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July 05, 2009

NASA's LRO Spacecraft Sends First Lunar Images to Earth

Mission To Help Determine Safe Landing Sites For Return To The Moon

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has transmitted its first images since reaching lunar orbit June 23. The spacecraft has two cameras -- a low resolution Wide Angle Camera and a high resolution Narrow Angle Camera. Collectively known as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, they were activated June 30.

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Airbus Launches Initiative To Reinforce Flight Data Recovery Capability

Technical Issues, Privacy, Data Protection Are All Concerns

Airbus has launched a study for reinforcing flight data recovery, including, but not limited to, extended data transmission for commercial airliners, so that in the event of accidents, critical flight information can still be recovered and released to the investigating authorities.

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Gulfstream GV and GIV Families Rack Up Flight Hours

Both Families Achieve Significant Milestones

If it was the family car, you might be getting concerned when the numbers started creeping up to a million. But in this case, not so much. Two families of Gulfstream business jets — the Gulfstream GV and Gulfstream GIV — recently achieved flight-hour milestones.

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MV-22 Ospreys Conduct MedEvac

The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) made history by using two MV-22B Ospreys, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), to conduct a ship-to-shore emergency medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) of a Sailor from USS Bataan (LHD 5) June 25.

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NTSB Cites Lack Of Oxygen In 2007 Washington State Accident

Pilot Suffered Hypoxia, 10 On Board Killed

The NTSB has issued a probable cause report in the 2007 accident which claimed the lives of the pilot and 9 skydivers near Natches, WA.

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NASA Extends Biofuels Research

Looking At Algae To Produce Av Fuel

Seambiotic USA, a company working to develop and produce marine microalgae for the nutraceutical and biofuel industries, has entered into an agreement with NASA's Glenn Research Center to develop an on-going collaborative research and development program for optimization of open-pond microalgae growth processes.

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President Obama Honors Women Who Flew In WWII

WASP's Flew Fighters, Bombers, Transport, And Training Aircraft

President Barack Obama has signed a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Air Force Service Pilots of World War II, the first women in American history to fly military aircraft.

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ALPA Shows Support For Mexico’s ASPA Pilots

Capt. John Prater (pictured below), president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), has issued a statement supporting the Asociación Sindical de Pilotos Aviadores de México in urging the Mexican government to work with airline employee unions to address economically challenging times.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.05.09): Jet Stream

Jet Stream An area of strong winds that are concentrated in a relatively narrow band in the upper troposphere of the middle latitudes and subtropical regions of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Flowing in a semi-continuous band around the globe from west to east, it is caused by the changes in air temperature where the cold polar air moving towards the equator meets the warmer equatorial air moving polarward. It is marked by a concentration of isotherms and strong vertical shear.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.05.09)

Aero-Linx: Aviation Digital Data Service The Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) makes available to the aviation community text, digital and graphical forecasts, analyses, and observations of aviation-related weather variables.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.05.09)

"Gathering information from accidents is vitally important to further improve the safety of flying. Various technical means for reinforcing flight data recovery and data transmission to ground centers are principally available. We will now study different options for viable commercial solutions, including those where our experience with real-time data transmission from our own test aircraft could support the further development of such solutions." Source: Tom Enders, President and CEO of Airbus...

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