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Sat, May 25, 2019

NASA's New Horizons Team Publishes First Kuiper Belt Flyby Science Results

Most Distant Object Ever Explored Presents Mysteries Of Its Formation

NASA’s New Horizons mission team has published the first profile of the farthest world ever explored, a planetary building block and Kuiper Belt object called 2014 MU69.

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Fri, May 24, 2019

NASA Awards Artemis Contract To Maxar Technologies

Will Develop And Demonstrate Lunar Gateway Power, Propulsion Systems

In one of the first steps of the agency’s Artemis lunar exploration plans, NASA announced on Thursday the selection of Maxar Technologies, formerly SSL, in Westminster, Colorado, to develop and demonstrate power, propulsion and communications capabilities for NASA’s lunar Gateway.

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Fri, May 24, 2019

Airborne 05.24.19: Amazon 2 Lakeland, New Boeing?, Apollo 12 LM Impact Site

Also: NASA Invites Public, Flooding Cancels Airshow, Corporate Angel Network, Bird Strike In Ethiopian Accident?

The Lakeland, FL City Commission has given unanimous approval to a plan that will see an Amazon cargo facility built at Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL). The 20-year deal gives Amazon a 20-year lease on 47.2 acres at the airport. The company plans to build a seven-jet cargo hangar and bring between 800 to 1,000 jobs to the region. Airport director Gene Conrad called the deal "a home run for us." Amazon will pay some $80,000 per month in rent, and 85 cents per 1,000 pounds of cargo landed at the airport. They will also pay a 3-cent per gallon surcharge on fuel purchased at the airport. The deal includes an option to expand on an additional 62 acres of land, with three renewal options that could extend the deal to 50 years. While Boeing is playing it close to the vest, rumors are swirling about its plans to announce its New Midsize Airplane (NM

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Fri, May 24, 2019

Apollo 12 Ascent Stage Impact Site Believed To Be Located

Was Intentionally Crashed On The Surface Of The Moon For Seismic Experiment

One of the experiments performed during the Apollo 12 mission in November, 1969 was designed to detect and measure moonquakes. And one of the methods used to initiate such a quake was to intentionally crash the spent ascent stage of the Lunar Module back onto the surface of the moon, triggering instruments on the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) placed by Alan Bean and Pete Conrad.

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Thu, May 23, 2019

AMA Drone Report 05.23.19: DAC Appointments Questioned, TFR Violated, AlphaPilot

Also: Changes Coming For ANN/Airborne Drone Coverage, FAA Restrictions, DHS Alert, FAA UAS Symposium 
 
SecTrans Elaine Chao has formally announced new appointments to the FAA Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC is said to be a broad-based, long-term federal advisory committee that provides the FAA advice on key unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) integration issues by helping to identify challenges and prioritize improvements. The committee helps to create broad support for an overall integration strategy and vision. The list is devoid of working drone pilots or real-world drone service providers... leaving many in the drone community feeling as if their interests are unwelcome and unrepresented. A drone pilot has been charged with violating TFRs over two NFL stadiums in California on November 26, 2017. According to an affidavit attached to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, CA, 56-year-old Tracy Michael Mapes of North Highland

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Thu, May 23, 2019

Vanderbilt University Wins NASA’s 2019 Student Launch Competition

Marks The Team's Fifth Win In The Past Six Years

NASA has announced the winners of the 2019 NASA Student Launch competition, with the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Lab from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, claiming top honors. It is the team’s fifth win in the last six years.

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