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March 13, 2010

Space Station Could Fly Through 2028

Partner Nations Meet In Tokyo To Discuss Cooperative Effort

At a meeting Thursday of the heads of the space agencies from the nations partnering in the International Space Station program, the group reaffirmed the importance of full exploitation of the station's scientific, engineering, utilization, and education potential.

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FAA Ordered To Pay Medical Air Carrier More Than $121,000

Air Trek Incurred Attorney Fees And Expenses Challenging Certificate Revocation

In a decision issued March 4, the NTSB denied the FAA's appeal challenging a decision by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to pay Air Trek, Inc., a Florida-based air ambulance operator, attorney fees and expenses in the amount of $120,169.35.

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Space Florida Secures Real Property Licenses For Cape Canaveral

Construction And Refurbishment May Proceed At Launch Complexes 36 And 46

Space Florida said Friday that it has secured Real Property Licenses for Space Launch Complexes 46 and 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As a result, the 45th Space Wing now grants Space Florida full rights to proceed with construction and refurbishment work at either launch location.

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Zero Gravity Corporation Establishes 'ZERO-G Weightless Lab'

A Commercially Available Reduced Gravity Environment For Scientific Experimentation

ZERO Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) announced the establishment of the ZERO-G Weightless Lab Thursday. The specially designed two-day program provides the only commercial access to Martian, Lunar, zero and hyper gravity environments for scientific research.

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SpaceX Finds Reason For Falcon 9 Static Fire Test Abort

Weather At Cape Canaveral Delays A Second Attempt

SpaceX has identified the problem that led to an abort of this week's planned static engine test of its Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tells ANN that the problem was a valve that didn't receive a specific command during the auto-start sequence.

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Documentary Shows 'Underwear Bomber' Would Not Have Brought Down Plane

Tests Show A330 Fuselage Would Not Have Been Breached

While admitting there are some discrepancies, a documentary produced by the BBC, which aired this week on The Discovery Channel, maintains that the bomb allegedly carried by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab would not have been strong enough to bring down the Northwest A330.

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report In Cessna T303 Crash

Witnesses Said It Sounded As If The Airplane Was Experiencing Engine Problems

The NTSB has issued a preliminary report for an accident involving a Cessna T303 Crusader, which went down near the town of Louisa, VA, killing the pilot. The aircraft impacted a house in a residential area, but the only person in the home at the time of the accident escaped without injury.

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Georgia Aviation Museum Benefit Planned

Candler Field Museum Raising Funds For A New Building

The Candler Field Museum in Williamson, GA will host a benefit dinner Saturday, March 20th, featuring Major General Pat Halloran. Maj. Halloran is a retired US Air Force pilot who will speak about his experiences flying both the famous SR-71 Blackbird spy plane as well as its predecessor, the U-2.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.13.10)

"Through a mutual trust with both entities, we can now fully pursue build-out of these sites for commercial use.  Having additional domestic launch sites ready for commercial utilization will also ensure the U.S. remains competitive from a global perspective." Source: Space Florida's Mark Bontrager.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.13.10): Balanced Control Surface

A movable control surface, as an aileron or rudder, having an added physical extension or weights forward of the hinge-point to reduce forces on a joystick or yoke.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.13.10)


The FAA unveiled a new layout for its FAAST website Friday. The agency says that  many of the changes requested by users of the site have been incorporated in this upgrade.

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