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NASA Creates Glory Satellite Mishap Investigation Board

NASA Creates Glory Satellite Mishap Investigation Board
WASHINGTON — NASA’s Glory mission ended Friday after the spacecraft failed to reach orbit following its launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.NASA has begun the process of creating a Mishap Investigation Board to evaluate the cause of the failure. Telemetry indicated the fairing, a protective shell atop the satellite’s Taurus XL rocket, did not separate as expected.The launch…
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Boeing Delivers Copa Airlines' First 737 Boeing Sky Interior
Copa becomes first Latin America carrier to fly with the new cutting-edge interior.SEATTLE, March 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today delivered a Next-Generation 737 with the new Boeing Sky Interior to Copa Airlines – the first Latin American carrier to take delivery of Boeing’s innovative interior. “We are proud to bring this state-of-the art technology and unmatched passenger…
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NASA's Glory Satellite Fails To Reach Orbit
WASHINGTON — NASA’s Glory mission launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Friday at 5:09:45 a.m. EST failed to reach orbit.Telemetry indicated the fairing, the protective shell atop the Taurus XL rocket, did not separate as expected about three minutes after launch.A press briefing to discuss the Glory launch failure is planned atVandenberg for approximately 8:00 a.m. EST. NASA…
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NASA Astronaut Garrett Reisman Leaves Agency
HOUSTON — NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman has left the agency to return to private industry. Reisman is a veteran of two spaceflight missions, including a long-duration mission on the International Space Station.”I had the pleasure of working with Garrett in space during Expedition 16,” said Peggy Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “He is an…
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NASA Awards Space Network Expansion-East Option
WASHINGTON — NASA awarded the option for the Space Network Expansion-East, under the Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment contract, to General Dynamics C4 Systems of Scottsdale, Ariz.The cost-plus-award fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity option has a total estimated value of $32.7 million. The period of performance is from March 1, 2011, through Sept. 2, 2015. The base contract…
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Court sides with ARSA: Commands FAA to Show Cause
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, March 2011 – The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to explain why the court should not grant ARSA’s request forcing the agency to comply with the court’s mandate to perform a final regulatory flexibility analysis (FRFA) of its 2006 drug and alcohol rules. The FAA must respond to the…
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Timken Remains At Forefront Of  Aerospace Replacement Parts Market
Company’s FAA-Approved Parts OnBell, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce Platforms CANTON, Ohio: March 4, 2011 — The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) continues to expand its capabilities to serve the total lifecycle of overhaul and replacement parts for the aviation industry with 28 new FAA-certified replacement parts for a variety of helicopter drivetrain and engine platforms. Timken now offers…
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Timken Hosts Famed U.S. Army Pilot At Heli-Expo
Apache’s Timken-built Transmission Survived ExtremeDry-Run Conditions In Afghanistan CANTON, Ohio: March 4, 2011 — The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) hosts former U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4, Jim Hardy, at its 2011 Heli-Expo exhibit #1306, March 6-7, 2011 in Orlando, Fla. Timken invites attendees and exhibitors at the show to meet Hardy and hear his story first-hand. Hardy piloted his…
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Airwolf Aerospace Develops New Tension-Torsion Straps for Bell 206 Jet Ranger and 206L Long Ranger
Company says price will be significantly less than OEM.Middlefield, Ohio, March 4, 2011…… Airwolf Aerospace has developed a new Tension-Torsion (TT) strap for Bell 206 Jet Ranger and 206L Long Ranger helicopters, civilian and military. The straps will be on display at HAI Heli-Expo, 2011 (Booth #3561). Airwolf manufactures the straps under an FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA).Airwolf’s TT…
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Lockheed Shops For JSF Helmet Alternatives
By Amy Butler EGLIN AFB, Fla. — Lockheed Martin, prime contractor for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, has begun looking for an alternative helmet system for the stealthy aircraft, as problems with the current Vision Systems International helmet continue to plague the program. Lockheed issued a March 1 draft specification for …
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Closed Fairing Dooms Glory Mission
By Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.comSAN FRANCISCO A payload fairing that failed to open prevented the Orbital Sciences Taurus XL 3110 launcher carrying the Glory climate monitoring satellite from achieving orbit after liftoff at 2:09 a.m. PST from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. The launch was nominal through Stage 3 separation until about 4.5 min….
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Airbus, Boeing Hit By Order Cancellations
By Robert Wall Airbus suffered a raft of additional order cancellations in February, with 31 orders disappearing, of which almost half affected the new A350XWB twin-widebody. Overall, Airbus reports that 18 A320s were canceled last month, one A330-200 and the 12 A350-900s. The company booked eight new orders in February, including four…
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Mini-Weapons Add Punch To Small UAVs
By David HamblingWashington A new generation of highly accurate mini-weapons is being developed for small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for use against personnel and light vehicles. One factor in development is the need to weaponize small UAVs such as the RQ-7 Shadow from AAI Corp., in use by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, which cannot carry a…
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USMC Issues Flurry Of Requests In Wake Of EFV
By Paul McLeary With the cancellation of its amphibious Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), the U.S. Marine Corps has released several requests for information (RFIs) looking for industry proposals to meet its future amphibious needs. Instead of buying EFVs, the Marines have issued RFIs to upgrade their existing AAV7A1…
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FAA Unveils Alcohol, Drug-Testing Analysis
By Kerry Lynch kerry_lynch@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON FAA, facing a March 10 court deadline, today issued a long-awaited regulatory analysis on a 2006 expansion of drug- and alcohol-testing requirements to subcontractors “at any tier.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit March 1 set a March 10 deadline for FAA to show…
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Second Discovery Spacewalk Foreshadows Success
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Discovery astronauts Steve Bowen and Al Drew safely vented a failed thermal control system pump and whipped through a list of maintenance tasks outside the International Space Station on March 2, foreshadowing a successful final mission for NASA’s fleet leader. The 6-hr., 14-min. spacewalk was the second and final…
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Parameters Of In-Seat Power
By Jerome Greer Chandler Take a look around the cabin the next time your flight reaches 10,000 ft., when that familiar “ding” descends from the PA. As passengers unpack their laptops, iPhones and portable DVD players—among the most common carry-on personal electronic devices or PEDs—and plug in, consider where that power comes from and whether the…
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China Eastern Sees Profit Hit By Oil Prices
China Eastern Airlines expects lower profit this year due to high oil prices, Li Jun, the airline’s holding company deputy general manager, said …
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AirAsia Thai Unit To List Shares In Q4
The Thai unit of Malaysia’s AirAsia, Asia’s largest budget carrier by fleet size, said on Friday it planned to list on Thailand’s stock exchange in the fourth quarter of this year …
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Air China To Double Fleet Size By 2015
Air China, the world’s biggest airline by market value, plans to double its fleet size to more than 700 aircraft by 2015, its chairman Kong Dong said on Friday …
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HNA To Buy Aircraft From Boeing, Airbus
HNA Group, China’s fourth-largest airline group and parent of Hainan Airlines, said it will sign aircraft purchase orders on Tuesday with aircraft manufacturers, including Boeing and Airbus …
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Carbon Scheme To Cause Air Fare Rise - Report
Air fares in Europe could rise by up to EUR€40 (USD$56) per ticket after airlines become part of the Europe Union’s emissions trading scheme at the end of this year, according to a report in the Financial Times …
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JFK Passenger Boards With Box Cutters
A man carried three box cutters in his hand luggage onto a flight at a New York’s Kennedy airport on Saturday, nearly ten years after the September 11 attacks in which hijackers used such cutters to commandeer planes …
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WestJet, Porter Planes Fuller In February
WestJet Airlines and regional carrier Porter Airlines flew more passengers in February versus a year earlier …
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Greenwich Kahala Aviation Postpones IPO
Greenwich Kahala Aviation postponed indefinitely its initial public offering on Thursday, citing market conditions, an underwriter said …
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Boeing takes Eight Net Orders In Latest Week
Boeing on Thursday said it gained orders for 10 777s and lost orders for two 737s in the week ended March 1 …
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DAE Capital Cancels 30 Plane Airbus Order
A majority state-owned Dubai aircraft leasing company has cancelled Airbus orders worth USD$4.7 billion at current list prices, weeks after cancelling Boeing orders worth USD$2 billion …
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IAG February Traffic Rises 1.4 Percent
International Airlines Group, formed by the merger of British Airways and Iberia, said its passenger traffic rose last month compared to February 2010, driven by growing first and business class travel …
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