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NASA is on its way to make history once again with the launch of the first-ever private spacecraft on April 30. NASA will oversee the launch of the Dragon cargo vessel, owned and developed by the private company SpaceX.
The spacecraft will dock at the International Space Station and will deliver 1,200 pounds of food and non-critical supplies to the ISS. The mission will last for 21 days and after that the spacecraft will re-enter the earth’s atmosphere and plunged down in the Pacific Ocean where it will be recovered and reuse.
With the retirement of the Space Shuttle, NASA is hoping that privately owned spacecraft like the Dragon can be used as a replacement to ferry cargo and later on astronauts to the ISS. Currently, NASA pays Russia Soyus spacecraft to transport astronauts to the ISS and it cause NASA $63 million per astronaut. SpaceX offers to carry astronauts for $20 million per seat. But no plans are set for such mission. SpaceX was awarded a contract with a minimum of 12 flights to the Internationa Space Station, but only the cargo mission has a launch date for now.
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The Ministry of Defense confirmed that the fleet of RAF surveillance planes has been suspended due to a fault discovered in one of the aircraft.
As a precautionary measure, seven of Britian’s Boeing Sentry E3D are temporarily pulled out of service. The fault was discovered after a routine inspection.
The fleet of Sentry E3D are based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. They provide early warning and fighter control systems.
The MoD is confident it will not affect operations as other aircraft are available.
A statement from MoD said: “A routine inspection on an E3D aircraft at RAF Waddington has revealed a technical issue with one of the in-service aircraft. Routine E3D operations have been temporarily suspended pending further engineering investigation. There is no loss of operational capability.”
Defense Secretary Phillip Hammond rode one of Sentry E3D as the RAF prepare for the security cover for the London Olympics.
The surveillance aircraft was also used in operations in Libya.
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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameran stands near the Garuda Indonesia A330 Airbus at Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia.
For a boost of trade and investment, Indonesia’s Garuda Airlines purchased 11 A330 Airbus Jetstar airplanes worth $2.5 billion during British Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit in Jakarta Indonesia. The new Airbus jets will increase by two-thirds the number of long-hauled A330s ready to be delivered to Garuda.
“The deal between Airbus and Garuda Indonesia Airlines is a great news for the United Kingdom aerospace industry,” Prime Minister Cameran said from his arrival at Halim Perdana Kusuma airport in Indonesia for his 24-hour visit. Cameron also said that he wanted to promote arms deals to mark a departure from British policy. Cameron’s coalition government is trying to boost British economy to reduce reliance on financial services and to limit exposure to their crisis-hit economy by doing more business with growing markets.
Today, Indonesia is seen to have a rapid expansion on the aviation sector opt to travel by air across the archipelago of 17,000 islands. Many islands lack good roads or railways while shipping connections are slow and deadly transport accidents are common.
Garuda’s CEO Emirsyah Satar said he planned to use the new Airbus A330 planes to expand in Asia-Pacific, including China, South Korea and Australia.
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The Boeing Company is on the last stages of making over their 737 aircraft model. It aims to compete with their European competitor Airbus on aircraft fuel-efficiency amidst the soaring fuel prices.
The aviation company revealed several design choices that can lower weight and wind resistance for its upcoming 737 MAX. It had fixed on an 8-inch nose gear extension to make way for a larger engine fan.
The biggest airplane manufacturers are upgrading their airplane models with bigger engines to improve fuel-savings.
“My feeling about it is what they’re saying is plausible. And I’ll just wait until we see the results,” said Hans Weber, president of technology management consultancy Tecop International.
For 40 years, Boeing 737 has been the most-sold aircraft model. It is a major part of airline fleets world-wide. Boeing juggles engineering considerations, market opportunities and costs in upgrading it into the 737 MAX.
Boeing’s main rival, Airbus is also developing Airbus A320neo that will feature updated engines and offers fuel savings of up to 15 percent than the current A320 Airbus model.
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Eight people died together with Jimmy Leeward, 74, pilot of the vintage P-51 Mustang warplane during the horrible crash at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada air show last September 2011. A total of 54 people were reported injured says Reno Air Races President and CEO, Mike Houghton.
The WWII-era P-51 Mustang crashed into the VIP box-seat of the grandstand where two more spectators also died during the incident. The model jet airplane was already on its third lap during the gold heat race when it lost control.
People ducked and panicked as pieces of debris from the plane crash started flying everywhere
Houghton says “He (Leeward) was only 74. Uh, all of his medical records and everything were up to date, spot-on, uh, and Jimmy was a very experienced and, uh, talented, qualified pilot”. But what caused the wreck appeared that there was a “problem with the aircraft that caused it to go out of control.” Houghton added.
Kim Fonda recalls the plane crash as she was seated at the grandstand seeing the plane hustling towards their direction, saying “I am going to die now” As she closed her eyes and literally was preparing to die and that was when the pilot jerked the plane away from the grandstand and crashed like 25 feet away from them. Fonda wanted to let Leeward’s family know that he was a hero.
Mr. Leeward was hailed as a hero after steering the doomed aircraft away from the grandstand and at the same time, saving the lives of hundred. It is a thought he suffered a mechanical failure in the air.
Jimmy Leeward, the pilot of the WWII-era P-51 Mustang warplane
“I think that pilot in the last seconds pulled up because he saw the bleachers and saved about 200 or 300 others,” Ben Cissell one of the witnesses during the crash told CNN.
Maureen Higgins of Alabama who has been coming to the show for 16 years said she was just sitting about 30 yards away from the crash stood in horror as the man in front of her started bleeding after pieces of debris from the aircraft hit him in the head.
A total of 27 people were admitted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. While 25 patients were sent to Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center and 8 other patients were reportedly brought to the Northern Nevada Medical Center.
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Lockheed Martin celebrates the delivery of the 4500th unit of the F-16 jet model. It is such a huge milestone for Lockheed Martin and Fort Worth, where the jet planes are made.
The F-16 is considered the best combat airplane of the jet age. It is the foremost warplane of the United States Air Force and 25 other nations. The 4500th plane is bound for Morocco. Almost half of all the F-16 that was built was ordered by foreign nations.
“It’s the best air-to-air fighter. Then it proved to be the most adaptable plane for ground attack missions as well,” said Pierre Sprey, a former civilian weapons analyst in the Pentagon.
Apart from its capabilities, the F-16 stands out for being a low-cost and problem-free program. Unlike other jet programs like F-35 jet fighter, the F-16 was designed and built quickly, passed performance test readily and did not suffer from technical delays or cost overruns. It is a simple and inexpensive plane that was very capable of doing its job.
The F-16 is also very significant to the economy of the community around Fort Worth. The plant employs thousands of employees who had built their career and raised their families thanks to F-16. Small business have thrived by supplying components and services to Lockheed and General Dynamics.
The success of the F-16 program is a source of great pride from the men who first conceptualized it and to every hand that worked on an F-16 jet plane.
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