NASA Visits USS San Diego

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval NASA Visits USS San Diego Training & Education View post tag: San View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense View post tag: USS View post tag: Diegocenter_img Share this article View post tag: visits View post tag: News by topic Senior project managers from NASA managing the Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) visited San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), Sept. 12 in preparation for a test to retrieve the Orion space capsule in January off the coast of Southern California.NASA representatives met with Rear Adm. Frank Ponds, commander Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 and Capt. William R. Grotewold, the ship’s commanding officer to discuss plans for the upcoming recovery mission.“We had a chance to display the ship’s capability, show the crew’s enthusiasm and demonstrate that our amphibious capability is multi-dimensional – just one more thing that our Navy can do,” said Ponds. “The LPD 17-class ships have one of the most robust command and control communications systems in our Navy inventory.”The uncrewed EFT-1 flight will take Orion to an altitude of approximately 3,600 miles above the Earth’s surface,, After the test flight, Orion will reenter the atmosphere at a speed of more than 20,000 miles per hour, returning to Earth faster than any current human spacecraft. Orion will land in the Pacific, where the U.S. Navy will locate and recover the craft into the ship’s well-deck. The test flight is intended to test the capsule’s avionics, heat shield and parachutes.“It’s all about relationships, to make sure our priorities are the same and clearly everyone is on the same page and we’re excited about it,” said Mark Geyer, NASA Orion program manager. “This ship that is going to support our mission possesses an incredible capability.”NASA and the Navy have a long history of working together, notably with the recent stationary recovery of Orion in the well-deck of the USS Arlington (LPD 24) while berthed at Naval Station Norfolk’s Pier 12 Aug. 15.“NASA did a trade study whether they wanted Orion to land on the ground or in the water,” said Andy Quiett, Detachment 3 deputy operations lead for the Orion program and DoD liaison for NASA, “and because of the size, weight and the deep space requirements of the vehicle, they determined it needed to land in water.”Orion’s unique life support, propulsion, thermal protection and avionics systems enable extended duration for deep space missions with the goal to eventually land on Mars.“We are working hard to go to Mars and EFT-1 is our first step in that direction,” said Dan Dumbacher, deputy associate administrator for NASA’s exploration systems. “EFT-1 will be the furthest we’ve sent a human spacecraft since our moon travels in 1972, so we need to get the design experience, we need to get the test experience and we need to get the operations experience such as the recovery operations that we’re looking at here.”EFT-1 is to be the first of many such future recovery missions.“It’s important to participate in an event that’s bigger than us,” said Grotewold. “This is going to go on for the entire life of this ship and to be able to get in on the ground floor for something like this in an awesome opportunity for all of us.”ESG 3 and USS San Diego operate within Third Fleet’s area of responsibility.Joint, interagency and international relationships strengthen U.S. 3rd Fleet’s ability to respond to crises and protect the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners.[mappress]Press Release, September 17, 2013; Image: US Navy September 17, 2013 View post tag: NASA Back to overview,Home naval-today NASA Visits USS San Diego last_img read more

Man contacts police after someone breaks into home to clean

first_imgAuthorities in Massachusetts are reporting that a man contacted them after someone reportedly broke into his home and began cleaning.The incident occurred on May 15th at a home in Marlborough.The resident, 44-year-old Nate Roman, told reporters that when he came home from work and he had a feeling that someone had been inside of his home. When he checked his residence, he found that the beds had been made, the toilet had been scrubbed, and the rugs had been vacuumed. Roman also reported that whoever cleaned his home also left origami roses on the toilet paper rolls.He told reporters that while whomever cleaned his home did not take anything, he still found it “weird and creepy” and that’s why he contacted police.Authorities arrived and documented the incident but say they have never encountered a case like this before.Roman now believes that he may have left the backdoor open and that maybe a housekeeping service went to his home by mistake.last_img read more

Irish rugby squad heartbroken following French loss

first_img© Womens Rugby Irish coach Tom Tierney says his team are heart broken after their hopes of winning the Women’s Rugby World Cup on home soil came to an end with defeat to France last night.The French booked their place in the semi finals with a 21-5 victory in UCDIreland must now play Australia in a 5th to 8th place play off in Belfast on Tuesday.last_img