Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Team Patrick-Cape Launches Atlas V CLIO Spacecraft

by 45th Space Wing
Public Affairs

9/16/2014 - CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION -- The 45th Space Wing supported a successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the CLIO Spacecraft into orbit for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. The Spacecraft lifted off from here at The Cape at 8:10 p.m. from Launch Complex 41.

The 45th Space Wing team of military personnel, government civilians, and contractors provided launch support to the ULA mission, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, security, safety, and public affairs.

The CLIO spacecraft is encapsulated in the 4-m (14-ft) diameter large payload fairing (LPF). The LPF is a bisector (two-piece shell) fairing consisting of aluminum skin/stringer construction with vertical split-line longerons. The vehicle's height with the PLF is approximately 189 feet.

Since 1957, the Atlas rocket has been an integral part of the United States' space program, supporting national defense missions, launching Mercury astronauts to orbit, and sending spacecraft to the farthest reaches of the solar system, according to a CLIO Mission booklet provide by ULA.

Over its nearly six decades, the Atlas booster has undergone a series of continuous improvements, culminating in the current Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV). Designed in partnership with the U.S. Air Force, the modular design of the Atlas V allows for multiple configurations to meet specific customer requirements.

"Being able to be part of a team who continues to ensure 100 percent mission success to be their No. 1 priority is just a fantastic thing to experience," said Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno, 45th Space Wing commander, who also served as the Launch Decision Authority for the mission.

"That kind of mindset not only takes us where we need to go, it also defines us as to who we are," she added.

The CLIO mission marks the 49th Atlas V launch and the 25th of the 401 configuration.

CLIO is also the 60th ULA launch from Cape Canaveral and the company's 11th of 2014.

"On behalf of Team Patrick-Cape, we tip our hats to ULA, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, and everyone associated with this mission. We couldn't do what we do without the combined efforts of our entire team," Armagno said. "You're the best team out there.

"Go Atlas. Go Centaur. Go CLIO," she said.

Monday, September 15, 2014

NAVSSES Celebrates 25th Anniversary of DDG 51 Land Based Engineering Site

By Margaret Kenyon, Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Public Affairs

PHILADELPHIA (NNS) -- Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NAVSSES) celebrated the 25th anniversary of the DDG 51 Land Based Engineering Site (LBES) in Philadelphia with a ceremony Sept. 15.

DDG 51 LBES is the longest-operational test site for the largest peace time class of destroyer the Navy has ever built. LBES was planned to provide NAVSSES engineers and technicians with a platform for immediate investigation, replication, analysis and resolution of both fleet and new construction vessel operational and maintenance problems with no impact on ship schedules. Today, this one test site supports 62 destroyer hulls with more being added soon.

A highlight of the commemoration was the presentation of awards to 25 LBES plankowners.

"A plankowner is an individual who was a member of the crew of a ship when that ship was placed in commission. I was honored to be a plankowner for USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)," explained NAVSSES Commanding Officer Capt. Walter Coppeans in his remarks during the ceremony. "And it's an honor to be here today to honor the NAVSSES Land Based Engineering Site plankowners still working here today - 25 years after the first turn of the shaft at this test site on Aug. 21, 1989."

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock Division Technical Director Dr. Joseph T. (Tim) Arcano, Jr., also focused on the importance of the anniversary and the people involved with LBES.

"As we all know, our Navy's Fleet begins, not in the shipyard, but in the laboratory ... The DDG 51 Landed Based Engineering Site, and those of you who are part of its historic establishment, are part of the unique group of naval engineers and architects who continue to define and extend our capabilities ... Through your efforts, critical technologies are available to maintain United States naval superiority despite an ever changing world environment," Arcano stated.

NAVSSES Machinery Research and Engineering Department Head Patricia C. Woody reflected on the past, present and future importance of LBES.

"LBES is significant in the sense that it really put our stake in the ground. We have always been involved in test sites, but this is a large, complex land based engineering site that was built for the first design of the DDG 51 to test the ship's reduction gear and machinery control systems," Woody said.

"The DDG 51 class is such a significant portion of our warfighting capability, it is absolutely crucial to continue sustainment of the test site ... With the life expectancy of a destroyer being close to 30 years, there is easily another 25 years and more of testing and training to be done at LBES by NAVSESS engineers and technicians," she continued, focusing on the growth of LBES in preparation for DDG 51 Flight III.

The Ship Systems Engineering Station Philadelphia is a major component of Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division. It is the Navy's principal test and evaluation station and in service engineering agent for all hull, mechanical and electrical ship systems, equipment and has the capability to test and engineer the full range of shipboard systems and equipment from full scale propulsion systems to digital controls and electric power systems.

New App Showcases Sailors, Projects That Can Disrupt the Future of Energy

From Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Today the Navy released a new digital publication (app) called "Energy Warrior" that highlights the efforts of Sailors and other naval personnel who are taking innovative steps to conserve energy, lead behavioral change, and get the maximum warfighting punch out of every gallon. The current app can be downloaded and installed for free on Mac and Android tablets.

Related videos are posted on an Energy Warrior playlist on the U.S. Navy YouTube channel. Short summary videos are being provided to Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) channels and can be viewed aboard ships via Direct-to-Sailor (DTS) beginning this month.

Videos in this version of the app include profiles of Fire Controlman Chief Petty Officer Christopher Roberts, who started a competition aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65) that is optimizing shipboard energy use; retired Marine Corps infantry officer Eric McElvenny, who helps retired military personnel transition to energy-related careers through the Troops to Engineers/Energy Systems Technology Evaluation (ESTEP) Program; and Matt Schreck, energy program manager for Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, who is seeking ways to reduce energy waste to better support the warfighter on the front lines.

The app also provides facts about worldwide energy use, U.S. oil production, and Navy's ongoing energy projects that are supportive of the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations energy goals.

"Energy isn't something most of us walk around thinking about every day-we just power up our equipment and get to work," said Rear Adm. Kevin Slates, director of the Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division. "This app and related videos can help our Sailors and civilians understand how truly critical energy is, both to our daily jobs and to enable combat capability through greater distance, increased time on station, and the ability to carry more and new payloads."

Plans are underway for additional video profile interviews for a future version of the app. Commands with innovative energy projects, people, and ideas are encouraged to contact the Navy's energy team at

Friday, September 12, 2014

Navy to Add iPhone and Android options for Mobile Users

From Naval Enterprise Networks Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- By the end of 2014 the Naval Enterprise Networks (NEN) program office (PMW-205) expects to provide current approved mobile cellular device users with the option of utilizing iOS and Android devices.

This decision resulted from limited pilots to test alternative mobile cellular devices. Capt. Michael Abreu, program manager for Naval Enterprise Networks Program Management Office (PMW 205) indicated these iOS and Android devices have been evaluated and certified by the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA) for use on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet. "We want to take advantage of these commercial devices while maintaining security," Abreu said.

The DISA-approved devices include iPhone 5c and 5s, the iPad Air, and Samsung Galaxy S4. Other devices will be added to the "approved for use" list once they are certified for use on the network by DISA and the Navy accreditation authority.

This plan applies to users that are approved by their local command organization to have a mobile cellular device to conduct official business on NMCI. iOS and Android devices will be available through the DON wireless contract. NMCI email and other services will be available for order by the end of the year. Current mobile cellular device users are not required to move to a new device at the present time.

In addition to the same voice and NMCI email capability available today, the initial capability offering for the new devices will include access to some native phone applications as approved by the Navy certification authority. The NEN program office is working with a number of other Navy organizations as well as DISA to review Navy and Department of Defense (DoD) "apps" that will be available through approved distribution processes as they are solidified.

Additional information about the NEN mobile cellular device plan will be made available via NMCI Homeport (, including details on how to request iOS, Android and other devices, as developments occur.