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International Space Station Crew Holds News Conference

International Space Station Crew Holds News Conference
HOUSTON — Three crew members launching in May to live and work aboardthe International Space Station will hold a news conference at 1 p.m.CST on Monday, March 21, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA Television and theagency’s website. Questions will be taken from participating NASA centers.NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, Japan Aerospace Exploration…
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2nd Boeing-built Orbital Test Vehicle X-37B Begins Flight
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., March 2011 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] on Saturday announced the successful launch of the second Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO). The OTV was launched on an Atlas V rocket into a low-Earth orbit today at 5:46 p.m. Eastern time from Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 41. “History was made in…
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Bombardier Delivers First Challenger 605 Aircraft to be Operated from Mexico
Bombardier Aerospace today announced that it delivered its first Challenger 605 aircraft to an undisclosed customer to be operated from Mexico on February 18, 2011. This aircraft joins the growing fleet of Bombardier business jets operating in Latin America. “This milestone delivery for the Challenger 605 jet reconfirms this aircraft’s leadership worldwide,” said Fabio Rebello, Regional Vice…
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Iberia signs MoU for eight wide-body Airbus A330-300
International Airlines Group (IAG) selects most eco-efficient mid-size aircraft family Iberia, part of IAG, has become the latest customer of Airbus’ eco-efficient A330 Family signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the acquisition of eight aircraft. The A330 selected will be the only twin engine, wide body aircraft in Iberia’s fleet and because of Airbus commonality it will…
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NASA Develops Light Microscope For International Space Station
WASHINGTON — NASA began testing a new multi-capability microscopethis week on the International Space Station. It will help scientistsstudy the effects of the space environment on physics and biologyaboard the orbiting laboratory. The microscope is isolated fromvibrations on the station, allowing it to obtain clear,high-resolution images. Using high-resolution magnification,scientists can…
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Airbus A318 Elite will have largest cabin at Asian Aerospace
Offers more space and comfort than any other business jet Airbus will have the largest aircraft cabin on display at Asian Aerospace with an A318 Elite, which features a wider, taller and more spacious cabin than any of the other aircraft being shown, while having a similar length and wingspan as traditional large business jets. The A318 Elite seats up to 19 passengers in unequalled…
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Airbus proposes Phoenix cabin concept to Asian market
Cabin layout designed to appeal to Asian tastes A new cabin concept called Phoenix, featuring a colour-scheme and layout designed to appeal to Asian tastes, is being offered to Airbus Corporate Jet customers in the region. The main cabin features seating for six people around a large circular-table – the focus of family life in many Asian cultures – which facilitates…
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Airbus appoints TAECO as cabin outfitter
First Airbus corporate jet outfitter in Asia-Pacific Airbus announced today that it has appointed Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (TAECO) as its first approved cabin-outfitter in Asia-Pacific, thereby expanding its range of completion centres available to corporate jet customers. TAECO is a subsidiary of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd. (HAECO),…
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Asia-Pacific to lead demand for new aircraft over next 20 years
Requirement for 8,560 new aircraft valued at $1.2 trillio Asia-Pacific airlines are expected to take delivery of around 8,560 new aircraft over the next 20 years, according to European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. Valued at US$1.2 trillion, the requirement represents 33 per cent of new aircraft deliveries worldwide over the forecast period, with the region overtaking North America…
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A milestone first flight for China Southern Airlines' initial A380
The first of five A380s for China Southern Airlines has completed its maiden flight, during which this double-deck aircraft travelled from Toulouse, France – where it was assembled – to Hamburg, Germany for cabin installation and painting. China Southern Airlines is scheduled to receive its initial A380 later this year, bringing the total number of carriers with Airbus’ 21st…
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The A400M marks a new milestone on its way to civil type certification
Full-scale fatigue testing for Airbus Military’s A400M has been completed, meeting a requirement for this new-generation airlifter’s civil type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). To date, the A400M test airframe at Dresden, Germany has undergone 1,665 simulated flight-cycles – which is approximately five-times greater than the number of flights …
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New Indian training centre boosts Airbus' regional facilities
Working in partnership with CAE of Canada, Airbus Training India has inaugurated its flight training facility in Bangalore, India – further underscoring the company’s increased presence in one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets. “India is going to require more than 1,000 aircraft in the coming years, and our training centre will help meet the demand for pilots and…
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General Dynamics Warns Of Abrams Line Gap
By Paul McLeary General Dynamics executives are expressing concern over the lack of orders for the M1A2 Abrams tank after 2013, which leaves a gap until modernization orders slated to begin in 2016. Mike Cannon, senior vice president for ground combat systems, tells Aviation Week that “we are very, very concerned about the tank industrial…
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Oil Spike Prompts Airline Profit Fears
By Jens Flottau, Madhu UnnikrishnanIstanbul, Washington Airlines seemed well positioned just a few months ago to absorb higher fuel costs, which were forecast to rise through 2011 along with rising crude oil prices. Of course, that was barring any shocks to the system. Now all bets are off, with oil supplies in Libya and some other oil-producing…
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EADS KC-X Price Exceeded Boeing By 10 Percent
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON The decision by EADS North America not to protest its loss in the $35 billion U.S. Air Force KC-135 replacement refueling tanker contract competition is largely being based on its adjusted price, which came in a full 10% above that of rival Boeing, according to senior company officials. EADS North…
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US Airways Chastises Sabre Over New Accord
By Darren Shannon Sabre’s attempt to use a recent distribution system deal with US Airways as blanket support for all global distribution systems appears to have backfired after US Airways issued a scathing statement accusing the company of misrepresentation. Protocol calls for news releases disclosing financial transactions to be vetted…
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Emals Focus Shifts To Production
By Michael Fabey While all eyes and most future aircraft carrier hopes rested on December’s first successful Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (Emals) launch of an F/A-18E Super Hornet, the real test is about to begin — making sure the Emals equipment can be produced in time to ensure the CVN-78 can be delivered on schedule. …
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Cessna Delivers 1st Intl Skycatcher
By William Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com For a little airplane, the Skycatcher has caused Cessna some big headaches, but things seem to be smoothing out. The planemaker reported yesterday that it had stuffed one of them in a crate and sent it to Australia, thereby checking off its first international delivery. Announced in 2007, the…
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NASA Grants Discovery A Second Extra Day
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — NASA’s Mission Management Team approved a second one-day extension of shuttle Discovery’s trouble-free final mission on March 3, while astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) upgraded and repaired U.S. and Russian carbon dioxide removal systems and supervised an altitude-raising maneuver that sets…
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Dubai's New Airport Opening Delayed To 2012
The opening of the passenger terminal at Dubai’s new airport will be further delayed to 2012, but the emirate’s air industry should benefit from unrest in the Arab world, the chief executive of Dubai Airports said …
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Oman Air Staff Strike To Demand Higher Pay
Around 200 staff of Oman Air, the flag carrier of the Gulf Arab state, went on strike on Sunday demanding higher salaries, employees and company officials said …
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Air Canada Load Factor Drops, Reaches Toronto Deal
Air Canada said its planes flew less full last month as a gain in capacity outstripped rising passenger numbers …
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Air Berlin Traffic Hit By Tunisia, Egypt
Air Berlin said the number of passengers it transported grew more slowly in February than a month earlier because it cancelled several hundred flights due to unrest in Tunisia and Egypt …
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Thai AirAsia To Raise Up To USD$200 Mln From IPO
The Thai unit of Malaysia’s AirAsia, Asia’s largest budget carrier by fleet size, said on Monday it planned to raise up to USD$200 million from an initial public offering in Bangkok in the fourth quarter …
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Airbus Sees A Third Of Jet Demand From Asia
Airbus said it expects airlines in Asia to take delivery of 8,560 aircraft in the next 20 years, representing a third of the global total as the region’s fast-growing economic growth fuels demand for air travel …
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SAS Traffic Up 5.3 Percent In February
Scandinavian airline SAS reported a 5.3 percent rise in passenger traffic (RPK) in February and said its market remained unpredictable with overcapacity in some areas …
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TSA Agent Accused In Airport Drug Operation
A Transportation Security Administration employee allegedly worked with an accused drug dealer to smuggle drug money through Buffalo Niagara Airport, federal prosecutors say …
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Tourists Returning Quickly to Tunisia, Egypt
Tourists are returning quickly to Egypt and Tunisia after the uprising there, according to the German travel association DRV …
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UK Talks Up Climate To Boost Tourism
The British government made tourism a key part of its economic recovery on Friday, looking to dispel what it called a myth that Britain is a wet, cloudy country offering poor value …
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US Study Links Drug Use To Aircraft Accidents
Drug tests of airline personnel are three times more likely to come back positive after a crash or other accident than when testing is done at random times, a government-funded study shows …
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