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NASA Awards Shuttle And Space Station Spacesuit Contract
HOUSTON — NASA has awarded a contract to Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International of Houston for spacesuit support used on the space shuttle and the International Space Station.The cost-plus-award-fee contract, known as the Extravehicular Space Operations Contract, has a maximum value of $728.9 million.Under the contract, Hamilton Sundstrand and its subcontractors perform engineering…
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NASA Solar System Exhibition Arrives At Dulles Airport
WASHINGTON — NASA and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority unveiled a photography exhibition at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va., where ticketed airline travelers can view space science discoveries and relish the beauty and majesty of our solar system.”NASA presents BEYOND: Visions of Our Solar System,” will be shown at Dulles’ Gateway Gallery — a pedestrian passageway…
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NASA Mission Shows Evolution Of Conditions At Edge Of Solar System
WASHINGTON — New data from NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, spacecraft, reveal that conditions at the edge of our solar system may be much more dynamic than previously thought. Future exploration missions will benefit in design and mission objectives from a better understanding of the changing conditions in this outer region of our solar system.The IBEX has produced a new set of…
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Luxembourg's Luxair Orders Boeing Next-Generation 737-800
SEATTLE, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Luxair Luxembourg Airlines, the national airline of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, have finalized an order for an additional Next-Generation 737-800 airplane. The airline previously ordered a 737-800 in June. The 737-800 has an average list price of $77 million. “The 737-800 has already proved to be a great success with Luxair and it…
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Mirage 2000D Upgrade, Tanker Fall In French Cuts
By Robert Wall LONDON — France is facing the prospect of real capability gaps as the country adjusts its defense spending to try to bring down its mounting budget deficit. As part of its first concrete action, the government announced Sept. 29 it plans to curtail defense outlays by €1.3 billion (U.S. $1.77 billion) over three years. The…
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ANA Swaps Some 787-8s For Stretched 787-9s
By Michael Mecham All Nippon Airways says it will swap 15 of its current order of 55 standard-sized 787-8 twin-engine jets for the stretched 787-9 version and indicates it will fly both models with high-density seating for domestic routes. “The model will meet the increasing need for 400-seat-capacity aircraft for domestic routes, and will…
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Luxair Orders Another Boeing B737-800
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON Luxair has signed an order with Boeing for an additional B737-800, taking its firm commitments for the variant to three aircraft. The Luxembourg airline, which previously ordered a B737-800 in June, already has one -800 in service as well as three smaller B737-700s. Like existing aircraft,…
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EADS To Rule On Airbus A320 Neo Decision
By Max Kingsley-Jones EADS board members are to meet mid-month to decide whether to launch an A320 re-engining program, dubbed the New Engine Option (Neo). Airbus officials have long indicated they are interested in the program, and top management met Sept. 30 to discuss technical and resourcing aspects of the proposal to be put before the…
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Crash Sparks Calls For Cargo Security Boost
US regulators want to beef up safety measures on air-cargo shipments of electronic devices that contain flammable lithium ion batteries, in response to the recent crash of a UPS jet loaded with such goods, the Wall Street Journal reported …Photo: Pawel Kierzkowski
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BAA Sells Naples Airport To Italian Fund
British airports operator BAA has agreed to sell its interest in Naples Airport for EUR€150 million (USD$206 million) to an entity controlled by Italian infrastructure fund F2i SGR …
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Kenya Air Rejects Union's 'Illegal' Pay Claim
Kenya Airways on Friday rejected new pay demands from its workers’ union that would cost KES325 million shillings (USD$4 million) more than agreed …
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Full-Body Scanners On Trial At Hamburg Airport
Germany has begun a six-month trial period of controversial full-body scanners at Hamburg airport …
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United And Continental Close Merger Deal
United parent UAL and Continental Airlines closed their merger deal on Friday to form the world’s largest carrier, called United Airlines …
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India Will Need 1,000 Aircraft Over 20 Years
Airbus expects the Indian aviation market will need more than 1,000 aircraft in the next 20 years, its chief executive Tom Enders said on Friday …
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FedEx Orders Two Boeing 777 Freighters
Boeing said on Thursday it took orders for two wide-body 777s valued at more than USD$500 million from FedEx in the week that ended Tuesday …Photo: FedEx, MD-11, Arcturus
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Atlas Air Disappointed Over Boeing Delay
Cargo carrier Atlas Air is disappointed over Boeing’s delay of first delivery of the 747-8 Freighter jet and may seek remedies, an Atlas official said on Thursday …Photo: Juergen Lehle
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Boeing Delays 747-8 Freighter First Delivery
Boeing said on Thursday it would delay first delivery of the 747-8 Freighter, its biggest commercial jet, to mid-2011 from the fourth quarter of 2010 …Photo: Moonm
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US Says Six Freight Forwarders Plead Guilty
Six international freight forwarding companies have agreed to plead guilty to price fixing and pay a total of USD$50.3 million in criminal fines, the US Justice Department said on Thursday …
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LAN Halts Flights in Ecuador Capital Quito
Chile’s flagship airline LAN on Thursday suspended flights in Ecuador’s capital Quito and increased security at its installations because of political unrest in Ecuador …Photo: LAN Cargo
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Jazz, Thomas Cook Seal Flight Services Deal
Canada’s Jazz Air sealed a five-year flight services agreement with tour operator Thomas Cook Canada and the companies have decided on the pricing for the deal …
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Continental Agrees Deal With Flight Attendants
Continental Airlines said on Thursday that it reached a tentative agreement on a contract with the union that represents its flight attendants …
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Marines Ready, But Is JSF?
By Bill SweetmanWashington Delays in vertical landing tests with the F-35B short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (Stovl) version of Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike Fighter are driving a reassessment of the U.S. Marine Corps’ plans for the jet’s service entry. The Marines insist they will achieve initial operational capability (IOC), with…
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Russia Will Test New Launcher At Baikonur
By Frank Morring, Jr., Michael A. Taverna PRAGUE — Russia will use the leased facilities at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to test the proposed Rus M launch vehicle that is expected to replace the venerable Soyuz rocket, and although the Rus M will eventually be launched from a new facility on Russian soil, Russia has no plans to…
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Boeing Delays First 747-8 Delivery
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON Development problems are forcing Boeing to delay until mid-2011 delivery of its first 747-8 freighter to Cargolux. The aircraft maker says a range of issues have forced the adjustment, including “a low-frequency vibration in certain flight conditions and an under-performing aileron actuator.” The company…
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Northrop, Bell Power Up Unmanned Fire-X
By Graham Warwick Northrop Grumman has powered up its Bell 407-based Fire-X unmanned helicopter demonstrator as the U.S. military moves a step closer to deploying autonomous rotorcraft for cargo resupply missions in Afghanistan. The Fire-X is nearing completion at Bell Helicopter’s Xworx rapid-prototyping facility in Fort Worth, with…
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Embraer Legacy 650 Appears at NBAA
By Fred George fred_george@aviationweek.com Embraer officials confirmed yesterday that the 3,800-nm range Legacy 650 will be at the 2010 NBAA Convention in Atlanta. The 650 made its New York debut Sept. 15 at the joint meeting of the Long Island Business Aviation Association and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association in Farmingdale, N.Y….
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Lightning Strikes Near Shuttle Launch Pad
By Irene Klotz Kennedy Space Center engineers plan to meet Sept. 29 to evaluate data collected after five lightning strikes hit within 5 mi. of the space shuttle launch pad. Preliminary sensor readings indicate no damage to Launch Pad 39A or shuttle Discovery, which is at the pad in preparation for its last flight. Liftoff is targeted for…
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Sabena technics JV To Expand Component Services
By Lee Ann Tegtmeier leeann_tegtmeier@aviationweek.com Sabena technics and Malaysian Aerospace Engineering plan to establish a joint venture to provide integrated MRO services. Malayasian Aerospace Engineering, which specializes in airframe heavy maintenance and started as Malayasian Airlines’ engineering and maintenance division, was looking for a…
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Lufthansa Technik Puts Together 787 Plan
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON Lufthansa Technik (LHT) is developing an engineering-services offering for the Boeing 787 it hopes will be ready to take to the market early next year. The sister engineering company to German carrier Lufthansa already has every in-production Boeing airliner other than the 787 in its …
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NASA Gives Details on Spotting the Space Station at National Parks
WASHINGTON — Plan your next camp out for a national park, and you might spot one of the gems of the night sky — the International Space Station — from one of the nation’s jewels on the ground.Because the space station is more spectacular away from skyline clutter and light pollution, NASA and the Park Service have partnered to share information with park visitors about where and when to look…
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NASA Deputy Administrator Hosts Media Teleconference Will Discuss Critical Vote In Congress For Future Of Human Space Flight
WASHINGTON — NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will be available to answer media questions during a teleconference Thursday, Sept. 30, at 1:30 p.m. EDT.Garver will discuss the strong, bipartisan support Congress has given the agency and President Obama’s ambitious plans for human space exploration with Wednesday night’s approval of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration…
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NASA Administrator Thanks Congress for 2010 Authorization Act Support
WASHINGTON — The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding Wednesday’s action by the House of Representatives on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010.”We thank the Congress for their thoughtful deliberations about NASA’s future over the past months. Both the House and the Senate provided insight, ideas and direction that were…
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NASA and NSF-Funded Research Finds First Potentially Habitable Exoplanet
WASHINGTON — A team of planet hunters from the University of California (UC) Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington has announced the discovery of a planet with three times the mass of Earth orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of the star’s “habitable zone.”This discovery was the result of more than a decade of observations using the W. M….
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NASA Awards Space Shuttle Main Engine Contract Modification
WASHINGTON — NASA has signed a $60.3 million contract modification to space shuttle main engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Inc. of Canoga Park, Calif., to provide continued space shuttle main engine prelaunch, launch and landing support from Oct. 1, 2010, through March 31, 2011.This action is based on an extension to the current Space Shuttle Program flight manifest launch…
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NASA And Optimus Prime Collaborate To Educate Youth
WASHINGTON — NASA has developed a contest to raise students’ awareness of technology transfer efforts and how NASA technologies contribute to our everyday lives.NASA is collaborating with Hasbro using the correlation between the popular TRANSFORMERS brand, featuring its leader Optimus Prime, and spinoffs from NASA technologies created for aeronautics and space missions that are used here on…
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Boeing Submits Final Bid for International Space Station Cargo Contract
HOUSTON, Sept. 30, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has submitted its final bid for NASA’s Cargo Mission Contract (CMC) for the International Space Station (ISS). Boeing’s bid draws on more than 50 years of the company’s human spaceflight experience, as well as first-hand knowledge of ISS operations and cargo processing. The contract calls for technical support services,…
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Boeing Releases Statement on Passage of NASA Authorization Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2010 — On Sept. 29, the U.S. Congress passed S. 3729, a bill to authorize NASA programs for fiscal years 2011 through 2013. The bill soon will be sent to President Barack Obama for his signature, signaling a new direction for human space exploration. Boeing today released the following statement: “Passage of the NASA Authorization Bill by the 111th Congress is a …
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Boeing Sets 747-8 Freighter Delivery Schedule for Mid-Year 2011
EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced a schedule change for the 747-8 Freighter with first delivery now expected mid-year 2011. The company also announced steps it is taking to support the new schedule, including adding a fifth airplane to the flight-test fleet. The company previously indicated that, following recent flight-test discoveries, there was a…
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Boeing Delivers 11th 737-800 Airplane to Air Algerie
SEATTLE, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today delivered to Air Algerie its 11th 737-800. Air Algerie, the state-owned flag carrier of Algeria, operates a fleet composed primarily of Boeing 737s and some 767s. Boeing is scheduled to deliver two additional 737-800s in 2010 as well as four more in 2011. Air Algerie will be operating 17 737-800s in 2011 for a total of…
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Boeing Statement on Award of B-52 Modernization Contract
WICHITA, Kan., Sept. 29, 2010 — The Boeing Company today received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Air Force for B-52 Stratofortress weapon system modernization. The company released the following statement: “This B-52 modernization contract will include several delivery orders over an eight-year period. The Air Force announced a contract ceiling of $11.9…
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Turkish Airlines takes delivery of first A330-300 and A330-200F
Turkish Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-300 and first A330-200 Freighter at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse. The aircraft, both powered by Rolls Royce engines, will support Turkish Airlines’ ambitious growth plans in both the passenger and cargo markets. Joining the airlines existing passenger aircraft fleet of A320, A330-200 and A340 family aircraft, the…
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MNG Jet Purchases Global 5000 Business Jet
Bombardier today announced that MNG Jet Havacilik A.S. of Istanbul has placed a firm order for a Global 5000 aircraft, valued at approximately $45 million U.S., based on the 2010 list price for typically equipped aircraft. “The Global 5000 aircraft is the perfect addition to our current fleet,” said Mehmet Nazif Gunal, President, MNG Jet. “The aircraft combines speed and range, with…
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Bombardier Launches Its New Global Aircraft Family
Aircraft details will be revealed at the upcoming National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention and exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. Bombardier Aerospace today announced that its Board of Directors has given the official go-ahead to launch the expanded Global aircraft family. Aircraft details of the new Global aircraft family will be revealed at the NBAA convention and exhibition….
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Bombardier to Discuss Optimized Commercial Aircraft Solutions at Airex 2010
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft will highlight its optimized solutions for Turkey’s mainline and regional airlines during Airex 2010 – 8th International Civil Aviation and Airports Exhibition. The event takes place in Istanbul, Turkey from September 30 to October 3, 2010. All Bombardier Commercial Aircraft products have significant potential in Turkey. For short-haul operations,…
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Indonesia Plans 180 Flankers Plus F-16s
By Bradley Perrett BEIJING — Indonesia intends to acquire 180 Sukhoi Flankers and also to buy Lockheed Martin F-16s, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro says, setting out plans for a massive expansion of the Southeast Asian country’s air combat force. If Indonesia is serious about buying 180 Flankers, then Canberra will…
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Three African Airlines To Form New Carrier
By Darren Shannon Three of Africa’s leading airlines are in talks to establish joint ventures, and could launch their first collaboration in Central Africa early next year. Details are still being negotiated, although the CEOs of Egyptair, Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airlines tell The DAILY they expect a formal announcement in the…
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Rolls-Royce Names New CEO
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON John Rishton has been named as the incoming CEO of Rolls-Royce, taking over the company from John Rose who will step down at the end of March. Rishton, already a non-executive director of the Rolls-Royce board and head of the audit committee, is currently CEO of Royal Ahold, a Dutch retail group. He was…
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Turkish Airlines Takes Ex-Test A330-200F
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON Turkish Airlines has taken delivery of Airbus’s former A330-200 Freighter flight-test aircraft and also received its first of ten A330-300 passenger aircraft. The double handover of the two Rolls Royce Trent-powered twinjets took place at a ceremony at Airbus’s Toulouse headquarters …
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Inventory Tie-Ups A Good Bet, Say Analysts
By Elyse Moody Acquisitions and partnerships attract investment to components and inventory sector. Recent maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) acquisitions and strategic partnerships point to the inventory and components business as a key area for investment, according to industry analysts speaking at AVIATION WEEK’s MRO Europe…
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Eurocopter Launches X3 Flight Trials
By Robert Wall LONDON — Eurocopter is testing a new hybrid helicopter demonstrator that aims to reach 220 kt. forward speed. The twin-turboshaft-powered helicopter uses two propellers on a short wing for forward flight, with a five-blade main rotor. Eurocopter at one point explored a tiltrotor design but later rejected that idea … …

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