On Wednesday, NASA issued a request for proposals for concept
definition and requirements analysis support for the Altair lunar
lander. Proposals are due to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston
by 2:00 pm CST on February 27.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.30.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.30.09
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- BizAv Under Fire:
01.30.09 (ANN Special Report, with NBAA President
Embry-Riddle recently announced the launch of a new program
designed to stimulate collaborative innovation across the aviation
and aerospace industry. Officials say the i2i Program offers a new
and different way for firms to systematically share innovative
solutions to common problems in the industry.
The Becker Avionics' Warning Tone Generator WTG900 was recently
selected by the German Armed Forces for the CH-53GA transport
helicopter product improvement program, to be implemented by
Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH on 40 of the 80 CH-53Gs of the German
Student rocket teams are preparing their launch vehicles for
qualification flights in the opening round of the world's largest
rocket contest. A total of 653 teams from 45 states and the
District of Columbia have registered for the 2009 Team America
Rocketry Challenge, the seventh installment of the annual
The stories are legion... the 'roadable plane' the vehicle that would cross over a number of barriers to offer the ultimate in transportation versatility. And that' just some talented engineers from MIT are working on... the 21st century version of the 1960s "Aero Car."
The stories are legion... the 'roadable plane' the vehicle that
would cross over a number of barriers to offer the ultimate in
transportation versatility. And that's just some talented engineers
from MIT are working on... the 21st century version of the 1960s
Fuel Prices And Economy Killed Any Hope For Profits, Carriers
As if there were any doubt of how much high fuel prices and a
terrible economy hit airlines last year, consider the following:
Continental Airlines announced Thursday it lost $585 million in
2008, including $234 million attributed to special items such as
Some Air Force fighter pilots may miss out on watching Super
Bowl XLIII, but for a worthy cause. They will be flying to protect
the skies around Raymond James Stadium during the February 1 game
in Tampa, FL.
Engineer To Be Honored For Efforts To Keep NASA On Course
The Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA)
Foundation's National Board of Advisors recently selected former
NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin to receive its highest honor,
the National Space Trophy. The award has been presented annually
for the past 23 years to an individual who has excelled in
furthering national goals in the field of space.
Schweizer Aircraft announced this week the delivery of a new
300C helicopter to Longhorn Helicopters, a Denton, TX flight
training school. This new helicopter becomes the fifth Schweizer
300C in the Longhorn fleet.
Alliant Techsystems announced this week it recently agreed to a
contract valued in excess of $200 million with Rolls-Royce to
produce composite aft fan cases for the new Trent XWB engine. The
Rolls-Royce Trent XWB is the sole engine currently available to
power the new Airbus A350 XWB family of aircraft.
"The impact of high oil prices acted as a catalyst for
airlines to take unprecedented measures to bring the supply of
seats back into balance with passenger demand. We believe these
actions have significantly softened the blow from the economic
downturn that we as an industry now face."
Source: Doug Parker, CEO of US Airways. The
airline reported a fourth-quarter 2008 net loss Thursday of $541
million, largely due to fuel hedges that became staggering
liabilities as oil prices dropped below $40 per barrel. The carrier
lost $803 million for all of 2008.