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NASA Updates Broadcast Plans For Japanese Cargo Flight To Station

NASA Updates Broadcast Plans For Japanese Cargo Flight To Station
HOUSTON — The launch of the H-II Transfer Vehicle “Kounotori2” (HTV2)planned for Thursday, Jan. 20, was rescheduled due to a forecast forweather conditions that would exceed launch restrictions. The JapanAerospace Exploration Agency reset the launch for 11:37 p.m. CST onFriday, Jan. 21.NASA still plans live television coverage of the launch fromTanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. With an…
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Boeing C-17 Program Enters 2nd Phase of Production Rate and Work Force Reductions
ONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 20, 2011 — As part of a transition announced last year, Boeing [NYSE: BA] today confirmed it will deliver 13 C-17 Globemaster III airlifters in 2011 as the company moves to a new production rate of 10 C-17s per year. Boeing will reduce the production program’s work force by approximately 1,100 jobs through the end of 2012. The company delivered 14 C-17s in 2010. The…
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NASA Spacecraft Prepares For Valentine's Day Comet Rendezvous
WASHINGTON — NASA’s Stardust-NExT spacecraft is nearing a celestial date with comet Tempel 1 at approximately 11:37 p.m. EST, on Feb. 14. The mission will allow scientists for the first time to look for changes on a comet’s surface that occurred following an orbit around the sun.The Stardust-NExT, or New Exploration of Tempel, spacecraft will take high-resolution images during the encounter, and…
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Boeing: Statement on Chinese Approval of 200 Boeing Aircraft
SEATTLE, Jan. 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) is pleased to have received final approval today from the Chinese Government confirming a $19 billion aircraft agreement. China’s approval of airline contracts for 200 orders covers aircraft to be delivered over a three-year period, 2011-2013. The approval helps Boeing maintain and expand its market share in the world’s fastest growing…
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NASA Invites Public To Vote On Optimus Prime Contest Student Videos
GREENBELT, Md. — NASA has opened online voting for the agency’s OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award student video contest. The public is invited to vote for its favorite videos, made by students in grades three through eight, developed to help educate America’s youth about the benefits of NASA’s technologies.NASA is using the correlation between Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS property and commercialized agency…
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USAF Assesses New KC-10 Upgrade Bids
By Amy Butler Contractors submitted revised proposals for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-10 CNS/ATM upgrade work this month after the service discovered it botched the first competitive round last year that resulted in a $216 million award going to Boeing. Boeing was ordered to stop work on the contract in October owing to a mistake…
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China Confirms $19 Billion In Boeing Orders
By Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.com China’s President Hu Jintao came to Washington bearing gifts—solidified orders for 200 Boeing 737s and 777s. Hu was thought likely bring an order of new Boeing jets as a gift for Obama when the two leaders began their summit Wednesday, Jan. 19, in Washington. Historically, Chinese leaders have chosen to…
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Supreme Court Hears A-12 Dispute Arguments
By James R. Asker U.S. Supreme Court justices sharply questioned a government lawyer Jan. 18 about why the government should be able to hold contractors for the canceled U.S. Navy A-12 stealth aircraft in default but still claim a privilege to withhold state secrets when the contractors tried to defend their work in court. The court’s…
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LAN, TAM Merger To Be Completed Nine Months
By Darren Shannon The boards of directors at Chile’s LAN Airlines and Brazilian operator TAM have backed a binding agreement that, if approved by shareholders and regulators, will create one of the world’s largest carriers as early as August. Under the plan unveiled Jan. 19, LAN Airlines eventually will assume a controlling role within the…
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China Confirms $19 Billion Boeing Order
By Michael Mecham China’s President Hu Jintao came to Washington bearing gifts—solidified orders for 200 Boeing 737s and 777s. Hu was thought likely to bring an order of new Boeing jets as a gift when he began a summit with President Barack Obama on Jan. 19. Historically, Chinese leaders use the occasion of a state visit to announce big…
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All Nippon To Demand 787 Delivery Assurance
By Bradley Perrett perrett@aviationweek.comBeijing All Nippon Airways, showing increasing impatience with Boeing over delays to 787 deliveries, will ask the manufacturer for an assurance that it can meet the latest schedule. The carrier, launch customer for the 787, says Boeing’s announcement of a new delivery schedule is welcome, because it eases …
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KC-30A Tanker Damaged In Training
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comPARIS An Airbus Military KC-30A tanker in testing for the Royal Australian Air Force suffered damage during a refueling exercise with the Portuguese air force, with both aircraft sustaining damage. The tanker was participating in a series of F-16 refuelings when the incident occurred. More than a dozen refuelings…
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Fiscal 2012 Could Boost Bomber, F-16, F-15
By Amy ButlerWashington A new F-16 life extension, bomber and space-procurement plan will be included in the U.S. Air Force’s forthcoming Fiscal 2012 budget proposal. These efforts are possible during a time of belt-tightening because the service found $34 billion worth of projects to cut in order to fund higher-priority initiatives, says…
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Discovery Spacewalker May Be Replaced
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, one of two spacewalkers assigned to the shuttle Discovery’s already delayed assembly mission to the International Space Station, suffered a hip injury during a Jan. 15 bicycle accident and may be replaced, according to the space agency. “That possibility is still being evaluated,” NASA…
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Oil Prices Hurt Cebu Air Shares - CEO
Rising fuel costs and the prospect of more competition in the Philippines are worrying investors of Cebu Air, as seen in the sharp drop in its share price, the company’s chief executive said on Thursday …
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Heavy Snow Causes Delays At Shanghai Airports
Close to 100 international and domestic flights to and from China’s most populous city of Shanghai were delayed on Thursday due to heavy snow, the operator of the city’s two airports said …
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Air NZ To Buy Up To 15 Pct Of Virgin Blue
Air New Zealand has bought at least a USD$47 million stake in Australian budget carrier Virgin Blue and plans to raise its holding to up to 15 percent, Air NZ said on Thursday …
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EasyJet Sees H1 Losses Doubling On Fuel Costs
British low-cost airline easyJet said first-half losses might double due to higher fuel prices and tough economic conditions, after it took a GBP£31 million (USD$49.5 million) hit from the big freeze and strikes late last year …
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Qantas CEO Flags Higher Fares As Fuel Soars
Australia’s largest airline Qantas flagged an industry-wide rise in airfares to help offset rising oil prices that threaten to stall the global aviation sector’s recovery …
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AMR Shrinks Loss, Fuel Headwinds Remain
American Airlines parent AMR posted a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Wednesday, but shares tumbled nearly 6 percent as analysts perceived a challenging outlook for the airline …
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EU Ending Airline Liquids Ban Too Soon - ACI
The European Union is moving too quickly to lift a ban on airline passengers carrying liquids onto flights, the European airports association said on Wednesday, saying loosening the ban could endanger security …
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Union Seeks Mediation In Aer Lingus Dispute
Impact, the union representing Aer Lingus employees, said on Wednesday it had sought “third-party intervention” to resolve a long-running dispute over increased working hours at the airline …
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LAN-TAM Airline Merger Done In 6-9 Months
Chile’s flagship airline LAN expects to complete a merger with Brazil’s TAM within six to nine months, after signing a deal with final terms and conditions …
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