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Lucky Market is Coming to Brevard County

Lucky Market is Coming to Brevard County


Space networking event

The National Space Club Florida Committee, in association with Orbital ATK, are sponsoring a “Summer Networking Social” from 4-7:30 p.m. on June 8 at Fish Lips – lower level, at Port Canaveral.


Permit for Lucky Market

The city of West Melbourne recently issued an interior demolition permit for the former Winn-Dixie store at 3130 W. New Haven Ave., in order to make room for a Lucky Market supermarket.

Lucky Market is a higher-end specialty supermarket chain that specializes in natural and organic foods. Lucky’s Market, based in Boulder, Colorado, has started to open stores in Florida as it expands into other states.


Ribbon cutting workshop

Bonnie McKee, event producer and owner of Designing Premier Events & Weddings will provide training to business owners on how to make the most of their ribbon cutting and/or grand opening.

The workshop is from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. June 15 at Melbourne Regional Chamber Auditorium, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne.

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At least 1.2 million people have died fighting for America during its wars dating back 241 years, according to Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs data.


Memorial Day Wallpaper HD

Memorial Day Wallpaper HD


Most died in battle, while many others never landed abroad but are no less honored on this Memorial Day.



Here’s a by-the-numbers breakdown of when and where they died, as of May 27, starting with the American Revolution:

American Revolution (1775-1783)

Battle Deaths: 4,435

War of 1812 (1812-1815)

Battle Deaths: 2,260

Indian Wars (approx. 1817-1898)

Battle Deaths (VA estimate): 1,000

Mexican War (1846-1848)

Battle Deaths: 1,733

Other Deaths (In Theater): 11,550

Civil War (1861-1865)

Battle Deaths (Union): 140,414

Other Deaths (In Theater)(Union): 224,097

Battle Deaths (Confederate): 74,524

Other Deaths (In Theater)(Confederate): 59,297

Spanish-American War (1898-1902)

Battle Deaths: 385

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 2,061

World War I (1917-1918)

Battle Deaths: 53,402

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 63,114

World War II (1941 –1945)

Battle Deaths: 291,557

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 113,842

Korean War (1950-1953)

Battle Deaths: 33,739

Other Deaths (In Theater): 2,835

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 17,672

Vietnam War (1964-1975)

Battle Deaths: 47,434

Other Deaths (In Theater): 10,786

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 32,000

(These cover period 11/1/55 to 5/15/75)

Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991)

Battle Deaths: 148

Other Deaths (In Theater): 235

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 1,565

Global War on Terror, including Iraq and Afghanistan (Oct 2001 – present)

Total Deaths: 6,888.

In addition to those, the State Department Office of the Historian lists the Philippine-American War, 1899 to 1902, citing the deaths of more than 4,200 U.S. combatants.

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This week on “The Matt Reed Show,” Matt talks to investors and entreprenuers involved with GroundSwell – a non-profit designed to help start-ups get off the ground just south of downtown Melbourne. Video by Rob Landers. Posted April 6, 2016


Brevard has more of engineers per capita than Silicon Valley but doesn’t make any lists of great places for tech startups.  Why not?

In December 2014, a prototype NASA Orion capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket. (Photo: NASA)

In December 2014, a prototype NASA Orion capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket.
(Photo: NASA)

Next Saturday’s planned launch of a heavy-lift Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral has been postponed.

United Launch Alliance on Friday said the mission was delayed at the request of the National Reconnaissance Office, whose classified payload will launch atop the Delta IV Heavy.

No new target date was announced for the mission labeled NROL-37.

“The NROL-37 spacecraft and launch vehicle are secure on Space Launch Complex 37,” ULA said in a statement.

ULA simultaneously is preparing for a June 24 launch of an Atlas V rocket and Navy communications satellite from Launch Complex 41.

Falcon booster returning to Port

For the third time, a ship carrying the first stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is steaming back to Port Canaveral.

After its 5:39 p.m. Friday launch from Cape Canaveral with the Thaicom 8 communications satellite, the rocket stuck its landing on the modified barge more than 400 miles down range.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said there was a risk the booster could tip over following its relatively high-speed touchdown, but it didn’t. Crews boarded the “Of Course I Love You” ship to secure the stage and begin sailing it home.

The journey typically takes three or four days, depending on the distance back to port and weather conditions. At Port Canaveral, a crane will offload the rocket stage so it can be transported horizontally to SpaceX’s hangar at the base of pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center.

The stage was the third in a row that SpaceX has landed, and fourth overall. The first, in December, landed on land at Cape Canaveral while the last three have been ocean landings.

Rocket details emerge

Orbital ATK last week released more details about a proposed rocket that could blast off from Kennedy Space Center by 2020.

The three-stage Next-Generation Launcher, as the rocket is currently known, would feature solid rocket booster segments similar to those used by space shuttles and slated to launch NASA’s Space Launch System rocket by 2018, but with composite rather than steel casings.

At the 44th Space Congress in Cape Canaveral last week, John Steinmeyer, director of strategy and business development in Orbital ATK’s launch vehicle division, said the first stage would be made up of two booster segments, stretching to four in a heavy-lift version of the rocket.

Another segment would form the second stage, topped by a liquid-fueled third stage powered by Blue Origin’s BE-3U engine. Strap-on solid motors could add further thrust.

It remains to be seen if the rocket’s development advances in partnership with the Air Force beyond a relatively small study contract awarded early this year. The company is still assessing the potential commercial and government demand for a launcher that would compete with United Launch Alliance and SpaceX.

If it flies, the would be assembled in KSC’s Vehicle Assembly Building and blast off from pad 39B, NASA’s SLS pad.

“We’re optimistic that this will come to fruition,” said Steinmeyer.

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The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module is seen as a precursor to human habitats on Mars and for space tourism. Photo: NASA via AP

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module is seen as a precursor to human habitats on Mars and for space tourism. Photo: NASA via AP

Cape Canaveral, Florida: NASA has successfully inflated a new experimental room at the International Space Station, producing the world’s first pump-it-up compartment for astronauts.

It was NASA’s second shot at inflating the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, named for the aerospace company that created it as a precursor to moon and Mars habitats, and orbiting tourist hotels.

BEAM Launched from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40, April 8th, 2016 on the SpaceX Falcon 9. BEAM barely expanded during Thursday’s inflation attempt.

Experts believe the soft-sided compartment was packed up tight for so long before last month’s launch that the fabric layers had trouble unfolding.

Pressure inside the chamber was relieved on Friday to ease the friction among the multiple layers. That apparently did the trick.

NASA insisted on taking it slow to avoid a sudden pressurisation of BEAM that could stress the connecting parts of the space station.

Bigelow Aerospace of North Las Vegas provided this first inflatable room ever built for astronauts.

NASA paid $US17.8 million ($24.7 million) for the technology demo, which could lead to an even bigger inflatable room at the space station.

Founder Robert Bigelow, a longtime hotel entrepreneur,  is already working on a pair of private inflatable space stations that could fly in a few years. He sees inflatables as spaceflight’s future.

Because expandable spacecraft can be compressed for launch, the rockets can carry more cargo, yet space travellers can still enjoy lots of room.

The standard aluminium rooms that make up the space station – essentially fancy cans – can never be larger than what fits into a rocket.

BEAM – empty except for sensors – will remain attached to the orbiting lab for two years as engineers measure temperature, radiation levels and resistance to space debris impacts.

It will be off-limits most of the time to astronauts, given its experimental status.


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The Covenant Christian girls bowling team produced a 3.277 GPA and helped the school place first in Class 2A among FHSAA Academic Team Champions. Credit: Florida Today

The Covenant Christian girls bowling team produced a 3.277 GPA and helped the school place first in Class 2A among FHSAA Academic Team Champions. Credit: Florida Today


Covenant Christian placed first in Class 2A in the FHSAA’s Academic Team Championship standings for the 2015-16 school year. Viera was second in 7A and West Shore third in 4A, while six other Brevard County schools drew similar recognition.

The FHSAA ranks teams by cumulative grade point average in every sponsored sport, assigns points for those programs making the top 10 in each sport and then reveals final standings by classification each May.

In addition to those three top finishers, Titusville was seventh, one spot in front of Merritt Island in Class 5A. Rockledge was 10th and Space Coast 26th. Behind the Wildcats in 4A were Cocoa (24th) and Cocoa Beach (26th).

The FHSAA also released its spring lists of top GPAs by sport, and 43 Brevard spring teams were recognized for cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher. That included three baseball teams in No. 1 spots: Viera in 7A with a 3.478, Merritt Island in 6A with a 3.504 and Titusville, a 3.453 to lead 5A. The Covenant Christian team was second in 2A at 3.355.

Two Brevard teams had GPAs among the highest recorded in the state. The West Shore girls tennis team was second in 1A with a 3.924, and the Covenant Christian softball team was second in 2A at 3.828.

West Shore produced the highest-ranked boys track and field team in 3A academically (3.535), while Viera (3.394), Merritt Island (3.23), Titusville (3.201) and Rockledge (3.159) also made the list. The West Shore girls also led their class, with a 3.665. Other girls track and field teams listed were Viera (3.487), Merritt Island (3.47), Titusville (3.438) and Rockledge (3.432).

Other local baseball teams making the lists were Rockledge (3.042) and Cocoa (3.049). Other softball teams were Viera (3.682), Rockledge (3.59), Merritt Island (3.502), Cocoa (3.125) and Titusville (3.098).

Lacrosse teams among the best in the state were, among boys: West Shore (3.365), Rockledge (3.359), Viera (3.218) and Merritt Island (3.085); and among girls: West Shore (3.697), Merritt Island (3.559), Rockledge (3.508) and Viera (3.41).

Merritt Island’s boys tennis team produced a 3.693, followed by Viera (3.585) in 3A. Other boys tennis teams were Titusville (3.67), Rockledge (3.657), Cocoa (3.492), Covenant Christian (3.622) and West Shore (3.341).

Recognition also went to girls tennis teams from Viera (3.464), Merritt Island (3.173), Rockledge (3.757), Cocoa (3.695), Titusville (3.614) and Covenant Christian (3.31).

Holy Trinity’s Olinde wins prestigious race

Holy Trinity grad John Olinde and his Georgia Tech men’s varsity heavyweight four team won their event at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia this month.

With a time of 6:33.761, the team took the gold medal and claimed the Thomas A. Curran Cup. The 2,000-meter race course is on the Schuylkill River.

Satellite basketball camp in July

Satellite High’s basketball camp for boys and girls entering fifth through ninth grade will be July 27-29 at the school. It will last from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and there will be supervision on hand for 30 minutes of open gym before and after that period.

The cost is $110 per camper for the week, and that also covers a t-shirt, lunch and drinks. For information, contact Jack Taylor at 321-258-8602 or

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NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and its partners are working quickly and carefully to build the new generation of spacecraft, launch systems and infrastructure, all with an eye on launching American astronauts to the International Space Station from the United States.

 Commercial Crew Program will Launch Astronauts from Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s Space Coast.
Boeing is under $4.2 Billion contract to NASA with its CST-100 Crew Capsule and is already taken over one of the Orbital Processing Facilities – 3 at KSC Florida for continuing development and processing, the CST-100 will launch atop an Atlas V-422 Rocket from SLC-41 Cape Canaveral.
Boeing CST-100 Infographic. Credit: Boeing

Boeing CST-100 Infographic. Credit: Boeing

SpaceX is under a $2.6 Billion Contract to NASA with its Dragon Capsule and will launch from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center.
This artist concept shows a SpaceX Crew Dragon atop the company's Falcon 9 at Launch Complex 39A for a launch. Credit: SpaceX

This artist concept shows a SpaceX Crew Dragon atop the company’s Falcon 9 at Launch Complex 39A for a launch. Credit: SpaceX

Credit: Kennedy Space Center
Brazlian jet maker Embraer employs about 600 people in Melbourne, Fla., and is expanding

Brazlian jet maker Embraer employs about 600 people in Melbourne, Fla., and is expanding

It has been five years since NASA retired the space shuttle, ending a federal program that employed some 10,000 people around Cape Canaveral, Fla.

The loss of those jobs was a blow to Florida’s Space Coast, an area closely identified with NASA and the nation’s space program. But the region’s economy is bouncing back and attracting companies that are in a new space race.
In fact, it might be more accurate now to call it the Aerospace Coast. In 2009, the Brazilian jet maker Embraer gave this region a boost when it broke ground on its plant in Melbourne, Fla.

Plant director Phil Krull is proud of the spacious, remarkably quiet production area. A few air drills and some occasional clangs sound. “This is about as noisy as you’re going to hear out here,” he says as he walks through the plant. At least a dozen small jets are in various stages of assembly. Krull says all the parts are shipped from Embraer’s home facility in Brazil.

Embraer employs about 600 people here and is expanding. Its main product is the Phenom 300, the best-selling business jet in the world. “It’s a workhorse,” Krull says. “The skins are thicker than our competitors’. But it’s just a great design.” And it comes with a price tag of about $10 million each.

Embraer was lured to Melbourne by generous incentives and a talented workforce. The company hired engineers and technicians who used to work on the defunct shuttle program. When the program ended, several thousand people found themselves out of work, just as the recession began.

“Having both at the same time, I don’t think you could probably pick a more severe circumstance,” says Lynda Weatherman, who heads the region’s economic development commission. “We had an unemployment rate that was near 12 percent and that’s a lot.”

Since then, the Space Coast has attracted companies that don’t just launch from here, but also do research, development and manufacturing.

Lockheed Martin and Boeing started that trend when they won contracts to build the next generation of NASA spacecraft. Lockheed is working on the Orion deep space mission. Boeing is building a commercial crew capsule to service the International Space Station.

The Orion crew module, built by Lockheed Martin, is seen Feb. 3 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

The Orion crew module, built by Lockheed Martin, is seen Feb. 3 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Weatherman says those contracts sent an important message to people and companies on the Space Coast: “There was a second act for space.”

Billionaire Jeff Bezos gave the region a lift last fall when he announced he was bringing his Blue Origin company to the Space Coast, along with a $200 million plant and more than 300 jobs. It will be part of a complex for commercial space companies just outside the gates of Kennedy Space Center.

At an event with Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott on hand, Bezos said: “We’re not just launching from here. We’re building here.” Blue Origin will be launching its rockets from Cape Canaveral by the end of the decade, carrying commercial payloads and eventually, Bezos says, space tourists.

Another space startup, OneWeb, recently announced it’s coming, too, building an $85 million manufacturing plant. Founder Greg Wyler says his company will build at least 900 small satellites that when launched will provide high-speed Internet service around the globe.

“We’re building satellites not like artisanal pieces but we’re building them more like medical or aviation products,” Wyler says.

Add these jobs to others at companies like Northrop Grumman, which recently won the Air Force contract for the next generation stealth bomber, and officials here say the Space Coast has recovered most of the jobs lost at the end of the shuttle program.

After years of depending on government contracts, the region is now just beginning to tap the commercial space industry’s potential.

Dale Ketcham, with Space Florida, a state agency focused on attracting aerospace ventures, says over the next 10 years, NASA has just two launches planned. But over that same time period, he says, “You’re probably going to see a couple of hundred commercial launches. So that’s the growth opportunity.”

Some of the startups hope eventually to get a big financial return from mining asteroids. With SpaceX and other companies now sending up rockets, Cape Canaveral last year had 17 launches, its busiest year since 2003.

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SpaceX have successfully launched the 25th Falcon 9 rocket since the inaugural flight in 2010 at 21:39 UTC, 17:39 Local time May 27th 2016 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral in Florida carrying the Thaicom 8 communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit.

As per previous missions the first stage attempted an experimental landing on the ASDS ship ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ and was successful making that now four successful landings, and the 3rd landing on the ASDS ocean barge.

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