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May 16, 2009

BEST Seat (EVER) For Star Trek Movie

Moviegoers pretty much are required to sit in crowded theaters to watch the new "Star Trek" movie, which premiered on May 8, but not NASA astronaut Michael Barratt. He will have the opportunity to watch the film aboard the International Space Station, while he and two crewmates fly 220 miles above Earth. The only thing missing will be the popcorn.

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ATA: Less PAX This Summer, But Prepare For Delays Anyway

Airlines Remain Concerned That Despite Reduced Capacity, Delays May be Inevitable

The ATA has released its summer air travel forecast and its not good news... for anyone. ATA forecasts that 7 percent fewer passengers (about 150,000 per day) will travel June 1 through Aug. 31, 2009, compared to the same period in 2008.

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USAF Leadership Discusses Future

The Air Force has made tough choices and some prudent trade-offs to balance the service across the spectrum of capabilities needed for the future, Air Force leaders said. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz discussed the service's efforts to balance between today's operations and tomorrow's needs.

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American Eurocopter Notes First US Overhaul of EC135 Main Gear Box

At an event held this week in its Dynamic Component Repair (DCR) facility, American Eurocopter celebrated the completion of the first overhaul of a Main Gear Box for an EC135 helicopter.

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NASA Assigns Crew for STS-132 Space Shuttle Mission

Darn... No One Here Made The Cut  

 NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle mission STS-132, targeted for launch in April 2010. This flight will deliver the Russian-built Mini Research Module (MRM1) to the International Space Station.

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DCMA Approves Bell Helicopter's EVMS Certification

Bell Helicopter's Earned Value Management System has been approved by the Defense Contract Management Agency. "Approval of our certification is the culmination of three years of hard work by Bell employees and our investment into EVMS improvements," said Dick Millman, president and CEO of Bell.

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Boeing, AgustaWestland To Build ICH-47F Chinooks For Italian Army

Boeing Company has joined in a program with partner AgustaWestland to fulfill a contract for the manufacture and support of 16 ICH-47F Chinook helicopters for the Italian Army. The contract makes Boeing the prime subcontractor to AgustaWestland for the new aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.16.09):

Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) An electronic detector that records visible light from stars and galaxies to make photographs. These detectors are very sensitive to the extremely faint light of distant galaxies. They can see objects that are 1,000 million times fainter than the eye can see. CCDs are electronic circuits composed of light-sensitive picture elements (pixels), tiny cells that, placed together, resemble mesh on a screen door. The same CCD technology is used in digital cameras. The Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 has four CCDs; each contains 640,000 pixels.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.16.09)

Aero-Linx: Hubble Site HubbleSite is the home of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the renowned orbiting telescope whose discoveries have forever altered our knowledge of the universe.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.16.09)

"I remember watching the original 'Star Trek' series and, like many of my NASA coworkers, was inspired by the idea of people from all nations coming together to explore space...'Star Trek' blended adventure, discovery, intelligence and story telling that assumes a positive future for humanity. The International Space Station is a real step in that direction, with many nations sharing in an adventure the world can be proud of." Source: NASA astronaut Michael Barratt... who has the opportunity to watch the new Star Trek film aboard the International Space Station, while he and two crewmates fly 220 miles above Earth. The only thing missing will be the popcorn  -- Talk about the best seat in the house...

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