Breaks The Speed Of Sound On First Rocket-Powered Flight
Virgin Galactic completed the first rocket-powered flight of its space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2). The test, conducted by teams from Scaled Composites (Scaled) and Virgin Galactic, officially marks Virgin Galactic’s entrance into the final phase of vehicle testing prior to commercial service from Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Air Show, Ely-Curtis Pusher and Spirit of Freedom Headline Festival of Flight
At the final planning meeting for the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight the Virginia Aviation Council delegates received confirmation for the largest roster of historic and special aircraft ever for this 15-year old event. Judy Sparks, Fly-in Manager announced, "Bob Coolbaugh's replica of the 1911 Ely-Curtis Pusher which he built and flew around the country for the 2011 100th anniversary of the US Navy will attend! And the Berlin Airlift Foundation's 4-engine C-54E, The Spirit of Freedom, a flying museum of the Berlin Airlift will pay a return visit."
Fantasy of Flight creator and founder Kermit Weeks says he has big plans for the future of the attraction, which he hopes to achieve through refining its more popular elements and developing new experiences that speak to the attraction's mission: to "Light that Spark Within."
Additional Small High-Tech Companies To Enter Contract Negotiations
NASA has selected 44 additional proposals from 42 small high-technology companies to enter into negotiations for Phase 2 contract awards through the agency's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Valued at about $30.7 million, these selections complement 39 Phase 2 proposals announced in November.
Next Generation Spacesuit Designed To Meet Changing Mission Requirements
NASA has awarded an 18 month contract for the design, manufacture and testing the next generation of NASA's spacesuits – the Z-2 - to ILC Dover. The new suit, designed for enhanced spacewalk capability, will operate at higher pressure levels than previous models, which will greatly improve exploration work efficiency.
Will Expand Cargo Service To Include International Markets
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, branded as "Norwegian," is expanding beyond its domestic cargo routes with the establishment of a new subsidiary. Norwegian has established a cargo company that will coordinate and utilize the capacity of the airline’s route network. In addition, the new company aims to attract more business partners.
Entire Line Of Embraer Bizjets Now Certified In That Country
Indonesia’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation granted type certification to Embraer Executive Jets for its Legacy 650 aircraft from on March 27, 2013, paving the way for the aircraft's entry into service. “With the certification of the Legacy 650 in Indonesia, all in-service Embraer Executive Jets are now certified in the country,” said Jose Eduardo Costas, Vice President, Sales – Asia Pacific, Embraer Executive Jets.
The U.S. Army has fielded the 250th UH-72A Lakota helicopter delivered to Army and National Guard units by EADS North America since 2006. The combined Lakota fleet's operations have now exceeded 150,000 flight hours, while maintaining greater than 90 percent availability. The Lakota is the Army's newest helicopter.
Technology Based On New Standards To Enable Functional Changes Via Software
NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) test bed has begun its experiments after completing its checkout on the International Space Station. The SCaN test bed is an advanced, integrated communications laboratory facility that uses a new generation of software-defined radio (SDR) technology to allow researchers to develop, test and demonstrate advanced communications, networking and navigation technologies in space.
New Airplane Will Fly In An Asian Carrier's Livery
Airline leasing company FLY Leasing Limited has acquired a 2013 manufactured Boeing 737-800 aircraft on a 12-year lease to a leading low-cost carrier in Asia. The acquisition was funded with a combination of FLY's unrestricted cash and the $250 million aircraft acquisition facility that was closed in November 2012.
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Grasshopper continues to grow its space legs. SpaceX has released a new video showing another successful flight of its Grasshopper VTOL vehicle. And every time the fly the rocket, they go exponentially higher. On March 7, the Grasshopper flew to 262 feet. So how would you like to live out the rest of your life… on Mars? Dutch Entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, has set a very ambitious goal; to establish a human colony on Mars by 2023. But you have to really, really want to go ... because the colonists will
DC Rumors Indicate That Obama Will Nominate Charlotte, NC, Mayor Anthony Foxx As SecTrans
There is new buzz in Washington as indication grow that President Obama has selected a replacement for SecTrans Ray LaHood, who announced his intention to step-down from the high profile post, earlier in the year. Obama's candidate, according to extensive media reports, seems to be more a matter of political payback than qualifications in the Transportation arena. Mayor Foxx' claim to fame seems to center on his having brought the Democratic National Convention to his hometown in 2012, while his transportation portfolio seems to be 'lacking.'
Defendants Include Companies That Inspected And Maintained the Aircraft
An accident on April 10, 2011 that fatally injured retired Air Force Pilot Edward L'Hommedieu of North Yarmouth, ME, has resulted in lawsuits being filed against nine companies, with the pilot's children and the owners of a home that was destroyed jointly bringing the action.
Work Continues On New Attraction At Kennedy Space Center
NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Thursday began the two-day process of unwrapping the Atlantis orbiter from the protective shrink wrap that has encased the priceless artifact during construction of the $100 million Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction, set to open June 29.
Company Has Placed Grand Caravans From Peru To Russia
Cessna used the backdrop of Aero Friedrichshafen to announce a number of noteworthy first quarter turboprop deliveries. Deliveries from the Cessna Caravan line continue to fulfill roles for multiple missions, ranging from flight training to tourism, commuter airlines and cargo carriers.
Opportunity Offered By U.K. 'Flying Scholarships For Disabled People'
The U.K.-based disability and aviation charity, Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (FSDP) has announced it will be funding a group of nine new pilot scholars when its latest round of training begins in summer 2013. The pilot training, which is completely charity funded, aims to change the candidate’s lives, all of whom are disabled, through the medium of flight.
May Face Federal Charges For Harassing An Endangered Animal
A YouTube video which has since been removed from the service reportedly showed a man flying a powered paraglider near Salt Lake City, UT, kicking at an owl in mid-air, and bragging about it. That pilot, who has not been positively identified, may face federal charges of animal harassment.
But RAF Will Reportedly Waive The Fee 'In The Interest Of The Nation'
Prince William plans to hang up his flight helmet following his current tour of duty at RAF Vally in Anglesey, North Wales. Because of the contract he signed when he entered training to be a helicopter pilot, he would normally owe the government the equivalent of $609,360 for the early retirement.
Aero Linx: CAP Model Rocketry Program
CAP's Model Rocketry program is an achievement program for cadets interested in the science, technology, and flight of model rockets. The guide builds on the foundation of Aerospace Dimensions, Module 4 Rockets, to introduce cadets to the hobby and science of model rocketry. The guide begins with simple alternative-power models and progressively challenges cadets with more advanced models. Cadets who complete the written and performance requirements for each of the 3 stages, as certified by their unit commander, will be awarded the Cadet Model Rocketry Badge.
Configuration in which one celestial body is opposite another in the sky. A planet is in opposition when it is 180 degrees away from the sun as viewed from another planet (such as Earth). For example, Saturn is at opposition when it is directly overhead at midnight on Earth.
"... the education of the future King in military matters is hugely important to the nation. Prince William's training has been money well-spent whatever the length of service."
Source: A senior RAF source, following the news that Prince William plans to hang up his flight helmet following his current tour of duty at RAF Vally in Anglesey, North Wales. Because of the contract he signed when he entered training to be a helicopter pilot, he would normally owe the government the equivalent of $609,360 for the early retirement.