Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Delivers to Planet’s Surface
REDMOND, WA (MPG) – Using sophisticated propulsion devices provided by Aerojet Rocketdyne, NASA’s Mars InSight lander successfully touched down on the surface of the red planet Nov. 26.
The final phase of lnSight’s descent was powered by 12 Aerojet Rocketdyne MR-107N 50 lbf engines, providing variable pounds of pulsed thrust throughout its descent, which began firing after the lander jettisoned its parachute and heat shield. The engines maneuvered the craft clear of the falling parachute before bringing it gently to the Martian surface, where it will gather data on the planet’s seismology, rotation and internal temperature.
“We provided propulsion for every phase of this important NASA mission, from launch to landing,” said Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president. “A mission like this leaves no margin for error and our systems successfully performed their critical roles as expected.”
Mars InSight began its journey May 5 with its launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne supplied the RL10C-1 main engine and 12 MR-106 reaction control thrusters for the rocket’s Centaur upper stage, as well as helium pressurization tanks for the vehicle’s first and second stages.
During InSight’s roughly six-month cruise to Mars, four Aerojet Rocketdyne MR-106B thrusters, each generating four pounds of thrust, kept the probe on target via five trajectory correction maneuvers. Meanwhile, four MR-111C thrusters, each generating one pound of thrust, kept the craft stable and pointed in the right direction.
These same thrusters provided the final trajectory and pointing adjustments as the lander approached the Martian atmosphere. Aerojet Rocketdyne also supplied two helium pressurization tanks on the lander.
Mars InSight will study the deep interior of Mars, examining in depth its crust, mantle, and core. Aerojet Rocketdyne engines have flown aboard every successful U.S. Mars mission, including orbiters and landers. Additionally, Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion systems have taken NASA probes to every planet in the solar system and even beyond. The agency’s two Voyager probes, which launched in 1977, are equipped with Aerojet Rocketdyne thrusters. Voyager 1 is in interstellar space, while Voyager 2 is in the heliosheath, the outermost layer of the heliosphere.
Six-year-old fights juvenile arthritis every day
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - In a Carmichael home where a family with three boys under 10 live, super heroes are widely respected, and even part of the décor. Breakfast is served on top of Avenger placemats and Superman and Thor are nearby. Ironically, the kid eating his cereal from a bowl placed on top of Black Panther (his favorite) is a superhero in his own right. He is sharing his own battle with juvenile arthritis to bring awareness to the disease.
Six-year-old Jeremy Kelley will leave Black Panther behind and don a reindeer suit for a day the whole family is celebrating. Jeremy will be leading the Reindeer Games and Kid Run at the Arthritis Foundation’s 2018 Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis, supported by Sutter Health (where Jeremy’s mom works). The race takes place on December 9.
“Our honorees and volunteers are what make this event memorable every year, and this year we’re humbled to honor Jeremy Kelley who, along with his parents, is a true arthritis warrior,” says Heather Funk, the Arthritis Foundations’ Pacific Southwest region development director. “We are all pulling for him to be able to finish the Kid Run.”
Jeremy’s warrior-status journey started right before his third birthday. He was simply doing what kids do when they are three, but had a decidedly different outcome.
“Jeremy jumped off the couch in the living room and onto a beanbag chair,” his mother, Jaime Kelley says. In a few days, his leg was swollen to triple its size. X-rays didn’t show any damage, but Jeremy didn’t improve over time. Clearly, jumping off the couch was not the issue.
The Kelleys went to their own pediatrician, were referred to Shriners Hospital and got an appointment several months later. By that time both knees and an ankle were severely swollen, and Jeremy was back to crawling. Doctors there did testing, but were also stumped by Jeremy’s severe symptoms. Shriner Hospital suggested taking Jeremy to UC San Francisco, where doctors there gave him aggressive joint injections. They worked.
“He started running around like crazy, the previous six months seemed like a bad dream,” Jaime Kelley remembers. “We couldn’t believe we had Jeremy back.”
Unfortunately, the “miracle” really wasn’t. Despite Jeremy’s new-found mobility, the disease wasn’t subsiding. More shots followed, and injecting the medicine was up to mom. Jeremy developed a bad case of shot anxiety, turning the household into turmoil when it was time for yet another one. Knowing the injection routine was impacting the family and hoping the disease was in remission, the doctors decided to give Jeremy a break from the rigid shot regime. The symptoms returned.
So now the Kelleys are in management mode, continuing with the injections sometimes, seeing a therapist for the shot trauma — and coping. Pain is still prevalent, and doctors say the remedy is harsh: push through it.
“It’s something we will just have to deal with,” says Jaime, “Right now we are trying yoga.” Grateful for the help she received from the Foundation, Jaime is now an Arthritis Foundation activist who mentors— and learns from — other parents and the staff and board of the Foundation.
Andrew Pete, service line director for Perioperative Services at Sutter Medical Center Sacramento, is the Northern California Arthritis Foundation chair. He is one of many Sutter Health community volunteers who donate expertise and services to nonprofits throughout the region.
“People assume that arthritis is a condition you get when you get old,” Pete says. “But our Arthritis Warrior Jeremy confirms that kids get arthritis too. We want people to know the symptoms and get help because there are treatments available.”
Juvenile arthritis affects more than 300,000 children in the U.S., a figure experts consider on the low side. Considering the obstacles and determination parents must endure to convince their medical provider that the symptoms are more than just kids being kids, the disease is underreported and appallingly undertreated.
The Arthritis Foundation is trying to change the trajectory of misdiagnosis by funding cutting-edge research for new treatments and discovering a cure, advocating for health care access, and offering support to victims of the disease.
The Jingle Bell Run is part of that strategy. It is a holiday event where at least 1,000 people will gather at Sacramento’s Crocker Park to join the movement to conquer the disease. The 5K run encourages participants to dress in festive costumes and get moving to raise awareness and funds to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. To register, visit, www.jbr.org/Sacramento
Meanwhile, Jeremy loves to escape his trials and play Pie Face, a game-in-a-box with rules that dictate that if you are the unlucky opponent, a lever slaps whip cream all over your face. Jeremy thinks it’s hilarious.
Source: 3fold Communications
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) – California State Railroad Museum Foundation President & CEO Cheryl Marcell has been named to serve on the prestigious board of directors for the HeritageRail Alliance, a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting the common interest of entities engaged in the business of tourist, scenic, historic or excursion railroading, railway and trolley museums. The official announcement was made at the HeritageRail conference held last week in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marcell will serve on the board for a three-year term ending in 2021.
With an impressive and expansive background in business development and the airport industry, Marcell joined the California State Railroad Museum Foundation in April 2015 where she has been instrumental in helping to reinvigorate and pave exciting new paths for the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown.
Marcell’s new role on the board of directors comes at an important time for the rail industry. May 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad when, along with the rest of the country, the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation plan to present a series of exciting events, activities and exhibits to commemorate the historic achievement that helped to shape and connect the nation. For more information about the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, please visit www.californiarailroad.museumand for information the HeritageRail Alliance, please visit www.atrrm.org.
The mission of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CSRMF) is to generate revenue and awareness on behalf of its destinations, while supporting the preservation, interpretation and promotion of our railroad heritage. The Foundation provides funding for ongoing support of numerous programs, both at the museum's Old Sacramento location and at the historic park in Jamestown, Calif. For more information, please visit www.californiarailroad.museum.
Source: T-Rock Communications
Working to Prevent Large Power Outages
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - SMUD’s high voltage transmission lines in the Sierra deliver large amounts of power from SMUD’s hydroelectric facilities to customers in the valley. A fault on one of those lines can significantly impact the electrical system, potentially leaving thousands of customers in the dark. Critical to the lines’ capability are splices that enable the lines to be continuous. As transmission lines are strung or repaired over time, the splices, which are tubular sleeves, can degrade.
To find potential faults SMUD is using state-of-the-art portable X-ray photography to inspect major transmission lines that feed the SMUD grid. Since the X-ray data collected is live, any potential issues are found immediately and repairs are promptly made to arrest future failure.
These high-voltage lines are strung atop high lattice-style towers. Maintenance and repairs on them can involve a lot of work, sometimes more than a hundred feet above the ground, and the work is typically done while the lines are energized so power can flow without interruption.
“Having this tool available to us helps eliminate the guesswork,” said SMUD Chief Energy Delivery Officer Frankie McDermott. “It provides another level of protection to help prevent outages on our transmission lines and helps us to harden the SMUD grid.”
To do the X-ray inspections that see inside the critical splices, they brought in lineworkers from Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), who are certified to do what’s called “barehand” work on energized transmission lines high above the ground while suspended from a helicopter.
Barehanding is a technique that safely allows transmission lineworkers to “bond on” and have direct contact with energized, high-voltage lines to perform work. Special protective clothing, including gloves, socks and boots, place the lineworker within the field of electricity that surrounds the energized conductor, allowing the electricity to flow around their body.
The work is part of many ongoing projects to improve and enhance reliable power delivery. The transmission lines in El Dorado County enable SMUD to deliver power from the Upper American River Project (UARP), SMUD’s huge system of hydroelectric power plants in the Sierra. The UARP’s nearly 700 megawatts of clean power can provide about 20 percent of SMUD’s power in a normal water year, which can be crucial especially in summer months when market power is more expensive.
Reliability is a core value of SMUD, a policy set by the SMUD Board of Directors who is elected by SMUD customers. To fulfill that policy, SMUD continues to bolster the infrastructure that comprises SMUD’s grid. For more information about SMUD, visit SMUD.org.
Source: SMUD Media
"A Simple Emigrant Christmas" on December 8
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - California State Parks, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) and Friends of Sutter’s Fort are proud to present an interactive, fun and festive “Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas” event on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort visitors will be delighted to have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1850s to enjoy festive holiday traditions from early in California’s early history when people from around the world passed through the Fort gates, each with their own customs and traditions for the holiday season. Friends and families are encouraged to visit the Fort to experience a variety of early holiday traditions and cultural activities similar to what early emigrants enjoyed. Complete with docents in period attire, entertaining vignettes will be set up that showcase a few of the diverse holiday scenes that will include food, music, decorations and other holiday traditions. As a special treat for kids of all ages, Father Christmas will be on-hand to hear holiday wishes.
Fort visitors can also participate in a number of hands-on activities such as dipping and creating their own holiday candles, crafting their own “keepsake” holiday ornaments – that include snowflakes, cornhusk angels and bird nests – plus making holiday cards with nib (or “dip”) pens and colored ink, grinding raw wheat into “Christmas flour,” singing Christmas carols with Fort musicians and more. And, of course, popular demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of the Fort’s cannon. Additionally, Friends of Sutter's Fort Trade Store will be open, providing complimentary samples of gold nugget chocolates and offering a special holiday sale.
Admission costs for this special “Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas” event at the Fort are as follows: $7 per adult (18 and older), $3 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and free for children 5 and under. For more information, please call 916-445-4422 or visit www.suttersfort.org
Source: T-Rock Communications
ORANGEVALE, CA (MPG) - Dan and Monica Brooks recently opened a new state licensed senior care home in Orangevale. Bellhaven Estate offers unique retreat-style senior living on an expansive and beautiful property.
Although Bellhaven has only been open for a few weeks, the Brooks have been busy meeting with prospective residents and offering tours. They are currently licensed for six residents and are already at 50% capacity with three residents signed up to move in.
The Brooks ran a senior care home in Natomas for four years, which was at full capacity with a full wait list, but they were thrilled to find this new location because it offers residents more opportunities to connect with nature. Dan stated, “We are trying to change the landscape of residential senior care.”
The estate is located on two acres with wide paved pathways so residents can explore the natural beauty of the property. They will soon be putting in a vineyard and have plans for gardens to grow fruits, vegetables, and flowers. With many areas for relaxing outdoors, residents can enjoy the horse and chickens that also live on the property. Monica said it is “the perfect location” and they were awed by the tranquility.
Bellhaven offers many activities to keep residents engaged. A musician visits the estate to provide live entertainment with renditions of songs by John Denver and the Beatles. Every six weeks they will host a spa day with a licensed hair stylist and nail technician to pamper the residents. Once a month, the Bellhaven Brunch offers a full spread of delicious foods for residents and their families.
The Brooks plan delicious meals because they feel it gives the residents great joy to look forward to good dinners and decadent desserts each night. Dan loves to cook and offers cooking demonstrations to get the residents involved in the process.
Bellhaven has at least one caregiver onsite at all times, and sometimes up to four depending on the activities and needs on a given day. At some care homes, the night staff can sleep while residents sleep since the assumption is that residents will wake the caregiver if they need help. Monica explained that Bellhaven does not follow that method because of concern that a resident might need help but be unable to request it if they are in medical distress. Staff members at Bellhaven spend the night awake and making frequent checks to ensure the continued safety of all residents.
The Brooks spend much of their time at the estate and are both very involved in every aspect of care, from playing games with residents to helping them with showers. “We do everything we ask our staff to do,” said Monica.
At Bellhaven, they want the residents to always feel that it is their home. Residents have their own personal spaces and are encouraged to invite family and friends to visit. The Brooks strive to offer exceptionally personalized service and care.
Monica has a background in children’s services, so she loves working with the residents and their families. She said, “I supported families through change when I worked in children’s services, and now I support families through change on the other side.”
Dan has 13 years of medical experience as a firefighter and paramedic, and in his experience going on medical calls he saw the need for more specialized and individual senior care. That need is what started the conversation and inspired the Brooks to open their own senior care home. Monica said, “If you are more on the quiet side, you can get lost in those larger facilities. Having only six residents at a time allows us to keep it super personal and offer extremely high-quality care.”
For more information, visit www.belhaven-estate.com.
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Alsco Inc., the premier linen and uniform rental services company, recently joined the Eskaton Foundation’s Philanthropic Partner Program to better support senior citizens as they age, helping them remain independent, but also provides volunteer opportunities and education forums about the aging experience for Alsco employees.
Seniors are an often overlooked demographic when it comes to charitable giving. In fact, in the United States, only two percent of all giving is directed to senior causes.
“Our donation allows us to support seniors through the innovative health, housing and social services the Eskaton Foundation provides to seniors,” says Mark Kotsios, general manager, Alsco Sacramento.
Eskaton, which means “the dawning of a new day,” is a community-based nonprofit whose mission is enhancing the quality of life of seniors to transform the aging experience. Eskaton Foundation supports the needs of seniors in the greater Sacramento area.
Alsco is a fourth-generation family owned and operated business, founded in 1889, that was recognized by the prestigious Hohenstein Institute for having invented the linen and uniform rental industry. Celebrating 129 years of business, Alsco provides linen and uniform rental services to customers that include restaurants, healthcare, automotive industry and industrial facilities. With over 180 locations, Alsco provides world-class service to over 355,000 customers in 14 countries. Learn more at http://www.alsco.com.