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March 15, 2015

NASA/Exelis Air Traffic Plan Could Make Delivery UAVs Possible

Would Allow The Aircraft To Be Flown Remotely

A plan under development by NASA could make such things as delivery of small packages by UAV a possibility by allowing the aircraft to be flown remotely.

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NASA Challenge Invites Students To Help Design Systems For Journey To Mars

X-Hab Innovation Challenge Will Help Develop Martian Habitats

College students have the opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation for NASA's journey to Mars by designing systems for future space habitats and exploration systems through the agency's Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.

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Boeing Updates NATO AWACS With 21st Century Flight Deck, Avionics

Improving Capability, Efficiency, Situational Awareness For Operators

Boeing recently completed the first flight of a NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with modern flight deck and avionics systems that replace 1970s-era analog systems.

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NASA Announces Small Business Industry Awards

Nominations Were Received From All 10 Agency Centers

The winners of the 2014 Agency-Level NASA Small Business Industry Awards (SBIA) were announced Tuesday at NASA Headquarters in Washington during the spring 2015 NASA Industry Forum meeting, hosted by the agency’s Office of Small Business Programs.

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SITA OnAir Partners With Bulgarian And Romanian Air Traffic Authorities

Will Move Pilot Communications To Data System

A partnership to improve air traffic communications in the Danube Functional Airspace Block (FAB) supplementing voice with the more reliable data link has been formed between air navigation service providers (ANSPs) Bulgarian Air Traffic Services Authority (BULATSA), the Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration (ROMATSA), and SITA OnAir.

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Indra Radars Will Reinforce Chinese Air Space Management

Company Will Deploy Seven Systems To Provide Surveillance Service

Indra has acquired new contracts for deploying its radar surveillance systems in China. The company will implement five systems to reinforce control of the Shanghai air space, providing surveillance services to the East China Region. Likewise, the company will also deploy one surveillance systems in the middle south region and one more in Yinchuan and will expand the en-route control center in Xian. The global value of these contracts is approximately $11 million.

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Aeromexico Adds Its Boeing 787 Dreamliner To Its LA Route

Carrier Will Operate Four Weekly Flights From Mexico City As Of April 5th, 2015

Aeromexico will begin to operate four weekly flights between Mexico City and Los Angeles with its Boeing 787 Dreamliner as of April 5th, 2015.

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USAF Selects BAE To Support Mission Critical Systems

Three Year Contract To Provide Obsolescence Management On Aircraft, Vehicles, Electronics

The U.S. Air Force has awarded BAE Systems a three-year contract to provide obsolescence management support for a number of complex systems and platforms, including aircraft, vehicles, machines, and electronics. The initial award is valued at $3 million with the total value of the three-year contract estimated at $37 million.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.15.15)

Aero Linx: The Air Force Historical Foundation The Air Force Historical Foundation is dedicated to promoting the preservation and appreciation of the history and heritage of the United States Air Force and its predecessors. The Foundation seeks to inform and inspire the men and women who are, or have been, affiliated with the Air Force and the general public, particularly those with an interest in national security, about the dynamic heritage of air and space power and its relevance to contemporary and future issues....

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.15.15): Back-Building Thunderstorm

Back-Building Thunderstorm A thunderstorm in which new development takes place on the upwind side (usually the west or southwest side), such that the storm seems to remain stationary or propagate in a backward direction.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.15.15)

“These improvements provide NATO with an AWACS fleet that will save time and fuel and will also decrease operational costs by allowing a reduction in the flight crew size.” Source: Jon Hunsberger, Boeing AWACS program manager, following Boeing recent completion of the first flight of a NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with modern flight deck and avionics systems that replace 1970s-era analog systems.

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