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NASA Sounding Rocket Launched From Poker Flat Research Range
2012-02-28 04:54:13

On Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8:41 p.m. Alaska time, scientists launched a NASA sounding rocket from Poker Flat Research Range into a brilliant aurora display. The rocket mission, designed to gather information on space weather conditions that affect satellite communications, was a success. "It was a terrific aurora, the rocket worked great, the instruments worked great and the supporting radar (at Poker Flat) worked wonderfully," said Steve Powell of Cornell University, the principal...

2011-07-10 10:49:00

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., July 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia successfully launched two NASA sounding rockets carrying experiments to study the ionosphere on Sunday, July 10, 2011. The Black Brant V rocket launched at 10 a.m. and the second rocket, a Terrier-Improved Orion, launched 15 seconds later. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) A second pair of Black Brant V/Terrier-Improved Orion rockets will be launched no...

2010-06-29 12:17:00

MANAMA, Bahrain, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org, has analyzed the recent missile test held out at the Pacific Missile Range Facility off the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Ellison is one of the top lay experts in the field of missile defense in the country. His comments are outlined below: "Last night high above in the midnight blue over the Pacific Ocean, off the west coast of...

2010-02-01 12:03:00

VANDENBERG AFB, Calif., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org. witnessed the ground based interceptor launch test yesterday at 3:40 p.m. PST at Vandenberg AFB at the Ronald Reagan missile defense memorial site. Ellison is one of the top lay experts in missile defense in the world. His comments and observations are below: Ellison opens with : "On a perfect sunny winter afternoon in...

2009-12-28 08:00:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The U.S. Navy conducted a successful test flight Dec. 19 of a Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The Navy launched the unarmed missile from the submerged submarine USS ALASKA (SSBN 732) in the Atlantic Ocean. This test marked the 130th consecutive successful test flight of the Trident II D5 missile since 1989 - continuing a 20-year record of reliability that is unmatched by any other...

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2009-12-10 12:20:00

A mysterious blue spiral light that appeared in the skies above Norway was likely the result of a failed test launch of a jinxed new Russian missile, the UK's Mail Online reported. Several newspapers in Moscow today ran a story explaining that the Bulava missile was test-fired from the Dmitry Donskoi submarine in the White Sea early on Wednesday but failed at the third stage. However, earlier reports from Moscow denied a missile launch yesterday and even early today there was no formal...

2009-10-16 12:00:00

EL PASO, Texas, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) activated the second Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Battery today in a ceremony at Fort Bliss, Texas. The A-2 Battery consists of approximately 100 Soldiers in the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is the prime contractor and systems integrator for the THAAD Weapon System. Today's activation signifies...

2009-03-18 15:30:00

TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 18, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) radar built by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) performed successfully in the latest integrated flight test conducted by the Missile Defense Agency and THAAD prime contractor and systems integrator Lockheed Martin. "Not only did Raytheon components continue to perform, but the successful missile salvo acquisition and track represents a significant milestone," said Pete Franklin, vice president,...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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