Tweets for Today

  • 14:49 Liked “The Nicolas Cage Movie Plot Generator” #
  • 14:50 RT @Astronautics: STS-119: 13:25 EDT: 17:25 UT: Tanking Complete: Read more at #
  • 14:50 RT @NASA: Launch coverage for STS-119 is underway on NASA TV and #
  • 14:51 RT @NASCAR: Wide Distribution of Past Champions’ Provisional Is Keeping NASCAR … – Bleacher Report: #
  • 14:51 RT @NASCAR: Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service – #
  • 14:52 RT @retweetradar: Trends: sxsw, followers and iphone are the top retweeted terms on right now. #
  • 14:53 RT @NASCAR: NASCAR races are just too long for television – NASCAR Nuts & Bolts: #
  • 14:54 RT @NASA: No issues being worked at the moment that would get in the way of this evening’s launch. Follow updates online: #
  • 14:55 RT @thatadamguy: Dear Twitter: Please implement #swsw and #ted filters. Except for this post. It can stay. Thank you! #
  • 14:55 RT @NASCAR: The Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide: A NASCAR Fan’s Bible – Bleacher Report: #
  • 14:56 RT @UstreamTV: Live coverage of space shuttle Discovery – T-6 til launch #
  • 14:56 RT @Astronautics: Expedition 19 and Charles Simonyi prepare for launch. #
  • 14:58 RT @NBA: Preview of 1st round playoff matchup? Dirk and the Mavs visit Kobe and the Lakers. Today at 3:30 ET on ABC. #
  • 14:59 RT @todayshow: Al is posting pics of his Irish adventures. Check out @alroker1 #
  • 15:01 RT @coffeetweet: Will Smith * Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It! ♫ #
  • 15:01 RT @NASCAR: A Matter Of Respect – #
  • 15:02 RT @dollars5: PCWorld lists 8 Gadgets to Green Your Office #
  • 15:03 Liked “Plumerias from afar” [pic] #
  • 15:03 Liked “loading ramp” [pic] #
  • 01:05 RT @zaibatsu: WeFollow: A Top Twitters List PLZ RT for a good friend #
  • 01:05 RT @rhys_isterix: Best of Show at SXSW Web Awards Revealed #
  • 01:06 RT @9miles: If you haven’t seen, it is the best place to compare your Twitter account with others. Check it out. #
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  • 01:12 RT @dollars5: PCMag lists 20 useful websites for job searching #
  • 01:12 RT @Jesse: Liked “SXSW to AT&T: Free our iPhones” #
  • 01:12 RT @NBA: The Suns set a new season high in points with 154, while on their way to a 24 pt victory over the Warriors. #
  • 01:15 RT @theinquisitr: “NCAA March Madness 2009 Brackets Announced + Printable Brackets” – #
  • 01:16 Liked “Robot, is there something you want to tell me?” [pic] #
  • 02:18 “MINNEAPOLIS, March 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Alliant Techsystems’ (NYSE: ATK) Reusable Solid Rocket Motors… re: #
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ATK and NASA Conduct Successful Ground Test of Ares I Igniter

“MINNEAPOLIS, March 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) successfully conducted the first test firing of the igniter that will be used on NASA‘s Ares I first stage. Today’s test at ATK’s Promontory, Utah facility generated a flame almost 200 feet in length. When ignited inside the world’s largest solid rocket booster, this flame will trigger the liftoff of the rocket that will send future astronauts into orbit. Today’s test prepares the way for the first ground test of the fully-developed Ares I first stage, a five-segment derivative of the Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motor, scheduled for next fall.

The Ares I igniter is the same flight-proven design used on the Shuttle’s Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs). This igniter, however, takes advantage of upgraded materials to provide higher performance in the liner and insulation. The new liner thermal properties are equivalent to those of the shuttle, but its stress/strain capability is 100 percent greater. The new insulation is also 20 percent lighter than the insulation currently on the Space Shuttle fleet, providing valuable weight savings and higher performance. Initial data showed the igniter performed as expected.”

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ATK and AFRL Successfully Test Development Motor for Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology Program

ATK and AFRL Successfully Test Development Motor for Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology Program:

“MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Edwards Air Force Base have successfully tested a developmental solid rocket motor — designated Phase II — as part of the Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology (IHPRPT) program.

“The IHPRPT program is a research and development initiative for government and industry designed to improve U.S. solid rocket propulsion systems for multiple applications. The program helps keep the nation on the cutting edge of solid rocket motor technology to ensure that U.S. defense systems have the highest performing, most cost effective propulsion capabilities.”

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From PRNewswire: ATK to Feature Major Programs at the 9th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi

ATK to Feature Major Programs at the 9th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi:

“ATK’s booth will feature innovative technologies such as the Precision Guidance Kit (PGK), and Palletized Autonomous Weapon System (PAWS). PGK turns artillery shells into precision weapons at minimal cost, while PAWS integrates ATK’s family of 25mm and 30mm chain gun systems with advanced ammunition capabilities into an affordable, integrated remote weapon station that can be installed on a variety of platforms without special interface. A variant of PAWS, the Viper, will also be on display. Viper is an affordable ‘plug and play’ weapon station that offers economy and agility to meet the security needs of U.S. and international customers.”

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