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Archive for February, 2009

UPCOMING SENTENCING

Defendants Dennis Apel, Jeff Dietrich, Fr. Louie Vitale, OFM, and Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ, will face sentencing on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 10:00 am in Santa Barbara Federal Court – 1415 State St., Santa Barbara, 93101. The defendants were found guilty on December 4, 2008, by Magistrate Rita Coyne-Federman for their nonviolent witness on May 19, 2007.  Please join us in support of these brave men who invited the airmen present to become peacemakers rather than warriors for a corrupt and rapacious empire.

MAY 5 DELTA 2 ROCKET LAUNCH

On May 5, 2009 (time yet released) there will be a Delta 2 rocket launch at the
SLC-2W launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base. This launch was rescheduled for this date from delays dating back to 2006.

• The United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch the Space Tracking and Surveillance System Advanced Technology Risk Reduction (STSS-ATRR) research and development mission for the Missile Defense Agency. The mission previously called Block 2010 Spacecraft Risk Reduction. NASA will oversee the launch. The rocket will fly in the 7920 vehicle configuration.  It is a sattelite launch for tracking and surveillance.

UPDATE ON THE DEC 5 LAUNCH

Although Vandenberg officials called the December 5th Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) launch a success, questions have been raised about the decoys’ failure, which some say were supposed to be an important part of the test. “The whole point of the test was to hit the target in the presence of decoys,” said Philip Coyle, senior adviser for the Center for Defense Information. Coyle — who served as assistant secretary of defense from 1994 to 2001 and directed the Defense Department’s testing and evaluation department — said the MDA’s claim of success in this test was misleading. “They don’t want to have a failure because they don’t want Congress to pull funding,” he said.