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Thu, Aug 21, 2014

NASA Flight Test Preparations Draw On Launch Services Program's Expertise

Support Staff Ramping Up As Launch Day Nears

The upcoming flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft will be a mission of firsts. This new crew vehicle, making its debut on Exploration Flight Test-1, will become the first of its kind in four decades to venture beyond low-Earth orbit. The mission also marks the first time a spacecraft designed to carry humans will be lofted to orbit by a modern-day expendable launch vehicle.

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Thu, Aug 21, 2014

High-Altitude Balloon Startup Gets Crowdfunding Boost

Rockzip Highballoons Reaches One Third Of Its Kickstarter Goal In Six Days

Aerospace start-up, Rockzip Highballoons has has raised over 30% of its $15,000 goal from 125 crowdfunding backers to commercialize its first model of highballoons (high-altitude balloons), which will be commissioned as floating "space satellites" ... and done so in just six days.

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014

Aero-TV: The CubCrafters Attitude – Finding Solutions While Others Find Problems

CubCrafters Is Growing... And In A 'Down' Industry -- Find Out How
 
While at EAA AirVenture 2014, ANN’s Michael Maya Charles stopped to talk with John Whitish, the Marketing Manager for CubCrafters. Charles started off with the comment that the CubCrafters product line seems to be expanding in a period of time that other facets of general aviation have been in the decline.

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014

Airborne 08.20.14: Unstable FAA Software, Pilots Can't Share, Hurricane Hunters

Also: New CAP Boss, Eclipse Fights Slow Economy, Skyport, MGL Upgrades, Lee Bottom Fly-In
 
The Department of Transportation Inspector General has issued a memo to the FAA Administrator pointing out weaknesses in the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) being deployed at 11 major airports around the country. The concept seems fairly simple. Private pilots would offer extra seats in their airplanes through the AirPooler app and website, and the passengers would help offset some of the expenses of making the trip. AirPooler would calculate the shared cost, bill the passenger, and collect a small transaction fee for offering the service. However, the FAA said that by posting specific flights and costs on its website, AirPooler was helping the pilot advertise a trip, which requires an air carrier certificate. Two Lockheed Orion P-3 airplanes based at McDill AFB in Tampa, Florida are the backbone of the hurricane hunters and they’re

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014

Orbital Completes Third Cargo Delivery Mission To ISS

Next Operational Mission Scheduled For Launch In Mid-October

Orbital Sciences Corporation has completed its third cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station in the past 10 months, including the initial demonstration flight completed in October 2013 and the first two operational missions under the company’s $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA.

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014

Twin Galileos Meet, Ready For Thursday Launch

Final Functional Testing Complete At Spaceport In French Guiana

Final functional testing of Europe’s twin Galileo navigation satellites has been completed at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, on track for launch this Thursday. The fuelling of the two satellites, allowing them to fine-tune their orbits and maintain their altitude over the course of their 12-year lifetimes, took place on August 7–8.

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014

GPIM Spacecraft To Validate Use Of 'Green' Propellant

Will Be The First U.S. Test Of The Fuel Intended To Replace Toxic Hydrazine

Milestone progress is being made in readying NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) for launch in 2016, a smallsat designed to test the unique attributes of a high-performance, non-toxic, “green” fuel on orbit.

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