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Jan 17 2016

Live blogging the Jason-3 launch and booster recovery

Time (Pacific local) Event 1055 Well, I have to head out the door to take my daughter to a cheer competition (she was the one videoing from our back patio). I’ll follow up on the booster landing when I get back. BOOO to SpaceX for cutting off their Web cast without news from “Just Read …

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Jan 12 2016

Work-life balance is not

Holy crap, what a couple of weeks it has been. You can tell my work-life balance is completely out of whack when I go more than a couple of days withoutte. The past few weeks I’ve been the Capture Manager on a major proposal with a crazy, compressed schedule. Essentially, when I haven’t been sleeping, …

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Dec 21 2015

Live-blogging the ORBCOMM-2 SpaceX Launch and Booster Recovery

Alrighty…here we go. Just got home from work. All times Pacific. I’ve got a good feeling about today’s events. Just sayin’… CONGRATS TO SpaceX!! I wonder how close they got to the center of the landing pad? Time Event/Observations 1750 SpaceX Webcast signing off. 1748 Next 2 ORBCOMM satellites deployed — there they go. It’s …

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Dec 18 2015

Happy Star Wars day

No, I haven’t seen it yet. We’ve got tickets for 10am Sunday and we’re taking the whole family. Actually, it’s going to be about 25 of us, since we’re actually going as part as a birthday party for one of my wife’s friends. DO NOT post any comments about the movie!!! I have avoided all …

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Nov 30 2015

LISA set to launch this week

Flight teams prepare for LISA Pathfinder liftoff Wednesday. It’ll loiter around L1 for about half a year looking for gravitational waves. ================= I’m back from a long weekend of umpiring, doing the Brenda Marsha ASA Thanksgiving tournament up in Chino Hills, CA. It is one of the funner tourneys of the year, because it’s a …

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Nov 26 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

We’ll spend the day with my wife’s extended family at her brother’s house. Friday, I’ll leave bright and early for a softball tourney that’ll last through Sunday, so blogging may be on the light side (depending on my game schedule) until Monday. There are literally hundreds of things for which I’m thankful, but here are …

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Nov 24 2015

Notes from Webinar — The HTS Revolution: Are you ready to take advantage?

Listened in on a great presentation on the GEO-HTS market hosted by Gilat Satellite Networks. The facilitators were Jose Del Rosario, Research Director, Northern Sky Research and Doreet Oren, Director Product Marketing, Gilat Satellite Networks. HTS = High Throughput Satellites (in case you missed it.) The Agenda included: GEO=HTS Landscape Supply & Demand GS arch …

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Sep 25 2015

Admin Note: New News Widget for “Recent Launches” added

I’ve added a Widget in the middle column to track recent launches. Like the “Other Newsy Stuff” widget, this’ll be a text widget that will list the 10 most recent launch dates from around the world. List of middle column widgets: Other Newsy Stuff Recent Tweets Events of Interest Recent Launches Future Milestones Recent Comments …

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Aug 25 2015

Back after a long day

Didn’t get any blogging done, ’cause I was up at 2am to drive to a lunch meeting about a future SATCOM opportunity. Got home at 9pm and went straight to bed. Hopefully I can tell you more about the trip at a later date.

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Aug 17 2015

MUOS testing

Me_Testing

Well, drove up to Virginia for the weekend to visit my sisters and their families and just had a blast, including catching more fish than anybody else on Saturday. Unfortunately, my sisters live across the street from each other in a connectivity black hole — they still have dial-up for Pete’s sake! Got back to …

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Aug 10 2015

More MUOS testing

Back in Fort Bragg the next two weeks for MUOS TECHEVAL testing. I should be able to keep up with blogging, though today’s traveling made it difficult. Should be up in a few hours to blog normally for Tuesday.

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Aug 06 2015

Hey, this is cool!

JetHawks Baseball Team Honoring Astronaut with Bobblehead. This is cool not because an astronaut got a bobblehead made of himself (though in truth, I’m et up with jealousy over that), but because I go to JetHawk stadium every time I’m in Lancaster, CA for a state softball championship tourney. We have a parade for all …

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Aug 03 2015

I worked the ASA girl’s fastpitch 12U championship game

All last week I was umpiring at the ASA 12-and-under Girl’s Western National Championship fastpitch softball tournament. I was able to blog during most of the tournament in spite of 108 degree heat, but Saturday was championship day and I was too distracted to blog… ’cause I was working the CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!! At a NATIONAL …

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Jul 27 2015

So where exactly is Philae?

The last post got me to wondering why we still don’t know where Philae actually ended up. Turns out, there is more data out there, just not in your normal space news sites. Bottom line, they still haven’t pin-pointed the exact location (you can bet that they would be announcing such a find with trumpets). …

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Jul 26 2015

Back from MUOS testing

I spent the past week testing MUOS communications in Fort Bragg, NC. Funny story: about 8 years ago, Margaret Robbie (the godmother of Navy SATCOM testing) and I were planning all the Technical Evaluation (TECHEVAL) testing for MUOS after launch. TECHEVAL 1 (after the first launch) was easy peasey, but TECHEVAL 2…that would be a …

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Jul 14 2015

Liveblogging New Horizon’s “Phone Home” check-in

Time (All times Pacific) Observtions 1801 NASA TV ends it’s broadcast. Always nice to record a bit of history here at NewSpaceRaces!! 1757 Power and Thermal both report nominal. We have a healthy spacecraft, and we’re outbound from Pluto!!!!! 1755 Subsystems reporting in. RF nominal. Autonomy nominal. TNDH reports clear signal. GNC is nominal all …

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Jul 04 2015

Happy 4th of July

Hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July. When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and …

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Jun 26 2015

Gotta love almost zero connectivity

My normal productivity has grounded down to almost nothing since both of my laptops were stolen a couple of weeks ago. I’m still waiting for the insurance company to process my claim, and until they do, I’m making due with loaner equipment that just isn’t cutting the mustard. My company, thankfully, did not hold me …

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Jun 14 2015

What to do when both your work laptop and personal laptop are stolen

Cry. Or throw a temper tantrum: Yeah, that’s how I felt when I realized my briefcase, with both of my laptops, had been stolen from the back of my car. Notes to self: always put laptops in the trunk from now on, and backup data!! Fortunately, my work provided me a loaner computer while they …

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Jun 11 2015

Congrats to my daughter, Jordan

She graduated High School last night. I’m so proud of her!! Jordan signing her letter of intent to play softball at Southern Virginia University on 4 June. Top Left: Jordan and her boyfriend, Trevor Top Right: The Fam (Me, my wife Julie, Jordan’s coach Mike, my mom Sylvia, Jordan, and Trevor Center: Jordan signing her …

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