NASA will honor the life and pioneering achievements of original
Mercury astronaut Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. (Colonel, USAF, Ret.)
during a memorial service at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the
Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston (TX).
As SpaceShipOne rocketed over the Mojave Desert on October 4 to
claim the famed Ansari XPrize, a team of engineers at Edwards Air
Force Base collected data about the spacecraft’s trajectory
thanks to the spaceport arrival and departure safety system.
"We can take a
product like this to a place on the other side of the lakebed ...
range and set it up, so the aspect angles are the way we want them
to be when they drop the bombs. Then (the aircraft) will fly by and
drop a whole load of bombs, and this radar can actually see all the
individual bombs, see them spin, see the fins come out [and] the
whole works. That’s really where something like this
Source: Robert Selbrede, lead
engineer contractor for the Departure and Arrival safety system
radar facility at Edwards Air Force Base, commenting on the
capabilities of the system that has been designed and installed at
the base, and which was used to track the trajectory of