Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Raytheon is bidding to build a ‘Space Fence’ to track orbital debris, a project around which Hanscom Air Force Base, MIT Lincoln Labs and Mitre Corp. are all expected to be involved.
First cyberspace and now outer space. Hanscom Air Force Base, by virtue of the surrounding intellectual capital and scientific industry, has long been a leader in cutting edge defense systems. Home to the Electronic Systems Center and a first line of defense against cyber warfare, Hanscom now has its sights set on the “final frontier.” According to the Globe, Hanscom is a “focal point” for bids to build a $3 billion “Space Fence” system for tracking orbital debris. The local ties to the first-of-its kind Space Fence don’t stop there. One of the companies competing for to build the system is Waltham-based Raytheon, and engineers at MIT Lincoln Labs in Lexington and Mitre Corp in Bedford will assist Air Force officials in selecting the …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The Super Guppy transported a heat shield to be used on NASA's next generation of spacecraft, the Orion.
This video, caputred and posted to YouTube by user BostonAirborne, reportedly shows NASA's Super Guppy making a rare landing at Hanscom Air Force Base last week. The Super Guppy is used to transport large cargo and last week delivered a heat shield to be on the NASA Orion spacecraft, acording to reports from last week. The shield was flown into Hanscom in order to be transported to Textron Systems in Wilmington, where a protective coating will be applied in order to shield astronauts during re-entry, WCVB reported. Tell Us: Did you see the Super Guppy land at Hanscom? What's the strangest or most extraordinary aircraft you've seen land at the base or Hanscom Field?
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The large cargo plane was transporting a heat shield for a NASA spacecraft, according to a report by WCVB.
Talk about a special delivery. Carrying a heat shield that will be used on the next generation of NASA spacecraft, the "Super Guppy" touched down at Hanscom Air Force Base on March 26, according to WCVB-TV. The heat shield will be used on the NASA Orion spacecraft and was flown into Hanscom in order to be transported to Textron Systems in Wilmington on March 27 where a protective coating will be applied in order to shield astronauts during re-entry, WCVB reports. The Super Guppy is used to transport large cargo such as the heat shield, which could not be transported on smaller aircraft, according to WCVB. The cargo hold of the Super Guppy is 25 feet tall, 25 feet wide and 111 feet long, WCVB reports.
Friday, January 18, 2013
The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment will march in the Inauguration Day Parade on Monday, Jan. 21.
Hanscom Air Force Base will be represented by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment at the 57th Presidential Inuguration Day Parade in Washington D.C. on Jan. 21 following the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama. Of the 2,807 organizations that applied to take part in the parade, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment is one of 60 groups selected to participate, according to the inauguration website. Other groups from Massachusetts marching the parade include the Boston College Screamin' Eagles Marching Band and the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. You can watch inaugration weekend activities live streaming from the inauguration website.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Patrick and Murray were joined by members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Maj. Gen. Scott Rice, Adjunct General of the Massachusetts National Guard.
Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray attended the grand opening of the Massachusetts National Guard Joint Force Headquarters at Hanscom Air Force Base Thursday, also the 376th birthday of the National Guard. In a press release, Patrick said, with the addition of the National Guard Headquarters at Hanscom, the base continues to play an integral role in the local economy and as a job creator for the Commonwealth. “The impressive new Joint Force Headquarters creates a permanent headquarters to better support the base’s dual military mission,"Patrick said. "Massachusetts military bases are vital to fueling our innovation-based economy and will continue to have this Administration’s support.” Murray, who toured the facility in …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Nov. 14 meeting at the State House discussed the state's efforts to protect and promote Hanscom AFB, which faces the threat of a potential Base Realignment and Closure round.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The following announcement ws provided by the Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick. Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray on Wednesday welcomed Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore of the United States Air Force to the Massachusetts State House to discuss the importance of Hanscom Air Force Base, including the state’s effort to promote and support the strategic location, national security mission, and economic impact of the base. “Our military bases offer incredible assets, fuel our economy and are an important piece of our national security,” said Patrick. “We appreciate Lt. General Moore’s visit to Massachusetts as we work in partnership with Air Force leadership to strengthen and invest in Hanscom Air Force Base.” “Governor Patrick and I …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The following announcement was provided by Minute Man National Historical Park.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
In a ceremony held Oct. 3 at Hanscom Air Force Base, Col. Lester A. Weilacher, 66th Air Base Group commander, handed over several Revolutionary War artifacts to Nancy Nelson, superintendent of Minute Man National Historical Park. The artifacts, including several musket balls, a shoe buckle and knife, were uncovered during three extensive archeological digs that started in the 1990s and wrapped up in the mid-2000s. “The Air Force has a cultural resource program that can evaluate historical significance,” said Don Morris, civil engineering installation asset manager. “Because of Hanscom’s proximity to Revolutionary War battles, we invited the group to come out and survey the area.” The base, which borders the towns of Concord, Bedford, …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Following the tour, Lt. Gov. Murray commented on the work of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, which he launched in February.
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray toured the new Massachusetts National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Tuesday at Hanscom Air Force Base. Murray's tour of the base comes after he announced the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force earlier this year. The task force is aimed to protect and promote the Commonwealth's military bases in the face of $500 billion in federal defense spending by the U.S. Department of Defense. "Hanscom Base is a huge employer across the state, and it is important now more than ever to make sure we're doing everything we can to make sure we are protecting those who work and live here," Murray said. The Pentagon has also requested a Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) to close or consolidate military bases…
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Lt. Gov Timothy Murrary will visit Hanscom AFB for a tour of the final phases of construction of the new Massachusetts National Guard Headquarters.
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray will be in Bedford Tuesday for a tour of the new Massachusetts National Guard Headquarters at Hanscom Air Force Base. Following the tour, Murray will offer comments on the efforts of the Commonwealth’s Military Asset and Security Task Force. The task force was announced by Murray in February to protect and promote the state's military bases in the face of a $500 billion cut in federal defense spending by the U.S. Department of Defense. Murray and other officials last toured Hanscom back in March, the second stop on a tour of the state's bases. The visit also included a roundtable discussion at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a defense company located near the base in Lexington. Reduced funding for Hanscom could have several…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
With Hanscom AFB and other Massachusetts military installations threatened by planned cuts to federal defense spending, the report is part of a defense mounted by the state's Military Assett and Security Strategy Task Force.
Massachusetts military installations support more than 45,000 jobs and contribute more than $13.7 billion to the state’s economy annually, and Hanscom Air Force Base has a key role in the Commonwealth’s “innovation economy,” according to a new report. Released Tuesday, June 26, the report represents the state’s first preliminary findings on the jobs and economic impact of Massachusetts’ six military bases and comes as a result of the Military Assett and Security Strategy Task Force initiative Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray established back in February. That Task Force formed to protect and promote military bases across the state in the wake of the U.S. Department of Defense revealed a plan to reduce federal spending by about $500 billion over …