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NASA and ATK Schedule Motor Test for Ares Rocket on Sept. 10

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WASHINGTON — NASA and Alliant Techsystems Inc., or ATK, have
rescheduled the test of the new first-stage solid rocket motor for
the Ares I rocket. The static firing of the five-segment solid motor,
designated development motor -1, is scheduled for 1 p.m. MDT on
Thursday, Sept. 10, at the ATK test facility in Promontory, Utah. The
first firing attempt on Aug. 27 was scrubbed because of an anomaly
with the ground test controller.

The goal of this test is to obtain valuable thrust, roll-control,
acoustics and vibration data as engineers continue to design the Ares
vehicles.

To attend the test, journalists must register with ATK’s Trina
Patterson at 801-699-0943 by Sept. 8. News media bringing live
broadcast trucks must request parking prior to the event.

The test will be carried live on the NASA media channel beginning 10
minutes prior to the firing. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink
and schedule information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

In addition, the NASA Ares Twitter feed will be updated throughout the
day. To follow, visit:

http://twitter.com/nasa_ares

After the test, representatives from NASA and ATK will hold a media
teleconference at 1:45 p.m. To participate, reporters should e-mail
Ashley Edwards at ashley.edwards-1@nasa.gov for dial-in information.

For more information about Ares, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ares


Twin NASA Commanders Twitter about Possible Space Meeting

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HOUSTON — Two NASA astronaut commanders have perspectives like no
others on Twitter — the views of twin brothers preparing on opposite
sides of the world to command both the space shuttle and the
International Space Station.

The tweeting twins are astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly. Mark is the
commander of space shuttle mission STS-134, set to launch in late
2010. Scott is the commander of station Expedition 26, also set to
fly in late 2010. If schedules hold, the two may meet in space during
their respective commands.

To follow the Kelly twins as they give insights to the world, and to
each other, visit their respective Twitter accounts.

For Mark:

http://twitter.com/shuttlecdrkelly

For Scott:

http://twitter.com/stationcdrkelly

The brothers are natives of West Orange, N.J., and both are Navy
captains. NASA selected them as astronauts in 1996.

Mark is a veteran of three space shuttle flights. He served as the
pilot on missions STS-108 in 2001 and STS-121 in 2006 and commanded
STS-124 in 2008. He has logged 38 days in space on his three flights.

Scott is a veteran of two space shuttle flights. He served as the
pilot on mission STS-103 in 1999 and commanded STS-118 in 2007. He
has logged almost 21 days in space and is currently preparing for a
six-month stay aboard the station.

To follow all NASA astronauts currently on Twitter, visit:

http://twitter.com/NASA_astronauts

To find out more about the shuttle, station and all of NASA’s
programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov


Marines Are Satisfied With MV-22

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By Bettina H. Chavanne

The U.S. Marine Corps is acting as the lead service on the Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor, with three deployments to Iraq under its belt and a squadron flying from the deck of the USS Bataan amphibious assault ship. Meanwhile, the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (Afsoc) is growing its own fleet of CV-22s, steadily building hours and mission profiles….

Marines Are Satisfied With MV-22


KD Avia Of Kaliningrad Ceases Operations

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Alexey Komarov/Moscow kom@ato.ru

Russian carrier KD Avia has been forced to cease all flights because it is unable to finance its operations, as well as service a heavy debt burden….

KD Avia Of Kaliningrad Ceases Operations


DFW Terminals To Get $2 Billion Facelift

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By Benet Wilson

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has unveiled an ambitious plan to spend nearly $2 billion to upgrade four of its five existing terminals….

DFW Terminals To Get $2 Billion Facelift


ISS, Shuttle Crews Say Farewells

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By Frank Morring, Jr.

The 13 astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station and the space shuttle Discovery said their farewells after eight days on orbit together, closed the hatches between their two spacecraft, and started getting ready for independent operations….

ISS, Shuttle Crews Say Farewells


WTO Preliminary Subsidy Ruling Upholds U.S.

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Robert Wall/Paris wall@aviationweek.com

The battle between the U.S. and European Union over aircraft subsidies is far from settled, but the World Trade Organization, in the first of several judgments on the matter, has upheld some key elements of Washington’s case that Airbus has been receiving an unfair helping hand….

WTO Preliminary Subsidy Ruling Upholds U.S.


Point / Counterpoint: F-35 Alternate Engine

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Development of an F136 alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is one of the most contentious military issues facing Congress as lawmakers return from their summer recess….

Point / Counterpoint: F-35 Alternate Engine


Government Sends F135 Tiger Team Into Pratt

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By Bill Sweetman

A high-level, independent Joint Assessment Team (JAT) has been formed by the Pentagon’s chief procurement executive to investigate concerns about a surge in the projected cost of the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) — even as the Pentagon and White House move to shut down the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 alternate engine and eliminate the engine competition that has been an integral part of the program since 1996….
Government Sends F135 Tiger Team Into Pratt