Wright Patterson Air Force Base

Michelle Gigante / U.S. Air Force photo

Update 3:36pm - The commission released the following statement:

88th Air Base Wing, WPAFB

Are you in the market for a new computer? Wright Patterson Air Force Base is now home to a $25 million supercomputer.

Named "Spirit" the computer is the 14th fastest in the world according to Top500.org. It can complete 1500 trillion calculations per second, making it the 7th fastest computer in the United States.

So how does that stack-up to your personal computer? It's about 36,000 times more powerful.

The base is holding a ribbon cutting Monday morning.

Following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's announcement that civilian furloughs have been reduced from 14 days to 11, officials at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton are outlining their plans for dealing with sequester cuts.

In an email to WVXU, Public Affairs Specialist Ted Theopolos writes:

Ann Thompson / WVXU

In the repository or "Room of Drums" at Wright Patterson Air Force Base 55 gallon barrels of fuel from all over the world are stored. There are liquid fuels made of coal from South Africa. There's also one made from camelina, a weed. Others come from animal fat. Some have been tested on cross country flights.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Alternative fuel is playing an even bigger role in the U.S. government’s aviation plan.  Within the next year the latest National Aeronautics Research and Development Plan will be released and a large portion of it focuses on alternative fuels. Wright Patterson Air Force Base is playing a leading role, in part because it can moderately scale up lab production  for commercial companies. WVXU's Ann Thompson took a tour to see how it's made, where it's tested and what unusual samples the Air Force is storing. She reports in "Focus on Technology."

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