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October 21, 2012

Canada Unveils Rover Prototypes For The Moon And Mars

Minister Christian Paradis On Hand For The Demonstration

The Canadian Space Agency has publicly demonstrated its next generation of rovers for space exploration. On Friday, the rovers performed robotic demonstrations at the CSA's analogue testing terrain, the largest of its kind in the world, which replicates the surface of the Moon or Mars.

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Orbital Sciences Working Hard Towards First Antares Launch

Hot-Fire Engine Testing Still To Be Completed

The head of Orbital Sciences Corporation says that he expects the first Antares rocket will launch from Wallops Island in Virginia before the end of the year, but a lot depends on fueling and engine tests slated to get underway next week.

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NASA Eyes Centennial Challenge For Unmanned Aircraft

Prize Of Up To $1.5 Million Considered For Successful Demonstrations

NASA is looking at the possibility of awarding up to $1.5 million in its Centennial Challenge Program for the development of solutions for integrating unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System. The open prize competitions would directly engage the public, academia, and industry.

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Canadian To Receive FAI Grant For Human-Powered Helicopter Project

Todd Reichert Selected For The $20,000 Prize

During the Awards Ceremony of the 106th FAI General Conference in Antalya, Turkey, on Thursday, Todd Reichert was named as the the winner of the Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Grant for a human-powered helicopter project called 'Atlas'.

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Plans Unveiled For Redevelopment Of O'Hare's International Terminal 5

'World-Class' Transformation Features Retail, Dining, And Innovative Design

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and Westfield Concession Management have unveiled the redevelopment plans for Terminal 5 at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, which includes a massive transformation of the terminal, 15 new dining and retail brands and new passenger amenities throughout.

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Air Medical Transport Conference Opens Monday In Seattle

Focuses On All Aspects Of Air Medical Transport Industry, From Pilots To Admin

The 32nd annual Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) will get underway in downtown Seattle, Washington on Monday. With the most robust pre-registration numbers in close to a decade, this year's conference promises unmatched education and networking opportunities for a combined attendance of flight crew and administrators, from clinical, administrative and aviation disciplines.

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CAE Wins Military Contracts Valued At Approximately $204 Million

Third-Year Of KC-135 Aircrew Training Services; KC-135 Simulator Upgrades

Simulator company CAE has won a series of military contracts valued at approximately C$200 million ($204 million U.S.), the majority of which involves long-term, recurring training services. They include a contract from the United States Navy to develop a KC-130J full-mission simulator for the Kuwait Air Force under a foreign military sale program and the United States Air Force.

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Recon Instruments Launches Wearable Flight HUD

Vital Flight Information Transmitted Direct-To-Eye, In Real-Time, To Wingsuit Pilots, BASE Jumpers And Skydivers

An innovative HUD designed specifically for precision human flight has been unveiled by Recon Instruments, which designed the HUD technology for sports such as skydiving, wingsuit flying, and BASE jumping.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.21.12): Vmca

Vmca Minimum control speed in the air – the minimum airspeed at which the aircraft is directionally controllable in flight with one engine inoperative and takeoff power on the operative engine(s). Aircraft certification standards specify the most critical engine becoming inoperative and its propeller windmilling (propeller unfeathered), not more than a 5 degree bank towards the operative engine, takeoff power on the operative engine(s), landing gear up, flaps in the takeoff position, and center of gravity in the most unfavorable position. In the USA Vmca is defined at FAR Part 23.149 for normal category and commuter category airplanes; and Part 25.149 for transport

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.21.12)

Aero Linx: New Jersey Aviation Association NJAA was formed in 2000 to promote, protect and preserve the state's multi billion dollar general aviation industry. Its membership includes a cross section of professionals that represent all corners of New Jersey's aviation interests, with emphasis on the special needs of the state's business community. Our mission is to increase the awareness that general aviation, as a key component of New Jersey's intermodal transportation system, touches every aspect of our lives and has a profound influence on New Jersey's quality of life.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.21.12)

"These model rovers are a stellar example of how our Government's investments in space are strengthening Canadian S&T excellence, fostering industrial innovation and commercialization, and positioning Canada for continuing economic growth in the knowledge economy." Source: Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), in comments made as the CSA publicly demonstrated its next generation of rovers for space exploration.

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