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Intel Briefing – September 2012

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5 water main lines break nearly at the same time in Cocoa.
City of Cocoa, Florida Utilities reported five water main breaks in Brevard County early August 9, WFTV 9 Orlando reported. Crews were responding to all of the water main breaks, trying to repair the pipes. Residents in the areas immediately around the breaks were without water, but water was restored to full pressure for most of the 80,000 customers. The city of Cocoa had not said what caused the five water main breaks. The city stated that water main breaks are not unusual, but what is unusual is to have five mains break nearly simultaneously.

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2 plead guilty in metal thefts from Md. Army base.
Federal prosecutors said two more Aberdeen Proving Ground employees pleaded guilty August 9 to metal thefts at the U.S. Army base in Maryland, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Prosecutors said one of the men captained a patrol boat that allowed him to enter secure areas, where he stole more than 27,000 pounds of aluminum and other metals, selling the metal as scrap for about $16,000. The other man pleaded guilty in a separate scheme involving two other employees. Prosecutors said the three stole copper wire from buildings and wire buried at the base. One of those employees pleaded guilty August 7 in the case.

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NASA lander blows up during test.
A prototype lander for future moon missions went awry and blew up August 9 during its first free- flight test at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the space agency reported. The $7 million Morpheus lander project is an experiment aimed at testing autonomous navigation systems and other spaceflight technologies. Morpheus has undergone a series of less ambitious tests, including its first tethered flight at Kennedy Space Center August 3. During that test, the craft was suspended from a crane on a safety tether. The test August 9 was aimed at pushing the envelope further by letting the methane-powered craft off its leash. Video of the test shows the craft rising off its pad, then turning to the side and plunging back down to the ground in flames. Moments later, the entire vehicle explodes.

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