Canning NASA

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Ball Aerospace named Rich Auerbach as director of antenna and video technologies. He will spearhead the company’s development and production activities for advanced antennas, RF communication subsystems and specialty cameras. Ball Aerospace technology is deployed on a wide variety of platforms — aircraft, spacecraft, ships, missiles, helicopters and land vehicles.

Auerbach joins Ball Aerospace from Raytheon where he served as the director of B-2 radar programs. During the initial B-2 radar development, he was instrumental in the development, integration and test of the multi-mode radar employing low observable and low probability of intercept techniques. He managed the B-2 Radar Modernization Program, developing an active electronically scanned antenna to be integrated into the legacy B-2 radar.

Ball Corporation makes jars for home canning. The company also owns Ball Aerospace which develops sensors, spacecraft, systems and components for government and commercial markets, employing more than 13,200 people with reported 2004 sales of $5.4 billion. Ball’s satellite will smash into an asteroid on July 4th.

The New York Times reports that hundreds of billions of dollars are going to waste.

The Pentagon has more than 80 major new weapons systems under development, which is “a lot more programs than we can afford,” a senior Air Force official, Blaise J. Durante, said. Their combined cost, already $300 billion over budget, is $1.47 trillion and climbing…

In interviews and public testimony, military leaders, arms makers and government auditors generally agreed on why the nation’s arsenal costs so much.

They said the military conjures up dream weapons, like the Extended Range Guided Munition… It sets immensely expensive technological requirements that are far beyond the state of the art of war, weapons executives say. Officials at the handful of major military contractors cross their fingers and promise to fulfill those visions.

Military officials routinely understate the anticipated costs of weapons… When costs rise far beyond the promised ceilings… almost no one takes responsibility.

These Manhattan-style programs could put the security of the United States at risk. Fraud is covered up.


Is NASA obsolete? Taxpayers are spending billions on a Space Shuttle that goes nowhere and an International Space Station that’s a dangerous relic. NASA’s budget is only about $15 Billion. Why not spin it off.

Privatize NASA.

I don’t know if NASA is used as a shield for Star Wars programs, but it seems like a good bet. If the Air Force wants a beam weapon power plant, fine. Run it through the DOE.

Give the kiddies something they can use – global telconferencing, planetary robots, virtual worlds and real space adventures with real astrobiologists making real discoveries.

Government space projects might go through the NSF for funding. Let commercial space be commercial space.

Expand SETI. Kill NASA.

– Sam Churchill

The B-2 bomber is exhibit “A”. It was widely reported by Aviation Week, and others, that UltraWideBand radar can “see” it. The aircraft’s mission to nuke Russia was also obsolete.

It was 100% pork.

The United States is loosing the broadband war. “Unwiring” the United States with WiMax would cost less than one B-2 bomber. In-Stat’s report WiMax: The Rebel Broadband presents a theoretical business case built on the idea that a carrier might build a WiMax network that covers 75% of the US population at a cost of $1.5 billion covering 85 million potential subscribers.

“India and China won’t be level,” said Greg Phillips, the chief executive officer of AirTegrity Wireless, “they’ll be beyond us.” Korea, Japan, Taiwan and more than a dozen other countries already are.

A national WiMax plan could have lots of pork AND make the United States economically secure. Win, win!

The first rocky planet orbiting a normal star not much different from our Sun has been found. “This is the smallest extrasolar planet yet detected and the first of a new class of rocky terrestrial planets,” said team member Paul Butler.

The astronomers said the new planet is about seven and a half times the size of Earth, with about twice its radius. The newly discovered “super-Earth” orbits the star Gliese 876, located 15 light-years from the Earth in the direction of the constellation Aquarius.

Michael Turner, head of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation said, “Today’s results are an important step toward answering one of the most profound questions that mankind can ask: Are we alone in the universe?”

God Knows (39:00).

Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, June 14th, 2005 at 6:07 am .

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