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NASA Selects High-Performing Interns As Agency Ambassadors

NASA Selects High-Performing Interns As Agency Ambassadors
WASHINGTON — NASA has selected 101 of its high-performing interns and fellows for the agency’s Student Ambassador Program. The students will represent NASA at a variety of education and outreach events at schools and universities to help inspire future students interested in science, engineering, mathematics and technology, or STEM, opportunities.The new ambassadors represent 31 states and 64…
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Boeing Hits 2010 Airplane Delivery Target; Achieves Strong Order Bookings
– Company delivers 462 airplanes – 530 net orders booked as global economy shows recovery SEATTLE, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) recorded 462 commercial airplane deliveries in 2010, meeting company guidance of approximately 460 deliveries during the year. Boeing posted 530 net commercial orders for the year as air carriers transition from economic recovery to expansion….
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NASA Selects Firms For Multiple Award Construction Contracts
WASHINGTON — NASA selected four companies to perform a variety of construction services at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va.The selected contractors are Grimberg/Amatea Joint Venture of Leesburg, Va.; Meltech Corp. of Landover, Md.; Northeast NICC Joint Venture of Falls Church, Va.; and Biscayne Contractors of Alexandria,…
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Boeing, Qatar Airways, AmeriCares Partner for Relief Flight
New Qatar Airways 777-300ER carries medical supplies to PakistanEVERETT, Wash., Jan. 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) again has partnered with Qatar Airways and the non-profit global health and disaster relief organization AmeriCares to deliver a second consignment of relief supplies to areas in Pakistan that are still recovering from the massive floods that ravaged the country in…
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Astronaut Marsha Ivins Leaves NASA
HOUSTON — NASA astronaut Marsha Ivins, a veteran of five spaceflights, has retired from the agency.”Marsha’s incredible depth of mission experience and technical expertise has been a tremendous asset to this office,” said Peggy Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “We have relied on her expertise for years in many diverse areas, including but not…
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UAE To Restart Rafale Talks
By Michael A. Taverna PARIS — The United Arab Emirates has signaled that negotiations to acquire France’s advanced Rafale combat aircraft can restart, French press reports say. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and commander of the UAE armed forces, requested that Paris renew its proposal to sell up to 60…
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Asiana To Operate A380s To the U.S.
By Leithen Francis Leithen_Francis@aviationweek.comSingapore South Korea’s second-largest carrier Asiana Airlines has placed a firm order for six Airbus A380s, which will help it take advantage of an expected boost in demand on transpacific routes. An Asiana spokesman says the carrier has signed a contract with Airbus for the six A380s with the…
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Qantas Targets Return Of A380 Flights To LAX
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com Qantas has tentatively scheduled a resumption of Airbus A380 service to Los Angeles from Jan. 17, although more regulatory approvals are required first. The airline has published a schedule including A380 flights from Australia to Los Angeles International Airport. However, a Qantas spokesman…
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Rolls Secures $5 Billion BA Deal
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON British Airways has gone ahead with confirming orders for Rolls-Royce Trent 900 and Trent 1000 powerplants worth $5 billion. The deal covers engines for up to 61 aircraft (the firm portion is for 12 A380s and 24 787s) and is a boost for Rolls-Royce after a difficult end to 2010 because of Trent 900 problems…
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IATA Sees Momentum In Yield Growth
By Adrian Schofield The international airline industry finished 2010 on a strong note, with the recent uptick in average fares extending into the fourth quarter, according to the International Air Transport Association. Fare and yield numbers on international routes for October indicate “evidence of continued strength in the revenue …
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China Has Plans For Five Carriers
By Richard D. Fisher, Jr.Alexandria, Va. China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is assembling the production and basing capacity to make its aircraft carrier program one of Asia’s largest military endeavors. A plausible near-term projection for China’s aircraft carrier ambitions was revealed in two 2009 articles in Japan’s Asahi Shimbun…
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Contract Talks Moving Slowly On MMRCA
By Neelam MathewsNew Delhi India has proved once again that it cannot move too fast in acquiring a major weapon system. Even as the evaluation of its Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) tender comes closer to its final stages, evidence is mounting that downselect winners will not learn of their acceptance until the fourth quarter…
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Report: Loss of 1st-Class Seats Helps BizAv
By Benet Wilson Commercial airlines continue to cancel routes and reduce available first-class and business-class seats, leaving executive travelers in the lurch and searching for alternative options, all of which is fueling a rebound in business aviation, says a new report. The new report, published by London-based aviation service…
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Further Discovery Launch Delay Possible
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Space shuttle program managers are assessing the need for radius block modification to each of the 108 support stringers on the shuttle Discovery’s external tank (ET), an upgrade that would likely require NASA to push the senior orbiter’s final mission out of an early February launch window. Managers will consider…
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NASA Recalculates To Save Weight On Launchers
By Frank Morring, Jr.Washington New analysis of one factor that drives structural design in launch vehicles suggests that weight savings of as much as 20% can be achieved in some large components and gives designers a much better understanding of the level of robustness needed for safety. The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) at…
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Putting Pieces Together
By Henry Canaday It’s that time of the cycle again. Mergers and acquisitions in aerospace and the aviation aftermarket are picking up. PricewaterhouseCoopers reported $3.8 billion in aerospace and defense deals in the third quarter of 2010, up from $3.2 billion in the same quarter of 2009. Ten of these third-quarter acquisitions were…
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Aquino Wants To Settle Manila Terminal Dispute
Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday vowed to resolve legal disputes over compensation claims and the ownership of an unfinished airport terminal in Manila to cope with growing passenger capacity …
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Asiana Airlines To Buy 6 Airbus A380s
South Korea’s Asiana Airlines said on Thursday it would spend KRW2 trillion won (USD$1.78 billion) on buying six Airbus A380 aircraft …
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Airlines Bet Oil Will Correct, Reduce Hedging
Top global airlines are staying away from further hedging jet fuel purchases that account for around a third of their costs, betting that a recent surge in oil prices to two-year highs will slow …
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Norwegian Air December Pax Numbers Up 18 Pct
Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle said on Thursday it carried 18 percent more passengers in December than in the same month a year ago, but its yield fell by 8 percent …
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'Miracle On Hudson' Plane To Go Into Museum
The crippled US Airways plane that made a miraculous safe emergency landing in New York’s icy Hudson River in 2009 is headed for its final destination — the Carolinas Aviation Museum …
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'Dangerous' Beetle Found At Los Angeles Airport
US customs officials said on Wednesday they had found a beetle considered one of the world’s most dangerous agricultural pests in a shipment of rice arriving at Los Angeles airport …
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Passengers Overpower Hijacker On Turkish Flight
Passengers aboard a Turkish Airlines flight from Oslo overpowered a would-be hijacker as the plane landed at Istanbul airport on Wednesday, fellow passengers told Turkish media …
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Delta Settles Claims With Bankrupt Mesa Air
Delta Air Lines has agreed to waive most of its claims against Mesa Air to resolve litigation with the regional carrier, which is reorganizing in bankruptcy court …
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American Holds Ground In Travel Agent Spat
American Airlines sparred with third-party ticket sellers on Wednesday in an ongoing battle over distribution costs and methods as one key provider of airfare data vowed to stop offering the airline’s flight information …
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Boeing Takes Order For 38 737s From CIT
Boeing said on Tuesday that it took an order for 38 Next-Generation 737s and purchase rights for seven additional 737s from leasing company CIT Aerospace …
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Kuwait Airways Eyes End-March Privatization
State-owned Kuwait Airways will be privatized by the end of March, the chairman of the Gulf Arab carrier was quoted as saying in a Kuwait newspaper on Wednesday …
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Qantas A380 Flights To LA May Resume In January
Qantas Airways hopes to resume Airbus A380 flights between Australia and Los Angeles from mid-January as Rolls-Royce completes its investigation into the cause of a mid-flight engine explosion on one of the aircraft last year …
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American Sees Deal With Online Agents - Report
American Airlines is in active discussions and expects to reach settlements with the two largest US online travel agents, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a senior executive at the airline’s parent AMR …
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Cocaine Found In 'Cooked Rabbit' At JFK
A New York City man could face a lengthy prison term if convicted on a drug charge after the “cooked rabbit” he claimed to be carrying through US airport customs turned out to be three bricks of cocaine, authorities said on Tuesday …
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Qantas Set To Resume A380 Flights To LA
Australia’s Qantas Airways is set to announce this week the resumption of its Airbus A380 flights to Los Angeles from January 17, the Australian Financial Review said on Wednesday in an unsourced report …
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Ryanair Faces Probe Over Aer Lingus Stake
Britain’s Office of Fair Trading is to probe Ryanair’s stake in Irish rival Aer Lingus on competition grounds, more than four years after the budget airline bought the minority holding …
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China Eastern Sees Profit Boost On Brisk Traffic
China Eastern Airlines, the country’s third-most valuable airline, expects its 2010 net profit to be around 10 times that of 2009 due to brisk air travel in China, it said on Tuesday …
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