2020 AFRL Fellow Advances Nation’s Space Technology

Air Force Research Laboratory senior engineer Dr. Michael Starks standing in front of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket that carried AFRL’s Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) satellite into orbit on Jun. 25, 2019. DSX was designed and built at AFRL, and is successfully conducting new research to advance understanding of the Van Allen radiation belts and their effect on spacecraft components. Courtesy/AFRL

AFRL News: 

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE – The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) commander, Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, recently announced the sought-after annual AFRL Fellow


N3B: LANL Individual Permit Status Meeting Oct. 28

N3B News:

The Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and its cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) will host the required semi-annual meeting for the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Individual Permit.

This meeting is 5:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, and will be conducted virtually.

The Individual Permit authorizes the discharge of storm water from LANL sites where historical industrial activities occurred.

Discussion topics for the meeting include:

  • Draft Permit Update
  • 2020 Storm Water Season
  • Overview of Maintenance


DOE Approves $1.35 Billion Cost Share Award For CFPP

Deputy DPU Manager Steve Cummins

Los Alamos Daily Post

Electricity provided to Los Alamos County could be generated through cutting-edge technology.

The probability of this happening significantly increased recently after the Department of Energy approved a $1.35 billion cost share award to the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP).

The CFPP project involves a 720-megawatt NuScale power plant that would be at the Idaho National Laboratory site. The power plant would utilize 12 small modular nuclear reactors.

The Utah Associated Municipal Power


Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Identifies Potential Safety Hazards In Transuranic Waste Processing At LANL

A crew prepares a waste shipment at LANL for transport to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy/DOE

Los Alamos Daily Post


In a letter dated Sept. 24 to Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) Acting Chairman Thomas A. Summers updated the Secretary on potential safety hazards in transuranic waste storage, handling and processing across Los Alamos National Laboratory facilities.

The Board has found that safety bases for both National Nuclear Security Administration and Environmental Management


Scenes From Visit This Week To Abiquiu Dam

View during a visit this week to Abiquiu Dam. The dam is on the Rio Chama, about 60 miles northwest of Santa Fe in Rio Arriba County. Built and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Abiquiu Dam is an earth embankment structure 354 feet high and 1,800 feet long, containing 11.8 million cubic yards of fill. Photo by Dave Lannen

View during a visit this week to Abiquiu Dam. Photo by Dave Lannen

View during a visit this week to Abiquiu Dam. Photo by Dave Lannen

View during a visit this week to Abiquiu Dam. Photo by Dave Lannen


Delicious Freshness On Tap At Farmers Market Today

Jose Gonzales with his fresh produce and decorations. Courtesy/LAFM

Los Alamos Farmers Market News:

Taste the difference 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Farmers Market at Ashley Pond Park.

There are only two more outdoor markets left in the 2020 season.

Fresh items at this week at market include:

Breakfast burritos, scones, cookies, pound cake, breads, croissants, muffin, quiche, pumpkin bread, gluten free baked goods, honey, honey sticks, allergy pops, jujubes, apples, pumpkins, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, beets, radish, salad mix, arugula, spicy mix, pork, lamb,


Valles Caldera National Preserve Partners With Community In Lighting Retrofit Project To Protect Night Skies

A before and after example of retrofitted lighting at the Village of Jemez Springs. A two pronged floodlight was replaced by a single fully shielded black light fixture pointing downward. Photo by Roger Sweet

The before and after photos of the exterior of Hidden Valley Sporting Goods, showing two out of four replaced light fixtures. On the left showing the light coming directly from a light bulb, on the right showing the light clearly pointing downward. Photo by Nanci Lambert

NPS News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve, in collaboration with its friends group, Los Amigos de Valles


Los Alamos National Laboratory Brings Next-Generation HPC In Fight To Stop Spread Of COVID-19

Chicoma high-performance computing platform to support the nation’s response to COVID-19. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has completed the installation of a next-generation high-performance computing platform, with aim to enhance its ongoing R&D efforts in support of the nation’s response to COVID-19.

Named Chicoma, the new platform is poised to demonstrate Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s new HPE Cray EX supercomputer architecture for solving complex scientific problems.

“As extensive social and economic impacts from COVID-19 continue to grip


Luna Fire Consumes Over 7,400 Acres Near Chacon

The Luna Fire viewed Tuesday afternoon from the Pajarito Ski Hill parking lot is burning in the Camino Real Ranger District on the Carson National Forest. Source: inciweb.nwcg.gov. Photo by Marc Bailey
Wildfire News:
The Luna Fire began Oct. 17 and has burn some 7,412 acres about 2 miles northeast of Chacon in the Camino Real Ranger District on the Carson National Forest.

Latest Details:

Cause: Unknown

Containment: 0%

Fuels: Mixed conifer and spruce tapering to ponderosa pine at lower elevations.

Current status: Fire suppression efforts continue as the Luna Fire remains active in steep terrain.