Mission Update: OA-8 Space Station Cargo Resupply

OA5__banner-1Orbital ATK is scheduled to launch its OA-8 mission to the International Space Station on November 11 with the five-minute launch window opening at 7:37 a.m. EST. The S.S. Gene Cernan Cygnus will launch aboard an Antares launch vehicle for the sixth time from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The spacecraft will deliver vital supplies and scientific equipment to the station as part of Orbital ATK’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. Integration and testing of the Antares launch vehicle and Cygnus spacecraft are complete, and spacecraft encapsulation is scheduled for later this week. Watch the launch live beginning at 7:00 a.m. EST on launch day on NASA TV.

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Viewing Map for OA-8 Launch

*Weather permitting, the launch of Antares from Wallops Island, Virginia, on November 11, 2017 may be widely visible along the East Coast. However, because this is an early morning launch, it is likely that the sun will interfere with viewing from most locations.*

About Antares

Designed to provide responsive and low-cost access to space, Antares is a two-stage vehicle (with optional third stage) that provides low-Earth orbit (LEO) launch capability for payloads weighing up to 8,000 kg. Internally funded by Orbital ATK, Antares completed a risk reduction mission and a demonstration of commercial re-supply services for the International Space Station (ISS) under a NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) agreement in 2013. Orbital ATK commenced delivery of cargo to the ISS under the NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract in 2014.

About Cygnus

Cargo is delivered to the station using Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft. The Cygnus spacecraft consists of two modules: the Service Module (SM) which incorporates the avionics, propulsion and power systems from Orbital ATK’s flight proven LEOStar and GEOStar spacecraft buses; and the Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) which carries the crew supplies, spares and scientific experiments. The SM is integrated and tested at Orbital ATK’s Dulles, Virginia satellite manufacturing facility. The PCM is supplied by Thales Alenia Space and is produced in Turin Italy.

S.S. Gene Cernan

Orbital ATK has named the OA-8 Cygnus Cargo Delivery Spacecraft after former astronaut Eugene “Gene” Cernan. As the last human to step foot on the moon, Cernan set records for both lunar surface extravehicular activities and longest time in lunar orbit, paving the way for future human space exploration.

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Briefings, NASA Television Coverage Set for Launch of NOAA Weather Satellite

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This illustration depicts the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, spacecraft designed to provide forecasters with crucial environmental science data to provide a better understanding of changes in the Earth’s weather, oceans and climate. Credits: Ball Aerospace

Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA are preparing for the upcoming launch of the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), the first in a series of four highly advanced NOAA polar-orbiting satellites designed to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts out to seven days.

JPSS-1 is scheduled to launch at 4:47 a.m. EST (1:47 a.m. PST) Friday, Nov. 10, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage.

JPSS-1 will use the most-advanced technology NOAA has ever flown in a polar-orbiting satellite to capture more precise observations than ever of our atmosphere, land and waters. It will provide meteorologists and other scientists with a variety of observations, including atmospheric temperature and moisture, sea-surface temperature, ocean color, sea ice cover, volcanic ash and fire detection.

Prelaunch and Science Briefings Nov. 8

NASA TV will air two JPSS-1 prelaunch news briefings on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Both briefings will be broadcast from NASA’s Press Site Auditorium at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The prelaunch news conference will be held at 4 p.m. EST.

Briefing participants will be:

  • Steve Volz, director, NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service
  • Greg Mandt, director, Joint Polar Satellite System Program
  • Sandra Smalley, director, Joint Agency Satellite Division, NASA Headquarters
  • Omar Baez, NASA launch director
  • Scott Messer, United Launch Alliance program manager for NASA missions
  • Capt. Ross Malugani, launch weather officer, Vandenberg Air Force Base 30th Space Wing

Following the prelaunch news conference, a science briefing will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Briefing participants will be:

  • Mitch Goldberg, NOAA chief program scientist, Joint Polar Satellite System
  • Joe Pica, director, NOAA’s National Weather Service Office of Observations
  • James Gleason, NASA senior project scientist, Joint Polar Satellite System
  • Jana Luis, division chief, predictive services, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Media also can ask questions during the briefings via Twitter, using the hashtag #askNASA.

NASA TV Launch Coverage Nov. 10

NASA TV live coverage will begin at 4:15 a.m. Coverage will conclude after spacecraft separation. There is no planned post-launch news conference. A post-launch news release will be issued as soon as the state-of-health of the spacecraft can be verified.

Audio only of the news conferences and launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, “mission audio,” the launch conductor’s countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135.

To learn more about the JPSS-1 mission, visit:

http://www.jpss.noaa.gov/

and

https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/jpss-1

Join the conversation and follow the JPSS-1 mission on social media by using Twitter and Facebook at:

https://twitter.com/NOAASatellites

and

https://www.facebook.com/NOAANESDIS/

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AIMM Attends GSFC Fall Reception (2017)

AIMM is a proud sponsor of the Maryland Space Business Roundtable. The Maryland Space Business Roundtable (MSBR) is a nonprofit organization for aerospace and technology businesses, universities, and individuals in Maryland as well as the surrounding national capital region that share a mutual interest in promoting a robust space community. The Roundtable provides a common ground for these companies to meet, interact, learn, and act on initiatives for future growth.

Last night, the AIMM team enjoyed the GSFC Fall Reception at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, which is cosponsored by NASA and features a space science presentation at our nation’s premier space museum. NASA scientists, whose work is enabled by the MSBR community, offer their discoveries on our Sun, the solar system, planet Earth, and the universe that surrounds us.  Senior NASA officials attend along with Legislative members and staff.

 

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For more about AIMM please visit: http://www.aimmfed.com

AIMM Participates in Awesome Con

AIMM joined in on the fun at The Science Channel’s inaugural Awesome Con Science Fair. Long celebrated as an event featuring comic books, movies, television, toys and games, the newly added Science Fair highlighted scientific discoveries, featuring where science fiction and science fact meet.

Panelists were on-site to leading a broad range of discussions from whether or not Iron Man could really exist and using comics to teach STEM, to alternative careers at NASA. Innovations and exhibitions in science, space, and robotics were showcased to draw awareness, interest, and advocacy.

 

AIMM participated in the June 4, 2016 panel to discuss NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST): Storytellers. Other panelists included photographers, writes, web developers, and social media experts who tell the story of the NASA Goddard-built telescope, designed to see the earliest stars and galaxies forming after the Big Bang. The JWST will launch in 2018.

The Awesome Con Science Fair presented by Science Channel’s participants included [sponsor] Science Channel, NASA, the Smithsonian, the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, the Society for Science and the Public, and Nerd Nite!

For more information about Awesome Con visit: www.awesome-con.com

 

AIMM Executives attend Maryland Space Roundtable with Barbara Mikulski

Maryland Space Business Roundtable April 18 2016.jpgOn April 18, AIMM executives attended the Maryland Space Roundtable (MSBR) luncheon where speaker Barbara Mikulski delivered a compelling message about her remarkable career as the longest serving woman in the history of the United States Congress.

The Maryland Space Business Roundtable (MSBR) is a nonprofit organization for aerospace and technology businesses, universities, and individuals in Maryland as well as the surrounding national capital region that share a mutual interest in promoting a robust space community. The Roundtable provides a common ground for these companies to meet, interact, learn, and act on initiatives for future growth. Invited speakers and guests include prominent government agency leaders, elected officials and their staff, and aerospace industry leaders. These luncheons offer members the opportunity to host government guests in a one-on-one setting at their member table.

Senator Mikulski, the keynote as this month’s luncheon and a significant supporter for NASA and NOAA funding, spoke of her curiosity in science at an early age. An eruption of laughter soon followed when she spoke about the laws of gas. She noted, “Gas takes the size and shape of its container, which is a good lesson to know if you are in the United States Senate.”

You can view highlights of Mikulski’s keynote address here:

Mikulski was first elected to the federal House of Representatives in 1976, and in 1986 became the first woman elected to the United States Senate from Maryland. In 2013, Mikulski introduced the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013, which passed in the Senate. The bill would reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to provide block grants to the states to help low-income parents find childcare for their children. One of her most recent accomplishments, the Paycheck Fairness Act, was introduced on April 1, 2014, as a measure that aims to strengthen the Fair Labor Standards Act’s protections against pay inequalities based on gender. After serving five terms on the Senate, Mikulski retired March 2015.

Each month, the MSBR holds a luncheon event with invited government guests and speakers. To learn more about MSBR please visit. http://mdspace.org

 

AIMM Wins NASA Mentor-Protégé Award

Boca Raton, Florida – January 19, 2016 Advocates In Manpower Management (AIMM), Inc. is pleased to announce that we and Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. (HTSI) have been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as winners of the 2015 Goddard Space Flight Center Mentor-Protégé Agreement of the Year Award.

SB_MENTOR_LOGO-01In his announcement of the selection Glenn A. Delgado, NASA Associate Administrator for the Office of Small Business Programs stated “ The Agency’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) appreciates the ongoing efforts of companies like yours that work with NASA and make significant contributions to the Agency’s Small Business Program.”

HTSI and AIMM have worked together at NASA for over ten years supporting space and ground networks and mission operations. AIMM currently provides expertise in the areas of multi-media production and engineering, satellite flight operations and science data capture. HTSI has provided AIMM with valuable opportunities for on-contract growth and exposure to new business ventures, which have broadened the scope of AIMM’s capabilities.

Rich Porter, CEO and President of AIMM, commented “We have extraordinary respect for Honeywell and thank NASA for the recognition of our efforts to serve our nation with joy and a commitment to excellence.”

About Advocates In Manpower Management (AIMM), Inc.

Established in 1994 as a media-consulting firm, AIMM, a minority veteran owned CVE and SBA certified small business, has developed into a video production and engineering service provider and a federal services contractor. We commit to supplying quality services to achieve our customers’ missions.

For more information please visit: www.aimmfed.com

LAUNCH OF JASON-3 SCHEDULED FOR SUN JAN 17th

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Liftoff aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4 East is targeted for January 17, 10:42 a.m. PST (1:42 p.m. EST), at the opening of a 30-second launch window. If needed, a backup launch opportunity is available at 10:41 a.m. PST (1:31 p.m. EST) on Jan. 18.

A Jason-3 prelaunch news conference and science briefing will be held at Vandenberg at 4 p.m. EST on Jan. 15. The briefing will be carried live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s website. Media also can ask questions via phone by calling 321-867-2468, or on Twitter by using the hashtag #askNASA.

On Jan. 16, media will have an opportunity to photograph the Falcon 9 and Jason-3 spacecraft at the launch pad. Those wishing to attend the launch pad photo opportunity should confirm their participation with Capt. Selena Rodts of the 30th Space Wing Public Affairs office at 805-606-3595 no later than Jan. 11.

On Jan. 17, NASA TV launch commentary coverage of the countdown will begin at 11 a.m. EST. Coverage will feature updates of countdown milestones and streaming video clips that highlight launch preparations and liftoff. Spacecraft separation from the rocket will occur 55 minutes after launch.

Jason-3 will continue the ability to monitor and precisely measure global sea surface heights, monitor the intensification of tropical cyclones and support seasonal and coastal forecasts. Jason-3 data also will benefit fisheries management, marine industries and research into human impacts on the world’s oceans. The mission is planned to last at least three years, with a goal of five years.

Jason-3 is a four-agency international partnership consisting of NOAA, NASA, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, France’s space agency, and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites. Thales Alenia of France built the spacecraft.

NASA TV will live stream launch coverage and prelaunch briefings at:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For prelaunch, countdown and launch day coverage of the liftoff, including the prelaunch webcast of Jason-3 aboard the Falcon 9 rocket, go to:

http://blogs.nasa.gov/Jason-3

The Jason-3 News Center at the NASA Vandenberg Resident Office will open Jan. 11. To speak with a NASA communications specialist, call 805-605-3051. A recorded launch status report also will be available by dialing 805-734-2693.

NOAA, in collaboration with international European partners, is responsible for the Jason-3 mission. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is responsible for NASA Jason-3 project management. NASA’s Launch Services Program at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida provides launch management. SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, is NASA’s launch service provider of the Falcon 9 rocket.

For more information about the Jason-3 mission, visit:

http://nesdis.noaa.gov/jason-3/

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Steve Cole
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-0918
stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov

John Leslie
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, Md.
301-713-0214
john.leslie@noaa.gov

President Obama Honors 87 Fallen Firefighters

Jeff Elliott, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Digital Technologies at AIMM is the Associate Producer of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial which was held in in Emmitsburg Maryland this past weekend. President Obama attended the event and honored 87 fire fighters who lost their lives in the line of duty last year.

He captured these behind the scenes images of President Obama as he addressed the crowd.

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On behalf of the American public, President Barack Obama expressed deepest sympathies to the survivors of 87 fallen firefighters during the 34th annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, October 4.

The President spoke of bravery and courage
that is instinctive among all firefighters, who are willing to walk through fire to save a stranger’s life.

“Those we honor today lived a fundamental principle that binds us as Americans: AIMM at NFF MemorialI am my brother’s keeper and I am my sister’s keeper. That we look out for one another,” he said.”

Read Full Article on: Fire Hero

Rich Porter Attends CBC Annual Legislative Conference

Rich Porter Attends the CBC Annual Conference

Rich Porter Attends the CBC Annual Conference

AIMM President, Rich Porter recently attended the 45th Annual Legislative Conference where industry leaders, elected officials and citizen activists explore today’s issues from an African-American perspective. This year’s conference addressed mandatory sentencing, My Brothers Keeper and minority education in STEM studies.

The mission of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is to advance the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public.

The ALC is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. Thought leaders, legislators and concerned citizens engage on economic development, civil and social justice, public health and education issues. More than 9,000 people attend 70 public policy forums, a national town hall, networking sessions, procurement fair, prayer breakfast, the Phoenix Award Dinner and much more.

For more information on the Congressional Black Caucus visit: http://www.cbcfinc.org/annual-legislative-conference/

Image of the Day: Good Night From Space

We just came across this spectacular image posted by NASA this morning and just had to share!

#imageoftheday

Courtesy of NASA.gov

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Earth’s thin atmosphere stands out against the blackness of space in this photo shared on Aug. 31, 2015, by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on board the International Space Station. The station’s solar panels can be seen in darkness at the right of the image.

Kelly, in the midst of a year-long stay on the orbital outpost, shared the photo in a tweet: “Day 157. At the end of the day, #sunrise will come again. Good night from @space_station! #YearInSpace.”

For more visit – www.nasa.gov