Technical Problems Push The COTS 1 Test To Later This Week
SpaceX scrubbed Monday's planned second launch of the
Falcon 9 rocket, which was also to have been the first test of the
Dragon COTS module. Technical issues caused SpaceX to push the
launch to no earlier than Thursday.
As part of their suborbital spaceflight training program,
Southwest Research Institute researchers and suborbital payload
specialists Dr. Alan Stern and Dr. Dan Durda have continued their
spaceflight training with a new series of jet fighter flights in
F-104 aircraft operated by Starfighters Inc. at the Kennedy Space
Center, Fla. This new round of SwRI Starfighter flights and ground
training took place Nov. 16.
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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress
November 29 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government
of Japan for installation and checkout of mission equipment for
AWACS aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and
logistical support for an estimated cost of $119 million.
Region Has Diversified Interests In World Economies, Says Brian
Just looking at the health and resiliency of the business
aviation market in the Middle East, which has held relatively
strong for the first ten years of this century, the casual observer
might want to link it to the soaring price of oil.
No Mid-Air is the result of a single error...
but a series of errors in which the avoidance of any one factor
might have averted disaster for all concerned. In this case, two
high-wing aircraft's flight paths converged... with a surprisingly
survivable result. It doesn't usually end this way. Read on and
learn a few things from the sequence of events that almost
destroyed two aircraft and their crews.
Shuttle Launch Schedule Continues To Slip Into 2011
NASA has signed a $42.1 million contract modification to space
shuttle reusable solid rocket motor manufacturer ATK Launch Systems
Inc. of Brigham City, UT, to provide continued prelaunch through
postlaunch support from Oct. 1, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2011.
While they'll likely be flying for a good, long time, Aerojet
said Thursday that it shipped the last F-22 Raptor forward boom to
The Boeing Company in Seattle, WA. The shipment completed the 10th
lot of a procurement that spanned 17 years in support of the
Boeing/Lockheed Martin/U.S. Air Force team.
Garmin Takes On The Big Boys With An Innovative Cockpit System
While it wasn't exactly a surprise, NBAA 2010 provided the opportunity for Garmin to roll out their latest salvo in the avionics war to see who was going to be making tomorrow's cockpits... this time for the Part 25 set.
Garmin Takes On The Big Boys With An Innovative Cockpit
While it wasn't exactly a surprise, NBAA 2010 provided the
opportunity for Garmin to roll out their latest salvo in the
avionics war to see who was going to be making tomorrow's
cockpits... this time for the Part 25 set. The G5000 features WXGA
high resolution, wide aspect ratio (12-inch or 14-inch diagonal)
primary flight displays (PFD) and multi-function displays (MFD).
Because the G5000 is scalable, aircraft manufacturers can choose as
many displays as cockpit real estate will allow.
Retired Lt. General John Hudson Assumes The Top Museum
The Air Force announced Dec. 2, 2010, the assignment of Senior
Executive Service member and retired Air Force Lt. Gen. John "Jack"
L. Hudson as Director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force,
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, effective Dec. 16, 2010.
Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters Opens New Opportunities For
Embry-Riddle Helicopter Students
A new agreement signed by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters,
Universal Helicopters, and the Prescott campus of Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University will open summer internships for helicopter
flight specialty students and potential future flight positions for
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) says it
plans to attend a public meeting hosted by the FAA concerning
"Updating the Flight instructor Renewal Process to Enhance Safety
of Flight" on December 6-7, 2010, in Washington, D.C.
Aero-Linx: SpaceX Falcon 9
SpaceX notes that the Falcon launch vehicle family is designed
to provide breakthrough advances in reliability, cost, flight
environment and time to launch. Falcon 9 has nine Merlin engines
clustered together. This vehicle will be capable of sustaining an
engine failure at any point in flight and still successfully
completing its mission. This actually results in an even higher
level of reliability than a single engine stage. The SpaceX nine
engine architecture is an improved version of the architecture
employed by the Saturn V and Saturn I rockets of the Apollo
Program, which had flawless flight records despite losing engines
on a number of missions.
"NAFI feels it is important to continue discussions that
may lead to more effective and professional flight training
efforts... We want to help make sure that if any changes are
made, they are to enhance safety and professional ability of flight
instructors, while at the same time not place unnecessary burdens
on instructors for keeping their certificates active or eliminate
the ability of senior and more experienced instructors to share
their knowledge with new pilots."
Source: NAFI Executive Director Jason
Blair, in comments related to NAFI's announced plans to attend
a public meeting hosted by the FAA...