the moore center


The Federal Detention Center, SeaTac (FDC SeaTac) is a federal prison for men and women, located in SeaTac, King County Washington. Located between Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, FDC SeaTac opened in 1997 and houses inmates sentenced to serve time for federal charges as well as individuals who are awaiting trial in Federal court in Western Washington, and immigration detainees. The facility was designed to hold 1000 inmates, but usually houses around 600-700. The facility housed Colton Harris-Moore, otherwise known as “The Barefoot Bandit” while he awaited trial, and crypto-anarchist Jim Bell.

Brian Boyle is the first practicing Catholic i have ever heard say anything along the lines of “being gay doesn’t make you a bad Catholic” 

I need you to understand that i have had extensive conversations with the LGBT resource center director who is also Catholic (and a gay man) about this and even he has not been able to say anything like that. 

I don’t know how to put in to words how much hearing that meant to me. When I first found out that this amazing guy believes this i cried for hours. he’s such a good guy, putting his family first, how he treats guys. he’s clearly a leader on the teams he’s on.

I don’t think it’s actually sunk in that he won’t be on the team next year. I don’t think it will until I watch the first game where Dominic Moore is centering the fourth line. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it. I hope to be half the man Brian Boyle is, he’s a spectacular guy.


Beast of Bodmin Moor

The Beast of Bodmin Moor is a phantom wild cat claimed to live in Cornwall, England. In the early 1990’s reports started to circulate and Bodmin Moor became a center of sightings with occasional reports of mutilated slain livestock.

Talk of dangerous wild cats led Great Britain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to conduct an official investigation into the phenomena in 1995. The investigation released its findings on July 19th of that same year and concluded that there was no verifiable evidence of Alien Big Cats existing in England and that the mauled farm animals could have been attacked by an indigenous species. However, that same report also conceded that the investigation could not prove that an Alien Big Cat was not present in England.

Sightings of the Beast of Bodmin Moor continue to this day including more than 300 in 1996 alone. In October of 1997, officials from Newquay Zoo claimed to have identified paw prints discovered in mud to the south of Bodmin Moor as the fresh tracks of a puma. Shortly after the discovery of these prints a photograph, allegedly of the Beast of Bodmin Moor, was brought to light, the image in the photo appeared to be an apparently pregnant, adult female puma. This photograph caused much debate in the scientific community and added fuel to the debate of the existence of Alien Big Cats living in England, these photos were never authenticated or conclusively debunked and remains a controversial piece of evidence to his day.


Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Tobias Menzies, Diana Gabaldon, Ronald D. Moore at The Paley Center For Media’s 32nd Annual PALEYFEST LA with OUTLANDER cast arrivals at The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, Ca March 12th, 2015 - Exclusive Broll


     NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center is currently testing an incredible technology called LEAPTech. Mark Moore, NASA Langley Research Center’s Principal Investigator says, “This is the most exciting thing I’ve ever worked on. And that’s with 31 years of working on NASA projects.” NASA, in cooperation with Joby Aviation and ESAero, is creating a electric propulsion flight demonstrator that operates faster and five times more efficiently than a similarly sized general aviation aircraft. Most electric propulsion flight demonstrators today cruise at 40 - 80 mph. This new demonstrator is targeting a cruise speed of 200 mph. High efficiency is required because battery technology isn’t currently up to par to give an electric propulsion aircraft a practical range.

     The key to this 500% efficiency increase is Leading Edge Asynchronous Propellers Technology (LEAPTech). LEAPTech consists of 18 small propellers along the leading edge of the wing. These small propulsors will create induced velocity to supercharge the airfoil in a technique called “blowing the wing.” This will make the wing smaller (31’ in this case), optimizing it for cruise flight. This smaller wing is less susceptible to turbulence, which increases ride quality.

     These 18 smaller inboard propellers will be used only for takeoff, climb, approach and landing. During cruise flight, the inboard propellers will fold back against the nacelle and power will shift to one larger propellor at each wingtip, which are not currently installed on the test article. These propellers will gain thrust and efficiency by operating in the more favorable upwash fields inside the wingtip vortices.

     LEAPTech will offer a 15 dB decrease in noise compared to a conventional single-engine piston-powered general aviation aircraft. To achieve this, the vehicle uses low tip-speed propellers which move at half the speed of a conventional propellor. By controlling the spacing between adjacent propellers, you can not only reduce noise, but change the tone of the aircraft to reduce true annoyance levels. The key lies in LEAPTech’s ability to offer asynchronous spreading by employing extremely precise digital motor controllers that keep exact azimuth spacing between adjacent propellers, even at a relatively high 6,500 rpm.

     Most accidents in general aviation accidents happen in the low and slow flight regime. LEAPTech will make this flight condition much safer because it offers increased redundancy. If you suffer a motor failure, you have more than enough thrust from the remaining motors to fly safely. Because this is a powered lift wing, you have the option of varying thrust for aircraft control, as opposed to using control surfaces, which is much more effective at the slow flight condition.

     During approach to landing, as per FAA regulation, aircraft are required to keep a velocity of 30% higher than stall speed. A LEAPTech aircraft may not need a stal margin as large as this. The vehicle can fly more slowly and at much higher angles of attack because the flow from the propellers effectively acts like a wing slat, forcing air over the top of the wing. If a gust of wing happens to decrease lift, you can instantaneously increase lift anywhere on the wing by increasing power.

     If you wanted to test a vehicle in the 40 x 80 Wind Tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center, you would be added to a two year long waiting list after writing a check for two million dollars. In order to start wind tunnel testing more quickly and on a lower budget, Joby Aviation built the Hybrid-Electric Integrated Systems Testbed (HEIST) pulled behind a Peterbilt Semi-Truck. Results have shown only a 3% error compared to data collected in wind tunnel testing. This small error can easily be nulled by the fact that they can test as much as they want, whenever they want. Testing is a simple matter of firing up the big rig.

     The HEIST vehicle was inspired by a previous test performed by Scaled Composites in which SpaceShipOne was evaluated in a similar way, placed on the back of a Ford F-250 pickup truck. This method of testing is perfect for building an aerodynamic database on a low budget, but it does pose some interesting challenges. One problem with this method of testing is vibration and ground noise. The HEIST vehicle solves this problem by isolating the test rig from vibration using four airbags, one of which is shown in photo seven.

     On May 12, 2015, at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, Mark Moore saw the HEIST vehicle mated to the LEAPTech demonstrator aircraft for the first time as it rolled out onto Rogers Dry Lake Bed for a test. At this moment Moore exclaimed, “Even an ugly semi can look gorgeous right now. That’s the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen. My wife is going to kill me.”

     Normally, HEIST operates in the early morning under calm wind conditions. On this day, the test was performed in windy conditions for the first time, which produced interesting data. This was the first test conducted with a newly installed air data probe and a secondary inclinometer which measures the tilt of the vehicle as it accelerates into the wind. The vehicle made two passes, both upwind and downwind. On the upwind leg, the vehicle’s ground speed was 40 mph with a 27 mph headwind. This produced a lifting force of 1,800 lb. On the downwind leg, the ground speed of the vehicle was 65 mph, with a tailwind which reduced lift.

     Mark Moore says, "This is the most fantastic project team that I’ve ever been associated with, and I’m not just saying that. This is a really incredible team.” The team has already been approved to convert a twin piston-powered Tecnam P2006T into the first manned distributed electric propulsion (DEP) flight demonstrator. Their ultimate goal will be to use this technology in a vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, so we can operate an electrically propelled aircraft from our front yard. This exciting project could some day make the decreased emissions and operating costs of electric propulsion practical for all of us.


A Pavilion for the Arts

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center houses one of the most important collections of its kind in the world—a spectacular trove of musical scores, recordings, and books on theater, music, and dance. This public resource was envisioned by Lincoln Center’s board “to serve as a tool for education and as a creative stimulus for new performance.” Completed in 1965, SOM designed the building to contain general reading rooms, radio and television studios, conference and rare book rooms, an auditorium, and a children’s library and museum. Giant square concrete columns form a peristyle around the core of the building to create a temple-like pavilion, overlooking a reflecting pool with a sculpture by Henry Moore.