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Airbus has rewarded eight talented young winners of its international biodiversity photography competition, ‘See the Bigger Picture’, with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Washington, D.C. The youngsters, chosen from 99 countries, spent three nights in the American capital where National Geographic has its historic headquarters.
As part of their prize, from 3rd to 6th December the young photographers, accompanied by a guardian, visited the National Geographic Headquarters, where they saw the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibition at the National Geographic museum, toured the city, and took part in a photography workshop with world-renowned National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.
The talented winners are: Anthony Avellano, 12, from California, USA; Chad Nelson, 12, from the Dominican Republic; Alex Marttunen, 11, from Finland; Clémence Bonnefous, 8, from France; Vinzent Raintung, 8, and Julia Kresse, 15, from Germany; Patryk Majchrzak, 16, from Poland; and Prerona Kundu, 11, from Washington D.C., USA.
The international photography competition was developed through a partnership between Airbus, National Geographic and the Secretariat of the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and it encouraged young people to engage in nature and consider the global loss of biodiversity.
The highlight of the D.C. visit was a red-carpet awards ceremony at National Geographic on Friday 4th December, where the 8 winners were presented with a certificate and signed photograph from Joel Sartore and Executive Secretary of the CBD, Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf. The ceremony was attended by ambassadors of the winners’ countries along with high-profile figures from Airbus, National Geographic, the CBD and other environmental groups.
Allan McArtor, Chairman of Airbus Americas, speaking at the awards ceremony, said: “This photography competition is part of a wider acknowledgement of our responsibility as an international company to support a more sustainable world, and we are using our global outreach to raise awareness of the need to preserve the variety of life on earth. Our relationship with the CBD and National Geographic has allowed us to play a small part in the important task of raising awareness of the issue biodiversity amongst the youth of today.”
The competition was developed as part of Airbus’ support for The Green Wave, a youth engagement programme of the CBD to encourage young people to learn about the complexity of life on earth and its role in their future. CBD Executive Secretary Djoghlaf, said: “We are delighted Airbus and National Geographic are working with us to inspire the next generation about the importance of protecting the rich biodiversity of the world we live in. This competition is helping to deliver that commitment, engaging and educating today’s children in the task of safeguarding the planet.”
Sartore was a member of the global panel of judges, who were impressed by the range of subjects that engaged the entrants. Photographs featuring insects, animals, plants and landscapes were submitted by photographers as young as six years old. As well as eight main prize winners, 20 young people were also awarded an honourable mention for their entries.
“Biodiversity loss is a global problem that needs to be addressed today if we want to retain the diversity of the natural world for the generations of tomorrow. It is about the food that we eat and the air that we breathe,” said Sartore, ambassador for ‘See the Bigger Picture’.
To view the winning entries and learn more about how to get involved in The Green Wave, visit the website www.seethebiggerpicture.org.
‘See the Bigger Picture’ 20 honourable mentions:
The Green Wave:
EVERETT, Wash., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) successfully completed the first engine runs for the 747-8 Freighter. The milestone marks another step in the 747 program’s steady progress in preparing for flight test.
“We are very pleased with the engines’ performance during this test,” said Mo Yahyavi, vice president and general manager of the 747 program. “The engines and all the systems performed as expected.”
Engine runs began slightly before 10 a.m. (PST) Tuesday. During initial engine runs, the engines are started and operated at various power settings to ensure all systems perform as expected. The engine run test began with the auxiliary power system providing power to start the first of four General Electric GEnx-2B engines. The remaining three engines were started using the cross-bleed function.
Basic systems checks continued throughout the test. The engines were powered down and inspected and will be restarted following a technical review. The team completed a vibration check and monitored the shutdown logic to ensure it functioned as expected.
“This milestone is an exciting one for the GEnx-2B team and we anticipate the engines will continue the same high performance that we have experienced in our ground and flight tests,” said Tom Brisken, general manager of the GEnx Program at GE Aviation.
The GEnx-2B engine is optimized for the 747-8. It helps provide customers with improved fuel efficiency, reductions in emissions and noise and a lower cost of ownership.
HONG KONG, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Shanghai-based China Cargo Airlines today announced an agreement to incorporate two key Boeing solutions into the carrier’s operations over the coming months.
China Cargo’s new 777 Freighters will use Boeing Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) to bring advanced computer information delivery and management to the airplanes’ flight decks. Multiple Airplane Health Management (AHM) modules will be deployed on the airline’s new 777 Freighters and current 747-400 Freighter fleet. The airline operates two 747-400ER (Extended Range) Freighters and will introduce six 777 Freighters, with the first delivery expected in the first quarter of 2010.
“We believe that Electronic Flight Bag and Airplane Health Management will bring increased efficiency and a greater awareness of each airplane’s situation and condition to both flight deck and ground-based personnel,” said China Cargo President Zhu Yimin. “This will benefit our customers by improving on-time service while reducing costly delays.”
China Cargo is the first airline in China to operate the Boeing EFB and AHM combination, bringing the carrier to the forefront in maintenance and performance technology.
“China Cargo is incorporating fleet enhancements that will increase the value of its 777 and 747-400 freighters,” said Dan da Silva, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “But the key is the benefits that EFB and AHM will bring to China Cargo’s operations.”
Boeing Class 3 EFB, using software developed by Boeing and its Jeppesen subsidiary, incorporates the Onboard Performance Tool (OPT) and Electronic Document Browser (EDB) and provides information from airplane systems, flight crews, and cabin crews to the airline’s base operation. The OPT gives pilots the ideal speeds and engine settings for an aircraft, in any weather, on any runway, with any payload, improving efficiency, range and payload. The EDB module allows instant access to the latest information, replacing multiple bulky paper documents and minimizing the need for manual updating and revision.
Airplane Health Management is a multi-module decision support capability provided through the MyBoeingFleet.com Web portal. Real-Time Fault Management collects real-time airplane data to provide enhanced fault forwarding, troubleshooting, and historical fix success rates, reducing schedule interruptions and increasing maintenance efficiency.
The AHM Custom Alerting and Analysis module (formerly known as Service Monitoring) provides a powerful analysis and alerting tool to identify potential system issues and also monitors such items as tire pressure, oxygen pressure, hydraulic fluid and auxiliary power unit and engine oil levels. The Performance Monitoring module monitors fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to optimize airplane operations and support maintenance decision making.
The monitoring of the two models will bring value to the airline’s engineering management by improving maintenance performance and flight operations through reduced delays, cancellations, air turn backs and diversions.
China Cargo Airlines is a joint venture of China Eastern Airlines and China Ocean Shipping and operates dedicated freight services using China Eastern’s route structure. The airline also operates six MD-11 Freighters.
WASHINGTON — NASA has set media accreditation deadlines for the next
space shuttle flight to the International Space Station. Shuttle
Endeavour and six NASA astronauts are targeted to launch the STS-130
mission on Feb. 6 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
The 13-day flight will deliver a pressurized module, known as
Tranquility, which will provide room for much of the space station’s
life support systems. Attached to the node is a cupola — a robotic
control station with six windows around its sides and another in the
center — that provides a 360-degree view around the station.
Reporters and new media journalists, including bloggers, must apply
for credentials to attend the launch or cover the mission from other
NASA centers. To be accredited, reporters must work for verifiable
news-gathering organizations. Journalists may need to submit requests
for credentials at multiple NASA facilities as early as Jan. 12. No
substitutions of credentials are allowed at any NASA facility.
Additional time may be required to process accreditation requests by
journalists from certain designated countries. Designated countries
include those with which the United States has no diplomatic
relations, countries on the State Department’s list of state sponsors
of terrorism, those under U.S. sanction or embargo, and countries
associated with proliferation concerns. Please contact the
accrediting NASA center for details. Journalists should confirm they
have been accredited before they travel.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
Reporters applying for credentials at Kennedy should submit requests
via the Web at:
Reporters must use work e-mail addresses, not personal accounts, when
applying. After accreditation is approved, applicants will receive
confirmation via e-mail.
Accredited media representatives with mission badges will have access
to Kennedy from launch through the end of the mission. The
application deadline for mission badges is Jan. 22 for all reporters
Reporters with special logistic requests for Kennedy, such as space
for satellite trucks, trailers, electrical connections or work space,
must contact Laurel Lichtenberger at email@example.com
by Jan. 22 There is no longer free wireless Internet access provided
at Kennedy’s news center.
Work space in the news center and the news center annex is provided on
a first-come basis, limited to one space per organization. To set up
temporary telephone, fax, ISDN or network lines, media
representatives must make arrangements with BellSouth at
800-213-4988. Reporters must have an assigned seat in the Kennedy
newsroom prior to setting up lines. To obtain an assigned seat,
contact Patricia Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journalists must have a public affairs escort to all other areas of
Kennedy except the Launch Complex 39 cafeteria.
JOHNSON SPACE CENTER
Reporters may obtain credentials for NASA’s Johnson Space Center in
Houston by calling the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 or by
presenting STS-130 mission credentials from Kennedy. Media
representatives planning to cover the mission only from Johnson need
to apply for credentials only at Johnson. The application deadline
for mission badges is Jan. 22 for all reporters requesting
Journalists covering the mission from Johnson using Kennedy
credentials must contact the Johnson newsroom by Jan. 25 to arrange
workspace, phone lines and other logistics. Johnson is responsible
for credentialing media if the shuttle lands at NASA’s White Sands
Space Harbor, N.M. If a landing is imminent at White Sands, Johnson
will arrange credentials.
DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER
Notice for a space shuttle landing at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research
Center on Edwards Air Force Base in California could be short.
Domestic media outlets should consider accrediting Los Angeles-based
personnel who could travel quickly to Dryden. Deadlines for
submitting Dryden accreditation requests are Jan. 12 for non-U.S.
media, regardless of citizenship, and Feb. 11 for U.S. media who are
U.S. citizens or who have permanent residency status.
For Dryden media credentials, U.S. citizens representing domestic
media outlets must provide their full name, date of birth, place of
birth, media organization, driver’s license number with the name of
the issuing state, and the last six digits of their social security
In addition to the above requirements, foreign media representatives,
regardless of citizenship, must provide data including their
citizenship, visa or passport number and its expiration date. Foreign
nationals representing either domestic or foreign media who have
permanent residency status must provide their alien registration
number and expiration date.
Journalists should fax requests for credentials on company letterhead
to 661-276-3566. E-mailed requests to Alan Brown at
email@example.com are acceptable for reporters who have been
accredited at Dryden within the past year. Requests must include a
phone number and business e-mail address for follow-up contact.
Journalists who previously requested credentials will not have to do
NASA PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACTS:
Kennedy Space Center: Allard Beutel, 321-867-2468,
Johnson Space Center: James Hartsfield, 281-483-5111,
Dryden Flight Research Center: Leslie Williams, 661-276-3893,
For information about the STS-130 mission, visit:
For information about the International Space Station, visit:
WASHINGTON — NASA is supporting the White House’s Open Government
Directive with a number of Internet-based programs designed to make
the agency more accessible and create a dialog with the American
people about their space program.
NASA is one of six departments and agencies working to spur innovation
by making it easier for high-tech companies to identify
collaborative, entrepreneurial opportunities. Government agencies are
home to treasure troves of data and information, too much of which is
underutilized by the private sector because it is either not easily
found or exists in cumbersome formats. NASA and the National
Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration in the
Department of Health and Human Services, the Agricultural Research
Service in the Department of Agriculture, the National Institute of
Standards and Technology in the Department of Commerce and the
Department of Energy are working together to increase access to
information on publicly-funded technologies that are available for
license, opportunities for federal funding and partnerships, and
potential private-sector partners.
NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Programs Office is working to establish
an RSS feed to publicize technologies available for public licensing.
By making information from multiple agencies available in RSS and XML
feeds on Data.gov, the government empowers innovators to find the
information they need and receive real-time updates, which can fuel
entrepreneurial momentum, create new jobs, and strengthen economic
growth. NASA’s RSS feed will make these opportunities more visible to
the commercial and research communities. NASA plans on having the
feed operational by Dec. 31.
NASA also has undertaken an extensive effort to use the Internet and
social media tools to engage the public on agency activities. NASA’s
home page on the Internet, www.nasa.gov, offers information on all of
the agency’s missions, research and discoveries.
In January 2009, nasa.gov capitalized on the agency’s growing social
media efforts by rolling out a new “Connect and Collaborate with
NASA” page, at www.nasa.gov/connect. This provides the public with
quick connections to the agency’s pages on Twitter, Facebook,
UStream, YouTube, Flickr and MySpace, as well as NASA podcasts and
vodcasts on iTunes. The page also provides links to agency chats,
Tweetup events, RSS feeds and the agency’s official blog.
The agency’s social media presence was further expanded in November
with the addition of NASA’s Twitter feed to the homepage. The website
offers links to NASA-related desktop “widgets” and opportunities for
the public to collaborate directly with the agency through art
contests, engineering challenges and imagery and data analysis.
Another new communication tool is Spacebook, a NASA internal expert
networking utility. Spacebook has been used to improve collaboration
across NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The Spacebook site allows
new and established NASA staff to get to know the agency’s diverse
community of scientists, engineers, project managers and support
“Space doesn’t explore itself. Science doesn’t discover itself. People
do that, and to do that they have to talk,” said Emma Antunes, the
project manager who also manages Goddard’s Web site. “They have to
trade questions and ideas. They have to connect. And, the more
diverse the group, the more likely connections and conversations will
lead to new ideas and innovation. Spacebook will enhance NASA’s
capacity to do just that.”
For more information about NASA’s use of the Internet and social media
to interact with America, visit:
For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit: