Jules Verne ATV Demonstration Day 2 sequence of events

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Jules Verne ATV manoeuvres during Demonstration Day 2

31 March 2008
Today, mission controllers at ESA’s ATV Control Centre in Toulouse, France, will pace Jules Verne through a second day of crucial manoeuvres designed to demonstrate the vessel’s navigation capabilities. Follow ATV demo day 2 on: www.esa.int/atv.

The second demonstration day will test ATV close proximity manoeuvring and control including testing contingency manoeuvres for the ATV Control Centre and the ISS crew. ATV will manoeuvre to within 11 metres of the docking port of the ISS Russian Service Module Zvezda. ATV will also navigate for the first time using a laser-based optical system.

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L-3 WESCAM and DIAF Partner to Support Ecuadorian Navy

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BURLINGTON, CANADA, March 31, 2008 –[ASDWire]– L-3 WESCAM announced today that it has partnered with Industrila Aeronautica del Ecuador (DIAF), a leader in aviation component maintenance, to maintain and service the WESCAM MX(r)-15i electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging turrets owned and operated by the Ecuadorian navy.

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BOAT ASIA 2008 ORGANISERS CHOOSE VERSADOCK TO EXTEND EXHIBITION SPACE

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April 2008 – TMX Show Productions, the organisers of Boat Show Asia 2008, has purchased 300 sq meters of VersaDock to not only create a floating Stage but also to extend the display and visitor space available at this year’s event which takes place in Singapore from 24-27 April.

The VersaDock system of pontoon and boat floats are constructed using a high molecular weight polyethylene. Virtually indestructible, VersaDock is capable of dealing with the most demanding environments, and is strong and stable enough to hold extraordinary loads. After Boat Asia, the exhibition organisers will be offering the docks for rent to other event organisers in Singapore working with the locally-based VersaDock Area Distributor, Marina Systems International, who will be helping promote the system and installing it at future rental projects.

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BAE SYSTEMS DELIVERS 10,000TH ENGINE CONTROL FOR APACHE, BLACK HAWK HELICOPTERS

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FORT WAYNE, Indiana — Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels joined a U.S. Army official and several hundred BAE Systems employees to celebrate the delivery of the company’s 10,000th T700 digital engine control. The company’s Fort Wayne plant builds the controls for U.S. Army AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

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BAE SYSTEMS RECEIVES ARMOR MATERIAL CONTRACT POTENTIALLY WORTH UP TO $47.2 MILLION

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ANNISTON, Alabama – BAE Systems has been awarded a U.S. Army contract worth up to $47.2 million to manufacture armor for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The contract, currently funded at $23.6 million and not to exceed $47.2 million, calls for the manufacture of 65,000 Expanded Metal Armor plates and funds tooling to establish additional production capacity at the company’s Anniston, Alabama facility.

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The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission will conduct investigations that will prepare for and support future human exploration of the Moon.

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The mechanical team carefully moves LAMP into position on the instrument module during mechanical integration. You can see the red cover over the LAMP aperture (in the center of the photo), the scaffolding we use to access higher parts of the spacecraft (on the left side), and the instrument module (on the right side of the photo). On our team members: the suits keep our Orbiter clean, and the wrist straps prevent buildup of electric charge which could damage sensitive electronics. NSA/LRO

March 20 . In the last week, we have mechanically integrated the Star Trackers, the Ka-band modulator, and the LAMP instrument onto the Orbiter. We electrically integrated the Instrument Module and the LAMP instrument. In parallel, the High-Gain Antenna System team has made good progress on integration and preparation for environmental testing. The Solar Array System team has started assembling the hardware on to the solar array panels. And the mechanical team completed the modal survey of the Structural Verification Unit. The modal survey is used to correlate the structural model with reality, and the model is used to predict the loads that structural and electronic components will see in flight.

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Jules Verne receives go for next step

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Jules Verne will approach to within 11 m of ISS

30 March 2008
International Space Station managers have today given the go-ahead for Jules Verne ATV to proceed with the second of two demonstration days in the lead up to a first ISS docking attempt later in the week. On Monday, Demonstration Day 2 will see ATV approach to within 11 m of the ISS.

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T5 update

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British Airways (BA) says that it will be forced to cancel 78 flights from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 today (28 March) as the catastrophic effects of yesterday’s opening problems continue to snowball.

A glance at the list of cancellations shows that the axe has fallen mainly on short-haul routes from London to Brussels, Copenhagen, Zurich, Oslo, Amsterdam and Paris among others.

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