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Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Houston Airport System, SNC Announce New Agreement

Unmanned Dream Chaser Spacecraft To Support ISS From Houston Spaceport

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems and the Houston Airport System (HAS) have announced a new follow-on agreement to utilize Ellington Airport’s Spaceport as a future landing site for SNC’s Uncrewed Dream Chaser spacecraft - SNC’s solution for NASA’s Cargo Resupply needs and other critical space operations.

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Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Frost & Sullivan Sees Opportunity For Aerospace Hub In Thailand

Country Laying The Foundation For Developing Aerospace Manufacturing

Thailand is laying the foundation for development of an Aerospace Industrial Estate targeting MRO and Tier 2, 3 and 4 aerospace manufacturing segments. This has a potential of bringing $650 million per year by 2023 when the first phase of the park will be operational. The park is planned to be developed in three phases and when all three phases are fully operational, it is forecasted to generate $1.485 billion every year for Thailand, comprised of both manufacturing and MRO services.

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Thu, Mar 26, 2015

DARPA Tern Concept Shows Progress

System Would Enable Small Ships To Host Their Own Unmanned Air Systems

DARPA has awarded prime contracts for Phase 2 of Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). The goal of Tern is to give forward-deployed small ships the ability to serve as mobile launch and recovery sites for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

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Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Southwest Uses ForeFlight Taxi Data Recorder For Own-Ship Authorization

Feature Provides Advanced Situational Awareness On The Ground

ForeFlight Mobile's Taxi Data Recorder was recently and successfully used by Southwest Airlines to collect GPS data and to perform a system accuracy assessment in pursuit of own-ship authorization under FAA AC 120-76C guidance.

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Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Lockheed C-121A Constellation 'Columbine II' Work Progressing

Airframe Of President Eisenhower's Air Force One In Good Condition, Team Says

The airframe of the C-121A Constellation "Columbine II" ... which served as Air Force One for President Eisenhower ... is in relatively good shape. But its engines are another story, according to the team hoping to restore the airplane.

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Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Garmin Releases G1000 Software Upgrade For King Air C90 Aircraft

Makes Aircraft NextGen-Ready

Garmin has released upgraded software adding new capabilities and enhanced operational benefits for the King Air C90 aircraft. This latest update offers new features including, NextGen components such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) compliance, user-defined holding patterns and the approval of optional equipment, which expands global operational capability.

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Thu, Mar 26, 2015

NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds Biologically Useful Nitrogen On Mars

First Detectable Nitric Oxide Released From Heating Sediments

A team using the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite aboard NASA's Curiosity rover has made the first detection of nitrogen on the surface of Mars from release during heating of Martian sediments. The nitrogen was detected in the form of nitric oxide, and could be released from the breakdown of nitrates during heating.

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Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Armed Aerial Scout Still Needed, Army Says

Replacement Of OH-58 Kiowa Warrior A 'Valid Requirement' Official Says

A replacement for the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior is still on the Army's radar, according to testimony given to the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on tactical air and land forces.

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Thu, Mar 26, 2015

CAE Awarded Contracts Valued At More Than $56 Million

Deals Closed For Five Full-Flight Simulators And Update Services

CAE has sold five full-flight simulators (FFSs) and simulator update services to customers in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

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Thu, Mar 26, 2015

CA Man Injured Preventing Model Airplane Theft

Suspects Who Tried To Steal RC Aircraft Still At Large

A man in Mountain View, CA was attacked Sunday while flying his model airplane at the Monta Loma Elementary School by two men who attempted to steal his RC aircraft.

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