New Amateur Satellites – AggieSat and Bevo-2

Aggie Sat was launched from the ISSA package of two satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads has been deployed into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS) as part of a collaborative Texas A&M and University of Texas at Austin research effort. Built by Texas A&M students, AggieSat4 (AGS4) will release UT’s Bevo-2 CubeSat in about a month, once it is far enough away from the ISS. Both schools received support from NASA’s Johnson Spaceflight Center (JSC) for the design, construction, testing, and launch phases. The goal of the overarching LONESTAR (Low Earth Orbiting Navigation Experiment for Spacecraft Testing Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking) program is for the two satellites to individually rendezvous with each other and perform docking and undocking maneuvers.

“The overall objective is to find ways for small spacecraft to join together autonomously in space,” Helen Reed, KD7GPX, professor of aerospace engineering and director of the AggieSat Lab at Texas A&M told NASA. “We need simple systems that will allow rendezvous and docking with little to no help from a human, which will become especially important as we venture farther out into space. Applications could include in-space assembly or reconfiguration of larger structures or systems as well as servicing and repair.”

The AggieSat team received its first beacon signal from the satellite at its Texas A&M Riverside Campus ground station. The AggieSat4 team is asking any Amateur Radio operators receiving the beacon signal to send any data to the AGS4 team. AggieSat4 will transmit 9.6 kbps FSK telemetry and 153.6 kbps FSK on 436.250 MHz. Once it’s placed into its own orbit, Bevo-2 will transmit on 437.325 on CW and 38.4 kbps FSK.

Both satellites were launched to the space station during a December 6, 2015, resupply mission. Earlier last week, Astronauts Tim Peake, KG5BVI, and Scott Kelly made preparations to deploy the sizeable LONESTAR phase 2 mission satellite package from the ISS, using the SSIKLOPS deployer. The satellite mission also will demonstrate communication cross links, data exchange, GPS-based navigation, and other tasks. AggieSat4 will capture images of the Bevo-2 release.

The satellites were independently developed by student teams at the two universities. Both teams were responsible for development plans for their satellite and had to meet established mission objectives.

The Bevo-2 Satellite was designed, built, and tested in the Texas Spacecraft Lab (TSL) at the University of Texas at Austin. “This whole experience is very exciting,” TSL Director Glenn Lightsey, KE5DDG, said last fall as undergraduate and graduate students were in the final stages of their project. “It’s great to have a research program where our students can build satellites that fly in space.” Reed and Lightsey are co-investigators for the LONESTAR 2 project.

Careful who you trust…

Trust in God with all your heart!Sometimes it’s hard to find trust in such an untrustworthy, disloyal world. It’s important to not get hurt, but you also must learn to trust in God. Trusting the Lord should be easy. But it is also important to trust in those you love. Your family and your friends are not perfect, but it makes you a better person to believe in trust.

You should always be careful with who you trust, but you shouldn’t live your life in fear. Thankfully, though, you can trust your Heavenly Father without a second thought. He is the only one who you can truly trust, no matter what. And the more you trust Him, the closer to him you can become.

O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusts in you.- Psalms 84:12

But now thus said the LORD that created you, O Jacob, and he that formed you, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are mine. – Isaiah 43:1

Behold, you trust in lying words, that cannot profit. – Jeremiah 7:8

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. – Isaiah 12:2

Give thanks to God, our provider!

Living a grateful life will help you to life a happy life. We cannot take for granted all that is around us.

1 Chronicles 16:35 – Cry out, “Save us, O God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, that we may glory in your praise.”

1 Chronicles 29:13 – Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

Daniel 2:23  – “I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.”

Psalm 95:2 – Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

Psalm 100:4 – Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

It is so wonderful that we have the Biblical promise that God will provide all of our needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19)

Cherish your integrity

Cherish your integrity for at some point, someone will try to steal it!

Romans 12:17

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.

Integrity is the key to happiness.  Continue to do good when all seems evil around you!  Those that are evil have already been judged by God and they have the responsibility to repent or live with the consequences of their actions.

Proverbs 4:23-27

Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put devious lips far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead, And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet, And all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.

Hemp prevents Staph Infections, Really?

Culture of s Staph InfectionRampant staph infections continue to cost lives unnecessarily.  One powerful weapon to fight this scourge is being successfully deployed by China’s military: industrial hemp.  Staph is spread by direct contact and by touching items that are contaminated such as towels, sheets, privacy curtains, and clothing.  As noted by the San Francisco Chronicle, “It is estimated that each year 2 million Americans become infected during hospital stays, and at least 90,000 of them die.  MRSA (an antibiotic resistant strain of staph) is a leading cause of hospital-borne infections.”  One of the most important recent discoveries is hemp’s ability to kill surface bacteria, while cotton, polyester, and polyethelyne allow it to remain on their surfaces for up to months at a time.

Unknown to many, hemp fabrics exist in today’s market that can replace each of these transmission prone hospital items.  Technological improvements for hemp textile development began in the early 90s when EnviroTextile’s lead textile engineer, Barbara Filippone, began working with hemp in China.  To date, the company has over 100 hemp and hemp blended fabrics available to suit any traditional fabric application.  In addition to staph resistance, other tests show hemp fabrics superior resistance to UV and infrared wavelengths, providing multiple applications for military use.

Hemp fabric was tested against two bacteria strains, Staphylococcus Aureus (staph) and Klebsiella Pneumoniae (pneumonia).  The fabric tested was a hemp blend, 60% hemp and 40% rayon.  The staph test sample was already 98.5% bacteria free during the first measurement of the testing, while the pneumonia fabric sample was 65.1% bacteria free.  These results, even prior to the tests completion, clearly display the fabrics unique capability at killing bacteria and reducing their spread.  This is especially imperative for healthcare facilities.

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Avocados are Amazing so I am growing one…

Growing an avocado using the toothpick method
Growing an avocado using the toothpick method

Avocado’s are amazing and most people have no idea the magic that happened to get that avocado onto their plate.  Every since I was a kid I found the huge avocado seed as intriguing.  Why so big? What does it look like? But most importantly, how can I make this thing grow.   I have fond memories of my mother helping me to stab the sides of the avocado with toothpick and then precariously hang it partially dipping in water but we always failed.  Never did we get so much as a root and for years the mystery would be back-burner-ed as other things in life took priority.

Purple Avocado with a nice seedNow older and much less wiser than that know it all kid, I decided to try my luck again with the avocado seed.  I have always enjoyed gardening so this was right up my alley.  We eat a lot of avocados between my wife, myself and the 4 kids and so I had my pick of seeds to start with and choose the perfect one. It seemed poised to crack open and bring life to the huge seed.  As I have always failed with the “toothpick method” I chose to pull a different approach… I tossed it into water for a few days and then planted it with only half the seed under ground and the other half getting direct sunlight (natural warmth).  Well, I am happy to report that the seed has sprouted and is slowly reaching for the sky!  The leaves are a beautiful color and I am extremely excited about the project.  I look forward to growing this avocado tree and will report on the progress right here….

For those of you that love avocados but do not really know where they come from I suggest you continue reading below…

Avocado tree with almost ripe avocado'sAvocado Nutrition Facts

  • Avocados contain just 5 grams of fat per serving.
  • Avocados contain NO cholesterol and NO sodium.
  • Avocados contain 60% more potassium per ounce than bananas!
  • Avocados are high in fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium and folate.

Avocado come from Avocado trees that can grow as tall as 20-40 feet tall.

Indians in tropical America break avocados in half, add salt and eat with tortillas and a cup of coffee—as a complete meal. In North America, avocados are primarily served as salad vegetables, merely halved and garnished with seasonings, lime juice, lemon juice, vinegar, mayonnaise or other dressings. Often the halves are stuffed with shrimp, crab or other seafood. Avocado flesh may be sliced or diced and combined with tomatoes, cocumbers or other vegetables and served as a salad. The seasoned flesh is sometimes used as a sandwich filling. Avocado, cream cheese and pineapple juice may be blended as a creamy dressing for fruit salads.

Mexican guacamole, a blend of the pureed flesh with lemon or lime juice, onion juice or powder, minced garlic, chili powder or Tabasco sauce, and salt and pepper has become a widely popular “;dip”; for crackers, potato chips or other snacks. The ingredients of guacamole may vary and some people add mayonnaise.

Because of its tannin content, the flesh becomes bitter if cooked. Diced avocado can be added to lemon-flavored gelatin after cooling and before it is set, and chunks of avocado may be added to hot foods such as soup, stew, chili or omelettes just before serving. In Guatemalan restaurants, a ripe avocado is placed on the table when a hot dish is served and the diner scoops out the flesh and adds it just before eating. For a “;gourmet”; breakfast, avocado halves are warmed in an oven at low heat, then topped with scrambled eggs and anchovies.

In Brazil, the avocado is regarded more as a true fruit than as a vegetable and is used mostly mashed in sherbet, ice cream, or milk shakes. Avocado flesh is added to heated ice cream mixes (such as boiled custard) only after they have cooled. If mashed by hand, the fork must be a silver one to avoid discoloring the avocado. A New Zealand recipe for avocado ice cream is a blend of avocado, lemon juice, orange juice, grated orange rind, milk, cream, sugar and salt, frozen, beaten until creamy, and frozen again.

Some Oriental people in Hawaii also prefer the avocado sweetened with sugar and they combine it with fruits such as pineapple, orange, grapefruit, dates, or banana.

In Java, avocado flesh is thoroughly mixed with strong black coffee, sweetened and eaten as a dessert.

Avocado slices have been pickled and marketed in glass jars. California began marketing frozen guacamole in 1951, and a frozen avocado whip, developed at the University of Miami, was launched in 1955. To help prevent enzymatic browning of these products, it is recommended that sodium bisulfite and/or ascorbic acid be mixed in before freezing.

Drone with full time fisheye view – 1.8gigapixel

Drone with suspected ARGUS test pod being tested over the USA1 million terrabytes a day, guess the new CIA datacenters will be storing your and my day to day activity so they can catch the criminals that did something last week. Truly amazing and scary technology depending on where the data is gathered, who has access, and ultimately how it is being used. LiveLeak.com turned me on to this story with this teaser:

1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS. World’s highest resolution video surviellience platform by DARPA
Interesting…, wait… 1.8GP… Anyway… On we go into the darkest shadow weapons the USA has to offer

The ARGUS array is made up of several cameras and other types of imaging systems. The output of the imaging system is used to create extremely large, 1.8GP high-resolution mosaic images and video.

The U.S. Army, along with Boeing, has developed and is preparing to deploy a new unmanned aircraft called the “Hummingbird.” It’s is a VTOL-UAS (vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial system). Three of them are being deployed to Afghanistan for a full year to survey and spy on Afghanistan from an altitude of 20,000 feet with the ability to scan 25 square miles of ground surface.

Criminals for a Disarmed Public

“I break the law for a living, I’m a professional” – Home Invasion Specialist

Criminals everywhere are sick of facing the possibility of being shot when they kick in your door and would really like the security of knowing that the next door they head out to rape and pillage that their victims are not allowed to have a gun. Criminals for gun control is a tax-free organization under the Obama administration and is fully supported by your generosity.

Real Crime Statistics

Nobody is talking about the real crime statistics. Nobody is taking credit for crime going down, rather they are demonizing weapons…. This video is a must watch if you want to argue for or against guns as the reason people are being killed…

This guy clearly knows what he is talking about…Less guns does not mean less violent crime