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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

Airborne 04.18.14: SpaceX's Historic Pad, Sikorsky Going Presidential?, EAA B17

Also: Airmen Support Pilot's Son, Beyond The Blue!, More Wrong-Way SWA Fallout, Missing WWII Airman Comes Home

NASA signed an agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) for use and occupancy of the complex. It will serve as a platform for SpaceX to support their commercial launch activities. It looks like the president will be flying in a new, made in America, Sikorsky helicopter. That's because it appears Sikorsky is the only manufacturer still in the running. Both Boeing and a team consisting of AgustaWestland and Northrop Grumman have dropped out of the bidding process. This is a reunion that nobody will forget, and EAA's B-17G, Aluminum Overcast, was at the heart of the gathering. On April 14, ten World War two United States Army Air Corps veterans who represented all 10 Flying Fortress crew positions from pilot to tail-gunner were brought to Oshkosh to be reunited with the aircraft in which they helped to preserve lib

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

NASA Names Six New Members To Advisory Council

Group Advises Senior Leadership On 'Challenges And Solutions' Facing The Agency

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the appointment of six new members to the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). The group advises NASA's senior leadership on challenges and solutions facing the agency as it unfolds a new era of exploration.

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet In The 'Habitable Zone'

Kepler-186f Confirms That Worlds Like Ours Exist 'Out There'

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

Bombardier Aerospace Celebrates Official Launch Of CARIC

Consortium For Aerospace Research And Innovation In Canada Is A Research And Technology Network

Bombardier Aerospace has noted the launch of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC). An initiative of Industry Canada and the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), CARIC is a national research and technology network that unites stakeholders from industry, universities, colleges and research institutions to advance strategic aerospace technology areas and facilitate collaborative research and development.

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

ATK Announces $178 Million Contract Award From United Launch Alliance

Will Build Composite Launch Vehicle Structures For Both Atlas V And Delta IV Programs

An agreement has been reached on a $178 million contract award as part of the Air Force's Phase 1 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) buy from United Launch Alliance (ULA). The order value includes hardware for both of the current United States Air Force EELV launch vehicles, the Atlas V and Delta IV.

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

CHC AW139 Fleet Sets 100,000 Flight Hour Milestone

Canadian Company Operates More Than 40 Of The Aircraft

CHC Helicopter’s AW139 helicopter fleet has set a major operational milestone by reaching 100,000 flight hours, with the fleet leader achieving over 9,000 flight hours in less than eight years. A leading AW139 customer, CHC operates more than 40 AW139s globally performing a wide range of missions including offshore transport, search and rescue and emergency medical service.

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

Odd Tilts Could Make More Worlds Habitable

Discovery Could Expand Concept Of A World That Could Support Life

Pivoting planets that lean one way and then change orientation within a short geological time period might be surprisingly habitable, according to new modeling by NASA and university scientists affiliated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

RAF Awards Contract For 'Official Sensitive' Tablet Devices

Android, Windows, And iOS Devices All Included

The Royal Air Force has awarded its secure Official Sensitive Managed Mobility as a Service contract to Nine23 Ltd and Akhter Computers plc.

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

Skydive Jersey Announces Shuttle Service For 2014 Season

Removes 'Getting To The Airport' As An Excuse To Not Go Skydiving

So imagine it's a beautiful day to go jump out of an airplane in the greater New York City area, but you just don't want to fight the traffic from the city to Pittstown, NJ, where Skydive Jersey is located.

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

Transaero Airlines Completes A380 Interior Design

'Imperial Class' Includes 12 Closed Suites

Transaero Airlines has completed the interior design of its Airbus A380s, which will join the airline's fleet in 2015. Each of the airline's four aircraft, able to accommodate 652 passengers, will be configured in three classes of service - Imperial (First), Business and Economy, providing the highest level of comfort for passengers.

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