NASA TRANSITIONS HISTORIC OPERATIONS & CHECKOUT BUILDING FOR USE BY LOCKHEED MARTIN AND THE CONSTELLATION PROGRAM
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL,January 30, 2007
In another milestone marking steady progress on the Orion crew exploration vehicle program, the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team accepted responsibility today for the Operations & Checkout (O&C) Building at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Kennedy Space Center. Lockheed Martin will use the historic facility to process Orion, America’s next-generation human spacecraft.
Pictured from left to right: Paul McKee (Dubarry), Simon Relph (Mailspeed Marine), James Pound and Michael Walsh (both Dubarry), Leighton King and Dave Somers (both Mailspeed Marine)
Two of the marine industry’s well known companies – Dubarry of Ireland and the UK’s largest mail order chandler Mailspeed Marine, celebrated a combined 95 years of business with a bit of ‘craic’ at this year’s Collins Stewart London Boat Show.
Halyard Marine Ltd, a leader in the design and manufacture of marine exhaust silencing and engine noise reduction solutions, has fitted a significantly improved exhaust system, to the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s vessel, Tenacious.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is a charity that aims to promote the integration of able bodied and physically disabled people through the challenge and adventure of tall ship sailing. Designed by Tony Castro, Tenacious is the largest wooden tall ship of her kind in the world, measuring 65m from stern to stern. The innovative build began in 1996 with a team made up of mixed designers, engineers, shipwrights, fitters and over 1500 able bodied and disabled volunteers.
VANDENBERG AFB, CALIF.,January 29, 2007
The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F-17 Block 5D-3 spacecraft, built under contract for the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT], has been turned over to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for operational use worldwide. The ceremony was held at the Air Force Weather Agency at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb., which is the primary user of the satellite data within the United States. DMSP F-17 was launched on November 4, 2006 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
* First MEBA conference & exhibition launched with region’s largest ever business aircraft order
* NAS announced as International launch customer for new aircraft type
* Aircraft to operate in Riyadh based carrier’s private aviation businesses
DUBAI (Jan. 30, 2007) – Raytheon Aircraft Company (RAC) announced today, on the eve of the first annual Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference & exhibition, that National Air Services (NAS) of Saudi Arabia has become the International launch customer for the new Hawker 750 light-mid jet by ordering as many as twenty aircraft for use in operations in the Middle East. With an estimated value in excess of US$250 million, the 20 aircraft order is the largest single order on record in the region. NAS is expected to take delivery of the first aircraft during the fourth quarter of 2007.
ATR and Baku-based National Air Company Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), flag carrier of Azerbaijan, have today announced the signature of a deal for 6 new ATR aircraft (2 ATR 42-500s and 4 ATR 72-500s).
The deal, with a total value of about $ 100 million, has been signed in Paris between Jahangir Askerov, General Director of AZAL and Filippo Bagnato, ATR CEO. The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin have attended this important event.
For three years, Mer & Media, the Yacht Club Porquerolles and the Yacht Club de la Grande Motte have organized the Figaro class’ Solo Mediterranee, annually the first major solo event in the class’ calendar.
The fifth JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge match racing qualifier took place this weekend (27-28 January) at Queen Mary Sailing Club, Staines.
A terrorist threat has been made to the America’s Cup in Valencia.
Spanish police have arrested a 26-year-old man who is believed to be a member of the Basque separatist group ETA. He was travelling on a train between Perpignan and Barcelona when he was taken into a custody. The suspect was carrying bomb-making plans, 3,000 euros and documents with false identities. Anti-terrorist police sources claim he had been sent to plan an attack on the America’s Cup.
Peter Gilmour, a veteran of five America’s Cup campaigns, has joined
Alinghi as a coach to help improve the performance of the team. He will act as a consultant, sailing with the team periodically over the lead up to racing.