Sunday, October 16, 2022

Short Takes – 10-16-22

The Russian Space Program Is Falling Back to Earth. article. Pull quote: “If Russia were to jump ship early, it would have no spaceflight program to speak of. “We must bear in mind that if we discontinue manned flights for several years, it will be very difficult to restore what we have achieved afterwards,” Vladimir Solovyov, a former cosmonaut and the flight director for the Russian side of the ISS, said in a Roscosmos interview this summer.”

National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board; Meeting. Federal Register meeting notice. 2-day meeting: November 16th and 17th, 2022.

Digital license plates approved for all vehicles in California. article. Pull quote: “The revised legislation sets out the conditions for using an e-ink plate (referred to in the bill as an "alternative device"). For example, a malfunctioning digital license plate would be a correctable violation—the law also requires "a process for frequent notification" if the digital plate breaks or needs replacing. And altering, forging, counterfeiting, or other hacking of the plates will be a felony.”

Shelter in place lifted in Westlake, no injuries in Sasol chemical fire. article. Pull quote: “Early this afternoon, Sasol had a fire at its Lake Charles Chemical Complex Ziegler alcohol unit. Our on-site emergency response team responded swiftly, and the fire is contained. Our primary concern is the safety of our employees and the community. All Sasol employees are accounted for with no reported injuries associated with the fire. There were no off-site impacts and no call to action for the nearby community.” Shelter-in-place order is an off-site impact.

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