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Sun, Feb 25, 2024

Another High-Altitude Balloon Mystery Underway Over The US

Sources Assert it To Be "Hobby Balloon" -- At 43-45K Feet  Well... we're back to balloon watch once again... although recent assertions claim that this high-attitude transgressor is a 'hobby' balloon... flying at over 40,000 feet. NORAD has disclosed that it has, "detected a small balloon at an altitude varying between 43,000-45,000 ft. The balloon was intercepted by NORAD fighters over Utah, who determined it was not maneuverable and did not present a threat to national security. NORAD will continue to track and monitor the balloon. The FAA also determined the balloon posed no hazard to flight safety. NORAD remains in close coordination with the FAA to ensure flight safety.”

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Sun, Feb 25, 2024

Blue Origin Debuts New Glenn

New Glenn Is Named After John Glenn, The First American To Orbit Earth

Blue Origin's New Glenn vehicle was successfully rolled out and upended for the first time, this week, on the pad at Launch Complex 36 (LC-36). This milestone represents the first view of the advanced heavy-lift vehicle, which will support a multitude of customer missions and Blue Origin programs, including returning to the Moon as part of NASA’s Artemis program. Blue Origin notes that everything on the pad is real New Glenn hardware. The upending is one in a series of major manufacturing and integrated test milestones in preparation for New Glenn’s first launch later this year. The test campaign enables their teams to practice, validate, and increase proficiency in vehicle integration, transport, ground support, and launch operations.

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Sun, Feb 25, 2024

Final Four Potential Awardees Announced For Collier Trophy

The Finalists For The 2023 Collier Are Reportedly Among The Most Diverse, To Date

The National Aeronautic Association has ID'ed the finalists vying for the 2023 Collier Trophy. The Robert J. Collier Trophy is selected by a group of aviation leaders chosen by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The trophy is awarded annually for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year. Commissioned by Robert J. Collier in 1910, and first awarded in 1911, the Collier Trophy is housed in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

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