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October 22, 2006

Scenes Of A Spectacular XPC Effort: Armadillo Aerospace Puts 'Pixel' To The Test

The Northrop Grumman Lunar Challenge only wound up with one competitor this year, despite a number of parties pursuing the mission. Taking on the challenge, for the first time, was John Carmack's truly magnificent Armadillo Aerospace team... fielding two vehicles, one named Texel and the other, Pixel...

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XPrize Cup: What Homebuilt Aircraft Does Zero To Mach 1.2 In Five Seconds?

PhoeniXL Team's Rocket Is So Powerful, It Can't Be Launched Anywhere In The East Coast!

What's bright red, is partially built from the leftovers from retired rockets and can put a smile on any kid's face? The answer can be usually be found in Whitaker, NC. But if you were present at the XPrize Cup this weekend, that's where you would see the PhoeniXL and its PhoeniXL team leader and designer, Mr. Sterling Edmunds.

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Boeing Stretches The 747

Dash 8 To Seat 467 Pax

In an apparent answer to Airbus' A380, Boeing is stretching the 747-8 to seat 467 pax now. They'll have to pull a little harder to match the massive A380's 550 passengers, but clearly, Boeing believes there's a market for large people carriers.

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XPrize Cup: Artist Bets on Micropayments To Fund Orbital Sculpture

Goal Is To Launch 100 Meter Ring And Projector/Comm Package Into Low Orbit

Artist Joshua Gigantino has a dream. He wants to put a sculpture 100 meters wide into low orbit, and he wants you to fund it, one postcard at a time. If this sounds crazy, you're not in the Las Cruces, New Mexico airport today. Looking around the ramp, the idea appears to be tame in comparison to what rocket scientists have brought to the Cup.

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XPrize Cup: How To Power a Bicycle With Roofing Tar

Orion Propulsion Puts On Impressive Show At Las Cruces Spaceport

John Bossard knows rockets engines. In fact, he knows them so well he can successfully explain the concepts of a hybrid rocket engine and regenerative cooling to an Aero-News correspondent in two sentences, and have the knowledge stick on the first try.

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B-24 Liberator Flies For AF Memorial Dedication

Chief Master Sergeant Pilots Vintage Warplane

As spectators at the Air Force Memorial dedication events looked skyward to an airborne parade of both modern and historic military aircraft, it probably didn't occur to them the any of the pilots might represent something special.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (10.22.06): Distance And Speed


We've been reviewing the FAA's Top 10 list of pilot-error accident causes. Next up: "misjudgment of distance and speed".

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.22.06)


Sometimes the hurt doesn’t go away after you’ve had medical help and the bandages come off. After the physical wounds have healed from an air disaster or trauma you can turn to Aircraft Casualty Emotional Support Services (ACCESS) for help.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.22.06): UARCC


Unconventional Assisted Recovery Coordination Center -- A compartmented special operations forces (SOF) facility suitably staffed by supervisory personnel and tactical planners to coordinate, synchronize and de-conflict non-conventional assisted recovery (NAR) operations on a 24-hour basis within the geographical area assigned to the joint force commander.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day: (10.22.06)

"I want NASA to be as relevant to space programs as the FDA is relevant to my steak dinner."

Source: John Bossard, Chief Technical Offer of Orion Propulsion, a small woman-owned company whose brochure says "What really lights our fire is rockets, propulsion and testing."

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