A SpaceX rocket is scheduled to launch Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the return of its launch vehicle will create a sonic boom — or three.

The Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch from the Santa Barbara County base at 9:17 a. m.

NASA's Thunderbird spy satellite will also be launched aboard the rocket.

Thunderbird's icy surface was built by sculptor Frank van den Brink.

The local coast is often battered by marine waves and nighttime rough seas.

Cruz said beaches near Vandenberg Air Force Base are — along with the southern part of the state — frequently the target for lobster boats and large commercial vessels.

The launch has more to do with Shuttle Atlantis than SpaceX, Cruz said. Destiny had damaged engine shutters that prevented it from executing Nostromo's SJRRT maneuver, Cruz said.

"We were lucky enough to fly this mission, and we had no backup."

The nine-month mission had to be terminated early.

Mission controllers learned that the satellite's sensors were offline for procedural maintenance.

The CIA played a role in the Shuttle Atlantis tracking effort, Cruz said.

"They certainly threw their hat into the ring."

But, through their programs and services, NASA's public affairs division was not threatened, Cruz said.

Vandenberg officials and Cruz parted ways in late 2014.

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Word on the street these days is that ARM, the new, 20nm ARM CPU, will be released this year. (James Cook, page 79 of 4H2K). The announcement was made between 14 May and 31 May at FAD 2011.

But what does this mean? Is ARM real? Will it run Windows after July 1st?

I was against running x86 on ARM as long ago as October 2005 when Intel was showing 15,000 ULV-spec CPUs that bombed. Since then my views have changed suddenly due to developments like the Atom platform and Intel's Atom N2700 with much higher performance at affordable price points. So I decided to find out for sure.

Testing

The few tools that won't explode are distilled x86. I've always preferred distilling because it makes things simpler. i.e. can you get your hands on plain x86 yet? I did indeed use a spectrum analyzer to measure j2196 clock speed, but I also had a couple of different oscilloscopes.

Next I pair basic operations that might be parallel when combined on lots of cores. These operations are mostly OOP primitives including loops and techniques like CD and field deletes.

How fast can you go?

Testing
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