May 19, 2024

Sky Watchers Await Rare Celestial Event

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A total solar eclipse will sweep across North America today, April 8, blocking out the sun momentarily for millions of viewers along a path stretching from northern Mexico to Maine. 2017 was the last time the US experienced a total solar eclipse, and there will not be another until 2044.

Lawmakers: Make NASA/Wallops Funding a Priority

Wallops Island

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D) joined Maryland and Virginia lawmakers urging congressional leaders to prioritize NASA Goddard and Wallops Flight Facility funding.

Dwyer Nominee for 2nd Fleet Commander

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RADM Daniel Dwyer has been nominated to lead the US 2nd Fleet. He will replace VADM Andrew Lewis.

Aerial Refueling Collision: F35 Crashes

A Marine KC-130 and F-35 collided in California attempting an aerial refueling. The pilot of the F-35B safely ejected from the plane. The KC-130J was able to safely land with all crew members reported safe.

Is Navy Reconsidering 355-Ship Fleet?

force restructure plan

Navy floating the idea of 310 ships as the best it can do at funding projections to keep the fleet properly manned, properly maintained, properly equipped, even though a 355-ship fleet “is a great target,” says Navy Vice Chief ADM Robert Burke.

Supersonic Plane Enters Production

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Lockheed Martin’s experimental supersonic plane has officially entered production. Earlier this year, NASA awarded the company a contract to develop an aircraft capable of reaching supersonic speed without creating the sonic boom that comes with breaking the sound barrier.

Pentagon Eyes Change in Cellphone Policy

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to order a tightening of security policy governing military and civilian personnel bringing cellphones into classified workspaces in the Pentagon.

Rocket Launch Lights Up the Sky

The 11th try was it! A Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility early last Thursday. Southern Maryland could see color explosions in the sky a few minutes following the 4:25 am launch.

Early Risers Thursday Could See Launch

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NASA says the launch of the Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket is now scheduled for early Thursday morning, June 29, with a launch window between 4:15 and 4:45 am. This will be the 11th time the launch has been attempted at the Wallops Flight Facility. Southern Maryland skies are in the launch’s viewing range.

Next Gen Jammer Passes Review at Pax

Next Gen Jammer Passes Review at Pax

The Next Generation Jammer program has passed its design review during recent testing at NAS Pax River, NAVAIR officials say.