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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Deadline For $30 Million Google Lunar XPRIZE Extended To End Of 2016

Up To $6 Million In Milestone Prizes Recognizing Technological Advancements To Be Awarded In January 2015

XPRIZE has announced that the deadline for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE has been officially extended until December 31, 2016. As part of this revised timeline, at least one team must provide documentation of a scheduled launch by December 31, 2015 for all teams to move forward in the competition.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

AeroSports Update: You Can Win The Perfect Cub

The Grand Prize In The 2015 EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes Is A Very Special Piper J-3 Cub

It could be said than any Piper J3 cub is special, but this one is the poster picture of the perfect J3. EAA has announced that the 2015 EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes grand prize is a Piper J-3 Cub, meticulously restored by Ellis Clark, of Solvang, CA. Entries are now being accepted, and entry coupons will be packaged with the January and February issues of the EAA members magazine, Sport Aviation. The lucky winning entry will be selected at 5 p.m. CDT on September 30, 2015.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Klyde Morris (12.22.14)

Numerology? Yin/Yang? Is That What You Think It's Come To, Klyde?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Progress Continues On XCOR Lynx Spacecraft

Carry-Through Spar Installed, Tested To 6G Re-Entry Loads

The XCOR Lynx suborbital spacecraft continues to make rapid progress towards final assembly. Immediately after bonding the cockpit to the fuselage the shop crews set up for the delicate and precise operation of bonding the carry-through spar on to the rear end of the Lynx fuselage.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Sisters Share JetBlue Cockpit For The First Time

Pair Realize Life-Long Dream Of Flying An Airliner Together

Here's a great story from the JetBlue blog. It's pretty well known that women have historically been underrepresented in the field of aviation. Currently only  4% of commercial pilots are women. JetBlue says that while they're proud that their own representative number of female pilots is higher at 5+%, they know there’s a lot of room to increase the representation of women in the cockpit.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Electric UAVs Market To See Significant Global Growth Over Next 4 Years

Rise In Commercial Use Seen As Principal Driver Of The Trend

New research from ReportsnReports.com indicates that the market for electric Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will grow by more than 18 percent compounded annually through 2018.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Airbus Helicopters Delivers Two Aircraft To Spain

An EC135 To The Spanish National Police, And The First AS355 NP For The Spanish Road Transport Authority

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first AS355 NP Ecureuil to the Spanish Road Transport Authority (DGT) and the first EC135 to the country’s National Police Force under the contract signed in February of this year with the DGT.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Bell Helicopter Training Academy Expands Capabilities In Singapore

Six New Training Courses Offered For Multiple Aircraft Types

The Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) has received renewal for Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) Part 147 certification and approval to conduct six new technical training courses at the Bell Helicopter Singapore Service Center.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

NASA Awards Launch Contract For Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

SpaceX Selected To Launch TESS Mission In 2017

NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. TESS will launch aboard a Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle, with liftoff targeted for August 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Signs Of Ancient Mars Lakes And Quakes Seen In New Map

Images From MRO Released By USGS

Long ago, in the largest canyon system in our solar system, vibrations from "marsquakes" shook soft sediments that had accumulated in Martian lakes.

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