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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Orbital Micro Systems Partners With Satavia To Enhance Flight Safety

Plans To Leverage Advanced Weather And Environmental Data Analytics To Enhance Predictive Maintenance For Aircraft

Small satellite company Orbital Micro Systems has partnered with Satavia to deliver advanced predictive weather analytics for the airline industry. The announcement took place at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Conference in New Orleans. Satavia will utilize the high temporal resolution weather data provided by OMS to enhance its solutions which allow aircraft original equipment manufacturers and operators to minimize unscheduled aircraft maintenance caused by environmental factors.

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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

NASA Finds Most Distant Black Hole

Has A Mass 800 Million Time Greater Than Our Sun

Scientists have uncovered a rare relic from the early universe: the farthest known supermassive black hole. This matter-eating beast is 800 million times the mass of our Sun, which is astonishingly large for its young age. Researchers report the find in the journal Nature.

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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

NGC-Built Fire Scouts Experience Pivotal Year

Several Milestones Reach In 2017

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (autonomous Fire Scout helicopters, the MQ-8B and MQ-8C, continued to strengthen the combat capability and lethality of the U.S. Navy’s air and surface warfare communities throughout 2017.

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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Hubble Shows Scientists A 'Celestial Snow Globe'

'Blizzard' Of Stars Belong To Star Cluster Messier 79

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of a blizzard of stars, which resembles a swirling snowstorm in a snow globe.

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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.18.17)

Aero Linx: Civil Aviation Authority (UK) As the UK's specialist aviation regulator we work so that: the aviation industry meets the highest safety standards, consumers have choice, value for money, are protected and treated fairly when they fly, through efficient use of airspace, the environmental impact of aviation  on local communities is effectively managed and CO2 emissions are reduced, the aviation industry manages security risks effectively. We are a public corporation, established by Parliament in 1972 as an independent specialist aviation regulator. The UK Government requires that our costs are met entirely from charges to those we provide a service to or regulate. Most aviation regulation and policy is harmonised across the world to ensure consistent levels of safety and consumer protection. Worldwide safety regulations are set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and within Europe by the Eur

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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.18.17): VFR Not Recommended

VFR Not Recommended An advisory provided by a flight service station to a pilot during a preflight or inflight weather briefing that flight under visual flight rules is not recommended. To be given when the current and/or forecast weather conditions are at or below VFR minimums. It does not abrogate the pilot’s authority to make his/her own decision.

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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.18.17)

“Classic jets have been part of the EAA AirVenture warbirds lineup for a number of year, but to include rare British aircraft such as the Meteor, Venom and Vampire makes the 2018 gathering even more special. Many people have never seen some of these jets fly in-person, which is why bringing these airplanes together is another reason EAA AirVenture 2018 is a can’t-miss event for aviation fans.” Source: Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs, commenting on the recent announcement that some of the oldest jet aircraft in existence will be flying over the flightline at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 as the world’s largest fly-in convention brings together a rarely-seen gathering of these early jets.

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Sun, Dec 17, 2017

NASA Establishes Advisory Group for National Space Council

Will Advise And Inform The National Space Council On A Broad Range Of Aerospace Topics

NASA has established a new advisory group on behalf of the National Space Council that will represent the expertise, interests and perspectives of non-federal aerospace organizations to the National Space Council.

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Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Bombardier And Qazaq Air Sign Order For Two New Q400 Aircraft

Firm Order Valued At $66.8 Million

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Qazaq Air JSC of Kazakhstan has signed a firm purchase agreement for two new Q400 turboprops. Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $66.8 million.

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Sun, Dec 17, 2017

First Light For ESPRESSO - The Next Generation Planet Hunter

Device Installed On ESO's Very Large Telescope In Chile

The Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) has successfully made its first observations. Installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, ESPRESSO will search for exoplanets with unprecedented precision by looking at the minuscule changes in the light of their host stars. For the first time ever, an instrument will be able to sum up the light from all four VLT telescopes and achieve the light collecting power of a 16-metre telescope.

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