots from Claremont will compete at the World Championships April 24-27 in St. Louis, Mo. Lancaster High School “Garage Bots” and their alliance Quartz Hill High School team “Rebelutionary” placed first in their division and were championship finalists at the “Ring it Up” tournament. “It was a great experience and very satisfying,” said Alex Kahn a senior at Quartz Hill High School. Along with Jackie Patton, Kahn was one of the founding members that started the Quartz Hill robotics team just last year. “Being the leader of a rookie team and seeing us do so well this season was a great honor,” said Kahn.
Other participating teams from the Antelope Valley were Phi Robotics, Bot Squad, Tesla’s Angels, Code REB, and Rickrollers of Valley Oaks Charter from Tehachapi. Forty-five teams were responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete on a 12 X 12’ field. Robots were built using a TETRIX® platform that is reusable from year-to-year. The basic robot cost about $600 and students rebuild and manipulate the robot to suit each competition. “This is a great program that teaches students about procurement, budgeting, design, marketing and more importantly, gracious professionalism and team spirit,” said Brent Kerns, team advisor and industrial technology teacher at Quartz Hill High School. “One important lesson is when something goes wrong, and it will, you don’t freak out, you learn from the experience and press on.” One of Kern’s greatest rewards is when he sees a student’s light bulb turn on after struggling and being frustrated. “That ‘A-ha!’ moment is priceless.”
Larry Hellwig, a custodian at Lancaster High supports his grandson who is on the Quartz Hill team. “Actually, I support all the kids from both schools. I think it is great how schools help each other out.” Hellwig drives members to tournaments, helps students gather parts and cheers them on. “Each member of the team must contribute and learn,” said Michael Grider, a Northrop Grumman engineer and team mentor. He said that students don’t have to be a rocket scientist to join a team or to volunteer, however they must have a good attitude and sportsmanship. “I think this experience will open doors for us,” said Amanda Bond a junior at Quartz Hill High School. Many robotic students get internships with aerospace companies and hire on after they graduate college. “When you learn about electronics and technology with a hands-on approach, it is fun and easier to grasp. It makes sense.” Robotics is a huge part of her life. “You get a great sense of pride when you help build and program a robot.” Bond feels that students often turn towards drugs and negative behaviors because they don’t have positive support among peers or healthy outlets. “This is a great way to network and make friends from all over the country.” Judges from aerospace, DreamWorks and other companies volunteered their time and expertise. With over 300,000 students from 70 countries, volunteers and sponsors are always welcome. Mark Adler, JPL Systems Engineer has been involved in numerous space missions and has been a judge for FIRST since 2010. A chief engineer, lead mission manager of Spirit and other projects, Adler feels participating in robotics is a huge plus for any student, not just those inter-
ested in space. “I see kids producing instead of consuming. This program gives them a chance to be creative and productive in a positive environment,” said Adler. It’s not just for boys- Julie Townsend joined JPL in 2001 to work on the Mars Exploration Rovers and is currently the Lead Driver for the Opportunity Rover. In 2007 she helped organize the Rock N Roll Robots, an all girls team made up of Girl Scouts throughout the greater Los Angeles area. “I’ve observed that if a boy and girl with the same experience are offered an unfamiliar task, the boy is confident that he will figure it out, but the girl is less confident, and will tend to defer to the boy, assuming he knows something she doesn’t,” explained Townsend. She also feels her team is unique because it encompasses girls from every walk of life around the Los Angeles area. “If they are a Girl Scout and can make it to Pasadena, they can join our team.” The Rock N’ Roll Robots won the Motivate Award, were finalists for the Connect Award and placed third for the Inspire Award. Marlborough School of Los Angeles has been participating in the event for the past three years. “Women are often under represented and not encouraged in the science and technology fields,” said Andrew Witman, a science teacher at Marlborough School. Since the robotics program began in the all girl school, he has seen students become much more interest in technology and engineering. “FIRST is a fantastic program that has the excitement of a sporting event while encouraging students to study science and technology,” said Witman. “Even though our girls didn’t place this time, they overcame a lot of challenges, had a great time and were so excited to participate.” Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds
Samantha Bordy, Lori Laddaran, and Allie Lee from the all-girl of Marlborough, of Los Angeles “Ring it Up” with members from team “Syntax Error” of Santa Barbara at the FIRST Tech Challenge Championship at Monrovia High School.
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Robotic Students Connor Rice, Jacob Dykstra, Alex Kahn, Radi Maida, Jackie Patton and Jeremy Germita compete at LA Regional FIRST Tech Challenge Championship at Monrovia High School. More than 300,000 students from 70 countries participate in the FIRST program.
Endeavour final ferry flight memento presentation James Ledford (center), mayor of the City of Palmdale, Calif., holds an American flag and a plaque containing pins representing NASA and Palmdale that were presented to the city at a recent Palmdale City Council meeting by NASA Dryden Flight Research Center representatives Katrina Emery (left) and Steve Schmidt (right). The plaque also featured a certificate of authenticity signed by NASA Dryden center director David McBride and research pilot Bill Brockett verifying that the flag and pins were flown on NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft 905 during the final ferry flight of space shuttle Endeavour to its new home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 20-21, 2012. Photograph courtesy of John Mlynar, City of Palmdale
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