USA: Raytheon Common Ground System Passes Launch Test

first_imgThe Raytheon Company  developed Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Common Ground System achieved a major milestone on the road to NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) launch with the successful completion of the NPP Compatibility Test 4 this August. This is the last major comprehensive test prior to the scheduled October launch.The compatibility test consisted of 288 hours of continuous mission-like operations exercising the flow of mission data from Svalbard, Norway, through the Raytheon-developed Command, Control & Communications Segment and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Air Force Weather Agency data processing segments, called IDPSs. In addition, data records were sent to the payload-support toolkit and to NOAA’s Environmental Satellite Data & Information Service, as well as to NASA and Air Force Weather Agency customer systems in Suitland, Md.; Greenbelt, Md.; Asheville, N.C.; and Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb.“The NPP mission was designed to provide flight experience and assess risk for Joint Polar Satellite System instruments, as well as the associated ground system, and climate data continuity between the NASA Earth Observation System missions and the first JPSS launch. However, because of recent funding reductions, NPP data will be used in operational forecasting models,” said Bill Sullivan, program director for Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems’ JPSS Common Ground System (CGS). “We placed a significant load on the systems, which performed with minimal issues during the duration of the test, giving us increased confidence in the NPP mission.”The compatibility test also used JPSS ground systems and flight products to command the NPP satellite for a total of 144 hours. The spacecraft bus and all the spacecraft instruments were exercised via commands originating from the project’s Mission Management Center in the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Md. All satellite command and control systems were tested, including mission planning, trending, science data processing and load building. Nearly 200 team members participated in the testing event, including teams from the spacecraft, ground and flight segments.The JPSS Common Ground System, which was developed by Raytheon’s Intelligence and Information Systems business and fielded in 2008, is planned to support the Defense Weather Satellite System. Also, the CGS currently supports Europe’s MetOp satellite and is scheduled on other future international polar-orbiting missions such as Japan’s GCOM satellite.Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.[mappress]Source: raytheon, August 26, 2011; View post tag: Ground USA: Raytheon Common Ground System Passes Launch Test View post tag: News by topic View post tag: launch Equipment & technology View post tag: Naval View post tag: Raytheon View post tag: Commoncenter_img August 26, 2011 View post tag: passes View post tag: test View post tag: Navy View post tag: system Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Raytheon Common Ground System Passes Launch Test Share this articlelast_img read more

‘Wizards’ Conduct Aerial Change of Command Ceremony over USS John C. Stennis

first_img View post tag: conduct The “Wizards” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 conducted an aerial change of command ceremony over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) March 17.Cmdr. Mike Bisbee, of Miami, Fla., relieved Cmdr. Christopher DeMay, of Farmingdale, N.Y., as commanding officer. Bisbee previously served as VAQ-133’s executive officer.“I was very fortunate to have an outstanding group of officers, chief petty officers and enlisted Sailors,” said DeMay. “The squadron had a tremendous reputation before I took command and it was a challenge to maintain that reputation and team spirit. He [Bisbee] has been a great XO, friend and sounding board for me during my time here,” said DeMay.DeMay’s next assignment will be as executive assistant at Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Md.“He was an outstanding skipper, one of the best I’ve worked with,” said VAQ-133 Command Master Chief Matt Miesle, from Elmore, Ohio. “I think the crew is sad to see him go, but he is handing over a very successful squadron to very capable hands, and I can’t think of anyone better than Cmdr. Bisbee.”While still supporting the mission at hand, Bisbee looks forward to returning to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and leading the squadron through the upcoming transition from the EA-6B Prowler to the EA-18G Growler.“First and foremost my goal is to get everyone home,” said Bisbee. “After two back-to-back deployments I want everyone to be able to take time off with loved ones when we return before we start the transition.”VAQ-133 is currently assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 aboard Stennis and has been in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) providing support to Operation Enduring Freedom since Oct. 18, 2012.The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, consisting of Stennis, CVW-9, Destroyer Squadron 21 and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR to strengthen regional partnerships, sustain maritime security, and support combatant commander requirements for assets in the area.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 19, 2013 Training & Education View post tag: Defence View post tag: Command View post tag: Stennis View post tag: change View post tag: C. ‘Wizards’ Conduct Aerial Change of Command Ceremony over USS John C. Stennis View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Ceremonycenter_img View post tag: over View post tag: Defense View post tag: Naval View post tag: John View post tag: Navy View post tag: Aerial View post tag: USS Back to overview,Home naval-today ‘Wizards’ Conduct Aerial Change of Command Ceremony over USS John C. Stennis March 19, 2013 View post tag: “Wizards”last_img read more

Windy, Rainy, Cooler Weather Arrives in Palm Beach County

first_imgHold on to your hat and skirt! We are experiencing a cool front which is bringing lots of wind and dangerous beach conditions for your weekend.Sustained wind speeds will be in the 20 to 25 mph range with gusts topping out in the 40 to 50 mph range. This will make for high seas building to 9 feet on the coast up to 14 feet in Gulf Stream. Small Craft Advisory, Gale Warning and High Surf Advisory are all active.last_img

Quick Buck: Pat Cummins becomes the most expensive foreign signing during IPL 2020 auction

first_imgAdvertisement 1dv2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7pcxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1wiy( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2nbaxWould you ever consider trying this?😱mCan your students do this? 🌚6o1Roller skating! Powered by Firework The teams filled their gaps and the cash flowed by during the recently concluded IPL 2020 auction. Australian quick Pat Cummins topped the chart after going to the Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping sum of Rs 15.5 Cr making him the most expensive foreign player to play in the IPL after surpassing Ben Stokes.Advertisement Cummins broke the sum for an overseas player, a record which was previously held by England’s Ben Stokes who had acquired a sum of Rs 14.5 Cr from the Rising Pune Supergiant, a few years back.Advertisement The 26-year-old was predicted to trigger a bigging war to obtain his services after his exponential rise as of late. The bidding battle commenced between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals well into the Rs 10 Cr mark. The four-time IPL finalists needed a bowler to spearhead their attack while Cummins’ ex-franchise tried to rope him back into the capital.The bidding calls expectedly slowed down once the figure hit the 14 Cr mark. While Delhi Capitals were contemplating about making the Rs 15.5 Cr bid, the Knight Riders swooped in and acquired the pacer in a blink of an eye.Advertisement This will mark Pat Cummins’ return back to the Knight Riders after already playing for the franchise during the 7th edition of the tournament.KKR’s head coach Brendon McCullum and the CEO Venky Mysore showered praise on the Australian vice-captain and expressed their delight over the unconventional acquisition.“He was the best player in the auction.We are delighted to have him. He has become very robust. He is the vice-captain of the Australian team and that shows he’s coming along well. We have spoken to him. When you go into the auction and bag the best player in the auction, it’s great,” KKR’s head coach McCullum said.“We would have come in earlier but the paddles kept going up. We were certainly interested in him. We were determined to get him,” KKR CEO, Venky Mysore, said.The player himself revealed after the auction that he is “pumped” to play for the franchise once again. Cummins said:“Absolutely pumped to be back on with KKR. It’s where I was for the first couple of years. Can’t wait to work with Baz (Brendon) McCullum, Eoin Morgan; back with Andre Russell, Sunil Narine. Can’t wait to get over there,” Read Also:IPL 2020 Auction: All the players picked up by the teams and their pricesBCCI announces replacement for injured Deepak Chahar for third West Indies ODI Advertisementlast_img read more

NBA and WNBA Players Film PSAs to Encourage Fans to Reduce Coronavirus Risk

first_imgAdvertisement NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1ettjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7g( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) dppjWould you ever consider trying this?😱c0pCan your students do this? 🌚69mvoRoller skating! Powered by Firework In an effort to get the word out about health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic, NBA & WNBA players, legends and coaches are filming PSAs from home that share messages of support and tips for reducing risk, staying healthy and practicing social distancing.Advertisement More than 20  players and legends have participated in PSAs, generating more than 45 million video views across the league’s Instagram Twitter, Facebook and Tik Tok platforms since the first PSA launched on March 13.Advertisement As part of the NBA Together ( initiative, every weekday at 9:00 p.m. CAT a member of the NBA family will engage with fans globally, participating in a live interview with NBA broadcast talent or taking questions from fans on Instagram live. Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love tipped off the series on Friday night.Last Sunday, the Basketball Africa League posted this video message from BAL President, Amadou Gallo Fall: (French subtitles)Advertisement “As we await the start of our inaugural BAL season, our priority and focus remain the health of our fans, our players, coaches, employees and everyone associated with our game. It is important that we all remain vigilant and take preventive steps as outlined by health officials and infectious disease specialists to limit exposure to the coronavirus, as much as possible, including avoiding large crowds and practicing social distancing, regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoiding touching your face, especially your nose, mouth and eyes. I am disappointed we were not able to launch our league as initially planned earlier this month, but I look forward to the launch of the BAL at a future date. We are monitoring the situation closely and we will advise as we have more details. Please continue to stay tuned to @theBAL on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook for the latest news updates. In the meantime, thank you for your continuous support. Stay safe and stay healthy.”See the links to the video PSAs below and visit, which is now a hub for information and resources:This morning, Charlotte Hornets’ Bismack Biyombo had this message to NBA fans around the world: (English); (French)“We must do all we can right now.”Three international NBA players  – Danilo Gallinari (Oklahoma City Thunder), Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards) and Ricky Rubio (Phoenix Suns) – came together to share a special message on behalf of the World Health Organization on how to stay healthy and safe:                                          “Please pay attention to what the health experts are advising, from good healthy habits to social distancing…If you’re passing information to others, make sure it’s correct…Visit the World Health Organization for the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus. Let’s be there for each other and let’s work as one team.” (Transcript in French attached) Al Horford (Philadelphia 76ers):“I want to encourage everyone to work from home if you can, make sure that we stay isolated, that we listen to our health officials and take care of yourselves.” Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder):“The best thing that we all could do right now is try to be as selfless as possible…This is a time where we gotta make sure that we’re all okay and make sure that we’re all listening to our health officials and our communities and make sure that we’re trying to stay home as much as possible.”Chris also offered advice to the Jr. NBA family on practicing everyday:“Keep practicing. Never let someone tell you you’re too small.” Layshia Clarendon (New York Liberty):“Really trying to take this moment to self-quarantine so we can stop the spike of the coronavirus and hopefully flatten the curve so less people get it, so we can expose less people. Please take care of you mental health at this time as well. It’s super, super important.” Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks):“Hope everybody is staying safe out there practicing social distancing and hanging at home. Now that League Pass has all the games from this season available to watch, you might want to check out this game where I scored 51 points.” Gary Payton (NBA Legend):“You know where I got my name (The Glove) from – defense and being in my opponent’s face. But I’m going to be real with you right now. Right now is not the time to be in anybody’s face. That’s right. We all have to do our part in participating in social distancing.”Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers): his PSA and focus on mental wellness during this stressful time on the TODAY Show last week:“Now more than ever, we have to practice compassion. We have to be kind. We have to be mindful of our words, our actions and really practice a sense of community.” Magic Johnson (NBA Legend):“Let’s follow all the health guidelines about washing your hands on a regular basis. It is also especially important that we learn what it means to practice social distancing.”Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors):“As best you can, social distance yourself and we can flatten the curve and get rid of this virus as soon as possible. Stop the spread.”Luka Doncic and Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks):“As we all work to stop the spread of coronavirus, we’re practicing social distancing. Everybody should be doing it…We will miss fans and our teammates and basketball but if we work together, we’re going to be back there soon.”Courtney Williams (Atlanta Dream)“I just wanted to tap in and make sure that were all following the important steps that health officials are telling us to follow.”Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks):“Continue to stay active, whether it’s doing pushups, sit-ups or my favorite – just dribbling around the house with a basketball.” Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz):“This is all about protecting yourself and the people around you. I wish I would have took this thing more seriously and I hope everyone else will do so because we can do it together.”Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz):“Thank you guys so much for your continued support. It means a lot to me. Things are going well. I’m just taking the proper precautions as was told to me by the health authorities.”Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics):“During this time, we should all be looking out for one another in staying calm and staying safe. By taking steps like washing your hands on a regular, staying out of large crowds. If your coughing or sneezing, covering your mouth.”Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers):“I just want to encourage everybody to continue to be great citizens. Please wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer. Please just protect yourselves and the people around you.”Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers):“Just a reminder to make sure you guys wash your hands, avoid large crowds and if you might be sick, quarantine yourself. This is only a virus that we can beat together. Hopefully we’ll be seeing you guys soon and back on the floor.” Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets):“Music is there through the good times & bad! It gets you through anything and right now it’s all I need, love learning new tunes. Anybody know these tunes? Stay home and stay safe everyone!” Pau Gasol (Two-time NBA Champion):“Coming from a medical family, I just want to make sure we all take the time to thank the doctors, nurses and first responders who work every day to help us fight this virus…Also, I would like to acknowledge everyone that is out there providing essential services to all of us during this pandemic. We will do our part to help slow down the spread.”Grant Hill (NBA Legend):“Staying healthy takes teamwork. Remember to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. And try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Help stop the spread of germs by making these easy habits part of your daily game plan.”Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors):“I’m here to teach you a new play today – hand washing. You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds but let’s make it 24. Think of it as a shot clock but this is one time we don’t mind a shot clock violation… Special thanks to all the medical teams and health authorities who are doing so much to help keep us all safe.” Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors):              “Guess where I am? At home. And please, if you don’t work for an essential service, that’s where you should be too.” Advertisementlast_img read more