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Space News Roundup

Slow last week, so this post will be pretty short.

17 October 2018 –  Rocket Lab officially broke ground for Launch Complex 2, located at the Wallops Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia, and announced an increased launch cadence in the year to come.  The first launch scheduled out of LC2 is in Q3 of 2019.

Later that day, the USAF launched it’s fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V.  The AEHF network will replace the older Milstar system, and provide survivable, global, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications to ground, sea, and air assets of the United States, British, Canadian, and Dutch armed forces.

The Atlas V launched in it’s 551 configuration, meaning it had a 5-meter fairing, 5 strap-on solid rocket motors, and one engine on it’s Centaur upper stage.  This launch marks 27 launches by the United States in 2018, trailing China by just one launch.

20 October 2018 – BepiColombo, ESA and JAXA’s joint mission to Mercury, launched onboard an Ariane 5 from French Guiana.  This is the second mission to attempt to orbit Mercury, the first being NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft launched in 2015.

BepiColombo, named after the mathematician Giuseppe ‘Bepi’ Colombo, is a three-part probe, consisting of the Mercury Transfer Module for propulsion, built by ESA, the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO), also built by ESA, and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO, or Mio), built by JAXA. 

It will take seven years for BepiColombo to reach Mercury, and this comes after seven different planetary flybys to slow down enough to be captured by Mercury’s gravitational sphere of influence.

22 October 2018 – NASA engineers have mostly resolved Hubble Space Telecope’s gyroscope issues, bringing it’s function gyros back up to 3.  Assuming further tests don’t work out, HST can run on just one gyro, keeping another offline to lengthen HST’s lifespan as much as possible.  Though this will mean that HST can only scan a smaller fraction of the sky, it will still be able to delivery Hubble-quality science back to Earth.

Upcoming Launches:

Date, Time – Mission / Launch Vehicle / Location

24 October, 4:00pm EDT Lotos-S1 N3 804 / Soyuz-2 / Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

26 October, 4:00-5:30am EDT – Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) / Pegasus XL / L-1011 Stargazer

26 October – Haiyang-2B / Long March 4B / LC-9, Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China

27 October – Weilai-1 / Zhuque-1 (LandSpace) / Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, China

29 October, 12:08-12:20am EDT – GOSAT 2 & KhalifaSat / H-2A / Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

30/31 October, 8:53pm EDT – Progress 71P / Soyuz-FG / Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

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Marines with Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion (2nd LAAD) conducting a live fire training exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on June 6, 2017. Marines with MARSOC worked with 2nd LAAD to conduct live fire exercises to maintain proficiency and accuracy with various weapon systems. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Cody J. Ohira)

Transgender Resources Master Post

Today President Donald Trump announced a ban on transgender soldiers from openly serving in the United States armed forces. This anti-LGBTQ policy, announced on Twitter, puts the careers of more than 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans on the line. 

Trans servicemembers want nothing more than to serve their country. 

Trans people are not a burden or a disruption. We’re with you. 

Please use & signal boost these resources to support the trans community. 

Resources for trans people in Crisis

Transgender FAQ

Answers to questions like

  • What does transgender mean?
  • How is sexual orientation different from gender identity?
  • What name and pronoun do I use?
  • How do I treat a transgender person with respect?
  • Why is transgender equality important?

Tips for allies of transgender people

How to report on trans people in the media

Trans advocacy and support organizations

General info and resources:

  • The full “Injustice at Every Turn” report, with breakdowns by race and ethnicity. “Injustice at Every Turn” is a survey of over 6,400 transgender people detailing the discrimination faced by this community.
  • Transgender Lives: Your Stories is an interactive campaign created by The New York Timesto allow transgender people to tell their own stories in their own words.
  • I AM: Trans People Speak is a campaign created by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and sponsored by GLAAD to raise awareness about the diversity of transgender communities. It lifts the voices of transgender individuals, as well as their families, friends, and allies.
  • The Trans 100 is an annual list of 100 amazing and inspiring trans Americans who are visible within their communities.
  • We Happy Trans is a website devoted to sharing positive stories from trans people everywhere.
  • TSER, Trans Student Equality Resources, provides trans*-related information on school issues and supports efforts for creating policy change in school districts.

lil-lycanthropy  asked:

Ew I heard America passed a bill banning trans people from joining the military? (I'm not American forgive if I'm wrong) But oml fuck Trump honestly

Actually please make it well known that there’s been no bill passed as of yet. The Secretary of Defense was supposed to implement the official policy of accepting transgender service members by July 1st, but they opted for a six month delay. During this delay, Trump became very public about how he would be banning transgender service members. While the president is at the top of the Chain of Command in the army, he still has to go through various channels to actually get the ban implemented. He PLANS to reinstate the bill. The bill has not been reinstated.

Our biggest problem is that the government keeps doing these things and then we keep thinking there’s nothing we can do. In this case, spreading the information that he’s passed a bill makes it seem like a much harder fight than the one it really is: getting the original bill that was postponed to pass in six months. As far as we know it hasn’t been scrapped yet. It’s still a huge deal that the Commander in Chief has proclaimed this but saying it doesn’t make it law.

So what’s important is 
1) spreading correct information and
2) what can be done about it while
3) encouraging ACTION

Even if you can’t protest on street corners or donate to relevant advocate groups, the least you can do is send a letter to the Secretary of Defense

Jim Mattis
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000


Tell him that you support in no uncertain terms the inclusion of transgender service members in all branches of military service. Tell him you demand the same constitutionally provided respect and equality for them as he would provide any other service member. Tell him that it’s his responsibility as the Secretary of Defense to ensure the success, camaraderie, and morale of the United States Armed Forces. 

This is a case where the reaction to this decision, this unofficial not-on-the-books not-yet-legalized decision, is more important than the initial action. Please by all means do whatever you can to spur people to action in the next few days and for the next six months. 

-Kingsley

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The US Invasion of Grenada. A 1983 United States–led invasion of the Caribbean island nation of Grenada, which has a population of about 100,000 and is located 160 kilometres (99 mi) north of Venezuela, that resulted in a U.S. victory within a matter of weeks. Codenamed Operation Urgent Fury, it was triggered by an armed revolution and overthrow of the sitting government by the Grenadian Marxist-Leninist vanguard party ‘New Jewel Movement’ with support of Cuban forces.  

The U.S. Army’s Rapid Deployment Force, which consisted of the 1st and 2nd Ranger Battalions, 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Marines, U.S. Army Delta Force, and U.S. Navy SEALs constituted the 7,600 troops from the United States and Jamaica. 

The U.S-led force defeated Grenadian resistance after a low-altitude airborne assault by the 75th Rangers on Point Salines Airport on the southern end of the island, and a Marine helicopter and amphibious landing on the northern end at Pearl’s Airfield shortly afterward.

The date of the invasion is now a national holiday in Grenada, called Thanksgiving Day.

In honor of Memorial Day: Capt. Oliver Burgess Meredith, United States Army Air Force during World War II. Photo taken at US Army Headquarters in London, June 10th, 1943. This is a photo of Burgess before his assignment to the 8th AF. Notice his Aviation Cadet wings. 

The only fan page solely dedicated to Burgess Meredith // Lovingly ran by his grandniece in attempt to keep his legacy alive.

If you were competing with your best mate who would win the push-ups challenge?

During the U.S. Army All-American Challenge, Soldier Mentors compete at the Sunset Station’s Lone Star Pavilion, January 4, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tynisha L. Daniel. #motivation

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In January 1991, Somalian President Mohammed Siad Barre was overthrown by a coalition of opposing clans, precipitating the Somali Civil War. In September 1991, severe fighting broke out in Mogadishu, which continued in the following months and spread throughout the country, with over 20,000 people killed or injured by the end of the year. 

These wars led to the destruction of Somalia’s agriculture, which in turn led to starvation in large parts of the country. The international community began to send food supplies to halt the starvation, but vast amounts of food were hijacked and brought to local clan leaders, who routinely exchanged it with other countries for weapons. An estimated 80 percent of the food was stolen. These factors led to even more starvation, from which an estimated 300,000 people died and another 1.5 million people suffered between 1991 and 1992. 

Operation Provide Relief began in August 1992, when U.S. President George H. W. Bush announced that U.S. military transports would support the multinational U.N. relief effort in Somalia. The U.S delivered 48,000 tons of food and medical supplies in six months to international humanitarian organizations trying to help Somalia’s more than three million starving people.

When this proved inadequate to stop the massive death and displacement of the Somali people (500,000 dead and 1.5 million refugees or displaced), the U.S. launched a major coalition operation to assist and protect humanitarian activities in December 1992. Operation Restore Hope. 

The Battle of Mogadishu. A part of Operation Gothic Serpent, took place on 3 - 4 October 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia, between forces of the United States and Somali militiamen loyal to the self-proclaimed president-to-be Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

The initial U.S. Joint Special Operations force, Task Force Ranger, was a collaboration of various elite special forces units such as U.S. Army Rangers, 1st SFOD-D “Delta Force”, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment; Air Force Combat Controllers, Air Force Pararescuemen, and Navy SEALs from the Development Group (DEVGRU).

Task Force Ranger was dispatched to seize two of Aidid’s high-ranking lieutenants during a meeting in the city. The goal of the operation was achieved, but initially only intended to last an hour. The operation spiraled into an overnight standoff and rescue operation extending into the daylight hours of 4 October.

U.S forces saw 18 men killed in action, with an additional 73 wounded. Somali forces saw 500 men killed in action, and an additional 800 wounded. 

“Beyond a reasonable doubt” is the standard for criminal justice. It’s not the standard for counter-intelligence determinations. The preponderance of the evidence ever-more clearly indicates: In ways we cannot yet fully reckon—but can no longer safely deny—the man in the Oval Office has a guilty connection to the Russian government. That connection would bar him from literally any other job in national security except that of head of the executive branch and commander- in-chief of the armed forces of the United States.
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‘These Are Not The Actions of an Innocent Man’

Trump is so evil and dangerous, he’s put me and David Frum on the same side.

1943: Burgess explains how an English pub differs from American saloons. This educational documentary (which was narrated, written, and co-directed by Burgess) was made to introduce American soldiers to Britain during World War II. 

The only fan page solely dedicated to Burgess Meredith // Lovingly ran by his grandniece in attempt to keep his legacy alive.