Secretive US Air Force space plane X-37B back in orbit

Applied Technology Institute (ATICourses) offers a variety of courses on Space, Satellite & Aerospace Engineering. The news on mysterious US Air Force X-37B space plane would be of interest to our readers. The US Air Force launched its robotic space plane into orbit for a fourth flight on May 19, 2015 aboard an Atlas 5 […]

Applied Technology Institute (ATICourses) offers a variety of courses on Space, Satellite & Aerospace Engineering. The news on mysterious US Air Force X-37B space plane would be of interest to our readers. The US Air Force launched its robotic space plane into orbit for a fourth flight on May 19, 2015 aboard an Atlas 5 rocket, in a mission aimed at testing a new engine to steer satellites, officials said. The rocket carrying the X-37B successfully lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida and officials said the scheduled return of the unmanned plane had yet to be determined. The mini-shuttle has been shrouded in secrecy and military officers have refused to discuss its purpose. But defense experts have speculated it might be meant for spying from space, fixing broken satellites or even as a space “bomber.” Captain Chris Hoyler, a spokesman for the US Air Force, told AFP the latest flight was part of efforts looking at the “technical parameters for an affordable, reusable space vehicle.” The X-37B will be testing a new orbital “thruster system” — which uses electricity and xenon — that could be employed to maneuver satellites in space, officials said. Asked if the plane could be used for surveillance, Hoyler declined to comment. The X-37B payload also includes a NASA experiment, which will study how a range of materials can endure conditions in space. The results could help scientists working on the possible design of future spacecraft. The last mission for the X-37B in 2014 extended over 674 days but officials never said what the plane was up to.


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Jim’s Fun At Sea or The Best Fishing Trip Ever!

Jim, our president and supreme ruler, enjoys boating and fishing immensely. We, his faithful minions, enjoy eating the fish he catches even more. We are at absolute awe of his fishing prowess that was proven yet again last Thursday to the unanimous delight of ATI staff. As soon as we heard of his record catch […]
Jim, our president and supreme ruler, enjoys boating and fishing immensely. We, his faithful minions, enjoy eating the fish he catches even more. We are at absolute awe of his fishing prowess that was proven yet again last Thursday to the unanimous delight of ATI staff. As soon as we heard of his record catch in South West Florida the recipes were researched and drooling immediately ensued. Jim aka TeslaJim set off bright and early with Captain Mikey Findictive, his friend Ed McCarthy aka The MarylandCrab and fine group of merry fishermen with creative nicknames as FrontLoaderFrank, Dr. Bill and DoorMat Don. Their epic departure was even capture on Florida television by a mysterious lady in red. Among other prominent fish specimens, Jim’s catch included a 31″ grouper and 30″ amber jack. The cooler of the boat was filling up at record speed! After hours of fun and some hard reeling, these fine gentlemen came into marina elated and victorious. We, back in still cold Maryland cheered! That, and licked our chops… The fish distribution to ATI staff was handled on Monday. I pulled out my best fish taco recipe and we had a glorious family dinner. For those interested the recipe is below.   Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Dressing
INGREDIENTS:
Marinade
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons lime zest
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as
Old Bay™
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste
1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into chunks
Dressing
1 (8 ounce) container light sour cream
1/2 cup adobo sauce from chipotle
peppers
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons lime zest
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such
as Old Bay™
salt and pepper to taste
Toppings
1 (10 ounce) package tortillas
3 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 small head cabbage, cored and
shredded
2 limes, cut in wedges
DIRECTIONS:
1. To make the marinade, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, lime zest, honey, garlic, cumin, chili powder, seafood seasoning, black pepper, and hot sauce in a bowl until blended. Place the tilapia in a shallow dish, and pour the marinade over the fish. Cover, and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours.
2. To make the dressing, combine the sour cream and adobo sauce in a bowl. Stir in the lime juice, lime zest, cumin, chili powder, seafood seasoning. Add salt, and pepper in desired amounts. Cover, and refrigerate until needed.
3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate. Set grate 4 inches from the heat.
4. Remove fish from marinade, drain off any excess and discard marinade. Grill fish

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