Discovery Fueled, Ready for Launch

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The Rotating Service Structure was moved back from space shuttle Discovery on Friday night in preparation for a launch Saturday. The enclosed RSS protects the orbiter while it is one the launch pad and gives workers access to most areas of the shuttle. Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder

May 31
The external tank of space shuttle Discovery has been loaded with about 500,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen as the countdown toward a 5:02 p.m. EDT liftoff continues smoothly. The hydrogen fuel and its oxidizer that are in the external tank will power Discovery’s three main engines during the 8 1/2-minute launch into orbit from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The twin solid rocket boosters are shipped to the space center with propellant already packed inside the cylinder segments.

The weather is looking promising for launch day, according to Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy Winters. Isolated coastal showers may be in the area during the morning hours, but a sea breeze will develop in the afternoon, clearing the coast and causing any showers to move inland. There is an 80 percent chance of favorable weather at launch time.

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Boeing Delivers 75th 777 to ILFC

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EVERETT, Wash., May 30, 2008 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) reached a historic milestone this week with the delivery of ILFC’s 75th Boeing 777. The Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) is leased to ILFC’s customer, Cathay Pacific Airways. ILFC has ordered 79 777s from Boeing since 1992, more than any other customer.

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Historic win as New York romps to victory into home port

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Breaking what has been referred to as the ‘home port curse’, skipper Duggie Gillespie and his team have achieved an historic victory by winning into New York at the end of the 1,420-mile race from Jamaica of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race.

This elusive accolade of a home port win has only been achieved once before in the history of the biennial round the world race, by Canadian entry Victoria Clipper, in Clipper 05-06.

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Matson Integrated Logistics Joins EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

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CONCORD, CA – May 30, 2008 — Matson Integrated Logistics (MIL) has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a voluntary collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. MIL has also earned the EPA’s highest score for fuel efficiency and environmental performance.

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RACE 11: JAMAICA TO NEW YORK

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RACE 11: JAMAICA TO NEW YORK
DAY 7

RACE COMMITTEE SHORTENS COURSE FOR RACE 11

CREWS CHANNEL EVERY EFFORT INTO WRINGING EXTRA SPEED FROM YACHTS

CAN NEW YORK BEAT THE ‘HOME PORT CURSE’?

The latest positions and full leaderboard can be viewed at
www.clipperroundtheworld.com.

Whilst the light airs and close racing have been keeping skippers and crew alike busy, the Race Committee has also been watching the forecasted weather very closely.

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ALBERTO BOLZAN AND PILOT ITALIA TEAM WIN PRE-WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA

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Alberto Bolzan and ITA727 Pilot Italia on their way to victory

The second and final day of the Volvo Melges 24 Pre-World Championship Regatta at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo brought respite from yesterday’s storms and two outstanding races in sparkling Costa Smeralda sunshine with a breeze that built steadily from 12 to around 20 knots.

Sixty-six of the 117 teams due to compete in the main championship elected to race in the Pre-Worlds Regatta and Italy’s Alberto Bolzan, sailing ITA727 Pilot Italia for Gianni Catalogna put in a bravura performance to win all three races and take the regatta. Switzerland’s Matthias Keller, helming SUI530 Acqua for Gianluca Tribo took second overall and also wins the Corinthian Pre-Worlds Regatta for all amateur crews.

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Netherlands Ministry of Defence Selects AeroVironment’s Raven Small UAS

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MONROVIA, Calif., May 30, 2008 – AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced that The Netherlands Ministry of Defence, acting through its Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), has awarded AV a contract for RQ-11B (Raven) small unmanned aircraft systems. The order includes new aircraft systems as well as training, logistics support, and airworthiness certification. Each Raven system typically consists of three aircraft, a ground control station, a remote video terminal, system spares, and related services. The total award value is $7.7 million and is fully funded.

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