Irving Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol

Irving Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol Welcome to the home of the Irving Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol! Our unit, SWR TX 133, meets at MacArthur HS JROTC Bldg, 3700 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irv

Operating as usual

aerospace - 2 launches planned for Sunday.
08/30/2020

aerospace - 2 launches planned for Sunday.

In the first of two launches planned from Florida’s Space Coast on Sunday, SpaceX is readying a Falcon 9 rocket for liftoff from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 10:12 a.m. EDT (1412 GMT) with 60 more Starlink broadband satellites.

LIVE COVERAGE: https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/08/30/falcon-9-starlink-11-mission-status-center/

SpaceX plans to launch Argentina’s SAOCOM 1B radar observation satellite from Cape Canaveral at 7:18 p.m. EDT (2318 GMT) Sunday. A Falcon 9 rocket will launch toward the south on a trajectory hugging the Florida East Coast on the first flight into polar orbit from Cape Canaveral since 1969, and the first stage booster will return to the spaceport for an onshore landing minutes after liftoff.

LIVE COVERAGE: https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/08/30/falcon-9-saocom-1b-mission-status-center/

Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps
08/29/2020

Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps

#CharacterMatters ... The Civil Air Patrol cadet character development virtue for August is #Temperance (moderation). Founding father George Mason wrote about that virtue many times. He wrote:

"That no free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people, but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles."

Mason was a very strong advocate for a government based on virtue, not law. He argued strongly against the Constitution as we now know it because it did not stress civic virtue.

NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
08/29/2020
NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

App Development Challenge
08/29/2020
App Development Challenge

App Development Challenge

NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

Family Cloud Challenge - GLOBE.gov
08/29/2020
Family Cloud Challenge - GLOBE.gov

Family Cloud Challenge - GLOBE.gov

The Family Cloud Challenge is a list of activities and videos you can do, watch, and interact with as a family to see how many you can complete!

NASA Television | NASA
08/29/2020
NASA Television | NASA

NASA Television | NASA

NASA Television provides live coverage of launches, spacewalks and other mission events, as well as the latest news briefings, video files, and the This Week @NASA report.

08/26/2020
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Fly with the Thunderbirds

We bet you’ve never seen #Indy500 Race Day like this before.

Watch Air Force Thunderbirds pilot Major Zane Taylor fly over #IMS before "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" with a fully interactive 360° view.

#INDYCAR | Gainbridge

Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps
08/22/2020

Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps

#CharacterMatters On behalf of the Chief of CAP Chaplains, Chaplain (Colonel) John Murdoch, CAP, and the entire chaplain corps, we welcome with prayer the new Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass. During her remarks, she called on all Airmen to "embrace true diversity and forge an inclusive culture." This is the Civil Air Patrol core value of #Respect in action.

Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps
08/22/2020

Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps

#CharacterMatters The Civil Air Patrol cadet character #virtue for August is #Temperance. According to Dr. Victor Frankl, neurologist, psychiatrist, and Holocaust survivor, we choose our responses. He wrote:

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

Join the chaplain corps for more on this important virtue.

Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps
08/22/2020

Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps

#CharacterMatters ... #Temperance (moderation) is the Civil Air Patrol cadet character development virtue for August. According to scholar and author, Joseph Campbell, Ph.D., temperance is an important virtue for "a heroic career." He wrote:

"The moral, I suppose, would be that the first requirements for a heroic career are the knightly virtues of loyalty, temperance, and courage."

Join the chaplain corps for more on this important quality during the month.

Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps
08/14/2020

Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps

#CharacterMatters On behalf of the Chief of Chaplains of Civil Air Patrol, Chaplain (Colonel) John Murdoch, CAP, and the entire corps, we wish retiring Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, USAF, prayers as he gives up the mantle of leadership and mentorship to the enlisted members of the #TotalForce. In his final letter to the Air Force he reminded all Airmen that we need to show #respect to each other. This is a CAP core value in action.

Aerospace history - Practice with the Orbitor Enterprise
08/12/2020

Aerospace history - Practice with the Orbitor Enterprise

SHUTTLE’S FIRST FREE FLIGHT TODAY 47 YEARS AGO, AND NASA'S BOB SIECK TALKS ABOUT "ALT"--On Aug. 12, 1977 over Edward Air Force Base in Southern California, Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise was at the controls of the Space Shuttle Orbiter OV-101, Enterprise, as it did a five minute glide to the desert floor with pilot Gordon Fullerton beside him.

That was the first flight for the first reusable spaceship that would have a 30 year history before being retired in 2011.

ASM’s Mark Marquette talked with the non-profit museum’s outgoing treasurer, NASA legend Bob Sieck, who was a project engineer and key manager over the two-year time frame of the “Approach and Landing Tests” or ALT.

“We were there to “get smart” on the world’s first reusable space ship,” said Bob Sieck, who went on to be launch director for 51 Shuttle missions.

Sieck talked about the 50 families that moved from the Florida Space Coast to Lancaster, California, 50 miles in either direction between Palmdale where Rockwell was building the Orbiters, and Dryden Air Station where the ALT tests were based.

“We took over a new apartment complex, and called it the ‘NASA Ghetto,’” Sieck said. “It was a memorable time for everybody, especially my kids, who still maintained some friendships from those days.”

Those 80 or so employees were people from NASA Operations, Engineering, Quality Control, Support and Logistics. Sieck remembers that two years from 1976-78 fondly.

“It was the highlight of my NASA career. From beginning to the end of the campaign, we were quantifying the development of a new spaceship,” said Sieck. “It was an invaluable experience.”

That “spaceship” was one never intended to go to space, Enterprise OV-101, Yes, Star Trek fans, named after THAT Enterprise. Because America’s Bicentennial year was 1976, the name NASA wanted was “Constitution.” But a write-in campaign by “Trekkies” convinced them otherwise.

Enterprise became an important piece of the Space Transportation System development as it not only was used in the ALT tests, but also as a “model” for fit-checks at the Vehicle Assembly Building, the Orbiter Processing Facility and Launch Complex 39A & B, all at Kennedy Space Center, as well as a fit-check at the Shuttle Vandenberg Launch Complex 6--whcih was never used.

Astronaut teams for the five free-flights of the spaceplane glider were Fred Haise and Gordon Fullerton (3 flights) & Joe Engle and Richard Truly. Only Haise did not fly Shuttle in Space

Haise was promised command STS-3 with Jack Lousma that was to take a space tug on Skylab, but fell behind and took a job at Grumman Corp. as a vice president (where he worked for 16 years).

From February to October 1977 there were 16 official ALT tests. Three were taxi runway tests on the modified 747; five were unmanned flights of 2 hours; three were were manned “captive” flights of an hour or so; and five were manned release flights that had Enterprise gliding to landing for about 6 minutes.

Interesting was three control centers: Rockwell at Palmdale was in charge of the Orbiter health and when it was attached to the 747. When in free-flight, Johnson Space Center in Houston was in charge. And when Enterprise landed, the KSC ALT crew at Edwards AFB were in charge.

“It worked beautifully because of the management behind it, said Bob Sieck, one of those key managers. “It was a single management system with alot of empowerment at the Edwards site, and we got great results.”

Sieck said that Mercury astronaut legend Deke Slayton was over the ALT program, along with NASA manager Paul Donnally. Former astronaut Gen. Tom Stafford was over Edwards, and Chris Kraft was the key person from JSC, over the astronaut crew.

Unsung heroes were the crew of the Boeing 747 plane: Capt. and pilot Fitzhugh Fulton Jr,; co-pilot thomas McMurtry; and flight engineers Louis Guidry Jr. and Victor Horton.

“We got a lot of bugs out of the hardware procedures and systems, and learned alot of lessons in a short and concise problem-solving environment,” Sieck said.

“The point to make is what we learned in ALT was a great preparation for what was in store for a space-rated, reusable vehicle,” Sieck Said. “It was an invaluable experience.”
Sieck said some of the challenges were:

Working outdoors in desert, the Enterprise and the 747 were not in a hanger. Shifting winds and sand were the only problem as it rarely rained.

Learning how to handle the dangerously toxic Hydrazine fuel for the Shuttles maneuvering system, the Reaction Control System thrusters.
For the 1st time,one of the four computers onboard the Orbiter failed, and they had to figure the problem out.

And there was “collateral damage” Sieck said from working inside the Orbiter after landing, i.e. wires damaged, places too tight to access components.

“The punch out list on the new Orbiter was long, but nothing serious,” he said.

Other areas learned were the Mate/Demate procedures to maneuver the Orbiter on the 747; and access levels that would be needed for the KSC Orbiter Process Facilities, the three OPFs or Shuttle garages that are beside the VAB.

A short chapter in the legacy of the Space Transportation System is an important one. And the success of the ALT tests kept STS on a timeline that got bogged down by other issues down the line.

(Bob Sieck photo by MarQ)

08/12/2020
NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center

NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center

Do you have a #PilotsPerspective?✈️

We’re one week away from National Aviation Day, and this year we’re honoring pilots of every kind—test, military, private, drone, and everything in between. Pilots, we want to hear from you: what is the best part about flying?

Record yourself answering this question and share the video on your social media page with the tags #PilotsPerspective and #NationalAviationDay. You just might be featured on NASA Aeronautics social media!

Read about how NASA is celebrating National Aviation Day: https://go.nasa.gov/2CkQiFB

⬇️Watch the video below for full details!

Mars
08/12/2020

Mars

It’s been 15 years since our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launched for the Red Planet. From skyscraper-sized dust devils to capturing NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover exploring the landscape, here are stellar images captured by MRO in honor of the anniversary: go.nasa.gov/3iAN806

The Perseid meteor shower of 2020 peaks tonight! Here's how to watch live.
08/11/2020
The Perseid meteor shower of 2020 peaks tonight! Here's how to watch live.

The Perseid meteor shower of 2020 peaks tonight! Here's how to watch live.

The Perseids are back! This week, you can catch the annual meteor shower, a favorite of many skywatchers, as it peaks thanks to four livestreams from the Virtual Telescope Project, NASA, Lowell Observatory and the online astronomy learning platform Slooh

08/07/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Marine Corps

Today is Purple Heart Day.

To the 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients, we honor you.

Launched 0650 Local. Hurrah!
07/30/2020

Launched 0650 Local. Hurrah!

07/27/2020
Perseverance: The New Mars Rover

Perseverance: The New Mars Rover

Meet SHERLOC, the detective aboard the Mars Rover Perseverance. Explore details about the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover and its suite of instruments. Per...

Aerospace - History and Mars
07/23/2020
Mars Microphones

Aerospace - History and Mars

The Planetary Society has long history of trying to send a microphone to Mars. In addition to the missions pictured here, the Society attempted unsuccessfully to get microphones on NASA’s Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity, and InSight missions, as well as the European Space Agency’s ill-fated Schia...

07/19/2020
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Let’s talk about science! In the latest episode of #EZScience, learn about the upcoming launch of NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover targeted for liftoff on July 30. Dr. E and Dr. Z talk about the technological advancements of the newest Mars rover (and helicopter!).

Meet NASA's Next Mars Rover, Perseverance, Launching This Summer - Teachable Moments | NASA/JPL Edu
07/19/2020
Meet NASA's Next Mars Rover, Perseverance, Launching This Summer - Teachable Moments | NASA/JPL Edu

Meet NASA's Next Mars Rover, Perseverance, Launching This Summer - Teachable Moments | NASA/JPL Edu

Update: July 6, 2020 – Due to processing delays in preparations to unite the spacecraft with the rocket, the first launch attempt will be no earlier than July 30 at 4:50 a.m. PDT (7:50 a.m. EDT). The launch period has been expanded to Aug. 15. Dates updated below. › Read morePerseverance, N...

Attend the virtual Moon Day. Both Lt Col Cynthia and Dietrich Whisennand are guest speakers.
07/18/2020
MOON DAY 2019 | Frontiers of Flight Museum

Attend the virtual Moon Day. Both Lt Col Cynthia and Dietrich Whisennand are guest speakers.

THE LARGEST ANNUAL SPACE-THEMED EXPOSITION IN TEXAS! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Saturday, July 20, 2019 » 10AM - 4PM

Aerospace - restored Apollo Space Program films
07/17/2020
AI Upscales Apollo Lunar Footage to 60 FPS - Universe Today

Aerospace - restored Apollo Space Program films

As exciting and thrilling as it is to watch all the historic footage from the Apollo Moon landings, you have to admit, the quality is sometimes not all that great. Even though NASA has worked on restoring and enhancing some of the most popular Apollo footage, some of it is still grainy or blurry. Bu...

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Welcome to the home of the Irving Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol! Our unit, SWR TX 133, meets at MacArthur HS JROTC Bldg, 3700 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving TX, at 1830-2030 Mondays - all are welcome.

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Hi I am a patron member of Civil Air Patrol and USAF Veteran I also collect Civil Air Patrol patches and their heraldry and was wondering if I could trade, buy or make a donation for your Squadron patch. If you have any other versions of your patch or other Civil Air Patrol patches new or used I would be interested in those too. I can send a check, money order or paypal along with a return envelope. Thank you Roger LaShomb 1592 Co. Rt. 38 Norfolk, New York 13667
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