Delta IV Set To Launch From Canaveral 7/24 At 7:03 p.m. |


The AFSPC-4 mission will deliver two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites to near-geosyn¬chronous orbit and will also carry an Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite.

The twin GSSAP spacecraft will support U.S. Strategic Command space surveillance operations as a dedicated Space Surveillance Network (SSN) sensor.

The GSSAP will also support Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC SPACE) tasking to collect space situ¬ational awareness data, allowing for more accurate tracking and characterization of man-made orbiting objects.

The ANGELS satellite is managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate. As part of AFRL’s research in advanced Space Situational Awareness (SSA), ANGELS examines techniques for providing a clearer picture of the environment surrounding our nation’s vital space assets.

Cubicle Warrior’s Note: AFSPC-4 will launch to the east at 1900 EDT to super-GEO and do a seven-hour circularization maneuver before final separation of secondary payloads at near-GEO over optimum conditions for lighting, as well as command and control.

UPDATE 1: 7/24 – Launch scrubbed due to weather.

UPDATE 2: 7/25 – Launch scrubbed due to weather.

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Dad sings musical response to ‘Rude’ and it’s spectacular

Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE):

Please do not let this happen to me…

Originally posted on Message With a Bottle:

Have you heard the song Rude? If you haven’t than you’re one of the lucky ones.

It’s not a bad song until you’ve heard it four hundred times over the span of a week.

Here’s a response to the song, written and performed by Benji and Jenna Cowart.

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What an Engineer Finds Extraordinary about Climate

Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE):

Without a doubt humans are big contributors to global warming, but our affect may be lost in the natural cycles of the ecosystem to which we belong.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

climate_engineerGuest essay by Ronald D Voisin

For quite some time we have known that atmospheric CO2 lags Earthly temperature in both directions. This fact has been repeatedly and internationally validated at both ends of the Earth. It is, frankly and simply, a known fact. But here is the rub. Very few ever speak to why this would be so obviously true. Is it not painfully obvious? How big does the picture have to be and how many brilliant colors does it need to be painted with before it becomes widely recognized?

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The Space-Based Quantum Cryptography Race | MIT Technology Review

The Space-Based Quantum Cryptography Race | MIT Technology Review.

Europe and China are gaining the upper hand in the race to bounce perfectly secure messages off satellites in low Earth orbit.

One of the great benefits of quantum communication is the ability to send messages from one point in space to another with perfect security. Not so great is the fact that so-called quantum cryptography is limited to distances of around 100 kilometers.

Last year, the Chinese announced plans to launch a spacecraft in 2016, called the Chinese Quantum Science Satellite. specifically designed to test these concepts. And European scientists have proposed a quantum communications experiment that could be sent to the international space station.

U.S. plans are much less clear. That may be because the work is being done behind closed doors. On the other hand, the U.S. may be dragging its feet.