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Herschel Measures Dark Matter Required for Star-Forming Galaxies

Herschel Measures Dark Matter Required for Star-Forming Galaxies
WASHINGTON — The Herschel Space Observatory has revealed how much dark matter it takes to form a new galaxy bursting with stars. Herschel is a European Space Agency cornerstone mission supported with important NASA contributions.The findings are a key step in understanding how dark matter, an invisible substance permeating our universe, contributed to the birth of massive galaxies in the early…
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UPS Expands Boeing Airplane Health Management to MD-11 Fleet
World’s largest package delivery company to further enhance airplane maintenance SEATTLE, Feb. 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced that UPS will expand its Boeing’s Airplane Health Management (AHM) coverage to include its MD-11 Freighter fleet, in addition to the 747-400 Freighter fleet, which already utilizes AHM. AHM is an information-driven system that helps airlines…
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ARSA Endorses House FAA Bill Maintenance Provisions
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – Aeronautical Repair Station Association Executive Director Sarah MacLeod released the following statement in response to the introduction of the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011 (H.R. 658) by Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Tom Petri…
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NASA Releases Images Of Man-Made Crater On Comet
PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s Stardust spacecraft returned new images of a comet showing a scar resulting from the 2005 Deep Impact mission. The images also showed the comet has a fragile and weak nucleus.The spacecraft made its closest approach to comet Tempel 1 on Monday, Feb. 14, at 8:40 p.m. PST at a distance of approximately 111 miles. Stardust took 72 high-resolution images of the comet. It…
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Boeing and Fluor Team to Pursue Sandia National Laboratories Contract
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 2011 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Fluor Corp. [NYSE: FLR] have formed a team to pursue a contract to manage and operate the Sandia National Laboratories if the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) decides to hold a competition.Sandia is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility that is managed on behalf of the DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Sandia has…
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NASA Award Recognizes Air Force Remote-Sensing Program
WASHINGTON — NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior presented the 2010 William T. Pecora group award to the U.S. Air Force Eagle Vision program Tuesday at a Pentagon ceremony. Eagle Vision was recognized for contributions in the United States and abroad to homeland security, humanitarian aid and natural disaster recovery efforts.The program consists of five ground stations capable of…
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Boeing to Demonstrate High-Technology, Low-Risk Solutions at AFA Air Warfare Symposium
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2011 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], at this week’s U.S. Air Force Association (AFA) Air Warfare Symposium, will highlight a range of proven, low-risk, affordable products and services that will enable the Air Force to continue to dominate in the air, space and cyberspace. The symposium takes place Feb. 17-18 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Fla. “This annual…
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Bombardier Reports the Impact of the Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for its Third Quarter ended October 31, 2010
Bombardier today announced the release of its restated results under IFRS for the third quarter ended October 31, 2010. On January 19, 2011, Bombardier held an information session to explain the impacts the adoption of IFRS will have on the corporation’s results. On this occasion, the company released its opening statement of financial position as at February 1, 2010, as well as its first…
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Airline Recovery Drives FAA Forecast
By Andrew Compart Underscoring the recovery U.S. airlines have made over the past year, the annual 20-year aerospace forecast the FAA released Feb. 15 in Washington predicts more than 1 billion passengers will board U.S. airlines in fiscal 2021. The threshold is symbolic, but a guidepost for the growth of the industry. In the forecast it…
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U.S. Navy Eyes SSBN Improvements
By Michael Fabey The U.S. Navy sees its SSBN(X) ballistic missile submarine replacement fleet basically as an improved model of the current SSBN boats leveraging Virginia-class sub advancements and refined construction methods. “The initial plan is for 16 tubes, a new-design reactor plant, [and] similar antennas and design to…
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Astrium Turns To Singapore For Spaceplane
By Leithen FrancisSingapore Astrium will join with Singapore in building a suborbital demonstrator to underpin its fledgling spaceplane program, with a first flight expected perhaps as early as next year. Singapore-based companies will be building a small-scale demonstrator of the spaceplane, and the first series of test flights will occur…
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Air Asia Close To Huge A320NEO Order
By Jens Flottau Malaysian low-cost carrier Air Asia is in talks for a massive Airbus A320NEO order. CEO Tony Fernandes told reporters in Paris that a planned order for the aircraft would be “not dissimilar” in size to the previous purchase of 175 classic A320s. He cautioned, however, that financial terms of the deal have not yet been agreed…
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Airport Funding Reduced In 2012 FAA Budget
By James Ott, Adrian Schofield The Obama administration’s $18.66 billion fiscal 2012 budget request for the FAA reduces guaranteed airport grant money by more than $1 billion and asks Congress to alleviate this by approving an increase in passenger facility charges (PFCs) for “large” airports. The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) budget…
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X-47B Sorties Ramping Up
By Guy Norris, Amy ButlerLos Angeles, Washington The U.S. Navy is building on the successful first flight of the stealthy, tailless Northrop Grumman X-47B demonstrator as a pivotal step toward the long-held goal of marrying persistent, autonomous unmanned intelligence and strike aircraft with the reach of its fleet of aircraft carriers. …
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U.S. Navy Turns Attention To Ship, Sub Funds
By Michael Fabey The U.S. Navy plans to use multiyear contracts and other contracting strategies to refocus on a core mission set — building and operating the ships that move above and beneath the oceans. The Navy’s fiscal 2012 budget request and planned budget priorities over the coming five years show the service’s strong interest in its…
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House, Senate Mull Long-Term FAA Reauth
By Kerry Lynch, Jennifer Michels The Senate later this week is expected to vote on passage of a two-year FAA reauthorization bill, S.223, while the House aviation subcommittee plans to consider its own four-year reauthorization package, HR.658, which was introduced Friday. The Senate took many in Washington by surprise earlier …
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IPP Wants BizAv Help For Wounded Veterans
By Benet Wilson Cincinnati-based nonprofit Impact Player Partners (IPP) is reaching out to business aviation for travel help at its seventh annual Impact A Hero weekend June 4-6 in Sugarland, Texas, as part of its efforts to help provide emotional and financial support for severely wounded and disabled veterans. Business aviation is…
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Funds for NextGen Equipage Planned
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) is proposing to add a clause to the FAA reauthorization bill that would provide grants and loan guarantees for aircraft operators to equip for the NextGen program. Lipinski is one of the minority members of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. He has…
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Civil Npoess Weather Sat Replacement Slipping
By Jefferson Morris The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is expected to slip 12-14 months as a result of Congress’s failure to pass new appropriations for fiscal 2011. JPSS is the civil follow-on to the canceled National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System…
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United Conducts Fleetwide 757 Inspections
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com United Airlines was forced to cancel or delay some Boeing 757 flights Feb. 15 when the carrier discovered it had overlooked a required inspection on this fleet. The airline began inspecting its 96 757s while they were on the ground or when they landed. The checks, which take up to 90 minutes, are…
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US Senate Rejects Air Bill Spending Cuts
The US Senate on Tuesday rejected a proposal to cut the budget for the FAA in a test vote on Republican pledges to curb federal spending …
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China Passenger Growth To Top The World
The number of international air passengers from mainland China will rise by an average of 10.8 percent per year through to 2014, making it the world’s fastest-growing market, industry association IATA forecast …
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Hogg Robinson Raises Outlook On Travel Demand
British corporate travel firm Hogg Robinson raised its profit expectations for the full year on a boost in travel activity, particularly in Asia Pacific …
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Singapore Air Jan Load Factor Slips
Singapore Airlines, filled 67.9 percent of the space available on its planes for passengers and cargo in January …
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United Airlines Grounds 96 Boeing 757s
United Airlines said it grounded 96 Boeing 757 aircraft in its fleet to perform unscheduled maintenance on the planes’ computers, which could lead to cancellations or flight delays on Tuesday and Wednesday …
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Strike Ballot Called At London City Airport
Ground staff at London’s City Airport are to be balloted on taking strike action in a dispute over pay and working conditions, the GMB union said on Tuesday …
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BA, Iberia Group May List In Spain
International Airlines Group, the new company formed from the merger of British Airways and Iberia, may be included on Spain’s blue-chip Ibex index, analysts in Madrid said …
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LAN Orders Three Boeing 767s
Chile’s LAN said on Tuesday it has signed a contract with Boeing to buy three 767-316ER planes for USD$510 million as part of its long-term fleet strategy …
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US Air Travel To Grow 3 Pct In 2011 - FAA
Air travel is expected to grow by 3 percent for US domestic flights in 2011, a moderately stronger rate of growth for the industry than last year, according to government estimates …
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