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Local runners will experience a welcomed flat surface when the popular Corporate 5K Run moves to Orlando Melbourne International Airport. The April 19, 2018 event will welcome corporate teams from all over the region to benefit United Way of Brevard.

Local runners will experience a welcomed flat surface when the popular Corporate 5K Run moves to Orlando Melbourne International Airport. The April 19, 2018 event will welcome corporate teams from all over the region to benefit United Way of Brevard.

EVENT WILL BE HELD ON AIRFIELD’S RUNWAYS

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Local runners will experience a welcomed flat surface when the popular Corporate 5K Run moves to Orlando Melbourne International Airport. 

The April 19, 2018 event will welcome corporate teams from all over the region to benefit United Way of Brevard.

Led by Running Zone Foundation, Inc. and touted as the area’s largest office party, the most recent race in March gathered more than 2,000 participants from 80 companies and organizations.

“The airport offers world-class service to residents and businesses within the region, and we are honored that they have agreed to host our 2018 Corporate 5K,” said Denise Piercy, executive director of Running Zone Foundation, Inc., coordinator of the 5K.

Racers will be afforded a rare close-up view of airside corporate giants such as Embraer Executive Jets, Northrop Grumman and AeroMod International.

“Giving runners the opportunity to run on one of our airfield’s treasured runways is going to add a level of excitement and uniqueness to an already successful event,” said Clifford Graham, the airport’s director of operations and maintenance.

“It is a great opportunity for us to showcase our incredible facilities to hundreds of professionals throughout our community.”

Registration will open September 1, 2017.

 

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Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to move about 300 ballistic missile program jobs from California to Brevard County over the next two years.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. spokesman Matt Kramer told Florida Today that the employees moving to Brevard County will work on testing and maintenance for the Navy’s Trident II D-5 Fleet Ballistic Missile.

The Trident II D5 is the latest generation of the Navy’s submarine-launched fleet ballistic missiles. Kramer said Lockheed Martin also will move additional missile program employees from Sunnyvale, California, to Colorado over the next several years.

Lockheed Martin currently has nearly 1,000 employees in Florida. In January, the company completed renovations to a Cape Canaveral Air Force Station facility that had been built in 1961 for NASA’s first manned spaceflight program.

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Space Plane likely to fly out of Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, Florida. The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on Wednesday (24/05) said it will invest up to $146 million in an alliance with Boeing to build an experimental space plane that can deliver small satellites into orbit on a daily basis.

The project, known as XS-1, is expected to debut in 2020. Boeing declined to say how much it will put into development of the vehicle, which it calls Phantom Express, with Darpa, which is an agency under the US Department of Defense.

About the size of a business jet, Phantom Express will take off like a rocket, boost itself beyond the atmosphere and release an expendable second-stage rocket and satellite, then turn around and land like an airplane on a runway.

The Darpa-Boeing venture joins a race to design a generation of reusable launch vehicles designed to cut the cost of putting payloads into space. Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Blue Origin, a venture backed by Amazon.com chief executive Jeff Bezos, are working on reusable launch vehicles.

“The reusable first stage […] would be prepared for the next flight, potentially within hours,” Darpa spokesman Jared Adams wrote in an email. The goal of the XS-1 program is to fly 10 flights within 10 days.

Boeing said it is still evaluating launch sites, but Darpa’s Adams said Phantom Express would fly from Cape Canaveral, where two other Boeing space programs are based.

The company took over one of the hangars used by NASA’s now-retired space shuttles for a commercial space taxi that will ferry astronauts and potentially paying passengers to and from the International Space Station, a $100 billion research laboratory that flies about 400 kilometers above Earth. The first flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is scheduled for next year.

Two other former shuttle hangers house a pair of Boeing-built robotic space planes developed and operated under the Air Force’s X-37B program. The vehicles, which resemble miniature space shuttles, have made four flights so far, the last of which ended on May 8 after a secretive two-year mission.

Unlike the X-37B which is launched aboard an expendable rocket, Phantom Express will get itself into space. The vehicle will be powered by a liquid-fueled Aerojet Rocketdyne AR-22 engine, which is based on the now-retired space shuttle main engine.

An upper-stage motor for Phantom Express has not yet been announced. The space plane is designed to loft satellites weighing up to 1,361 kilograms into low-altitude orbits around Earth.

Reuters

PARCEL IDEALLY SITUATED TO BECOME DISTRIBUTION HUB

At a special commission meeting held today, the Port Canaveral Board has taken the final step to authorize the sale transaction of approximately 271 acres of land located on State Road 524 near Interstate 95 in Cocoa to Walmart Stores East, LP. Initial discussions between the Canaveral Port Authority and Walmart Stores began in 2016 regarding approximately 130 acres for development of an approximately 600,000 square-foot distribution center. (Walmart image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – At a special commission meeting held Thursday, the Port Canaveral Board has taken the final step to authorize the sale transaction of approximately 271 acres of land located on State Road 524 near Interstate 95 in Cocoa to Walmart Stores East, LP.

The site was purchased by the Port in December 2014 at a cost of $1.95 million with original plans to develop the area into a cargo distribution complex.

Initial discussions between the Canaveral Port Authority and Walmart Stores began in 2016 regarding approximately 130 acres for development of an approximately 600,000 square-foot distribution center.

At a February 2017 commission meeting, the Board unanimously approved the sale of the property and authorized entering into a Purchase and Sale agreement.

Since then, Walmart Stores East, LP has been conducting its due diligence, studying the site and pursuing the required project approvals, such as development orders and building permits from the City of Cocoa, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Florida Department of Transportation, among others.

This process was expected to last through mid-August, but the purchaser requested an earlier closing, which was the purpose for today’s special commission meeting.

Canaveral Port Authority plans to use the proceeds from the sale to increase Port reserves and continuing to address capital requirements and debt reduction.

In a statement made last year, Walmart Stores announced plans to open a distribution center and refrigerated warehouse complex that would store cold produce, meat, dairy, and other perishable freezer items on the site and staff more than 230 employees on the onset.

The parcel, which is ideally situated to become a distribution hub, has easy access to all major transportation Central Florida corridors including Interstate 95, US 1, and State Road 528, as well as close proximity to rail connections in Cocoa and Titusville. Until now, though, it has sat undeveloped and unused.

“Ultimately, Port Canaveral hopes to realize some economic benefit once the distribution center is complete and operational by way of increased cargo business through the port from Walmart,” said Canaveral Port Commission Chairman Tom Weinberg.

“The Port views this sale as a win-win for the region as a whole, as it stands to prosper from the distribution center, the first of several proposed development projects which could revitalize the SR 524 corridor and the surrounding communities.”

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Phantom Express is envisioned as a highly autonomous experimental spaceplane, shown preparing for launch in this artist’s concept. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is collaborating with Boeing to fund development of the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. (Photo: Boeing)

Boeing on Wednesday won a U.S. military contract to develop an experimental space plane that could launch and land on the Space Coast in 2020.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency selected Boeing’s “Phantom Express” concept to advance to the next phases of its Experimental Spaceplane program, or XS-1.

The XS-1 program aims to develop an affordable, on-demand launch option for national security satellites, one that could fly 10 times in 10 days.

Asked where the flight activity would occur, a DARPA spokesman responded in an email, “The Cape.”

Air Force maps have identified Launch Complexes 16 and 20 as sites the XS-1 program could potentially use. Landings presumably would target Kennedy Space Center’s former shuttle runway, now operated by Space Florida.

Boeing said only that it is reviewing launch and landing sites. Space Florida declined to comment.

Described as the size of a business jet, the reusable Phantom Express will launch vertically to hypersonic speeds, powered by a version of a space shuttle main engine called the AR-22, provided by Aerojet Rcoketdyne.

A small, expendable upper stage, envisioned as liquid-fueled but to be determined by Boeing, will be deployed to deliver payloads roughly 3,000 pounds to orbit while the space plane booster returns to a runway landing.

The program hopes to fly such missions for $5 million, compared to tens of millions for conventional rockets that may take a year or more to order.

“The XS-1 would be neither a traditional airplane nor a conventional launch vehicle but rather a combination of the two, with the goal of lowering launch costs by a factor of ten and replacing today’s frustratingly long wait time with launch on demand,” said Jess Sponable, DARPA program manager.

The value of Boeing’s contract award was not specified, but DARPA previously estimated it would be around $140 million — small change for a rocket development program. Boeing also will invest in the project.

The XS-1 program’s first phase included Boeing, which originally was partnered with Blue Origin; Masten Space Systems, working with XCOR Aerospace; and Northrop Grumman, partnered with Virgin Galactic.

Plans anticipate design and testing proceeding through 2019, including firing the main engine system 10 times in 10 days.

In 2020, a series of shakedown cruises would be followed by the attempt to launch 10 times on 10 consecutive days, first without payloads and later with the demonstration payload between 900 pounds and 3,000 pounds.

“Phantom Express is designed to disrupt and transform the satellite launch process as we know it today, creating a new, on-demand space-launch capability that can be achieved more affordably and with less risk,” said Darryl Davis, president, Boeing Phantom Works.

Contact Dean at 321-242-3668 or jdean@floridatoday.com. And follow on Twitter at @flatoday_jdean and on Facebook at facebook.com/jamesdeanspace.

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US Navy has awarded a $7.5 million contract to test and integrate new technology into a carrier-capable tactical airborne early warning aircraft that is designed to provide real-time tactical intelligence in maritime combat zones.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Northrop Grumman has received a US Navy contract to test and integrate new technology into the E 2D Advanced Hawkeye airplane, the Department of Defense announced.

“Northrop Grumman Corporation Aerospace Systems [of] Melbourne, Florida is being awarded [a] $7.5 million… ordering agreement in support of the E 2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft,” the announcement said on Tuesday.

The order includes preliminary testing, identifying integration differences between the Embedded National Tactical Receiver and the E-2D Universal Serial Bus, as well as updating the Tactical Receiver Segment software to the latest version, the Defense Department explained.

The E-2D Hawkeye is an all-weather, carrier-capable tactical airborne early warning aircraft to provide real-time tactical intelligence in maritime combat zones, according to Northrop Grumman.

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  • Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, was speaking during a Q&A at a museum this week
  • He said that he wants to set up a human colony on one of the poles of the moon
  • His ambitions drive from concerns that resources on Earth will soon run out
  • In March, he revealed that Amazon will send deliveries to the moon by 2020

 

While Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX may have ambitions to set up a colony on Mars, Jeff Bezos, CEO of rival, Amazon, is setting his sights slightly closer to home.

In a talk this week, Bezos has revealed that wants to colonise the moon.

And his plans don’t just involve sending a handful of people to live on the lunar surface, as he has said that he ‘want(s) to see millions of people living and working in space.’

Bezos, who owns space firm, Blue Origin, was speaking during a Q&A with children at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, according to GeekWire. 

He said: ‘I think we should build a permanent human settlement on one of the poles of the moon.

‘It’s time to go back to the moon, but this time to stay.’

This isn’t the first time that Bezos has talked about moon missions.

In March, Bezos announced plans to ship packages to the moon by 2020 to help set up a human settlement.

But this week, he went into further detail about his aspirations for Blue Origin to set up a huge colony on the moon.

AMAZON MOON DELIVERY

In March, Bezos announced plans to ship packages to the moon by 2020 to help set up a human settlement. 

He has already reserved a parking spot near the Shackleton Crater on the south pole.

It has constant sunlight and water nearby could be used as a source of hydrogen for rocket fuel.

The rocket could carry 10,000 pounds of goods to help the first human settlements.  

 

Bezos said: ‘There’s a long history of tourism and entertainment driving innovations in technology.’

As an example, he mentioned that advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence are being driven by improvements in graphics processing units (GPUs).

He said: ‘Why were GPUs invented? For one purpose, and one purpose only: They were invented by Nvidia for playing video games.’

BLUE ORIGIN ROCKETS

Blue Origin and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos unveiled a new rocket in October last year that will launch payloads and people into orbit.

Called ‘New Glenn’, this launcher comes in two stages that make it larger than SpaceX’s future Heavy rocket.

‘New Glenn 3-stage’ is 23 feet in diameter and stands 313 feet tall.

And ‘New Glenn 2-stage’ is also 23 feet in diameter, but measures 270 feet tall.

Each stage lifts off with 3.85 million pounds of thrust from seven BE-4 engines.

A single vacuum-optimized BE-3 engine, burning liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, will power New Glenn’s third stage.

However, the booster and the second stage are identical in both variants.

Blue Origin plans to fly New Glen by the end of the decade from Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Blue Origin has various rockets, raning from its smallest Antares rocket, all the way up to its huge Saturn V rocket

Blue Origin is currently developing a BE-4 engine for its New Glenn rockets that the firm plans to test in just three years.

Bezos said: ‘That vehicle will fly in in 2020 for the first time.’

When asked about the link between artificial intelligence and space, Bezos said that AI will help to develop ‘even better robotic probes to explore the solar system.’

Currently, rovers on Mars have to wait for instructions to come from mission controllers on Earth before taking action.

Bezos said: ‘That’s one of the reasons that you get to cover very little ground with those rovers.

‘But if you had really good self-driving technology, machine vision and other things, those rovers could keep themselves safe and they could go faster and explore much more in a given amount of time.’

Rovers like these could also be used to build a city on the moon, according to Bezos.

He added: ‘There, you would want to pre-position a whole bunch of equipment and supplies before the humans show up, and some of those things might need to be assembled on the surface of the moon.

‘And that’s the kind of thing that could also be done by advanced robotics with machine-learning systems on board.’

In terms of location, Bezos has pinpointed the moon’s poles as the most habitable.

These polar regions contain craters that are thought to have reserves of ice that could provide water for drinking, oxygen for breathing, and hydrogen for fuel.

Bezos’ ambition for a settlement on the moon drives from his concern that as the Earth’s population grows, we will no longer be able to meet demands for energy or resources.

As that starts to happen we will need to look to territories beyond the moon.

Bezos added: ‘I want to see millions of people living and working in space.’

Article by the daily mail uk, Complete Article [ HERE ]

 

Aviation Week was invited on a 90-min. demonstration flight on the Legacy 450 operated by Air Service Liege from Brussels to Saint-Tropez La Mole. With two pilots and seven passengers – the maximum payload for landing there – Capt. Cedric Gurdand prepared the cabin for auto-brake high, in order to demonstrate the full performance of the aircraft. He would normally land at auto brake medium for a more comfortable passenger experience.

With a landing speed of 105 kt. and landing weight of 26,081 lb., the aircraft stopped in 1,312 ft. after the nose gear touched the ground 656 ft. after the threshold. The Legacy 450 can use the full length of the runway on departure, but Gurdand used just 2,296 ft. before we were airborne at a takeoff speed of 107 kt.

Credit: Aviation Week & Space Technology

The California-based company cited the aerospace industry’s impact on the Space Coast

California-based Passco Companies bought a 336-unit rental apartment property in West Melbourne for $53.3 million, or about $157,000 per unit.

Privately held Passco cited population and employment growth in Florida’s Space Coast region as motives for its purchase of The Haven at West Melbourne, the company’s second property acquisition in the region in the last six months.

“The Space Coast is home to America’s space and aeronautical industries and is quickly becoming the top destination for STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] jobs in all of Florida,” Colin Gillis, vice president of acquisitions in the Southeast for Passco. “For example, top employers such as Harris Corporation, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin are all located within seven miles of the property.”

The Haven, located at 4550 Explorer Drive in West Melbourne, has a 95 percent occupancy rate. The property’s amenities include a resort-inspired swimming pool and sun deck, business center, sand volleyball court, children’s park and yoga center.

Passco plans to improve the property by remodeling its clubhouse, building abanas and an outdoor kitchen, enhancing the fitness center with new equipment, upgrading the landscaping, and installing new toilets and shower heads that consume less water.

Jay Ballard and Ken Delvillar of Cushman & Wakefield’s Orlando Capital Markets Multifamily Advisory Group represented the seller, Flournoy Companies.

Chris Black of KeyBank Real Estate Capital’s Commercial Mortgage Group arranged acquisition financing for Passco through Fannie Mae.

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FLORIDA TECH, PORT CANAVERAL, KSC
     FEATURED ON SIX-DAY FLORIDA TRIP      

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Over 50 high-level representatives from around the world are expected to visit Florida Institute of Technology and other Brevard County and Florida sites after a coalition of north-central Florida cities, counties and agencies won a national competition by the U.S. Economic Development Administration to host the 8th Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The international event, known as ACE Florida, will run Dec. 3-9. Participants will visit Orlando and Brevard County, as well as Osceola County, the Greater Gainesville region, Tallahassee-Leon County and St. Augustine.

They will see advanced technology centers, innovation hubs, public-private partnerships and strategic investments. The itinerary will include agricultural, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, tourism, and other clusters, as well as Florida State University and University of Florida in addition to Florida Tech.

ACE Florida brings together decision-makers from the Western Hemisphere and other nations to explore global and regional partnerships and economic development opportunities that will strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Florida Tech visit will include a campus tour, interactions with President Dwayne McCay and other senior leaders, and a visit to the university’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design, which is funded in part by the Economic Development Administration.

In addition to the campus visit, the Brevard leg of the tour is scheduled to include a panel discussion with executives from Embraer, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, a visit to Port Canaveral and presentations at Kennedy Space Center.

“We are excited to facilitate deeper connections between ACE program participants and Florida’s tech-based industries and showcase why North-Central Florida is the ideal place to do business,” said Cissy Proctor, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

During the past year, the Florida coalition worked with the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Commerce Department on its ACE proposal. The federal government then presented the application to a global committee of experts headed by the Organization of American States.

“We appreciate your leadership and commitment to welcome 50 high-level decision-makers from the Americas and around the world by opening the doors of your communities to share your experience and competitiveness strengths,” said U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce Dennis Alvord. “We strongly believe that when the right partners come together and increase their level of interaction great things happen for job creation, increased investment, and improved prosperity.”

Since 2014, ACE has been held in the United States, Argentina, Mexico, and Canada, becoming a catalyst to strengthen hemispheric ties, building on ideas and models that work to promote economic and social development.

Article by Florida Tech Blog, Complete Article [ HERE ]