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June 24, 2012

NASA Spacecraft Reveals Ice Content In Moon Crater

LRO Shows Ice May Make Up As Much As 22 Percent Of Shackleton Crater Floor

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has returned data that indicate ice may make up as much as 22 percent of the surface material in a crater located on the moon's south pole. The team of NASA and university scientists using laser light from LRO's laser altimeter examined the floor of Shackleton crater.

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Surrogate UAV Prepares For Maiden Flight In UK Airspace

Trials Will Include First Autonomous, Vision-Based Weather-Avoidance Routing

A Jetstream aircraft known as ‘The Flying Test Bed’, which can fly as if it were a UAV, is undergoing a series of flight trials in preparation for the first maiden flight of a surrogate UAV in UK shared airspace later this year.

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China's ICBC Leasing, HEAI Sign 10-Aircraft Order For Legacy 650s

Brazilian Planemaker Now Has Chinese Orders For 159 Commercial And Executive Jets

A deal for 10 Legacy 650 executive jets, consisting of five firm orders and five options, has been signed between ICBC Financial Leasing Co. and Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co., Embraer’s joint-venture with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). Deliveries are scheduled to begin at the end of 2013.

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Top CAP Cadets In Spotlight At National Cadet Competition

Event Continues Through The Weekend

Highly skilled Civil Air Patrol cadets from across America have gathered in Dayton, Ohio, this week for the 2012 National Cadet Competition, a prestigious CAP inspection and drill event that originated in 1947.

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EASA, FAA Approve GV/GIV/GIV-SP/G400/G300 Cockpit Upgrade

Gulfstream Says PlaneDeck Enhances Aircraft’s Safety, Efficiency, Reliability

The FAA and EASA have both granted approval to Gulfstream to retrofit its GV, GIV, GIV-SP, G400 and G300 aircraft with the cockpit upgrade known as PlaneDeck.

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NASA Administrator Receives Excellence In Public Service Award

Honor Bestowed By The John Glenn School Of Public Affairs

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was presented the Excellence in Public Service Award Thursday by former Senator and astronaut John Glenn on behalf of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

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FAA Investigates May 18th Helo Incident

Las Vegas Police Helicopter Rotors Touched A Wall In Red Rock Canyon

A Bell HH-1H "Huey" helicopter operated by the Las Vegas police was on a training mission May 18th when a gust of wind pushed it too close to the walls of Red Rock Canyon, causing the main rotor blades to touch the rockface. The pilots landed the aircraft safely with no injuries to any of the five people on board.

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AIAA Recognizes Aurora Employees

Two Honored For Leadership In The Field

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) recently recognized two Aurora Flight Sciences employees for their accomplishments in the aerospace profession.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.24.12)

Aero Linx: Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) The Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) was founded in 1998 and represents businesses and individuals with a common interest of working towards the preservation and development of an air transportation system including an airport infrastructure and other aviation issues affecting the State of Michigan. The Association is dedicated to the promotion and advocacy of the importance of business air travel to the state’s economy and the importance of sufficient funding to preserve, develop and assure safety at Michigan airports. The Association recognizes the need to improve the understanding and importance of aviation by state and local officials. The

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.24.12): Chandler Wobble

Chandler Wobble A small motion in the Earth's rotation axis relative to the surface, discovered by American astronomer Seth Carlo Chandler in 1891. Its amplitude is about 0.7 arcseconds (about 15 meters on the surface) with a period of 433 days. It combines with another wobble with a period of one year, so the total polar motion varies with a period of about 7 years. The Chandler wobble is an example of free nutation for a spinning non-spherical object.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.24.12)

"The brightness measurements have been puzzling us since two summers ago... While the distribution of brightness was not exactly what we had expected, practically every measurement related to ice and other volatile compounds on the moon is surprising, given the cosmically cold temperatures inside its polar craters." Source: Gregory Neumann of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, a co-author of a paper suggesting that NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has returned data that indicate ice may make up as much as 22 percent of the surface material in a crater located on the moon's south pole.

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