Monday, November 10, 2014

#2169: Marine Links Feathered Virgin Murder to Northrop Grumman Override, Serco Flash Crash Clock

Plum City - ( United States Marine Field McConnell has linked the alleged hack of the "feathering" telemetry on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and murder of co-pilot Michael Alsbury to an override of controls on the plane built by Northrop Grumman subsidiary Scaled Composites and transmitted through Advanced Extremely High Frequency protected communications satellite system, timed by Serco's Flash Crash Clock.

McConnell claims that Serco's dirty banker HSBC launched an outsourced Flash Crash Clock timing service in 1994 as a private finance initiative ('PFI') now operated through the Airbus Telemetry and Command Station at Oakhanger UK, currently managed by Serco's Gary Butcher. McConnell alleges that Bob Coulling, Serco's in-house PFI sponsor, set up the Airbus clock and telemetry facility at Oakhanger so that the death of Michael Alsbury – a potential whistleblower – could be camouflaged as pilot error while corrupt members of the NTSB could be deployed to the flash-crash impact location in the Mojave Desert to spoliate evidence of murder for hire.

McConnell notes the collapsing value of the Serco share price suggests that Abel Danger research into Flash Crash 9/11 and the campaign to bring Serco insiders to justice, is paying off.

McConnell invites uncompromised individuals in the entities below to investigate Serco's Airbus Telemetry and Command Station Manager at Oakhanger, Gary Butcher, and the 32-year veteran PFI manager Bob Coulling and check the tradecraft needed to build a Flash Crash Clock service (MH17!) especially in electronic warfare, tagging, private-finance asset recovery and paedophile image analysis for MOD, GCHQ, CESG, Police, Home Office, Serious Organised Crime Agency, Ministry of Justice and Customs and Revenue and Immigration Service.

Prequel 1: #2168: Marine Links Serco's Dirty-Banker Private Finance to Airbus Telemetry, ISIS Snuff Command

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Investigators in Virgin Galactic Crash Focus on Tail Booms By KENNETH CHANG NOV. 3, 2014 The Virgin Galactic space plane that broke apart over the Mojave Desert on Friday shifted early into a high-drag configuration that was designed to slow it down, federal accident investigators have said.

The accident killed the co-pilot, Michael Alsbury; the pilot, Peter Siebold survived after parachuting out of the plane.

The craft, called SpaceShipTwo, was designed to rocket up, and when it reached the top of its ascent, two tail booms would rotate upward into a "feathered" position. That would create more drag and stability, allowing the plane to descend gently back into the atmosphere, much like a badminton shuttlecock.

At the news conference Sunday night at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, Christopher A. Hart, the acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the plane was not supposed to move into the feathered configuration unless the pilots took two actions: First, a lever would be switched to unlock the tail booms, then a handle would be moved to feather the booms.

"About nine seconds after the engine ignited, the telemetry data told us the feather parameters changed from locked to unlocked,” Mr. Hart said. In addition, a video camera in the cockpit showed Mr. Alsbury switching the lever to the unlocked position, Mr. Hart said. That occurred at a velocity of about Mach 1, which is the speed of sound at a given altitude. Under normal operations, that lever would not be moved until later in the flight, when the space plane had reached a speed of Mach 1.4, Mr. Hart said. The plane’s altitude would also be higher, where the air is thinner.

Two seconds later, the booms rotated, even though neither pilot had moved the feathering handle.

“Shortly after the feathering occurred, the telemetry data terminated, and the video data terminated," Mr. Hart said. "The engine burn was normal, up until the extension of the feathers.”

Previously, speculation had focused on the engine, a new design that was fired for the first time in flight using a new fuel. The new motor was intended to provide better performance for SpaceShipTwo, generating more thrust and reducing vibrations.

Mr. Hart said the findings he reported were a "statement of fact" and not a conclusion about the cause of the accident.

"There is much more we don't know, and our investigation is far from over," he said.

Investigators located almost all of the important pieces of the space plane, which had fallen along a debris field five miles long. That included the fuel tanks and engine, which were "intact, showed no signs of burn through, no signs of being breached," Mr. Hart said.

Other issues the investigators will examine include training and the safety culture at Virgin Galactic and at Scaled Composites, the unit of Northrop Grumman that designed and built SpaceShipTwo, and whether the companies felt pressure to resume testing because of delays. Virgin Galactic, founded by the billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson, is to take space tourists on short rides to an altitude of 62 miles, which is considered the boundary of outer space, providing a few minutes of weightlessness. More than 700 people have reserved seats; tickets cost $250,000 each.

Technical issues have pushed back the start of the commercial flights, and until Friday, SpaceShipTwo had not ignited its motor during a test flight since January. In September, Mr. Branson said he hoped commercial flights would begin next spring.

In a statement Sunday, Virgin Galactic responded to criticism that the design of SpaceShipTwo was flawed and that the test flights were reckless. "At Virgin Galactic, we are dedicated to opening the space frontier, while keeping safety as our 'North Star,' the company said. "This has guided every decision we have made over the past decade, and any suggestion to the contrary is categorically untrue.'"

"December 9, 2012 4:49 pm
Time called on Serco's NPL contract
By Gill Plimmer 
Serco, the FTSE 100 outsourcing company, has lost its contract to run the National Physical Laboratory – which built the first atomic clock – after the government said it would seek academic partners to take over the centre instead. The laboratory has been managed by Serco on a profit-share basis since 1994. But David Willetts, science minister, has decided that the government can "encourage greater interaction with businesses" by ending the contract in March 2014, when the company’s 17-year tenure comes to an end.

Serco pays price for outsourcing scandals The decision highlights the vulnerability of some of the government's biggest suppliers to political change. Although the coalition is widely accepted to be engaged in the biggest wave of outsourcing since the 1980s, contracts can be pulled at the last minute, even once companies have spent significant amounts on the bidding process.

Kean Marden, analyst at Jefferies, said there were still UK government contracts worth £3.5bn in revenues in the pipeline, as advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union. But this is down from the £4bn of bidding opportunities it found in May.

The decrease takes account of a surprise decision last month to cancel a programme to outsource nine prisons each year to the private sector and instead keep the running of custodial services in-house.

It also includes a scaling back of the private sector's involvement in police services after Surrey Police Authority pulled out of discussions with G4S in the wake of the company's failure to provide 12,000 security staff it had promised for the London Olympics.

The National Physics Laboratory still has a role in setting UK time, with radio signals based on its clocks used to set everything from the pips on the radio to the rail network. An apple tree grown from a cutting of Newton's famous tree is still growing at its site in Teddington, London. Serco said it was disappointed by the decision and pointed to a 30 per cent reduction in overhead costs over the life of its deal, as well as a doubling of scientific citations as well as third party revenues.

"We have managed NPL for the last 17 years and we are very proud that during that time it has flourished, both scientifically and commercially," Serco said. The company has won £5.6bn of contracts so far this year.

Mr Willetts said there were significant "opportunities which would be difficult to realise under an extension of the current contract”. He said the change would reflect the government’s aim to strengthen "both fundamental research and engagement with business" at the centre.

"I consider that the partners should have a clear, long-term stake in the ownership and operation of the National Physical Laboratory which would not be possible under the current arrangements which, of necessity, must be time-limited," Mr Willetts said. "A partnership with an academic institution would also allow for the formation of a dedicated applied science postgraduate institute."

RELATED TOPICS UK outsourcing"

"Serco supported the AFSCN communications support squadron in partnering with military and government contractors to supervise an Air Force Satellite Control Network test effort at Oakhanger, United Kingdom. Their innovative test procedures and creative solutions provided a viable implementation plan designed to improve communications capability .. The team's outstanding support and will bring new capabilities and enhanced services to our critical warfighting mission." --Maj Gen Dale W. Meyerrose, Air Force Space Command Director of Communications Information

"Ultra-Secure AEHF Satellites Connect United Kingdom Users for First Time
U.S., Canada, The Netherlands, U.K. Begin Coalition Testing SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 10, 2014 – All partner nations are now using the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) protected communications satellite system after the United Kingdom connected earlier this year. Four nations will use the Lockheed Martin-produced [NYSE: LMT] satellites for their most important transmissions,  from commanders-in-chief to troops in the field.

The U.K. connection follows Canada's first successful call in May, 2013, and The Netherlands' initial connection came two months later. Over the past year AEHF facilitated many connections between international users, and U.S.-led tests in April included all four partners.

"AEHF is a keystone in global security. It is the only system that can provide highly-protected communications, circumventing our adversaries' jammers in most wartime operations,” said Mark Calassa, vice president of Protected Communication Systems at Lockheed Martin. "We are committed to driving this capability forward. All four partners are connected, and we are marching steadily toward Multi-Service Operational Test and Evaluation."

U.K. armed forces started to connect over the course of several weeks beginning Feb. 25. They used two terminal variants to communicate with AEHF-2: One made for connections on land and another designed for users at sea. Service members contacted the satellite at Colerne Airfield, Wiltshire, with the shore variant of the Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT). In separate tests, U.K. users connected via the NMT ship variant from [Airbus] Telemetry & Command Station Oakhanger, Hampshire.

"AEHF not only delivers higher-bandwidth communications for the U.K., it makes communications with allies faster and easier," Calassa said. "AEHF is showing it can handle the demands of protected coalition communications at high speeds, connecting nations with their own users and allied users across the globe."

The four-nation AEHF program is led by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. Lockheed Martin is under contract to deliver the Mission Control Segment and six AEHF satellites, which are assembled at the company’s Sunnyvale, California, facility.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion."

"Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) 
About AEHF Now a critical element of U.S. national security, military satellite communications delivers vital connectivity to armed forces around the globe, making warfighters safer and more effective.

The Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system provides vastly improved global, survivable, highly secure, protected communications capabilities for strategic command and tactical warfighters operating on ground, sea and air platforms. The system also serves international partners including Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

A single AEHF satellite provides greater total capacity than the entire legacy five-satellite Milstar constellation. Individual user data rates will be increased five-fold, permitting transmission of tactical military communications, such as real-time video, battlefield maps and targeting data. In addition to its tactical mission, AEHF provides the critical survivable, protected, and endurable communications links to national leaders including presidential conferencing in all levels of conflict.

On Contract

Lockheed Martin is currently under contract to deliver six AEHF satellites and the Mission Control Segment. The program has begun advanced procurement of long-lead components for the fifth and sixth AEHF satellites.


The AEHF team includes the U.S. Air Force Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, Calif., is the AEHF prime contractor, space and ground segments provider as well as system integrator, with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, Calif., as the payload provider."

Yours sincerely,

Field McConnell, United States Naval Academy, 1971; Forensic Economist; 30 year airline and 22 year military pilot; 23,000 hours of safety; Tel: 715 307 8222

David Hawkins Tel: 604 542-0891 Forensic Economist; former leader of oil-well blow-out teams; now sponsors Grand Juries in CSI Crime and Safety Investigation

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