Funding Provided For Commercial Crew, But Augustine Commission
Goals Not Met
Following Thursday's executive session of the Senate Commerce
Committee, the President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation,
Bretton Alexander, stated, "Thanks to Senators Warner, Boxer,
Udall, and Brownback, American industry won a victory today.
But this legislation must be improved."
Boeing Says IF It Happens, It Would Only Be "A Few Weeks" Into
The New Year
The head of Boeing's 787 program said in a Friday conference
call with reporters that, while the company still plans to get the
Dreamliner to their launch customer late in 2010, the delivery
could slip "a few weeks" into 2011.
Robust Growth In Emerging Markets Could Push Orders To $3.6
Trillion Over Two Decades
Boeing is feeling bullish about the market for new commercial
airplanes over the next two decades ... forecasting sales across
all manufacturers to be in the ballpark of $3.6 trillion as world
economies rebound and strong demand for new and replacement
aircraft spurs growth.
U.S. Senate Considers Legislation To Extend Bonus
A couple of encouraging notes for individual and corporate
aircraft owners. First, Florida governor Charlie Crist has
signed a bill which will allow out-of-state non-Florida resident
aircraft owners to visit Florida without fear of being assessed a
Calls Security Flyovers A "Waste of Money" In A Tough
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has grounded its
fleet of two Sikorsky helicopters, saying that the annual $3.7
million price tag for security flyovers is a "waste of money" in a
500 Bundles Dropped In A 12 Week Period ... 450 Tons Per
When your unit is surrounded by an enemy hitting you with
small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades, and mortar rounds
are screaming in and you're running low on food, ammo and
everything else ... that's when you pray for an airdrop ...
"This compromise committee bill represents progress from
the original draft, but there is still a long way to go to get to
where the Augustine Committee said NASA needs to be."
Source: Bretton Alexander, President of the
Commercial Spaceflight Federation.