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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

20 Years Ago: Columbia Breaks A World Record For The Longest Time In Space

Longest Shuttle Mission Spent A Record 17 Days In Space ... Much Longer Than Originally Planned

Twenty years ago today astronauts on board the Space Shuttle Columbia woke to a familiar song. It’s traditional on NASA’s manned space missions to wake the crew with a different track every day, and this time someone down in Florida was clearly showing they had a sense of humor. “Please, come home for Christmas,” by Sawyer Brown rolled through the Shuttle, and it couldn’t have been more appropriate.

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Gone West: XCOR Founding Member Loretta 'Aleta' Jackson DeLong

Jeff Greason: 'There Wouldn't Have Been An XCOR Without Her'

One of the founding members of XCOR has Gone West. Loretta "Aleta" Jackson DeLong passed away Sunday due to complications from chemotherapy treatments for ovarian cancer. She was 68 years old.

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Airborne 12.07.16: SpaceShipTwo Flies Free, Newest Tecnam, Hurricane Hunters Move

Also: Chelan Seaplanes Debacle, Electrifying E-Fest, Delta's New Airbus, Orion Update, ACSS NXT-700, Flyht, Duncan Aviation

The newest SpaceShipTwo flew free of its mother ship for the first time, just a few days ago. VSS Unity was piloted by Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay. Over the course of the 1 hour 20 minute flight, of which 10 minutes was the free flight of SpaceShipTwo, the pilots, mission controllers, and ground crews collected valuable data. The test flight was the fifth flight of VSS Unity following several recent Captive Carry flights. Tecnam has introduced what they say is a substantially updated and improved Mark-2 version of the company’s popular light sport eligible P2002 Sierra. The Tecnam P2002 Sierra Mark-2 retains all of its flying qualities, but now offers an improved cabin for greater comfort, top level avionics, new paint colors and interior options, and a redesigned cowling for the 100HP Rotax engine. Lakeland Linder Airport in central Florida will

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Arianespace’s Vega Scores Its Eighth Success In Orbiting GÖKTÜRK-1 For Turkey

Launched Tuesday Morning From French Guiana

The Vega lightweight launcher continued its track record of success today, lofting the GÖKTÜRK-1 Earth observation spacecraft from the Spaceport on a mission that adds another operator to those entrusting their initial payloads for launch by Arianespace.

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

ESA Renews Commitment To ISS

Part Of Overall 'Space 4.0' Strategy Adopted By The Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) has renewed its commitment to the International Space Station (ISS) through 2024, according to reports. It is the last of the international partners in the ISS to do so.

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

Airborne 12.06.16: SpaceX Launching Soon!, 787 AD, DJI Inspire 2

Also: P-51C 'Tuskegee Airmen', Aero-Calendar, EASA Mandate, Master Instructor, 737 MAX Thrust Reverser, LaMia Airline, Flying Colours

SpaceX could return to flight by the middle of the month if the FAA approves its next launch, according to SpaceX customer Iridium Communications. The launch is scheduled on December 16 at 12:36 p.m. Pacific Standard Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, according to an Iridium news release. An Airworthiness Directive issued by the FAA last week requires repetitive cycling of either the airplane electrical power or the power to the three flight control modules. This AD was prompted by a report indicating that all three fly control modules might simultaneously reset if continuously powered on for 22 days on all Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 airplanes. A reset of the flight control modules, if not corrected, could result in flight control surfaces not moving in response to flight crew inputs for a short time and consequent temporary loss o

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

First Views Of Mars Show Potential For ESA's New Orbiter

Instrument Suite Tested For The First Time

ESA’s new ExoMars orbiter has tested its suite of instruments in orbit for the first time, hinting at a great potential for future observations.

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

Orbital ATK To Develop Critical Technology For In-Orbit Assembly

Contract Intended To Advance Company's Unique In-Orbit Space Logistics Capabilities

NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) has entered into a public-private partnership with Orbital ATK to establish a Commercial Infrastructure for Robotic Assembly and Services (CIRAS) in space. The CIRAS program will advance key technologies for in-orbit manufacturing and assembly of large space structures that will help the agency meet its goals for robotic and human exploration of the solar system.

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