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

Brinsmead house surrounded by rainforest ideal for de-stressing

first_imgThis four bedroom house at 135 Hearl Close, Brinsmead is labelled a tranquil and exotic rainforest family home by Cairns Property Office Redlynch agent Oliver Voss. Picture: SuppliedIF complete serenity and quiet are prerequisites to buying a new home, then have a look at this four-bedroom property. Nestled among tropical rainforest at the end of a close is this sophisticated, elevated acreage property with access to seasonal creeks – a rarity for a an inner-city suburban house less than 20 minutes to the CBD. Cairns Property Office agent Oliver Voss describes the house and its location as a “de-stressing” property. “The previous owners had very stressful jobs in the city and they really enjoyed coming home to this property,” Mr Voss said. “It’s a very peaceful environment. This four-bedroom house at 135 Hearl Close, Brinsmead is labelled a tranquil and exotic rainforest family home by Cairns Property Office Redlynch agent Oliver Voss.“It’s at the end of the street, the neighbours aren’t nearby, and you’re completely surrounded by rainforest. “You can come home after a stressful day, sit on the veranda and enjoy the environment. “It’s good for the soul.” Mr Voss said when he usually opened homes for inspections, he liked playing background music to help set the scene, but 135 Hear Cl had forced him to change his game. “I want people to come in and hear the birds, the wind and just everything from the rainforest. It’s very soothing. “People that use apps with sounds to cure insomnia, well I reckon this is where they come to record those sounds.” Cairns Property Office Redlynch agent Oliver Voss said one of the major drawcards for the property were the sliding doors that helped brings sounds, and breezes from the rainforest into the house.He said the comfort and lifestyle on offer flowed into the bedrooms. “The master bedroom has sliding doors with direct access on to the veranda overlooking the forest and the pool. “You could leave those doors open and enjoy both the sounds and the breeze of the rainforest as you sleep. “It also comes with a large ensuite with a double vanity and a walk-in robe as well.” Entry to the home is via a beautiful solid timber staircase which leads to the main living area including spacious, open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge rooms.The modern kitchen has plenty of space and features a gas cooktop, an island bench and its own walk-in pantry. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago 135 Hearl Close, Brinsmead has an open-plan living area.The clever use of sliding doors brings the outdoors in, and gives a feeling of endless space and freedom. Downstairs is a separate fourth bedroom and another bathroom which could be used as a granny flat or it would be useful for someone who works from home and needs a studio area. “Again it would be the perfect work environment because of your surroundings,” Mr Voss said. “Or it would be perfect for boomerang kids.” There is also an undercover patio area to enjoy the peaceful surroundings from and a double-car garage with storage space. “Overall I’d say it’s a modern and contemporary home that’s been freshly painted and presents beautifully. “But the major catch is its surroundings. It’s in a very leafy part of Brinsmead and there’s not much traffic this way.“Maintenance is very low because your backyard is the rainforest.”last_img read more

Sports Ministry Sanctions Change of Guard at AFN

first_imgIbrahim Shehu Gusau The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Adesola Olusade, received in audience George as the acting president of the athletics body.Although details of the meeting remained sketchy as at press time, receiving George by the permanent secretary appears an approval of the decisions taken at the AFN meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.Nine members of the athletics board met earlier in the week and suspended Gusau and announced George as acting president.However, in a swift move to denounce the meeting in Abuja, Gusau led some of his loyalists on the AFN board to another Congress in Awka, Anambra State where he denounced the Sports’ Ministry’s alleged interference in the affairs of the athletics body.A Twitter message posted after it’s socalled ‘Extra Ordinary Congress’ in Akwa came out with a resolution declaring it’s autonomy from the ministry, citing ‘interference’ as reason to stand alone.The tweet read in part: “Following the resolution by state chairmen at the just concluded AFN Extraordinary Congress attended by major stakeholders in athletics, the board has decided to declare autonomy from the ministry citing interference” as reason to end years of going cap in hand for government money to fund its activities.Gusau dismissed his suspension, insisting that it was a “waste of time and null and void.”Although the embattled AFN president claimed to have 27 of the country’s 36 states athletics association chairmen with him, insiders at the gathering in Awka revealed that majority of those Gusau claimed to be representing the states were nothing but coaches and some hanger-on in sport.“Who are those they are claiming to have as state athletics chairmen? Majority of them are jobless former athletes and coaches. Let’s wait and see how they will operate their so-called faction when the time comes,” a respectable voice on track and field who did not want to be quoted due to his position in Nigerian sports told THISDAY on telephone last nightNigeria’s Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, who has been calling for a new beginning for the sector in other for the country to take her rightful place in global sports, clocked 100 days in office yesterday.He is out of the country attending the 2019 African Economic Conference on Jobs, Entrepreneurship and capacity building for African Youth in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt.The minister was rankled by the shoddy handling of Nigeria’s participation at the last IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.His ministry directed the AFN to investigate the reasons leading to the disqualification and later reinstating Nigeria’s top athletes, Blessing Okagbare and Divine Oduduru from their respective events.Amongst other allegations against the Gusau led board include, refusing to pay athletes and coaches balance of their allowances when such funds have been released by the Ministry.Gusau’s AFN narrowly escaped ban from IAAF over the $135,000 erroneously paid to Nigeria but took the coming of Sunday Dare as Sports Minister to refund the money in full to the world athletics body just last month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Gusau’s faction declares autonomy from sports ministryDuro IkhazuagbeThe suspension of Ibrahim Shehu Gusau as President of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN), has received the blessings of the country’s apex authorities on sports matters, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.Gusau’ deputy, Olamide George who is acting as AFN president until the outcome of the panel set up on Tuesday in Abuja to investigate allegations of infractions against the former member of the House of Representatives, was received at the ministry yesterday.last_img read more