Talk about a (non) media event... NASA's decommissioned Upper
Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) fell back to Earth between
11:23 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 23 and 1:09 a.m. Sept. 24, 20 years
and nine days after its launch on a 14-year mission that produced
some of the first long-term records of chemicals in the
atmosphere. The precise re-entry time and location of debris
impacts have not been determined. During the re-entry period, the
satellite passed from the east coast of Africa over the Indian
Ocean, then the Pacific Ocean, then across northern Canada, then
across the northern Atlantic Ocean, to a point over West Africa.
The vast majority of the orbital transit was over water, with some
flight over northern Canada and
Senior leaders from across the Air Force visited Whiteman AFB,
in Missouri to discuss the future of the B-2 Spirit bomber. The
General Officer Steering Group for B-2 Sustainment met at the base
September 8 to discuss challenges and solutions for keeping the B-2
fleet healthy and operational for years to come.
Tests "Closest Simulation" So Far To Actual Spacecraft
NASA completed the first in a series of flight-like parachute
tests for the agency's Orion spacecraft this week. The drop tests
at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona support the
design and development of the Orion parachute assembly.
Don Spruston Is Stepping Down At The End Of The Year
The NBAA has been notified by the International Business
Aviation Council (IBAC) that IBAC is seeking a successor for Don
Spruston, who has served as the group's Director General for the
past 12 years, and announced recently that he will leave the post
at the end of the year.
Enhanced Vision System In Use On Amphibious Aircraft
Max-Viz and Brant Aero of Brantford, Ontario Canada announced
the first installation of a Max-Viz EVS-600 dual sensor General
Aviation infrared Enhanced Vision System (EVS) on a Found
Expedition 350 amphibious aircraft, successor to the Bush Hawk.
The Illinois Appellate Court on Wednesday affirmed Travelport's
preliminary injunction against American Airlines. The injunction
preserved Orbitz's ability to sell AA tickets. The Appellate Court
also recognized Travelport's position that the AA contract allows
all Travelport agents to fully utilize AA's content.
When you think about solar power, the state of Indiana probably
isn't the first place that comes to mind. But pilots and passengers
flying into Indianapolis International Airport will soon start
seeing construction on what is being called one of the largest
airport-based solar farms in North America. The Indianapolis
Airport Authority (IAA) announced Tuesday that it has selected ET
Energy Solutions, LLC to develop a solar farm on Indianapolis
International Airport property.
Sentence Reduced For Cooperating With The Government Against
A TSA agent who had pleaded guilty of participating in a theft
ring which stole large amounts of cash and valuables from travelers
at Newark Airport has been sentenced to six months of home
confinement and three years probation.
Engine Designed To Enhance Performance For RQ-4 Global
The growth variant of the Rolls-Royce AE 3007H engine has
successfully completed its US Air Force funded flight test,
according officials at the company. The engine is designed to
enhance performance of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft and
will offer customers significant improvements in engine durability
and total life-cycle cost savings.
Aero Linx: 787 Dreamliner
The home page for the Boeing Dreamliner 787 Flight test program,
the 787-8 Dreamliner will carry 210–250 passengers on routes
of 7,650 to 8,200 nautical miles, while the 787-9 Dreamliner will
carry 250 – 290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500
nautical miles. In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to mid-size
airplanes, the 787 will provide airlines with 'unmatched' fuel
efficiency, resulting in exceptional environmental performance. The
airplane will use 20 percent less fuel for comparable missions than
today’s similarly sized airplane. It will also travel at
speeds similar to today’s fastest wide bodies, Mach 0.85.
Acronym for Automated Surface Observing System. This system is a
collection of automated weather instruments that collect data. It
performs surface based observations from places that do not have a
human observer, or that do not have an observer 24 hours a
"This was not an easy re-entry to predict because of the
natural forces acting on the satellite as its orbit decayed.
Space-faring nations around the world also were monitoring the
satellite's descent in the last two hours and all the predictions
were well within the range estimated by JSpOC."
Source: Nick Johnson, NASA's chief scientist
for orbital debris, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston,
following the re-entry of UARS over the weekend.