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  • Weather looks favorable for Falcon 9 launch and landing (9:45pm PST/12:45am EST)

    07/17/2016 7:09:07 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 51 replies ^ | 15JUL2016 | Stephen Clark
    Forecasters predict mostly clear skies and light winds at the surface and aloft for Monday’s launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on a resupply mission to the International Space Station, favorable conditions for the booster’s liftoff and landing at Cape Canaveral. The official launch weather forecast released Friday by the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron calls for a 90 percent of acceptable conditions for liftoff at 12:45:29 a.m. EDT (0445:29 GMT) Monday. A weather axis draped over Central Florida will lift north over the weekend, setting up generally good weather Monday. “This will result in moderate temperatures and...
  • Rocket landing at Cape Canaveral planned after SpaceX launch (liftoff TODAY 5:29pm PST/8:29pm EST)

    12/20/2015 12:13:01 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 55 replies ^ | 19DEC2015 | Stephen Clark
    Artist's concept of a Falcon 9 booster stage descending to a landing site at Cape Canaveral. Credit: SpaceX Assuming SpaceX's plans come to fruition, a Falcon 9 flight from Cape Canaveral on Sunday will end with a vertical rocket-assisted landing at an abandoned Cold War-era launch facility a few miles away. SpaceX confirmed the rocket's first stage, a slender cylindrical kerosene-fed rocket body standing 156 feet tall, will aim for a controlled touchdown at a landing pad the company rented from the U.S. Air Force less than six miles south of the Falco 9's Complex 40 launch pad. Liftoff...
  • First rocket landing in Space Coast history could happen in weeks (Launch 16DEC2014/1431 EST)

    12/07/2014 9:58:28 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 66 replies (channel 2 Orlando, FL) ^ | 28NOV2014 | Staff Writer
    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —Never mind rocket launches -- the first rocket landing in Space Coast history is a couple of weeks away, if things work out. SpaceX is expected to announce this week that the company is bringing in a revolutionary ocean-going landing pad for its next launch. Looking down the side of the SpaceX rocket, there are landing legs sticking out, and a set of fins – that look a little like tennis racquets – pop out. They’ll guide the rocket as it flies backwards – down, not up – to a perfectly placed landing at the test site....
  • Marine Corps Pilot Pulls Off Harrowing Landing After Gear Malfunction[Video]

    06/27/2014 12:58:56 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/27/14 | Kate Patrick
    “For a while I flew by the ship, I approached at 300 feet so he could see my landing gear and see what was going on,” Mahoney said. “At this point it was time to figure out, how do I get the jet back on the deck safely with only three landing gear?” The plan was to use a stool on the deck to stabilize the nose of the jet while Mahoney made a vertical landing using only the lights on the ship and assistance via radio from “Paddles.” “The ship had this amazing invention, called a stool, that was...
  • Ann Romney's plane makes emergency landing in Denver

    09/21/2012 2:09:40 PM PDT · by GOPinCa · 24 replies
    KDVR ^ | 9/21/12
    DENVER – The campaign plane carrying Ann Romney, the wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, made an emergency landing in Denver around 2:25 Friday afternoon, the campaign reported via Twitter. Andrea Saul, the campaign’s press secretary, tweeted: “.@AnnDRomney plane makes emergency landing in CO. All okay. Thank goodness.” Another tweet from the campaign’s Ryan Williams described the plane as “filled with smoke.”
  • Watch NASA's live coverage of Mars rover landing (Cnet)

    08/05/2012 8:48:39 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 29 replies
    Cnet ^ | 8/6/2012 | Cnet
    Video Linky Here
  • Qantas jumbo makes emergency landing in Singapore

    11/04/2010 5:43:55 AM PDT · by stefanbatory · 37 replies · 10+ views
    Yahoo! news/AP ^ | 11-4-10 | By JULIA ZAPPEI, Associated Press
    Qantas grounded its Airbus A380 fleet after one of the superjumbo jets blew out an engine Thursday, shooting flames and raining large metal chunks before making a safe emergency landing in Singapore with 459 people aboard.
  • Steeper landings set to cut aircraft noise

    09/07/2010 3:38:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies
    The Local ^ | 09/07/10
    Steeper landings set to cut aircraft noise Published: 7 Sep 10 11:43 CET Aviation authorities and carrier Air Berlin are testing a new system of steeper landings and curved flight patterns to avoid residential areas in a bid to reduce ground noise by up to 40 percent, allowing more flights to land at night. The new approach, which experts say is just as safe as the technique now used, could make a big difference at congested airports such as Frankfurt, according to experts from the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), which announced the tests this week. The DLR carried out 13...
  • Space Shuttle Discovery Landing Live Thread (04/20/10 9:08 am EDT)

    04/19/2010 5:47:55 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 71 replies · 2,434+ views
    04/19/10 | Kevin Davis
    Good mission.. 2nd time the charm????
  • Space Shuttle Discovery Landing Live Thread (04/19/10 8:48am EDT)

    04/18/2010 5:14:02 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 53 replies · 2,969+ views
    04/19/10 | Kevin Davis
    This is the Space Shuttle Discovery Landing Live Thread
  • Tefillin Misunderstanding Causes Philly Emergency Landing

    01/21/2010 9:24:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies · 1,337+ views
    INN ^ | 1/21/10 | Gil Ronen
    ( A plane headed from LaGuardia Airport to Louisville made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday morning because a 17 year old man on a plane was praying with tefillin, or phylacteries. According to Fox News, the man was questioned by airline personnel, who “didn't get answers to satisfy them” and diverted the plane to Philadelphia.
  • Bees Always Have a Safe Landing... how their technique could help engineers to design new aircraft

    12/23/2009 7:54:12 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 854+ views
    Discovery ^ | 12/23/09 | Emily Sohn
    Find out why bees never crash land, and how their technique could help engineers to design new aircraft.Whether landing on a picnic table, underneath a flower petal, or on a wall of a hive, bees always manage to touch down without crashing or tumbling. Now, for the first time, scientists have figured out how these insects maneuver themselves onto all sorts of surfaces, from right side up to upside-down. The bees' technique, which depends mostly on eyesight, may help engineers design a new generation of automated aircraft that would be undetectable to radar or sonar systems and would make...
  • New Apollo 17 Landing Photo Clearly Shows Lander, Flag

    11/02/2009 8:04:39 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 70 replies · 3,821+ views ^ | 10/31/09 | Rosa Golijan
    It's blurrier than old MySpace snapshots, but it's there as expected. The Apollo Lunar Modules and the US flag left behind at the Apollo 17 landing site has been caught in a close-up image by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The lander as well as the flag, or rather the remaining flag pole, seen in the image above are exactly where they should be based on this shot by the Ascent Module "right after Apollo 17 lifted off the Moon": Going a step further, the location can be compared to more recent images of the landing site and everything still...
  • Air force lessons helped on Hudson

    10/31/2009 5:14:34 PM PDT · by Saije · 2 replies · 339+ views
    The Australian ^ | 10/31/2009 | Will Pavia
    THE Canada geese were flying in a V formation, cruising about 80km/h above New York City. The aircraft piloted by Captain Chesley Sullenberger was travelling at 340km/h. In the four minutes that followed their collision 915m above the Bronx, the actions of Captain Sullenberger saved the lives of all 155 people aboard the US Airways Airbus A320.*** This week, Captain Sullenberger landed in London to receive the Master's Medal from the Guild of Air Pilots & Air Navigators on behalf of his crew and to tell the full story of his flight into the Hudson on January 15. His arrival...
  • Space shuttle lands in California after detour ( Sonic Boom blasts Los Angeles)

    09/11/2009 6:38:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 1,304+ views
    AP ^ | Sept 11, 2009 32 minutes ago | ALICIA CHANG
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts took a cross-country detour and landed safely in California on Friday after stormy weather prevented them from returning home to Florida for the second day in a row.
  • Space Shuttle Discovery Landing Live Thread (09/11/09 5:54pm EDT)

    09/10/2009 4:34:53 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 141 replies · 5,051+ views
    09/10/09 | Kevin Davis
    Let's try this again..
  • Space Shuttle Discovery Landing Live Thread (09/10/09 8:40pm EDT)

    09/09/2009 7:31:15 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 20 replies · 1,780+ views
    09/10/09 | Kevin Davis
    I can tell nothing went wrong.. No big media hyperbole..
  • Hole in Jetliner Disrupts Flight

    07/13/2009 10:30:14 PM PDT · by Colquhoun · 30 replies · 1,485+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 14, 2009 | Martin Weil
    Hole in Jetliner Disrupts Flight By Martin Weil Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, July 14, 2009 A Southwest Airlines jetliner headed for Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport made an emergency landing in West Virginia yesterday evening after a hole opened in the body of the plane and the cabin lost pressure, an airline spokeswoman said.
  • Landing Accident at Bagram Leaves One Injured

    10/21/2008 4:39:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 774+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2008 – A Navy P-3 Orion airplane overshot the runway while landing at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, early today, injuring one crew member and destroying the airplane, military officials reported. The entire crew survived, though the one U.S. crew member suffered a broken ankle and was treated at Craig Joint Theater Hospital on Bagram, officials said. The cause of the accident is under investigation. In other news from Afghanistan, coalition forces detained four suspected militants in operations targeting the Taliban and al-Qaida terrorist networks in Konar and Ghazni provinces yesterday. Coalition forces seized weapons and detained three suspected...
  • Obama's Campaign Plane Makes Unscheduled Landing ("controllability issues")

    07/07/2008 9:00:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 131+ views
    ABC News ^ | 7/7/08 | Sunlen Miller
    ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Barack Obama's presidential campaign plane made an unscheduled landing in St. Louis, Missouri, due to a maintenance problem. While flying from Chicago to Charlotte, the pilot's first officer announced at 9:40 ET, that they were experiencing "controllability issues", describing it as a "minor little problem" but significant enough to force the unscheduled stop. Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, was aboard the plane at the time of the incident along with his campaign staff and a number of journalists covering his presidential bid. The landing in St. Louis was relatively smooth and once the...
  • Horrifically Scary Landing in High Winds (almost landing that is)

    03/03/2008 8:50:58 AM PST · by Scythian · 165 replies · 2,784+ views
    These people are lucky to be alive !!!!! Video
  • Senators' Copter Makes Emergency Landing (Kerry, Biden, Hagel in Afghanistan)

    02/21/2008 12:26:42 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 30 replies · 104+ views
    AP ^ | 2/21/08
    5 minutes ago WASHINGTON (AP) — A helicopter carrying three senior U.S. senators has made an emergency landing in Afghanistan. Sens. John Kerry, Joseph Biden and Chuck Hagel were aboard the aircraft., according to Jon Summers, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The lawmakers are on a trip this week that includes stops in India, Turkey and Pakistan. Kerry and Biden are Democrats from Massachusetts and Delaware, respectively, and the Republican Hagel is from Nebraska.
  • Passenger jet makes historic landing in Antarctica: officials (for scientists&research staff only)

    12/12/2007 7:34:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 1,618+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/12/07 | AFP
    SYDNEY (AFP) - A passenger jet has made a historic landing on a new blue ice runway in Australia's Antarctic territory and regular flights are expected to start within a week, officials said Wednesday. But trips on the Airbus A319 to the Wilkins Runway will be for scientists and research staff only, with no plans to open the airlink to tourists, project manager Charlton Clark told AFP. The runway is four kilometres (2.5 miles) long, 700 metres thick and moves about 12 metres southwest a year because of glacial drift. In the first trial landing on Monday, the plane pulled...
  • Double Sonic Boom

    11/07/2007 9:59:32 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 17 replies · 157+ views
    Spiegel | November 7, 2007 | swampsniper
    Just heard a loud, double sonic boom, actually felt my chair jump, might have been the shuttle. They don't usually come in over St. John's County.
  • U.S. Chopper Makes Unscheduled Landing; Taliban Attack Thwarted

    09/04/2007 4:48:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 332+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2007 – A coalition helicopter made an unscheduled landing in Afghanistan today without injury to its crew or passengers, while Afghan and coalition forces thwarted a Taliban attack near Firebase Anaconda, in Oruzgun province, U.S. officials reported. The CH-47 Chinook helicopter landed southeast of Khogyani, in Nangarhar province. The crew decided to land the helicopter as part of safe air operations. No injuries to the crew or passengers were reported. There’s no indication the aircraft was fired on by enemy forces or of enemy activity in the area where the helicopter landed, U.S. officials said. The incident...
  • Is This Earhart's Final Landing Site

    07/14/2007 9:40:23 AM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 1,908+ views
    The Telegraph(UK) ^ | 7-14-2007 | Tom Leonard
    Is this Earhart's final landing site? By Tom Leonard Last Updated: 2:05am BST 14/07/2007 Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1937 It is one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century. But today an expedition is heading for a remote South Pacific island that they believe holds the key to finally solving the 70-year-old puzzle of the missing aviator Amelia Earhart. Fifteen members of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (Tighar) will hunt for evidence that the American pilot and her navigator, Fred Noonan, may have crash-landed on a reef and...
  • Pilot, two pastors narrowly avoid fiery deaths

    06/14/2007 9:21:43 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 2 replies · 320+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | June 14, 2007 | DAN JOLING
    The two new pastors of a church in Kake and their pilot escaped injury after a fire broke out in their small commuter airplane as it took off from the Southeast Alaska community. .....SNIP.... So much smoke filled the cabin that he and his wife could not see pilot Rich Anderson seated two feet in front of them in the cabin. But Anderson managed to find the runway, land the aircraft, kick open the co-pilot door and help them out, they said.
  • Landing an F-18 with a flat tyre - easy?

    05/23/2007 10:26:36 AM PDT · by Freeport · 13 replies · 1,656+ views ^ | N/A | N/A
    Ever wondered what happens when a fast jet has a blow out on landing? Here's one less pilot who can stop wondering, as this video shows him doing just that, complete with a classy skid to bring things to a close.
  • Taiwan: Air Force Practicing Take-off/Landing Drill on a Highway

    05/16/2007 1:36:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 799+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 05/16/07
    Taiwanese Airforce is practicing a take-off/landing drill on a highway located in central Taiwain on May 15, 2007. Click the following picture to see more photos of the drill.
  • Helicopter makes emergency landing for McDonalds lunch

    04/17/2007 11:32:48 AM PDT · by bedolido · 1 replies · 298+ views ^ | 4-17-2007 | Paul O'Mahony
    Four power grid inspectors have been questioned by police after landing their helicopter outside a McDonalds in southern Stockholm on Tuesday afternoon. When lunchtime arrived and hunger got the better of them, the team guided the chopper down onto a grassy verge by the motorway and slipped into the restaurant for a quick burger.
  • Indonesian jet bursts into flames upon landing

    03/06/2007 4:58:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies · 1,705+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/6/07 | AFP
    JAKARTA (AFP) - A passenger jet burst into flames on landing in the central Indonesian city of Yogyakarta on Wednesday, witnesses told local radio. "The plane is burnt. The fire came suddenly from the front wheel," one witness, Hariman, told ElShinta radio. There was no immediate mention of casualties, and the number of passengers aboard the jet was not immediately known. The Detikcom news website said the plane was a jet from the country's flag carrier Garuda Indonesia. Another passenger who escaped the blaze told ElShinta radio there were still passengers aboard as the fire raged. Indonesia's flight safety record...
  • NASA can't find original tape of moon landing

    08/15/2006 8:01:02 PM PDT · by Lokibob · 52 replies · 1,263+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Aug 14, 2006 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has misplaced the original recording of the first moon landing, including astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," a NASA spokesman said on Monday.
  • USN Photo of Day: Forever-Fearsome F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jet's Last Official Launch, Flyby, Landing

    08/07/2006 5:12:47 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 49 replies · 118,517+ views
    United States NavyNews- Eye On the Fleet ^ | July 28, 2006 | Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Laird, USN
    Photo #1: 060728-N-7241L-026 Atlantic Ocean (July 28, 2006) - An F-14D Tomcat, aircraft number 100, assigned to the "Tomcatters" of Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31) makes a near supersonic fly-by above the flight deck of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The F-14 will officially retire in September 2006, after 32 years of service to the fleet. Theodore Roosevelt is completing Joint Task Force Exercises with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Laird (RELEASED). Caption Source: - Big Image Link: Photo #2: 060728-N-7241L-015 Atlantic Ocean (July 28, 2006)...
  • Pilot trying emergency landing at Bush Intercontinental Airport Plane landed safely)

    05/02/2006 3:10:56 PM PDT · by oxcart · 401 replies · 11,633+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 05/02/2006
    Houston firefighters are standing by for the emergency landing of a of a 50-passenger jet at Bush Intercontinental Airport, an airport spokesman said today. The Continental Express Embraer 145 took off between 4 and 4:20 p.m., said Rich Fernandez, a spokesman for the Houston Airport System. ``It blew a tire on takeoff and is circling the airport now,'' Fernandez said. ``I do not know what airline this is.'' The Embraer 145 is known as a ``regional jet,'' Fernandez said.
  • Pilots Report Seeing Laser Lights While Flying

    02/14/2006 12:39:13 PM PST · by Westlander · 44 replies · 1,605+ views
    clickondetroit ^ | February 14, 2006 | WDIV
    Police are on alert after more than a dozen pilots reported someone shining a laser light at the plane while descending into Metro Airport. The incident occurred in the Dearborn and Dearborn Heights areas, where 16 pilots reported seeing the laser pointer lights near the tower at Metro Airport, Local 4 reported.

    12/30/2005 10:46:08 AM PST · by doug from upland · 14 replies · 1,628+ views
    interveiw with Navy commander | 12-30-2005 (orig. 2003) | dfu
    FR EXCLUSIVE: INTERVIEW WITH HIGH LEVEL NAVY COMMANDER REGARDING PRESIDENT BUSH'S TAILHOOK LANDINGa Navy commander | May 9., 2003 | dfu Posted on 05/09/2003 1:56:27 PM PDT by doug from upland After listening to the rantings and ravings of the DemocRATS who are both jealous and livid after seeing a beloved commander in chief do a tailhook landing on the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, I wanted to get the real story. After about 5 calls and transfers and return calls, I just spoke with a Navy commander who deals with public relations. He is very high level, but because this issue...
  • Japan's Asteroid Probe Cleared For Landing Attempt

    11/11/2005 12:35:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 507+ views on yahoo ^ | 11/11/05 | Leonard Davis
    Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft is on track to attempt a sampling of asteroid Itokawa on November 19. In a rescheduled practice run on November 9, the craft has approached within 230 feet (70 meters) of the asteroid during a descent test that verified the probe's guidance and navigation functions. Engineers handling the Hayabusa spacecraft have clarified the issues that led to the cancellation of a November 4 landing rehearsal. An onboard navigation computer detected anomalous information during the practice run. The problem resulted in an abort command being transmitted to the probe by Earth controllers, thereby stopping the rehearsal. Subsequently, the...
  • 7 Airbus Jets Had Landing Gear Trouble

    09/23/2005 1:46:47 AM PDT · by konaice · 80 replies · 1,743+ views
    LaTimes.Com ^ | September 23, 2005 | Jennifer Oldham and Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writers
    The problems with JetBlue Flight 292 marked at least the seventh time that the front landing gear of an Airbus jet has locked at a 90-degree angle, forcing pilots to land commercial airliners under emergency conditions, according to federal records. No one has been injured in the incidents, which span about a decade. There are more than 2,500 planes from the Airbus 320 family, which includes the Airbus 318, 319 and 321 models, in operation worldwide. Aviation safety officials Thursday said the planes have a good safety record. In the most recent case, JetBlue's flight from Burbank to New York's...
  • Emergency Landing in Huntsville, AL (plane on hwy)

    09/14/2005 4:30:31 PM PDT · by Jaysun · 17 replies · 638+ views
    WAAY-TV ^ | 9-14-2005 | WAAY-TV
    Emergency Landing A single engine Cessna plane made an emergency landing on Resarch Park Boulevard, between I-565 and University Drive, in Huntsville around 4:00 Wednesday afternoon. The pilot, passenger and plane are okay. We're told the pilot was showing the plane to a potential buyer when the plane started having problems. It's believed there may have been water in the fuel. Wed Sep 14 17:58:07 2005
  • Now that Discovery is back in one piece, let's put it in a museum.

    08/10/2005 7:24:16 AM PDT · by thebiggestdog · 1 replies · 236+ views ^ | 8-10-05 |
    Like millions of other Americans, i was happy to see the space shuttle make a safe landing at Edwards AFB this morning. For the past few days I was wondering if I would awake to see W. eulogizing the Discovery crew. The space shuttles were an amazing part of our history of manned space flight. They were conceived during the cold war and embarrassed the Russians who quickly threw together the Buran, a shuttle look-alike. The shuttles have been updated with more and better avionics and computers, but the problem still remains-going to space is risky business.
  • NASA admits landing risks

    08/07/2005 10:27:32 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies · 926+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 8/5/2005 | By BRUCE NICHOLS
    HOUSTON – As with space shuttle Columbia in 2003, Discovery will land early Monday with a problem that NASA engineers don't fully understand. In this case, it's a loose piece of heat-shield blanket that they decided not to fix. The decision to land came despite acknowledgment from engineers that they can't be absolutely certain there won't be problems.
  • 90-Day Mars Trip Said Possible

    10/28/2004 8:49:44 AM PDT · by vannrox · 42 replies · 1,528+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Oct. 20, 2004 | By Irene Mona Klotz
    90-Day Mars Trip Said Possible By Irene Mona Klotz, Discovery News Oct. 20, 2004 — A team of University of Washington researchers believes it has found a way to cut roundtrip travel time between Earth and Mars by 95 percent, giving astronauts a much higher chance of pulling off a successful mission while minimizing their exposure to dangerous radiation. "If it's going to take 2 1/2 years (to travel back and forth to Mars), the chances of a successful mission are pretty low," said project head Robert Winglee, a professor of Earth and space sciences at the Seattle-based university. Taking...
  • CA: Air Traffic Glitch Keeps Jones From Landing Gov.

    09/16/2004 8:28:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 350+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/16/04 | Scott Martelle
    Can't a guy catch a break? A systems failure that suspended Southern California air travel for 3 1/2 hours Tuesday night also caused Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to miss a heavily anticipated — and high-ticket — Beverly Hills fundraiser for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Jones. Tuesday's dinner was the only general election fundraiser Schwarzenegger had scheduled with Jones, who has struggled to use the governor's popularity as a springboard for his campaign to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. Schwarzenegger's staff refused to let media attend the reception and dinner for about 550 people at the Beverly Hilton's Grand Ballroom,...
  • Report: Two hours for troops to land (Chinese Invasion of Taiwan)

    08/31/2004 7:03:18 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 49 replies · 1,823+ views
    Straits Times ^ | 09/01/04 | N/A
    Report: Two hours for troops to land TAIPEI - China can land its first troops on Taiwan a mere two hours after amassing them on its own coast, Taiwan's Defence Ministry says in its latest report on the mainland's military preparedness to overrun the island. The report also warns that if Taiwan trespasses one of the 'red lines', China could immediately declare war. The 'red lines' refer to the island officially declaring independence or separating itself from China in any manner, allowing foreign intervention in cross-strait matters, and persistent refusal to hold talks with China. Beijing's invasion could also be...
  • US forces get 5 airbases, landing rights in Pak

    03/25/2004 4:38:08 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 28 replies · 220+ views
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 25: Pakistan, which the US has decided to designate as ‘‘a major non-NATO ally’’, has provided five airbases to US forces and landing rights to their fighter aircraft anywhere in the country during emergency as part of its cooperation in the fight against Taliban and Al Qaeda. Pakistan has also granted two-thirds of its airspace as air corridors to the US-led coalition forces. ‘‘By doing so, Pakistan has had to reschedule or redirect many of the commercial flights,’’ Pakistani daily The News reported quoting a report of the US central command. It said that Pakistan has been...
  • Next Mars Landing 'On A Volcano'

    01/22/2004 6:22:04 AM PST · by blam · 2 replies · 118+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-22-2004 | Dr David Whitehouse
    Next Mars landing 'on a volcano' By Dr David Whitehouse BBC News Online science editor Shrouded in cloud - Apollinaris Patera If the 24 January landing on Mars of the Opportunity rover is successful then the next target should be an extinct volcano, say scientists. Opportunity follows Spirit's successful landing at Gusev crater on 4 January. "If both of these landers survive then it blows the doors wide open for future Mars landing sites in more dramatic regions," says Nasa's Dr Tracy Gregg. Gregg - of the group choosing future landing sites - favours Apollinaris Patera- an ancient extinct volcano....
  • Spirit's landing more dramatic than first thought

    01/13/2004 4:41:54 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 43 replies · 185+ views
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 1/13/04 | William Harwood
    In the end, it was probably just as well flight controllers couldn't watch the Spirit lander's hair-raising descent to the rocky floor of Gusev Crater January 3. Even a base-jumping skydiver might have experienced a jolt of fear given the last-second maneuvers required to turn a high-speed impact into a safe, if bumpy, landing. An artist's concept of retrorockets firing just before touchdown. Credit: NASA/JPL/ Plunging toward Mars at 920 mph, Spirit's parachute deployed at an altitude of just 4.6 miles - a mile lower than expected - and its braking rockets fired a scant 34 stories or so above...
  • NASA TV To Replay 'Spirit', Mars Landing Tapes From Last Night (Shortly)

    01/04/2004 12:45:56 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 185+ views
    NASA TV ^ | 1-4-2004 | blam
    For those of you who missed the landing last night, NASA TV will do a re-broadcast of the landing and all the excitement involved in the control room, ect..."shortly." It's well worth watching.
  • Gusev Crater Planet Mars [Rover Saturday]

    01/01/2004 10:24:43 PM PST · by RightWhale · 32 replies · 237+ views ^ | 1 Jan 04 | Karen Miller
    Gusev Crater Planet Mars by Karen Miller for NASA Science News Hunstville - Jan 01, 2004 On January 3, Spirit, NASA's 400-pound rover, is scheduled to land on what may be a dried-up lake bed on Mars. "There's not much doubt: this site contained a body of liquid water, at least for some amount of time," says Jim Garvin, NASA's Lead Scientist for Mars Exploration. The site is Gusev Crater, a 90-mile wide hole in the ground that probably formed three to four billion years ago when an asteroid crashed just south of Mars' equator. There's a channel system...
  • Mars Express Positioned for Beagle 2 Deployment

    12/17/2003 9:45:00 AM PST · by Lokibob · 34 replies · 130+ views ^ | 16 December 2003 | Peter de Selding
        Mars Express Positioned for Beagle 2 DeploymentBy Peter de SeldingSpace News Staff Writerposted: 10:20 am ET16 December 2003  PARIS-- Ground controllers of Europe's Mars Express satellite on Dec. 16 successfully completed a precision-pointing maneuver to prepare the satellite for a planned Dec. 19 ejection of its small Beagle-2 lander, the mission's flight director said.Michael McKay, flight operations director at the European Space Agency's Esoc space operations center in Darmstadt, Germany, said Mars Express was rotated and its engines briefly fired to increase the satellite's speed as it approaches Mars as part of the maneuver.    Images A breakdown of...