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Not that this is a business but hey, it did have an effect on jobs.

 

NASA Glenn loses bid for center

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Becky Gaylord

Plain Dealer Reporter

NASA Glenn Research Center Monday lost a long, desperate fight to bring a coveted financial and administrative center to Brook Park with 500 new jobs for Northeast Ohio.

 

The prize, worth $230 million over 10 years, will go to NASA's space center in Mississippi...

 

www.cleveland.com

 

 

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

 

bgaylord@plaind.com, 216-999-5029

 

Hopefully we get some good news this week, and they keep the 1200 jobs downtown.

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Glenn hoping for hot NASA project

Center may run space nuclear program

Friday, August 19, 2005

John Mangels

 

Plain Dealer Science Writer

If NASA decides later this year to renew and revamp an ambitious project to harness nuclear power for space exploration, Cleveland's Glenn Research Center expects to take over leadership of the program.

 

The prospect, though tentative, is a glimmer of good news for the sprawling Cleveland lab and its more than 1,800 employees. The 64-year-old center has been scrambling to find new niches within the rapidly changing space agency since NASA this year announced major budget cuts in such areas as aeronautics, where Glenn traditionally had excelled...

 

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/112444397278540.xml&coll=2

 

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NASA's Glenn Research Center is up in the air as to what role it will play in the future of NASA.  Prospects range from them being an integral part of the new vehicle's propulsion system to having the center close in 5 years or so.  Quite a bit of leeway there, eh?  This is certainly not good news, but I hope it serves to get our political leaders working on shoring up support for the center's future and the need for it as a catalyst to breeding a economy with highly educated researchers creating technology spinoffs.

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An article written by KJP for the Brooklyn Sun Journal:

 

 

House bill could save jobs at NASA Glenn

Thursday, December 22, 2005

By KEN PRENDERGAST

Brooklyn Sun Journal

 

The NASA Glenn Research Center could avoid a reduction in work force until at least 2007 if a U.S. House of Representatives bill becomes law. Last February, President George W. Bush proposed deep funding cuts that would have meant significant reductions in NASA Glenn staffing and technology-transfer benefits to Cleveland-area businesses.

 

The NASA Reauthorization Act of 2005 passed the House earlier this week, and would prevent big cuts in aeronautics research funding that has benefited NASA Glenn for years. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-10, in whose district NASA Glenn is located, hailed the legislation...

 

http://www.cleveland.com/sun/brooklynsunjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1135273260201470.xml&coll=3

 

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No, of course not!   :wave:

 

Of course, one week does not a year make (I hate that cliche)


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Can NASA Glenn be saved?

New director determined to win work for rocket to replace shuttle

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Becky Gaylord

Plain Dealer Reporter

 

When slicing through the sky, an airplane's wings twitch and shimmy.

 

The jerky dance is choreographed carefully: engineers test materials in simulated flight and predict vibrations before a plane ever leaves the ground. Too much movement leads to flutter - wild vibrations that crumple a plane's metal body and rip off riveted wings as if they're paper.

 

Woodrow Whitlow Jr., the new director of NASA Glenn Research Center in Brook Park, perfected ways to prevent aircraft flutter almost three decades ago as a young doctoral graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Now, it's NASA Glenn he must keep aloft. The center could crash if it fails to win a major space project soon....

 

 

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

 

bgaylord@plaind.com, 216-999-5029

 

http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1146990915239750.xml&coll=2

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Some good news for a change at NASA Glenn....

 

http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1147509585181800.xml&coll=2

 

Glenn wins big space project

Money, many jobs expected to follow

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Becky Gaylord

Plain Dealer Reporter

 

NASA Glenn Research Center got liftoff Friday, winning vital, lucrative space work worth, over the project's life, at least $2 billion and possibly hundreds of jobs.

 

Glenn staff will manage the work on a major element of the Crew Exploration Vehicle, the rocket replacing the space shuttle, which NASA officials want in space by 2012...

 

http://www.cleveland.com/news/wide/nasa0513.gif


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Glenn wins big space project

Money, many jobs expected to follow

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Becky Gaylord

Plain Dealer Reporter

 

NASA Glenn Research Center got liftoff Friday, winning vital, lucrative space work worth, over the project's life, at least $2 billion and possibly hundreds of jobs.

 

Glenn staff will manage the work on a major element of the Crew Exploration Vehicle, the rocket replacing the space shuttle, which NASA officials want in space by 2012...

 

 

bgaylord@plaind.com, 216-999-5029

 

 

 

© 2006 The Plain Dealer

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Noozer! Stop that!


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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It's all in the mouse.


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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great news that will partly make up for the jobs lost at glenn, but....

 

don't all they have to do is get ahold of the plans for the apollo command module and just, um, make it a little bigger?  :laugh:

 

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This from NASA Glenn's website

 

Sally Harrington

Media Relations Office

216-433-2037

Sally.V.Harrington@nasa.gov

 

 

June 1, 2006

MEDIA ADVISORY: 06-028

 

NASA Presents Exploration Program Update

 

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin will give a NASA Update to agency employees on Monday, June 5, at 1 p.m. EDT, live from NASA Headquarters. The program will be broadcast on NASA Television and will be available on the Internet. Media representatives are invited to view the broadcast at NASA's Glenn Research Center.

 

During this NASA Update, the Administrator will announce the work assignments to agency field centers associated with the Constellation Program for human moon and Mars exploration. The distribution of work will reflect the agency's intention to productively use personnel, facilities and resources from across the agency to accomplish the Vision for Space Exploration.

 

At 2:30 p.m., Administrator Griffin, Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Scott Horowitz and Constellation Program Manager Jeff Hanley will brief the media about the exploration program and the work being assigned to NASA centers. The news conference will be carried live from NASA Headquarters on NASA TV and on the Web. Reporters attending the briefing at Glenn will be able to ask questions.

 

Immediately following the briefing from NASA Headquarters, Glenn Center Director Woodrow Whitlow Jr. will speak with local news media regarding Glenn-specific Constellation work assignments and will be available to answer questions.

 

Media representatives planning to participate in any of the events should contact Sally Harrington or the Media Relations Office at 216-433-290l by 11 a.m. on Monday, June 5 in order to be cleared through security.

 

To listen to the Headquarters briefing at 2:30 p.m. on the Web, visit:

 

http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

NASA TV's Public, Education and Media channels are available on an MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. In Alaska and Hawaii, they're on AMC-7 at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization.

 

For NASA TV information and access to the Public Channel, visit:

 

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

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NASA Glenn wins lead role in spacecraft project

Associated Press

Monday, June 5, 2006 1:29 PM

 

CLEVELAND (AP)- NASA Glenn Research Center, which has lost hundreds of jobs in recent years, will have a lead role in developing the spacecraft that will fulfill President Bush's goal of returning to the moon.

The project is a major economic boost for NASA Glenn, which was struggling to remain viable as the space agency cut its aeronautics research - the center's lifeblood - to pursue Bush's vision of sending people to the moon and Mars...

 

http://dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=190741

 

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I know it's still early to speculate about the exact number of jobs that will be added or how many of the existing workforce will be reassigned to this new project, but for all those who might be moving here from out of town, I'd hope they'd consider reverse commuting a bit. Live downtown, take the red line to the Brookpark Rd station and catching a short bus out to Glenn. Why not???

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Hopefully now that Glenn has this project, they will continue to be aggressive and leverage it to get more work instead of thinking they are safe.

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From Crain's Cleveland Business, 6/12/06:

 

 

NASA execs downplay effect on jobs of new vehicle work

By BRANDON GLENN

6:00 am, June 12, 2006

 

A Plain Dealer editorial called it “cause for celebration,” while Crain’s Cleveland Business said it “represented a huge coup.”

 

U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine said it “has the potential to bring … a significant number of jobs to the Cleveland area” and U.S. Sen. George Voinovich said it “will likely have significant workforce impact.”...

 

http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060612/SUB/60609037/1011/rss10&rssfeed=rss10

 

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From the 7/20/06 Sun Herald:

 

 

NASA site plans stall City, agency hope to agree on plan to reuse property

Thursday, July 20, 2006

By Ken Prendergast

 

FAIRVIEW PARK - An apparent impasse has occurred between the city and NASA Glenn officials on reusing two office buildings the space agency is vacating. However, both sides said they want to continue negotiating.

 

The proposed reuse involves demolishing the two buildings and putting up a new one for a private company that is ready to relocate 450 jobs to it. At the request of the company, city officials would not identify the firm. The redevelopment would help soften the loss of $631,000 in income taxes to the city from the departure of 550 NASA employees and contractors from those buildings, north of Brookpark Road...

 

http://www.cleveland.com/sun/sunherald/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1153414125110040.xml&coll=3

 

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Cleveland's NASA complex delays pink slips

 

CLEVELAND Workers at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland can breathe easier today.

 

The space agency says it's indefinitely postponing layoffs. In June the center landed the right to manage part of a new space exploration project.

 

NASA Glenn has more than 16-hundred full-time employees.

 

The good news about delayed pink slips could be temporary. NASA must deal with a new emphasis on space exploration and away from aviation research which the Cleveland center has pioneered.

 

 

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From the 9/1/06 PD:

 

 

Glenn set to launch its work on Orion

Friday, September 01, 2006

John Mangels

Plain Dealer Science Writer

 

NASA's announcement Thursday that aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp. will build a new spacecraft to ferry astronauts back to the moon will launch a flurry of work at Cleveland's NASA Glenn Research Center.

 

In 10 days, Glenn officials will meet their counterparts at Lockheed's space systems division near Denver to move forward on the center's portion of the $8.2 billion crew exploration vehicle project...

 

 

 

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

jmangels@plaind.com, 216-999-4842

 

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1157100409274620.xml&coll=2

 

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From the 9/14/06 PD:

 

 

NASA Glenn working to keep power on in space

Thursday, September 14, 2006

John Mangels

Plain Dealer Science Writer

 

It doesn't look like much, just an oversized trash can crammed full of tanks, pipes and wiring, with a big, bell-shaped nozzle jutting from its bottom. Even its name sounds vanilla plain -- "service module."

 

But if anyone doubts the vital part that the new spacecraft component supervised by Cleveland's NASA Glenn Research Center will play in sending astronauts to the moon and getting them safely back, remember these six words:

 

"Houston, we've had a problem here!"

 

 

 

For more information about Orion, go to www.nasa.gov/orion.

 

For Medical and Science News updated throughout the day: www.cleveland.com/medical.

 

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

jmangels@plaind.com, 216-999-4842

 

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1158223538298810.xml&coll=2

 

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By Howard Witt

CLEVELAND -- With its heavy cranes, arc welders and steel rolling machines, the nondescript metalworking shop located inside a hangar hard by the runways at Cleveland's Hopkins Airport looks like countless other industrial factories in this rustiest of Rust Belt cities.

 

Way to go Howard. Twit.


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Sensis Corporation is partnering with Federal and local government agencies as well as with leading aviation companies to identify and evaluate promising solutions for the transformation of the National Airspace System (NAS). Air travel is projected to grow substantially, doubling or tripling over the next twenty years. The current NAS must change substantially in order to safely accommodate such demand. Sensis, working with the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center, is collaborating with the FAA and the Joint Planning and Development Office to implement a Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) Test Bed to evaluate these potential solutions. Also included are Barco, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, and WSI Corporation...

 

 

Copyright © 2006 PR Newswire. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

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From the 11/3/06 PD:

 

 

Shuttle astronauts thank NASA Glenn for its help

Friday, November 03, 2006

John Mangels

Plain Dealer Science Writer

 

Want to see the photos from our trip?

 

Here's an aerial view of Washington, D.C. There's a beautiful shot looking down on the Golden Gate bridge. This is a volcano erupting in Alaska. And that's us taking a walk. Did I mention we're 220 miles in space?

 

Fresh from their 12-day journey to the International Space Station, five astronauts from the shuttle Atlantis crew paid a visit to Cleveland's NASA Glenn Research Center Thursday. They brought spectacular photos and video from their camera-studded spacecraft, told tales of breathtaking spacewalks high above Earth, and offered heartfelt thanks to the Glenn personnel for developing the advanced electrical hardware the astronauts delivered and installed on the burgeoning orbital outpost...

 

 

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http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1162546370124470.xml&coll=2

 

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From the 11/19/06 PD:

 

 

In NASA Glenn talks, astronaut relives lofty dreams

Stint on space station rich with insights

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Terry Oblander

Plain Dealer Reporter

 

Mike Fincke dreams of flying like a bird - an easy dream for someone who has experienced weightlessness.

 

But when he slept standing up aboard the International Space Station, Fincke dreamed of driving cars back on Earth.

 

The 39-year-old astronaut talked about dreams during two presentations Saturday at NASA's Glenn Research Center. Fincke said he can't remember a time when didn't want to be an astronaut.

 

 

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toblander@plaind.com, 1-800-683-7348

 

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1163929707287880.xml&coll=2

 

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From the 12/3/06 PD:

 

 

Ares I boosts NASA Glenn

Rocket segments put Ohio in the thick of new space program

Sunday, December 03, 2006

John Mangels

Plain Dealer Science Writer

 

They're making tuna cans at Cleveland's NASA Glenn Research Center, but not anything like you'd find at the grocery store.

 

These monsters are 18 feet wide, stand taller than LeBron James in a top hat, and tip the scales at 5 tons, even empty. You could park a Ford F150 pickup inside one with room to spare.

 

When they've done their job, soaring to the edge of space, they'll plummet earthward and sink into the Atlantic Ocean the same neighborhood where their fish namesakes swim. 

 

The big steel canisters that Glenn workers have affectionately dubbed "tuna cans" actually are rocket segments.

 

 

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/116513845929880.xml&coll=2

 

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Glenn has a new master plan.

 

 

 

 

A team of Glenn employees representing several directorates has been working to envision the future of the center. New office buildings, an auditorium and conference area and a public outreach district are included in a draft Center Master Plan to ensure that Lewis Field and Plum Brook Station (PBS) facilities align with the center's mission.

 

"We need to create sustainable, affordable facilities that will enable us to transition for the Vision for Space Exploration while building on our aeronautics heritage," explained Joseph Morris, chief architect, Facilities Division. "The Center Master Planning process aligns our facilities and land to promote and fully utilize our resources."

 

 

Preliminary Lewis Field and Plum Brook Station concept plans may be viewed on the Facilities Division web site at http://fd.grc.nasa.gov/masterplan.cfm

 

 

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NASA Glenn is seeking makeover

Cost: $200 million over 20 years

Friday, February 16, 2007

John Mangels

Plain Dealer Science Writer

www.cleveland.com/science

 

NASA's Glenn Research Center would look less like a jumble of Cold War-era buildings and more like a modern college campus or technology park if an ambitious $200 million redevelopment plan wins federal approval.

 

The 20-year master plan proposes transforming the look and layout of the sprawling facility west of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport...

 

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

 

jmangels@plaind.com, 216-999-4842

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If NASA leaders approve the plan, and if money is made available in future NASA budgets, the first building could take shape beginning around 2009.

 

I think those are two big if's.. A year ago they laid off a considerable number of contractors and making threats about RIF'ing civil servants. They've essentially killed all aeronautics research (the first A in NASA) and hard science missions because of the President's directive to go back to the Moon and then to Mars yet he hasn't given them any additional funding (in fact it decreased slightly).

 

Maybe the money comes out of a fund earmarked just for this sort of stuff though, who knows. Anyway it's good for GRC to get any press coverage, it's something they've always struggled with.

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From the 3/1/07 Sun Herald:

 

 

NASA excites

Redevelopment good for Fairview Park

Thursday, March 01, 2007

By Ken Prendergast

 

FAIRVIEW PARK Mayor Eileen Patton said she is excited about NASA's plan to redevelop the north side of Brookpark Road with a new education center and offices. But since a full build-out of NASA's redevelopment plan could take 20 years to complete, she said city officials need to keep their enthusiasm up.

 

"We're very excited obviously that we're going to move forward with development of the north side of Brookpark Road," said Patton, referring to the only portion of the NASA Glenn Research Center that's in Fairview Park...

 

 

http://www.cleveland.com/sun/sunherald/index.ssf?/base/news-0/11727707193390.xml&coll=3

 

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From the 3/16/07 PD:

 

 

Glenn lands one more lunar contract

Friday, March 16, 2007

Patrick O'Donnell

Plain Dealer Reporter

 

The NASA Glenn Research Center has landed another piece of creating the new spacecraft for missions to the moon, this one worth $63 million.

 

NASA Glenn Director Woodrow Whitlow learned Thursday that it will test the vibrations of the engines for the new Orion spacecraft at its 6,400-acre Plum Brook testing facility near Sandusky...

 

 

 

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

paodonnell@plaind.com, 216-999-4818

 

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1174034466292580.xml&coll=2

 

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From the 3/22/07 News Sun:

 

 

NASA maps its future Research center submits 20-year development plan

Thursday, March 22, 2007

By Jaime Anton

The News Sun

 

BROOK PARK NASA Glenn Research Center wants to modernize its appearance to ensure smoother operation, better collaboration and increased visibility.

 

Glenn officials have submitted a master plan to NASA headquarters that proposes a $200 million redevelopment spanning a 20-year period.

 

If approved in its entirety, the plan would consolidate the main, central campus adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins Airport that is currently scattered among several buildings, grow the center's western campus that borders Brook Park and increase visibility in the northern campus that straddles Brookpark Road in Fairview Park.

 

Buildings would take shape in the next couple of years and be complete in 20 years...

 

 

http://www.cleveland.com/sun/newssun/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1174585103218680.xml&coll=3

 

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