Unique 'Portrait' Of Shuttle And International Space Station
Are Inspiring... In A Sad Way
In a matter of months, such a sight will never be seen again...
no matter how high you fly. Recently released pix of the
International Space Station, docked with the space shuttle are
being seen for the next to last time in history. The shuttle, the
vehicle that helped build the complex during the last decade, is
about to fly its last flight and this next-to-last flight has
produced some exquisite, and somewhat heart-breaking imagery.
Interestingly; the photos are the first taken of a shuttle docked
to the station from the perspective of a Russian Soyuz
Aviation Safety Resources Granted New Patent for 'TriChute'
Safe Landing System
Aviation Safety Resources has been awarded patent No. 7934682
from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its TriChute Safe
Landing System. The new patent revises and updates the technology
from a previous patent. The TriChute Safe Landing System is
designed to equip GA aircraft with a pilot-controlled mechanism
that lands passengers and aircraft safely in the event of an
in-flight emergency. The technology activates a series of ballistic
systems that separate the passenger compartment from the
fuel-containing wings and deploys three parachutes that bring the
passengers and wings down in separate, controlled level
Another Victim of These Tough Economic Times Succumbs
We keep hearing about how the economy is about to turn around
any minute now... but in the mean-time, the aviation landscape is
being littered with a terrifying body count... this time a major
airframe parts fabrication plant. Goodrich Corporation
has announced it will close its Marble Avenue landing gear
facility in Cleveland, Ohio by the end of 2012 due to 'program
volume decline and the lack of appropriate new work to
cost-effectively fill available capacity.'