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ABOVE VIDEO: NASA is expecting to fly the F-18 two-to-three times per day over Brevard, starting Monday, Aug. 21 and will conclude the end of the month or early September, focusing on collecting data on a targeted minimum of 33 sonic booms.

BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA (NASA) – A NASA F-18 jet takes off from the agency’s Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Aug. 23.

The F-18 jets fly at supersonic speeds off the eastern coast of Florida, while agency researchers measure the effects of low-altitude turbulence caused by sonic booms.

The F-18’s flightpath is positioned in efforts to keep the strongest-sounding sonic booms away from residential areas, while still producing them over the Kennedy Space Center.

The flights are part of NASA’s Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence, or SonicBAT II Program, partnering Kennedy with Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, Langley Research Center in Virginia, and Space Florida.

They are a key initiative in validating tools and models that will be used for the development of future quiet supersonic aircraft, which will produce a soft “thump” in place of the louder sonic boom.

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Institute of Technology was recently ranked No. 11 of the 20 fastest-growing U.S. colleges in The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac 2017.

The ranking is based on 2005-2015 enrollment data collected from private nonprofit doctoral institutions. Included on the new list alongside Florida Tech are Georgetown University, Rice University and Carnegie Mellon University.

The listing notes that Florida Tech had a fall 2005 enrollment of 4,745 and a fall 2015 enrollment of 6,631, a 39.8 percent increase. That rate outpaced Georgetown’s growth of 35.2 percent, Rice’s growth of 31.9 percent and Carnegie Mellon’s growth of 29.4 percent. The data is based on the number of full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students at the Melbourne campus as well as at extended studies locations.

“This growth was achieved as Florida Tech attracted larger numbers of students to signature programs, like those found in our College of Engineering and Computing,” said President Dwayne McCay.

“Our focus on student success, coupled with some outstanding learning opportunities, creates a very attractive environment in which students can fulfill their educational aspirations. It’s an environment that compares well with the best in the country.”

Other accolades recently earned are reinforcing that reality. In 2016, Florida Tech joined an elite group of U.S. and international universities, including Caltech, on a Times Higher Education list of the world’s 20 best small universities.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, Forbes magazine rated Florida Tech the top private university in Florida and among the highest-ranked private institutions in the country for the low amount of federal loan debt accrued by its students.

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Gulfstream and Northrop Grumman propose a modified G550 business jet for the JStars program. (Image: Northrop Grumman)

Gulfstream and Northrop Grumman propose a modified G550 business jet for the JStars program. (Image: Northrop Grumman)

Gulfstream and Northrop Grumman are making their case for hosting the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JStars) on a business jet as the U.S. Air Force nears a decision on the JStars recapitalization program. The companies are proposing the Gulfstream G550 to replace the service’s Boeing E-8C JStars fleet; they face competition from Boeing, offering a system based on the 737-700 airliner, and a team led by Lockheed Martin proposing the Bombardier Global 6000 business jet as a host platform.

The real discussion is whether or not these next-generation assets should be on a business jet or continue to be on an airliner,” said Troy Miller, Gulfstream regional vice president for military and special mission sales, during a mid-July briefing in Savannah, Georgia, Gulfstream’s headquarters. “In broad terms, we think a business jet compared to an airliner can do these missions higher, faster, farther, better [and] less expensively.”

Responding separately to an AIN inquiry, Northrop Grumman concurred that a 10-station JStars battle management command and control (BMC2) system hosted on the large-cabin, ultra-long-range G550 “can fly higher and see more to prosecute more targets without any added cost.”

The G550’s “agility and size allow it to be closer to the fight because it can base at two times the number of bases that heavy aircraft can fit in,” Alan Metzger, Northrop Grumman vice president for next generation surveillance and targeting, stated in an email. “Our Recap offering uses substantially less fuel, can generate substantially more mission on-station time while flying at threshold altitude, and provides crews with greater comfort due to the better cabin pressure than a commercial airliner would.”

Northrop Grumman expects the Air Force will select a JStars weapons system provider “sometime after late October.” The service plans to award an engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract valued at $6.9 billion. The EMD phase calls for the delivery of three test aircraft, with options for two low-rate initial production and 12 production aircraft over three lots, for a total of 17. Separately, the service has awarded Raytheon and Northrop Grumman contracts to develop competing designs for the JStars radar subsystem.

Miller offered a number of comparisons between a nominal narrowbody airliner and a G550. Airliners traditionally are certified to fly no higher than 41,000 feet; the G550 is certified to fly up to 51,000 feet, offering a better field of view for ground surveillance. An airliner’s maximum speed is Mach 0.82; the G550 cruises at Mach 0.85. An airliner can fly to 6,200 nm; the G550’s range is 6,750 nm.

Comparing commercial aircraft platforms, the fuel burn of an airliner is almost double that of a G550 business jet, Miller said, citing figures from the firm Conklin & de Decker of Orleans, Massachusetts. The operating cost of a G550 is $9 per nm versus just under $15 for an airliner.

Gulfstream has produced 207 business jets for government and special-missions purposes in 39 countries, including 70 U.S. government and military aircraft. Working with a prime contractor, it modifies green aircraft off its Savannah production line to accommodate mission equipment.

The companies offered the Air Force multiple configurations to satisfy the requirement of the JStars recapitalization program for an aerial refueling receptacle; of those the preferred option was a nose-mounted configuration—the same location used on aircraft including the A-10 Thunderbolt II, B-1 bomber and Air Force One, Northrop Grumman said.

The latter company has flight-tested its G550 testbed behind a surrogate tanker “with no adverse handling issues.” It has also conducted in-flight refueling of the G550 behind both KC-135 and KC-10 tankers in a full-motion simulator to evaluate flight crew field of view. “Results were excellent for both a nose-mounted and crown-mounted UARRSI (Universal Aerial Refueling Receptacle Slipway Installation),” the company said.

Northrop Grumman bases the G550 JStars testbed and a mission crew trainer at its Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence in Melbourne, Florida. The company says it has flown the aircraft about 500 hours each year since 2011 as it has matured its offering for the JStars recapitalization program. During that time, it has displayed the testbed and mission crew trainer at Langley, Andrews, Hanscom and Robins air force bases.

Boeing Defense has a case of its own to make about replacing aging, Boeing 707-based E-8C JStars and E-3 AWACS as well as C-135 Rivet Joint, Combat Sent, Cobra Ball, Open Skies and Constant Phoenix mission aircraft with the 737. “What we believe is that the 737-based platform is the right solution for the recapitalization of all of these aircraft moving forward,” said Jamie Burgess, Boeing Defense program manager for mobility, surveillance and engagement, during a briefing in Seattle in May.

Fleet size and parts and service availability rank high among reasons for adapting the 737, which already serves as the platform for the U.S. Navy’s P-8 Poseidon. Boeing reports delivering more than 8,000 737s with another 4,000 on order. Over 65 years, it has delivered 1,200 militarized derivatives to customers in 21 countries.

When you think about militarizing an airplane like a 737 you don’t really lose much performance in terms of mission capability and aero performance due to considerations like weight [and] mass properties,” Burgess argued. “When you start militarizing a smaller luxury business-jet class airplane, you do start to see degradation in aircraft performance. They’re just not designed to carry as much weight for as long a mission as the 737.”

Gulfstream’s Miller would disagree. “A business jet is going to be more right-sized for these types of missions,” he said. “The airliner community routinely talks about how much bigger their aircraft is than the mission requires. They use the phrase all the time ‘that gives us room for growth.’ What ‘room for growth’ means is that they’re offering way more aircraft than the mission requires.

If we concede that a business jet offers better performance and lower costs and we’re right-sized for the mission, it’s really difficult to understand why an airliner would be appropriate,” he added.

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The first graduating class from Eastern Florida State College’s new aviation maintenance technician program received their certificates Thursday, opening the door to a fast-growing career field. (EFSC Image)

The first graduating class from Eastern Florida State College’s new aviation maintenance technician program received their certificates Thursday, opening the door to a fast-growing career field. (EFSC Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The first graduating class from Eastern Florida State College’s new aviation maintenance technician program received their certificates Thursday, opening the door to a fast-growing career field.

The FAA-approved A&P program, based at the college’s Aviation Center at Melbourne International Airport, serves as a pipeline to provide highly-skilled workers to companies such as Embraer, AAR and others that are fueling the airport’s rapidly expanding commercial aviation sector.

Students also have job opportunities at companies such as SpaceX, Boeing and Blue Origin that are launching the next-generation of human spaceflight at Kennedy Space Center.

“This is a very important day for all of us,” said Lanny Schott, Director of Aviation Programs. “This first group has gone through a lot to get here and I’m proud of them.

“This is an incredible time to be coming into the job market because companies are searching for qualified employees like them. I am excited to see what the future holds for each and every one of them.”

Among those honored during a ceremony at the King Center for the Performing Arts on the Melbourne campus was Luke Smegal, who is looking forward to putting what he learned to work in aviation.

“We are breaking ground here. It is just nice to be able to graduate and become a good mechanic,” Smegal said.

Graduate Gabriel Castillo grew up in Rockledge and is hoping his training leads to a job in aerospace.

“It means a lot,” Castillo said. “This is the first class coming from the Space Coast and this area has a lot of opportunities in aviation.

“This is a great program and it means a lot to me to be a part of this first class.”

Castillo enrolled in the program after he saw a sign for an Open House informational session at the Aviation Center. The next thing he knew, he was one of the 17 students to receive his certificate Thursday.

“I was looking for a new career and aviation was one of my thoughts,” Castillo said. “I went to the Open House and here I am.”

To learn more about the Aviation Center and its programs, visit

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Northrop Grumman in Melbourne known to get multiple contracts associated with the E-2C Hawkeye.

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Three upcoming job fairs will be held to help Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman find hundreds of additional workers in Brevard County.

Bethesda, Md.-based defense firm Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) plans to hire 350-500 workers, said CareerSource Brevard President Marci Murphy during Orlando Business Journal’s Doing Business in Brevard County event on Aug. 25. “They are moving to Titusville from Sunnyvale, Calif., and they are hiring and I think there is a Navy missile program that is active. We had a hiring event for them last month and we will have two more for them next month.”

The firm is hiring 663 workers in Orlando, Cape Canaveral, Melbourne and Titusville. In Orlando, the company needs 608 workers in positions that include systems engineer, software engineer, antenna designer and RF systems engineer, F-35 information systems security officer and more. In Cape Canaveral, the company needs 45 workers and has openings for mechanical, software, systems, and aeronautical engineers. In Melbourne and Titusville, the company needs 10 workers, with openings for information systems analyst, multifunctional information system analyst and technical service engineers. Lockheed Martin employs more than 7,000 workers in Orlando, and more than 600 in Cape Canaveral. The firm often scoops up big contracts for its F-35 jet fighter, various missiles and target systems, and simulation training programs.

Meanwhile, Falls Church, Va.-based aerospace and defense company Northrup Grumman (NYSE: NOC) wants to hire 121 high-wage workers in Central Florida— 102 in Melbourne, 16 in Orlando and four in Apopka. Like Lockheed MartinNorthrop Grumman often lands big contracts in Central Florida — usually for its E2 aircraft program. The program supports about 800 jobs in Melbourne. There will be a Brevard hiring event on Aug. 29 for Northrop Grumman, said Murphy. “They are looking to fill positions like cyber information system security, support technicians, budget analyst, mechanical engineers and administrators.”

Overall, the county has seen significant growth in employment, County Commissioner Jim Barfield said during the Aug. 25 OBJ event, Doing Business in Brevard County.“In 2010, we weren’t in such great shape. The unemployment rate was at 11 percent, but this past year, the unemployment is 4.4 percent and we’ve added 8,000 jobs,” Barfield said, adding that there were 6,000 job openings on LinkedIn in July for the county. “We are going through a good growth pace. There’s growth in housing, manufacturing and we’re seeing a lot happening — and it’s not centered on one specific industry. We’re diversifying [the workforce] substantially.”

Although the area is growing, there is a catch 22 — there’s a shortage of workforce.

The shortage is evident as Carol Craig, CEO of Craig Technologies, said she is having a hard time recruiting qualified local talent. “We are actually recruiting from Illinois, Wisconsin and Connecticut.”

Craig previously told OBJ she is planning to double her workforce of 450 peoplewithin three to five years.

“Our challenge is workforce shortage. We definitely have a workforce shortage this year with a 4.4 percent unemployment rate. I think about 3.2 percent are considered fully employed, so it’s an issue,” Murphy said. “We’re looking at the talent pipeline in Brevard County Public Schools and talent attraction.”

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Five facts about Port Canaveral’s upcoming budget. Video by Hillard Grossman and Dave Berman, FLORIDA TODAY Posted Aug. 23, 2017 Wochit

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite launched from the Space Coast in 2016 had a front-row view of Monday’s spectacular solar eclipse.

Harris Corp. announced Tuesday’s it’s among the recipients of a 15-year, $50 billion ceiling by the U.S. General Services Administration. The contract, awarded during the first quarter of Harris’ fiscal 2018, has a 5-year base period with two five-year options. It’s for the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) IDIQ contract

Harris and nine other companies, according to the contract award, have the opportunity to compete for task orders to provide U.S. agencies with a wide range of information technology, telecommunication and infrastructure services, as well as dedicated customer care services such as network and security operations centers.

Harris will begin competing for task orders as federal agencies transition from GSA’s existing Networx contract, which expires in March 2020.EIS enables federal agencies to provision network services — which Harris said is similar to those it already provides through contracts with the Federal Aviation Administration  Telecommunications Infrastructure and MyFloridaNet2 programs.

EIS enables federal agencies to provision network services — which Harris said is similar to those it already provides through contracts with the Federal Aviation Administration  Telecommunications Infrastructure and MyFloridaNet2 programs.

“Harris is a recognized leader in technology and the operation and maintenance of mission critical networks such as FTI, where network security and availability are paramount in supporting the National Airspace System,” Ed Zoiss, president, Harris Electronic Systems, said in a statement. “This unique blend of systems integration expertise, and the pervasiveness of our best-in-class telecom teammates, will provide cost savings to agencies and vastly improve network security, availability, reliability, scalability, and the overall performance of their telecommunications network.”

The Melbourne-based Harris is one of Brevard County’s largest private employers and focused on aerospace, communication, defense and technology sectors.

Contact Price at 321-242-3658 or You can also follow him on Twitter @Fla2dayBiz. 

Article by Wayne T. Price, Florida Today, Complete Article [ HERE ]

Habitat for Humanity volunteers build another of the 15 homes they plan to build in Melbourne. Video by Craig Bailey. Posted Aug. 19, 2017

MELBOURNE — In a major subdivision makeover, Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County is adding the seventh home to its string of 15 housing lots along Cedarwood Drive, bordering the Booker T. Washington neighborhood.

Saturday morning, Habitat officials conducted a wall-raising ceremony for Stephanie Staley and her children at their future three-bedroom homesite near Carver Park Community Center.

“This is a marvelous occasion for me. I mean, this is one of the most greatest opportunities of a lifetime. And I thank you all for coming out to help,” Staley said from the gray concrete pad of her home, drawing claps and cheers from dozens of volunteers.

Staley, who lives in Palm Bay, works as a cable assembler at Harris Corp. She is a single mother who will live at the house with children Lazarius Bozeman, 3, and Sa’Yana Bozeman, 4.

Habitat purchased the undeveloped, neighboring bank-owned lots along Cedarwood Drive for $80,000 in August 2012.

Habitat has built 55 homes in Eau Gallie’s blighted Booker T. Washington neighborhood, dating to the early 1990s. Denise Carter, Melbourne’s housing and improvement manager, said the city has also invested more than $4 million here, including street and fire hydrant improvements, park upgrades, street lighting and the Greater Heights apartment-townhome affordable-housing complex, which was built in 2009.

Officials say police incident reports in the Booker T. Washington neighborhood have plunged from about 700 in 2002 to roughly 200 last year.

“The city has put in a tremendous investment. And the investment has helped the neighborhood. That neighborhood has really changed,” Carter said.

During previous decades, a road barricade on nearby Swan Street separated the historically black Booker T. Washington neighborhood from the historically white Sunwood Park subdivision, where Cedarwood Drive is located.

Habitat sold a 16th lot on Cedarwood Drive to Lynne Brockwell-Carey and her husband, Michael, who hired a contractor to build their home. She is executive director of the Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition, and he is pastor of Church in the Wild in Eau Gallie. The couple had lived in Satellite Beach for 20 years.

“(Cedarwood Drive) was a critical juncture between what had been a traditionally white community and what had traditionally been an African-American community. And we knew that with Habitat coming in, there was an opportunity to be a link between the two,” Lynne Brockwell-Carey said.

“Habitat has brought a Puerto Rican family, African-American, Jamaican-American, Haitian-American, Caucasian white. This street’s going to represent a bit of a melting pot, and we thought that was exciting to be a part of that,” she said.

In March, officials conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for a $650,000 teen center next to the BNDC’s Dorcas Outreach Center for Kids on Masterson Street in the Booker T. Washington neighborhood. Workers labored on drywall inside the structure Saturday.

Habitat will host a wall-raising ceremony next month for the eighth Cedarwood Drive home, said Mollie Vrable, director of operations.

Contact Neale at 321-242-3638, or follow @RickNeale1 on Twitter.

Article by Rick Neale, Florida Today, Complete Article [ HERE ]