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Mon, Feb 08, 2016

Astronauts Brian Duffy, Scott Parazynski To Be Honored

Named As New Inductees For The United States Astronaut Hall Of Fame

In recognition of  their extraordinary accomplishments in furthering NASA's mission of exploration and discovery, veteran astronauts Brian Duffy (pictured, top) and Scott Parazynski (pictured, bottom) have been selected for induction into the elite United States Astronaut Hall of Fame. The announcement was made today at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex by Dan Brandenstein, Hall of Fame astronaut and board chairman of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, which oversees the induction selection process.

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Mon, Feb 08, 2016

New Radar Designed To Target Future Drones, Planes, Missiles

Raytheon's Gallium Nitride-Based AESA Patriot Radar Completes Key Milestones

Raytheon Company recently completed a series of company-funded milestones to upgrade the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System. The projected upgrade delivers 360-degree capability and keeps Patriot ahead of increasingly more sophisticated threats, such as aircraft, drones, and cruise and ballistic missiles.

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Mon, Feb 08, 2016

F-35C Completes Developmental Test Phase 2

Included 66 Catapult Launches And Traps Aboard CVN-69

The F-35C Carrier Suitability Test Team deployed aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) for Developmental Test Phase Two (DT-II) in October 2015. Trials with F-35C test aircraft CF-3 and CF-5 spanned nine days in operating areas near the Atlantic coast between Florida and Virginia. DT-II followed a successful round of initial sea trials in 2014.

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Mon, Feb 08, 2016

NASA 'Sky For All' Design Competition Deadline Looms

Proposals Must Be Submitted To The Agency By The End Of This Month

NASA is looking to the public to continue that tradition by contributing new ideas for the future of air travel. Sky for All: Air Mobility for 2035 and Beyond is a $15,000 challenge to develop ideas for technologies that could be part of a clean-slate, revolutionary design and concept of operations for the airspace of the future.

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Mon, Feb 08, 2016

The Frigid Flying Saucer

ALMA And IRAM Telescopes Provide First Direct Temperature Readings Of Planet-Forming Disc

Astronomers have used the ALMA and IRAM telescopes to make the first direct measurement of the temperature of the large dust grains in the outer parts of a planet-forming disc around a young star. By applying a novel technique to observations of an object nicknamed the Flying Saucer they find that the grains are much colder than expected: −266 degrees Celsius. This surprising result suggests that models of these discs may need to be revised.

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Mon, Feb 08, 2016

New Bedrest Adventure Adds Artificial Gravity

Study Being Planned By ESA And NASA

The human body is made for living on Earth – take away the constant pull of gravity and muscles and bones begin to waste away. Living in space is hard on astronauts and ways must be found to keep them fit and safe.

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Mon, Feb 08, 2016

Citation Models Added To Pentastar iPad Yoke Mount STC

AML Includes Multiple Citation Models Now Approved For Articulated Mount

The FAA has approved an expansion of an STC held by Pentastar Aviation (ST03138CH) on the articulating yoke mount for Apple iPad to include Cessna Citation models. The update of the FAA Approved Model List (AML) allows Pentastar Aviation to install the specially engineered iPad mounts on Citation 500, 550, S550, 560, and 560XL model aircraft.

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Mon, Feb 08, 2016

New Jersey Townhome Development Claims Jurisdiction Over Airspace

Homeowner's Association Says It Can Impose A Fine Of $100

A townhome development homeowners association in Mendham, NJ has passed a resolution banning the flight of model airplanes and drones in the neighborhood.

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Mon, Feb 08, 2016

LEAP Helping Students Aim For The Stars

Spearheads Career Trip For Scholarship Recipient

Through its ongoing efforts to promote youth education and to be actively engaged in the mentorship of young minority men, LEAP, LLC, spearheaded its first personalized career field trip to the NASA Headquarters this past week in Washington, D.C. A previous recipient of a LEAP Foundation DC Scholarship and a member of the organization’s Student Ambassador Program, Kevin Thomas Akers was presented with the opportunity to visit the NASA Headquarters after expressing his interest in space to the Small Business Administration’s Washington Director, Mr. Antonio Doss.

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Mon, Feb 08, 2016

Ryanair Passenger Gets His Money Back, And Then Some

Airline Charged Over $450 For Printing Boarding Passes

Lucas Marshall was getting ready to travel back to his U.K. home from the Canary Islands, but found himself unable to print his own boarding passes on Ryanair because of his booking preferences.

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