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ME035

February 2011

Bangor/Brewer

With the beginning of the New Year came many changes


for the Bangor Squadron. It is my pleasure to introduce Lt.
John Chambers as the new DCC. Lt. Chambers is a former
cadet who earned the rank of C/Captain. He is married, a
dad, and is a member of the Air National Guard. Lt. Ken
Lovdahl has accepted the position of assistant DCP. He
lives in the Lincoln area and is a firefighter/EMT. C/TSgt
Poland has been appointed the new Cadet Commander.
Cadet Poland has been a member since October 2007 and
has always strived to be the best that he can be. I look forward to watching the cadet program grow and improve.
Along with the new duty assignments came a change in the
schedule. The meetings now start at 5:45 PM and end at
8:15 PM. I understand that for some this may be a problem; if you cannot be here at 5:45 PM please let your chain
of command know. There will be no penalty for arriving
late due to transportation issues.
I am also excited about the new cadet safety officer position that National recently approved. As all of you know,
SAFETY ALWAYS COMES FIRST!!! Over the next few weeks
those cadets that are interested in the position will be interviewed and notified of who the first cadet officer will be.
Congratulations to the following cadets on their promotions: Hurinenko Arnold, Bortell Wright Brothers, Carroll
Feik and Mushrall Arnold. I encourage all of you to continue to strive for excellence.
There are some upcoming events that I would encourage
Cadets and Officers to plan on attending:
April 2 Wing Conference
April 19-23 Airman Academy
August 14-20? MEWG Encampment
Lets continue to strive to be the very best that we can be!!!
Capt. Spaulding,
ME035 Commander

This year I hope


to form a competition
color guard. The
planning and selection of staff will
take place in later
months. Primarily
what I'm focusing on
is the training of
the newer cadets. So
far we have 4 cadets
to review for the
Safety NCO. We still
need a secondary Cadet Advisory Council
(CAC) representative.
This role is important; as a representative your job is to
take the cadets
opinions and bring it
into a conference.
The CAC helps make
important changes to
CAP.
C/ MSgt. Poland
Cadet Commander

ME035 Honors our Countrys Heroes


The Bangor/Brewer Composite Squadron participated
in Wreaths Across America in Bangor and Arlington this
year.
On December 11, 2010., even though the sky was
overcast and the ground covered with snow, the ceremony to honor and remember this Countrys fallen heroes was a stirring event at Coles Land Transportation
Museum. The Color Guard, consisting of Cadets
Kingsley, Poland, Culp, and Bortell, stood watch as
other members of BBCS and two guests hung the
wreaths around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Paying tribute with the wreaths were Army PFC Anthony
Griffin (former CAP cadet)Army; Cadet Chris SliningerNavy; Cadet Steph NowickiMarines; Lt Rick
GammonAir Force; Cadet Jonathan TenneyCoast
Guard; Cadet Daniel TracyMerchant Marines; Mr.
David ShookPOW/MIA. ME035 squadron commander Capt Cathie Spaulding presided over the ceremony. As if on cue, at the end of the dedication, a
flock of birds swooped directly across the top of the
wreath-encircled Vietnam War Memorial; nature
seemed to be paying tribute with their majestic version
of a fly-over.
ME035 also had a representative in Arlington this year.
Cadet Alan Kienow, who had only been a CAP member
for a month at the time of the WAA trip, was part of the
WAA caravan that traveled to VA. Cadet Kienow was
so outstanding on the trip with his willingness to help
others, demonstration of Regs, and outstanding attitude that he received the first-ever WAA Honor Cadet
Award from the Wing DCP, Captain Joyce Gaddis.
Congratulations Cadet Kienow!
~~Major Susan Hall, ME035 PAO~~

The Pledge of Allegiance


I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for
which it stands,
one Nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

ME035 Holiday Party...2010


Before the school vacation and the new year,
CAP had its holiday party. Many cadets received
awards such as the Excellent First Year Award
and Wright Brothers Award, along with promotions. Unfortunately some members stepped
down but others stepped in to fill their place in
the chain of command. This shows how CAP
will always continue to live on even though others may retire. It's good to know that the legacy
of CAP's integrity, respect, excellence,
and volunteer service will always carry on by
passing the torch to the next generation of leaders and their followers.
~~Cadet Daniel Tracy~~

Annual ME035 Awards


The yearly Christmas Party is a time to reflect on the
years accomplishments. In addition to wonderful
food, fellowship with extended family members, and a
slideshow highlighting the years events, awards are
given out in different categories. As ME035 is rife with
awesome members, the decision to pick just one recipient is not always easy. However, after nail-biting
decisions, the following squadron members were
named:
Cadet of the Year
Outstanding 1st Year Cadet
Military Customs & Courtesies
Outstanding Officer of the Year

C/Amn Brown
C/Amn Dow
C/SSgt Libbey
Lt. Richard Gammon

As he is stepping aside as DCP, Major Dauphinee also received a plaque for his many years of service and dedication to the Cadet Program.
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Winter Has Arrived


With every major snow and ice storm arriving on a Wednesday, this seems to have been Ol Man Winters
way of paying attention to ME035. Im pretty sure I can speak for all of us when I say that its really OK to
ignore us for a while..a long while. At least a few more years, if not longer. Snow is beautiful, and it has its
uses, but being the reason to cancel meetings week after week is not useful.
Ironically, it was snowing on Groundhog Day, which made it impossible for the Weather Rodent to see his
shadow, thereby predicting a shorter winter. Hopefully, Mr. Winter will go into hibernation now and allow our
meetings to resume uninterrupted.
Thanks to all of you for your patience as decisions were made to keep us all safe instead of turning into
human icicles. ~~Major Susan Hall, Editor

After the CPFT on February 23, C/Lt Kinglsley


and C/CMS Nowicki had the cadets compete in
Team Building Exercises (Sniper Push-ups &
London Bridge),a Knowledge Test, and a Drill
Down. Good job to both teams!! It was close,
but thanks to C/Sgt Bortell in the tie-breaking
Drill down, Team 1 was the winner!!

American History and tidbits


President Andrew Jacksons parrot had to be removed from the Presidents funeral because the bird was
swearing too much.
Out of Israel, the US, Germany, Greece, and Italy, the US is the oldest established country.
The French/Indian War was waged before the American Revolution.
George Washington selected Mr. President as the title for the president.
I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.~~Evelyn Beatrice Hall
The name of President George Washingtons horse was Nelson.
~~Inadvertently contributed by C/Lt Julian Kingsley and C/CMS Steph Nowicki during the Knowledge Test

Space Shuttle Discovery Blasts Off on Final Flight


NASA's most traveled space shuttle blasted off on its final voyage, following nearly three decades of service.
February 24, 2011
During the launch, Discovery's engines carried it aloft on nearly 1 million pounds of thrust, leading to forces on the astronauts within the vehicle three times that of Earth's gravity, NASA said. Discovery thundered to speeds of about 18,000 miles
per hour within 8 1/2 minutes on its journey, en route to a meetup with the International Space Station Saturday.
"We're already 66 miles up!" the robot astronaut Robonaut 2 tweeted, mere minutes after the rocket launch.
The shuttle reached orbit within 15 minutes of launch. "Good to be here," Discovery commander Steve Lindsey radioed soon
after the three main engines shut off and the external fuel tank was jettisoned.
Discovery is the oldest of NASA's three surviving space shuttles and the first to be decommissioned this year. Two missions
remain, first by Atlantis and then Endeavour, to end the 30-year program. Launch director Mike Leinbach anticipated it
would be "tough" to see Discovery take off for the 39th and final time, and even harder when it returns March 7.
"It's a very, very personal thing that we love to do," Leinbach explained. "It's a lot more than just our livelihood. It gets in our
soul."
Emotions ran high as Discovery rocketed off its seaside pad into a late afternoon clear blue sky, and arced out over the Atlantic on its farewell flight. There were a tense few minutes before liftoff when an Air Force computer problem popped up.
The issue was resolved and Discovery took off about three minutes late, with just a few seconds left.
"The venerable veteran of America's human spaceflight fleet," as the launch commentator called it earlier in the day, will
carry the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module, or PMM, to the International Space Station. The PMM has been loaded
with supplies, experiments, equipment and the humanoid robot assistant Robonaut 2 -- the first robot of its kind to fly into
and work in space.
NASA pumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel into Discovery at midmorning. This time, no hydrogen gas seeped
out during fueling and no cracks developed in the external fuel tank. Both problems cropped up during the initial countdown
in November, leading to months of repairs. Cracks in the midsection of the tank, which holds instruments but no fuel, could
have been dangerous.
This was the 39th flight for Discovery, set to retire this year and eventually make its way to a museum. It has logged 143
million miles (230 million kilometers) since its first flight in 1984.Discovery will spend 11 days in orbit -- on top of the 352
days it's already spent circling the planet -- and will rack up another 4.5 million miles (7.2 million kilometers).
Its list of achievements include delivering the Hubble Space Telescope to orbit, carrying the first Russian cosmonaut to
launch on a U.S. spaceship, returning Mercury astronaut John Glenn to orbit, and bringing shuttle flights back to life after the
Challenger and Columbia accidents.
"She's been an amazing machine," Leinbach said Wednesday. "She's done everything we've asked of her."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/02/24/space-shuttle-discovery-final-flight/#ixzz1EvqIlhWZ
(~~Editors Note: This article is from the FoxNews website on February 24, 2011~~)

Bathroom:
Infrared ear thermometers
Ingestible toothpaste
Cosmetics
Memory metal alloys
Environmentally safe sewage treatment
Polished brass finish
Bacteriostatic water softener
Reflective insulation
Living Room:
Audio equipment
Portable X-ray device
Environmental cleansing
Scratch resistant & UV-blocking glasses
Insulated paint
Wireless headset
Carbon monoxide detection
Bedroom:
Better computer software
Work surface light bulbs
Improved footwear
Liquid metal
Temper foam pillows
Phase changing materials (coats, etc)
Sports equipment
Kitchen:
Enriched baby food
Water purification
Portable cordless vacuum
Refrigerator Internet-connected wall
Freeze-dried technology (i.e. Tang!!)
Harnessing solar energy
Space garden
Air Travel:
Collision avoidance systems
Clean burning engines
Nitrogen oxide reduction
Anti-icing systems
Optics for high speed tickets process.
Pilot stress tests
Jet lag prevention
Cabin pressure devices
Parachute systems
Voltage controllers
Automobile:
Improved radial tires
Cleaner burning cars
Advanced lubricants
Car chasis & brake systems
Crash analysis
Structural analysis
Highway safety
Truck design
AC/refrigerant enhancer
Sports:
Shock absorbing athletic shoes
Stadium material
Plasma displays
Protective padding
Liquid metals

Helmets
Ingestible thermometers
Cool suits
Heart monitors
Tennis racquets
Phase change materials
Public Safety:
Fire resistant reinforcement
Video enhancing & analysis systems
Fire sensors
Face masks & fire suits
Land mine removal
Anthrax detection
Radio & breathing systems
Lifeshears
Flame retardant materials
Self-illuminating materials
Medical:
Light-emitting diodes
ER infrared ear thermometers
Automatic insulation pumps
Artificial limbs
Clean-room apparel
Precision dialysis pumps & filters
Invisible braces
Diamond coatings and artificial hip
Corneal refractive therapy
Dental waterline purification cart.
Ventricular assist device
Gait analysis system
Manufacturing:
Powdered lubricants
Improved welding
Quick fasteners
Power plant design
Smokestack monitors
Rapid prototyping
Chemical detection
Improved mine safety
Protective cool suits
Grocery:
Food safety systems
Ethylene removal system
Hyperspectral imaging of chicken
Refrigeration showcase
Packaging & freeze-drying
Enriched baby food
Coastal:
Search & Rescue at sea
Flood monitoring
Environmentally safe ship cleaning
Environmentally safe sewage treat.
Oceanic monitoring
Pollution remediation
Dam corrosion & bridge support
Biodegradable environmental cleanup

~~Editors note: information courtesy of nasa.gov/topics/nasalife/index.html~~


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Robonaut's Space Debut a 'Giant Leap for Tinmankind'


Published November 01, 2010 | Associated Press
Space is about to get its first humanoid from planet Earth.
Robonaut 2 -- affectionately known as R2 -- is hitching a one-way ride to the International Space Station this week aboard the final flight of space shuttle Discovery.
It's the first humanoid robot ever bound for space, a $2.5 million mechanical and electrical marvel
that NASA hopes one day will assist flesh-and-bone astronauts in orbit.
Imagine, its creators say, a future where Robonaut could take over space station cleaning duties;
spend hours outside in the extreme heat and cold, patiently holding tools for spacewalking astronauts;
and handle emergencies like toxic leaks or fires.
Why, Robonaut's descendants could even scout out asteroids, Mars and other worlds in the decades
ahead, paving the way for humans.
The adventure begins Wednesday afternoon, with the planned final launch of Discovery and Robonaut's six human crewmates. Mission
managers gave the green light Monday for the new launch date; shuttle gas leaks had to be repaired before the countdown could begin
and forced a two-day delay.
"While it might be just a single step for this robot, it's really a giant leap forward for tinmankind," said Rob Ambrose, acting chief of Johnson Space Center's automation, robotics and simulation division in Houston.
For now, R2 -- a collaboration between NASA and General Motors -- exists only from the waist up. It measures 3 feet 4 inches (1 meter)
tall and weighs 330 pounds. Each arm is 2 feet (0.6 meters) 8 inches (20 centimeters) long.
Legs are still in the works. But, oh, what an upper body: perfectly toned arms and hands with palms, a robotic rarity, along with broad
shoulders and a washboard stomach. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hollywood's cyborg Terminator, would be proud.
Watch Robonaut lifting a 20-pound (9-kilogram) dumbbell, and "you can kind of feel the burn," Ambrose said, showing a video at a recent news conference.
Unlike people who tend to cheat, "this robot will really do what the physical trainers tell you to do, which is to do the bicep curls nice and
slow," he said.
Made of aluminum and nickel-plated carbon fiber, the torso and arms are padded to protect Robonaut and the astronauts, all the way
down to the five fingers on each hand. No metal, bony-looking fingers for this robot.
R2's eyes are where they should be: in its gold-colored head. Four visible light cameras are located behind the robot's visor, and an infrared camera is in its mouth for depth perception.
But its brain is in its stomach; engineers had nowhere else to put the computerized gray matter.
A backpack holds a power system for plugging R2 into the space station. On an asteroid or Mars, the backpack would contain batteries.
The joints are filled with springs for give, and more than 350 electrical sensors are scattered throughout, allowing R2 to sense even a
feather with its fingertips.
NASA began working on its first dexterous robot -- the landlubbing Robonaut 1 -- in 1997. Lacking money, the project ceased in 2006.
General Motors stepped in with the intention of improving car manufacturing and better protecting workers. Early this year, the much
speedier R2 was unveiled.
NASA made room for the robot on one of its last few shuttle flights. It is Discovery's 39th mission and the next-to-last shuttle flight for
NASA, although an additional trip may be added next year.
R2 is boxed up and stowed away for launch. Its identical twin -- identical on the outside, anyway -- is at Kennedy Space Center, posing
for pictures and awaiting liftoff.
"I'm not even a little nervous; NERVES OF ALUMINUM!!!" R2 said last week in a Twitter update under AstroRobonaut. (A NASA public
relations woman and Robonaut team member are serving as ghost tweeters.)
The robot will remain tucked away at the space station until late December -- a nice Christmas present for the station's six inhabitants,
Ambrose figures.
While the space station already has Canadian and Japanese robotic arms -- resembling cranes -- human operators are needed. Once
given orders, R2 can carry out preprogrammed tasks by itself.
First will come a series of tests to see how Robonaut operates in weightlessness atop a fixed pedestal.
Legs will be needed before Robonaut can tackle indoor chores like wiping handrails or vacuuming air filters. NASA hopes to send up legs
in late 2011, followed a year later by torso and computer enhancements enabling the robot to venture out on spacewalks.
The objective is to help astronauts, not replace them, NASA stresses. Humans have been living continuously on the space station for 10
years -- the actual record-setting anniversary is Tuesday -- and the wish is for 10 more.
The beauty of Robonaut, officials say, is it's strong yet safe and trustworthy enough to work right next to humans. It's also serenely mute,
more WALL-E than R2-D2 of "Star Wars" fame.
Discovery's astronaut-physician, Michael Barratt, would have loved to pawn off toilet cleaning while living at the space station last year.
As appealing as Robonaut is, he cautions "it will be a long time" before the robot can do a job as quickly and efficiently as a space station human.
Robonaut's strength, Barratt said, will be emergencies.
"Going into a toxic atmosphere to throw a switch or close a valve," he explained.
And, in a final salute, going down with the ship.
R2 will be on board when the space station stops operating sometime after 2020 and NASA sends it hurtling toward a grave in the Pacific.
URL
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