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Endeavour Completes Final Heat Shield Survey

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Jefferson Morris jeff_morris@AviationWeek.com

The STS-127 crew aboard the space shuttle Endeavour performed their final inspection of the orbiter’s thermal protection system (TPS) Wednesday morning in preparation for returning home Friday….
Endeavour Completes Final Heat Shield Survey


Space Elevator Contest Held Up

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By Guy Norris

LOS ANGELES – A technical issue with a helicopter cable system is forcing the Spaceward Foundation to postpone the Space Elevator Power Beaming Challenge Games originally scheduled for this summer at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center….

Space Elevator Contest Held Up


Ethiopian Airlines Orders 17 New Aircraft

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By Robert Wall

As Ethiopian Airlines continues to wait for the Boeing 787, the airline has decided to go ahead and place an order with Boeing for five 777-200LRs to be delivered soon, and also committed to taking 12 Airbus A350-900s for its long-term modernization needs starting in 2017….

Ethiopian Airlines Orders 17 New Aircraft


EC Eyes New Luggage Rules

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Robert Wall/Paris wall@aviationweek.com

The European Commission is exploring ways to more tightly control how airline luggage is handled with an eye to standardizing rules and reducing instances of lost luggage….

EC Eyes New Luggage Rules


Lufthansa Close To Austrian Deal

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By Jens Flottau
FRANKFURT

Lufthansa and the European Commission are close to an agreement on concessions for the takeover of Austrian Airlines. Lufthansa said earlier today “a resilient agreement with the European Commission” can be reached following nonstop negotiations in the past few days….

Lufthansa Close To Austrian Deal


Navy Backs Single Engine As F-35C Rolls Out

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By Graham Warwick

FT. WORTH, Texas — The U.S. Navy has strongly endorsed a single engine for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, citing lack of space on its aircraft carriers to support an alternate powerplant….
Navy Backs Single Engine As F-35C Rolls Out