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Mon, Mar 30, 2015

NASA Announces Next Steps On Journey To Mars

Says Progress Is Being Made On Asteroid Initiative

NASA Wednesday announced more details in its plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which in the mid-2020s will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars. NASA also announced it has increased the detection of near-Earth asteroids by 65 percent since launching its asteroid initiative three years ago.

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Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Record Setting Pilot To Speak At Oklahoma State University Banquet

Matt Guthmiller, The Youngest Person To Solo Circumnavigate By Air, Will Join The OSU Flying Aggies This Weekend For Their Annual Banquet

Matt Guthmiller, a 20-year-old sophomore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, flew into the record books this past summer when he set the Guinness World Record for the youngest person to fly solo around the world. During his forty-four-and-a-half-day journey, which began in San Diego, Guthmiller spent 180 hours in a single-engine 1981 Beechcraft Bonanza, covering more than 30,000 miles while stopping in 23 cities in 15 countries on 5 continents.

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Mon, Mar 30, 2015

B-52 Stratofortress On Display At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

First Time Massive Boeing Bomber Will Be On The Ground Display During Fly-In

The Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bomber, which for more than 50 years has been the backbone of the U.S. Air Force bomber fleet, will be a prime attraction at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in. The 63rd annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) convention, which annually draws 10,000 airplanes and total attendance of 500,000, is July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

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Mon, Mar 30, 2015

NASA Awards Contract For NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Spacecraft

Orbital ATK To Build The Satellite

NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Orbital ATK (formerly Orbital Sciences Corporation) of Dulles, Virginia, for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-2 spacecraft.

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Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Bell Helicopter Exhibits V-280 Tiltrotor Mockup At Army Aviation Summit

Full-Size Model Will Be Shown In Attack And Utility Configurations

Bell Helicopter will display its full-size mockup of the Bell V-280 Valor next generation tiltrotor aircraft at the 2015 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, TN March 29 – April 1.

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Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Kepler Team Awarded Smithsonian's National Air And Space Museum Trophy

Ball Aerospace Achievement On Planet Hunting Mission Receives Top Honors For Aerospace Science And Technology

Established in 1985, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum presents its annual trophy to recognize both past and present achievements involving the management or execution of a scientific or technological project, a distinguished career of service in air and space technology, or a significant contribution in chronicling the history of air and space technology.

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Mon, Mar 30, 2015

NASA's Opportunity Mars Rover Finishes Marathon

Clocks 26.2 Miles In Just Over 11 Years

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win. The agency's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity completed its first Red Planet marathon Tuesday -- 26.219 miles – with a finish time of roughly 11 years and two months.

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Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Lightspeed Adds Expanded Bluetooth Capability To Sierra Headset

Entire Line Now Bluetooth Compatible

Lightspeed Aviation has added Bluetooth audio capability to their entry level Sierra headset, making the entire Lightspeed line of aviation headsets fully compatible with Bluetooth cell phone, music, and audio alerts from aviation apps installed on Bluetooth-capable devices.

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Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Vector Aerospace, Boeing Bring RAF Chinook Back To Life

Aircraft Was Significantly Damaged During Training In 2012

In April 2012, during a training sortie, an RAF Chinook was very significantly damaged in a heavy landing. The damage sustained was such that the aircraft could well have been classified as Beyond Economical Repair (BER). However, it was decided that recovering the aircraft to service was a viable option by drawing on the extensive experience and expertise in Chinook heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) vested in Boeing and Vector Aerospace.

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Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Australia's First F-35A Pilot Begins Training

Took First Flight At Eglin AFB In Florida Earlier This Month

Australia's first F-35A pilot, Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, [AEST] took his first flight in an F-35A aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, United States recently.

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