The “home of Farmington history” is on more solid ground, now that foundation repairs to the Governor Warner Mansion are complete.While the former home of Michigan Governor Fred Warner still needs some work on the roof and exterior paint, Mansion director Kim Shay told city council members Monday that major foundation renovations were completed in 2017. The museum’s financial condition has improved as well, with increased attendance and revenues.In 2017, close to 3,500 people visited the Mansion, which is located at 33805 Grand River in Farmington. The highlight of the season, a 150th anniversary gala held on the grounds, brought in nearly $8,000 in ticket sales and generated $30,000 in dedicated building fund donations.While the Spring Open House, Porch Parties, Haunted Mansion, and other annual events will continue, Shay said Founders Festival weekend activities in July will look a little different. Rather than hosting a petting zoo on Friday, the annual Flea Market will become a two-day event, Friday and Saturday.Also new in 2018: a Farmington history outreach program to Farmington Public Schools, engaging high school students as event volunteers, and a presentation for corporations with the goal of creating a long-term endowment.“We have the expectation that this year will be more successful than the last,” Shay said.“It can’t be understated what you and your team of volunteers pull off,” Mayor Pro Tem Sara Bowman said. “You’ve really taken the mansion to new heights, and it’s really exciting to watch.” Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
Lockheed Martin has announced its next generation radar technology: the Digital Array Row Transceiver (DART). Based on Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology, DART results in greater performance within current Lockheed Martin radar products and lowers life-cycle costs due to an increase in energy efficiency. GaN is a low-risk solution whether part of a systems upgrade or in a newly built system.DART improves upon Lockheed Martin’s ground-based radar products that have a proven record of reliability for dozens of customers around the world. This new technology is available in the recently launched TPS-77 Multi Role Radar system and is fully compatible with legacy products (TPS-77, TPS-59, FPS-117) and can help extend a radar’s useful life.Lockheed Martin unveiled DART at its regular radar users’ conference in Orlando, Florida. Representatives from more than 25 countries attended the unique event where they learned from Lockheed Martin experts and shared best practices.They have produced and maintain more than 175 surveillance-range radars, all of which are operational around the world detecting targets at ranges up to 250 miles, 24 hours a day. These radars are capable of operating completely unmanned and many have performed for decades in remote, inhospitable areas and in a wide range of operational environments. No Lockheed Martin FPS-117, TPS-77 or TPS-59 radar has ever been taken out of service and the systems continue to operate well beyond their original 20-year service lives (many planned to operate for more than 40 years). This longevity is a direct result of continuous Lockheed Martin investment in state-of-the-art technology and dedication to customer success.