NASA to Brief Media about Completion of Orion Vehicle Design Review

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WASHINGTON — NASA will host a teleconference Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 3
p.m. EDT to discuss the conclusion of the preliminary design review
for the Orion crew exploration vehicle.

The preliminary design review is one of a series of reviews that
occurs before hardware manufacturing may begin. As the review process
progresses, detailed parts of the vehicle design are assessed to
ensure the overall system can meet all NASA requirements for safe and
reliable flight. The Orion Project’s review process culminates in a
board meeting held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston
beginning Aug. 31.

The briefing participants are:
-Geoff Yoder, director, Constellation Systems Division, NASA
Headquarters, Washington
-Jeff Hanley, manager, Constellation Program, NASA’s Johnson Space
Center
-Mark Geyer, manager, Orion Project, NASA’s Johnson Space Center

Reporters should contact Grey Hautaluoma at 202-358-0668, or Ashley
Edwards at 202-358-1756, by noon Sept. 1 for dial-in information.

To listen to live streaming audio of the call, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

For more information about the Orion crew exploration vehicle, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/orion


NASA Extends Engineering and Scientific Services Contract

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CLEVELAND — NASA’s Glenn Research Center has awarded a one-year
contract option to Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) of
Greenbelt, Md., for engineering and scientific services. The option
has a value that will not exceed $50 million.

The contract provides engineering and scientific support services to
Glenn’s Lewis Field and Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. ASRC
will provide on-site support services for technical, engineering and
scientific tasks in the areas of aeronautics, microgravity science,
space exploration, space power and propulsion, and related science
and technology activities.

The modification increases the total value of the contract to $200
million. The extension begins Sept. 1, 2009. It is the second of
three one-year options provided for in the original contract, awarded
in August 2006.

For more information on NASA’s Glenn Research Center, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/glenn

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http://www.nasa.gov


Chandrayaan-1 Lunar Mission Terminated

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By Neelam Mathews

NEW DELHI – The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has terminated the Chandrayaan-1 lunar mission after losing contact with the spacecraft….

Chandrayaan-1 Lunar Mission Terminated


SkyEurope Ceases Flying

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By Robert Wall

After more than a year of trying to secure much needed investment to continue operations, SkyEurope has now ceased flying….

SkyEurope Ceases Flying


Gates Supports F-35, Opposes Second Engine

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By Amy Butler
Ft. Worth

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates reiterated his support for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — along with his opposition to an alternative engine for the aircraft — during a tour of Lockheed Martin’s final-assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas, Aug. 31….

Gates Supports F-35, Opposes Second Engine


Boeing Taps IDS To Help Commercial Airplanes

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Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.com

As it has since trouble started on the 787 program, Boeing has dipped into the talent pool of its defense business to lead its troubled commercial airplane programs….

Boeing Taps IDS To Help Commercial Airplanes


Carson Out As Head Of Boeing Airplanes

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Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.com

Scott Carson, son of a Boeing pilot and a go-to guy for selling innovative programs, will be relieved of his duties overseeing the long-delayed 787 program, or any other commercial program….
Carson Out As Head Of Boeing Airplanes


AgustaWestland Snags PZL Swidnik

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Andy Nativi/Genoa

AgustaWestland plans to have fully integrated Polish helicopter maker PZL Swidnik by year-end, after being named the preferred bidder in the privatization process….

AgustaWestland Snags PZL Swidnik


NTSB Wants ATC Changes In Hudson Corridor

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Kerry Lynch

The National Transportation Safety Board last week recommended that FAA create a new Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) and adopt a number of air traffic controller changes to boost the safety of operations in the Hudson River/East River Class B Exclusion areas. NTSB further pushed for FAA to review all Class B areas for potential new SFRAs and training requirements….

NTSB Wants ATC Changes In Hudson Corridor