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Fri, Aug 29, 2014

NASA Completes Key Review Of SLS

Rocket Will Be Ready For First Flight 'No Later Than November, 2018'

NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars -- and approved the program's progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle.

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Fri, Aug 29, 2014

Aero-TV: Doing It Diesel Style -- Glasair's New Diesel Offering

Glasair Makes A Commitment To Alternative Powerplants

ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell saw and reported on a lot of interesting things at Sun ‘n Fun 2014, and one of these was a Glasair with a diesel engine in front of the firewall. Glasair Aircraft Production Manager, Benjamin Rauk, explained that Glasair is well aware of the challenges being imposed by the need to find alternative fuels. To face this challenge, they have chosen the Continental Centurion 2.0s diesel engine.

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Thu, Aug 28, 2014

SpaceX Postpones AsiaSat 6 Launch

Will Review Potential Failure Modes And Contingency Plans

SpaceX has decided to postpone the flight of AsiaSat 6 that had been scheduled for Wednesday.

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Thu, Aug 28, 2014

Boeing To Manufacture New Docking System For ISS

Will Be Compatible With Any Spacecraft, Company Says

Boeing will begin manufacturing a new docking system for the International Space Station (ISS), having recently completed the critical design review for the NASA Docking System Block-1 (NDSB-1). In compliance with the International Docking System standard, NDSB-1 will be compatible with any space craft.

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Thu, Aug 28, 2014

NASA Completes Tests On Composite Cryotank

Engineers Replicated Physical Stresses Experienced During Flight

NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight, composite tanks on rockets.

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Airborne 08.27.14: WATTsUp Flies!, ForeFlight Update, New Goodyear Blimp Debuts

Also: Air Show Industry Honors 3, Night OSH Airshow, 'New' Wright Flyer, NTSB Unhappy With UPS/Union, Sleepy Chinese Controllers

Pipistrel has flown its two-place electric trainer for the first time. The company developed the airplane, called the WATTsUp, in partnership with Siemens AG, which provided the electric main propulsion components. ForeFlight Mobile 6.3 is now in the App Store with two major new features: Track Log and Weight & Balance. Track Log is a cloud-enabled flight recorder that allows you to capture your flight track data, upload it to the cloud, export it to third party flight review and mapping applications, and share flight tracks with others. Track Log is built upon ForeFlight’s Sync system and makes track data available on all your mobile devices. The newest Goodyear blimp, Named Wingfoot One, is the first of a new generation of airships manufactured by Germany's ZLT Zeppelin Company and assembled by a team of Zeppelin and Goodyear engineers

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Lockheed Martin To Establish Space Debris Tracking Site

Partners With Australian Company To Set Up The Facility In Western Australia

Under a new strategic cooperation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers.

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Embry-Riddle, ISU Reinforce Cooperation

New MoU Signed Solidifying Relationship Between The Two Organizations

The Commercial Space Operations program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and International Space University (ISU) recently executed a new memorandum of understanding, solidifying a relationship in place since 2003 that provides new opportunities for both institutions and their students.

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Crosses Neptune Orbit

Probe En Route To Historic Encounter With Pluto

NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015.

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014

NASA Awards Option On Test And Operations Support Contract

Jacobs Technology To Continue To Provide Overall Management, Implementation

NASA has exercised the first option to extend the period of performance of its Test and Operations Support Contract (TOSC) with Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, TN, to September 30, 2016.

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