Wright Patterson Air Force Base

supercomputers
4:48 am
Mon July 22, 2013

WPAFB gets fast computer. REALLY fast

"Spirit" isn't much to look at, but it's really fast.
Credit 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.

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Sequester
4:15 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

WPAFB details sequester cuts

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:

Alternative fuels
6:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Wright Pat takes a leading role in alternative fuels

Room of Barrels at the AFRL at Wright Patterson Air Force Base
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.

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Cleaner fuel in the works for military jets

Room of Barrels at the AFRL at Wright Patterson Air Force Base
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."

Sequestration
12:10 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Wright-Patt considering major cuts

C-17's are the primary aircraft flying out of Wright-Patt.
Michelle Gigante U.S. Air Force photo

Officials at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton say that under guidance from the Department of Defense, they have begun planning for a potential 15 percent of their operating budget reduction as a result of sequestration. 

Col. Cassie Barlow says a furlough of civilian employees isn’t out of the question but it would be a last resort.

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