Its on its way... NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory launched aboard a Minotaur V rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Virginia. NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. A thorough understanding of these characteristics will address long-standing unknowns, and help scientists understand other planetary bodies as well.
Sikorsky, Changhe Sign Agreement During China Helicopter Exposition
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New Communications System To Be Installed After 20-Year Delay
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Part Of Sunday Experiment Series At Goddard Space Flight Center
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Green Skies Of Brazil Encompasses 10 Different Airports
GE Aviation, working cooperatively with aviation stakeholders, is implementing a multi-year program to improve airspace efficiencies in Brazil. Green Skies of Brazil encompasses 10 airports and is the result of a two-year national research initiative with air navigation service provider DECEA, Brazilian regulator ANAC, trade organizations and the airlines to identify operational efficiencies using data analytics.
UTC Aerospace Systems has signed a major contract with French company HeliDax SAS to provide aftermarket service for its fleet of helicopters – the largest EC120 worldwide fleet in operation today. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corporation.
Makes A Number Of Recommendations Including Providing More Transparent Communication
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Radar Contact Lost
Used by ATC to inform a pilot that radar data used to determine the aircraft's position is no longer being received, or is no longer reliable and radar service is no longer being provided. The loss may be attributed to several factors including the aircraft merging with weather or ground clutter, the aircraft operating below radar line of sight coverage, the aircraft entering an area of poor radar return, failure of the aircraft transponder, or failure of the ground radar equipment.
“The initial checkout flight procedure is progressing. The reaction wheel issue noted soon after launched was resolved a few hours later. The LADEE spacecraft is healthy and communicating with mission operators.”
Source: S. Pete Worden, NASA Ames center director, describing the health of LADEE, as it heads to the Moon over the next 30 days. NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust.