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Solar Impulse Set To Complete Epic Coast-To-Coast Crossing

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Saturday Departure Planned For Final Leg Of Its ‘Across America’ Journey The solar-powered airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will fly to New York for the fifth and last leg of its Across America mission flights on Saturday, July 6. It is the culmination of an epic which began on May 3rd in San Francisco. Piccard and Borschberg have taken turns in the single seat cockpit with stopovers in Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis and Cincinnati. ... Quick Read

Agricultural UAV Flight Demonstration Conducted In Kansas

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AUVSI Event Attended By U.S. Senator Jerry Moran Unmanned aircraft systems will have a significant impact on Kansas' precision agriculture industry and overall economy, according to elected officials, academics and industry leaders speaking at a UAS flight demonstration at Crisis City in Salina, July 2. ... Quick Read

Spirit Airlines A319, Skydiving Aircraft Involved In Near Collision

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Incident Is Under Investigation By The FAA A Spirit Airlines A319 and a skydiving plane came within 1.6 miles of horizontal separation and 400 feet of vertical separation late Monday, forcing the airliner into an emergency descent to avoid a collision. ... Quick Read

Closing Views Of An Icon

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Herschel Space Observatory Concludes Its Primary Science Mission A tiny dot against a streaking star field is one of the last views that ground-based observers will see of ESA’s iconic Herschel space observatory. ... Quick Read

Planetary Resources Surpasses Kickstarter Goal

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Has Raised Over $1.5 Million To Launch World's First Crowdfunded Space Telescope Asteroid mining company Planetary Resource successfully completed its crowdfunding campaign Saturday to launch ARKYD – the world's first public space telescope. Over the course of the 33-day campaign, the company generated support from more than 17,600 backers who pledged $1,505,366 for the cause. This marks the most successful crowdfunding effort for a space project and ranks the ARKYD campaign among the top ... Quick Read

United Shows High Rate Of Dreamliner Cancellations

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Significantly More Than Routes Flying Other Equipment United flights scheduled on its new Dreamliners are cancelled four times as often as flights using other equipment, according to data reported by FlightAware.com. ... Quick Read

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.05.13)

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"As the aerospace industry grows and looks to take on new UAS ventures and industries, there is real potential for this platform to be used responsibly and safely in an industry already booming in Kansas: agriculture." Source: U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS). ... Quick Read

NTSB Stands Its Ground On TWA Flight 800 Findings

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Says No Evidence Exists For Missile Theory Put Forward By Documentary Producers The NTSB held a media briefing Tuesday allowing those involved in the original investigation of the July 17th, 1996 accident involving TWA Flight 800, which went down in the Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff from New York, to address issues raised in a documentary on the investigation set for release later this month. The board is standing by its original probable cause report indicating that a fuel tank ... Quick Read

Indiana Shifts Tax Structure For Aviation Fuel, Maintenance

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Fuel Sales Tax Replaced By An Excise Tax, Reducing Fuel Costs, Maintenance Exempted Until July 1, Indiana had one of the highest sales taxes on aviation fuel in the nation, which meant that it was considered a "fly-over" state for a lot of pilots. ... Quick Read

NASA Tests Composite Cryogenic Fuel Tank

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Change To New Tanks Could Dramatically Increase Spacecraft Performance NASA recently completed a major space technology development milestone by successfully testing a pressurized, large cryogenic propellant tank made of composite materials. ... Quick Read

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