Fast On-orbit Rapid Recording of Transient Events
The Fast On-orbit Rapid Recording of Transient Events (FORTE, occasionally stylized as FORTÉ) is a lightweight satellite which was launched at about 8:30 AM on August 29, 1997 into a circular 800-kilometer (500 mi) low Earth orbit which is inclined 70 degrees relative to the earth's equator, using a Pegasus XL rocket. It was developed and launched by the Sandia National Laboratory in cooperation with Los Alamos National Laboratory, as a testbed for technologies applicable to U.S. nuclear detonation detection systems used to monitor compliance with arms control treaties, and later to study lightning from space. The project was sponsored by the United States Department of Energy, and cost about US$35 million. It utilizes optical sensors, RF sensors, and an "event classifier" in order to make observations, including monitoring Very High Frequency (VHF) lightning emissions in the ionosphere occurring from between 50 to 600 miles (80 to 970 km) above the surface of the Earth, and it will be a component of the VHF Global Lightning and Severe Storm Monitor (V-GLASS) system. Its primary mission is to record and analyze bursts of RF energy rising from the surface of the Earth. FORTE is 7-foot (2.1 m) tall, weighs 470-pound (210 kg), and is the first all-composite spacecraft, its framework being made entirely of graphite-reinforced epoxy. It consists of three decks with aluminum honeycomb cores, and composite facing to support the onboard instruments.
San Antonio Current
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:03:45 -0800
If Will Forte had never made it to "Nebraska," the movie, that would have been fine. After all, he was thrilled just to audition for Alexander Payne, the director of such outstanding movies as "Sideways" and "The Descendants." "People think that this ...
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:03:43 -0800
Bruce Dern, Will Forte shine in endearing, witty 'Nebraska'. Outfitted with delicious wit and a forbearing tone, the charm of screenwriter Bob Nelson's Midwest-set dramedy “Nebraska” is rooted in its clever dialogue and novel approach to small-town ...
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New York Daily News
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 06:36:47 -0800
While the previous-generation Forte made great strides past its own predecessor's dynamics, build quality, and styling, the '14 model somehow manages a strong repeat performance. All kinds of unexpected touches dot the Forte's exterior, such as LED ...
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:22:30 -0800
Forte heads in to Week 15 as the fourth leading rusher in the NFL, totaling 1,073 yards. He'll face a stiff test this Sunday against a fourth ranked Browns rush defense. Forte hasn't scored on the ground in five weeks, but continues to be an integral ...
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 02:52:30 -0800
IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Kia Motors America's (KMA) 2014 Forte has been named the Best New Compact Sedan of 2014 by Cars.com, putting Kia's European-inspired sedan in contention for the respected website's Best of ...
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:26:12 -0800
Forte turns 28 today, December 10th, so wish him a happy birthday at @mattforte22 if you're so inclined, meaning he's reaching that make-or-break stage every running back faces. But this chart doesn't tell the entire story, since it's not as much a ...
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:56:15 -0800
Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports. The Chicago Bears are hosting the Dallas ...
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:22:30 -0800
Forte's affinity for music came from his love for films as a child. Once he progressed in age and maturity, Gilbere turned the attraction into a passion. “In my teenage years, I said, 'how could I create that same emotion that I get from compositions ...
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