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Bob Gruner's Service - April 17, 2019
Update from Dan Difonzo
Ed Habib Recognized for Lifetime Achivements
Denis Curtin forwarded this notice to us.
In recognition of his lifetime achievements in space communications
at NASA, Edmund J. Habib, B.E.E. '49, received on of two 2018
Engineering Pioneer Awards from the Goddard Space Flight Center.
The Air Force can't figure out which satellite is which
On the afternoon of December 3rd, 2018, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from the southern coast of California, lofting the largest haul of individual satellites the vehicle had ever transported. At the time, it seemed like the mission was a slam dunk, with all 64 satellites deploying into space as designed.
But nearly four months later, more than a dozen satellites from the launch have yet to be identified in space. We know that they're up there, and where they are, but it's unclear which satellites belong to which satellite operator on the ground.
They are, truly, unidentified flying objects.
Pictures from First Wednesday 2018 Gathering
The COMARA First Wednesday December 2018 gathering was held at the Woodside Deli in Germantown. Ron Johnson did his usual great job in organizing and publicizing this event.
Paul Schrantz attended the event and took photos of many of the participants. These photos have been posted to a OneDrive album. You can view the photos as an album and as a slide show. You can also order copies of any of the photos.
Sorry that it took awhile to get these photos uploaded for your viewing.
New book by Elizabeth Young (one of our COMARA own)
Just want to share with my COMARA friends that my fifth book, a mystery, entitled "The Hand in the Window", has been released by Divertir Publishing, which previously published my international thriller, "FUGO: Terror from the Sky". Information available on my web site: http://www.eyoungbooks.com All my book are available on Amazon.com.
Jay Berg's life could have been better. He had recently separated from his wife after losing his job at the factory where they both worked. His wife was now seeing another coworker, Jay was living in an apartment at a friend's house, and his days consisted of holding a traffic sign at a construction site.
Elizabeth Young, COMSAT 1984
2018 COMSAT Alumni Social Photos
About 35 people attended the 2018 COMARA Social on Sunday, September 30 at Thats Amore on Shady Grove Road in Rockville. Denis Curtin made arrangements for the venue. Geze Serenyi (treasurer) collected checks from our PO Box, and email notices from PayPal as our members paid for the event.
Paul Schrantz and Ron Garlow took pictures at the event. This album contains 51 photos taken during the event. This One Drive album is provided without charge by Microsoft for any user with an Outlook email account. The owner of the account creates the album, and then uploads copies of the pictures. Microsoft handles the formatting of the photo display for computer, tablet, or smart phone.
View the Social Photos - Wait for photos to load.
Maury Mechanick, COMARA President, conducted a short meeting at the event. Maury introduced Richard Rankin, newly elected COMARA Director.
There was some discussion of the support COMARA members have provided to the National Electronics Museum, located near BWI airport.
COMSAT Slide Collection
One of the COMSAT Legacy collections is a box containing nearly 1100 slides. Dan DiFonzo recently took on the job of scanning the slides so our members, and the world can share them. This is a gargantuan job. Dan has created a OneDrive album and uploaded the slides to this album. This is a massive collection with a size of about 2GB.
From Dan DiFonzo: As promised, here is the link to view and/or download the 1100 Comsat
slides that I scanned and digitized. These images have been uploaded
to a OneDrive album.
Click the array to view the OneDrive Album
The notation on each slide refers to the drawer that contained the slides
in the 3 across x 6 down set of plastic drawers.
Otherwise, the slides are numbered in the order I scanned them.
Only 14 of the drawers had slides.
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