Discovery and Crew Draw Closer to Launch Day

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 02:12:24 PM GMT+0100

At Launch Pad 39A today, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center technicians will pressurize space shuttle Discovery’s main propulsion system for flight in preparation for its 6:21 a.m. EDT liftoff on April 5.

The STS-131 crew continues to slip their sleep schedules to accommodate their mission flight schedule, as they prepare to fly to Kennedy from their home base in Houston on April 1.

Last Friday, NASA managers gave Discovery the “go” for launch after an all-day Flight Readiness Review meeting. At the review, they determined that there were no unresolved issues that would prevent Discovery and crew from flying a safe and successful mission.

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* Cape Breton Island closes in on finish line
* Race Committee agrees Jamaica Lightning Bolt's application 
for redress
* Nail-biting battle for the line in prospect for Qingdao 
and Jamaica Lightning Bolt 

It's the million dollar question. You've raced 5,600 miles 
across the planet's biggest ocean, you've battled through 
storms, been knocked off your feet by the force of the water 
crashing over the open deck, surfed down waves taller than 
houses, been scared, exhilarated and exhausted in equal 
proportion and for the last four weeks lived on diet largely 
made up of pasta and sauce - but just what do you want to 
eat for your first meal ashore?

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Hawker Beechcraft Services Offers WAAS/LPV on Pro Line 21-Equipped King Air C90GTi Aircraft

WICHITA, Kan. (March 29, 2010) – Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) 
today announced that the certified Wide Area Augmentation System 
(WAAS) is available on Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21-equipped King 
Air C90GTi aircraft. HBS facilities are now taking orders and 
scheduling aircraft for this new upgrade.
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Warnings of an expected increase in pirate attacks in the Indian 
Ocean and Gulf of Aden were given by Royal Navy sources at a 
briefing in London last week. A spokesman stated that the number 
of vessels currently being held by pirates pending ransom 
negotiations stood at six, roughly half the level experienced 
over the past year and new targets were likely to be sought.

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Last year he lost this event in the final races on the last day, but
this year at the 37th International Rolex Regatta
<>  (March 26-28), Puerto Rico's Fraito
Lugo had built some good padding into his score line over two days and
followed form on the third, today, to win the IC 24 class and a Rolex
timepiece (which he awarded to his trimmer Milton Gonzalesz) as proof of
his team's prowess shown over 17 races. Lugo now can claim eight
International Rolex Regatta victories in a variety of classes, but he
remained "in the moment" back at the St. Thomas Yacht Club, where a
magnificent stage - built over the water while the sailors were out
racing - seemed to magically appear in time for an energy-charged awards
ceremony for the nearly 70 teams competing. 

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MEPC 60 : More work needed despite GHG progress, IMO Committee concludes

More work needed despite GHG progress, IMO Committee concludes
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the IMO has
concluded that more work needs to be done before it completes its
consideration of the proposed mandatory application of technical and
operational measures designed to regulate and reduce emissions of
greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping. 

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Leg 3 Cape Town – Fremantle: Seven men in a boat and one angry Indian Ocean Tempest

Oman Sail's A100 trimaran 'Majan' arrived in Fremantle the 24th
of March 2010 at 10:00 (Local Time - 2:00 am GMT), after having
crossed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, the third cape of the
Indian 5 Ocean Capes Race and the finish line of Leg 3 on Monday
, 22nd of March at 04:10 GMT. It has been yet another eventful
leg for the A100 trimaran and her crew as they trace out this
new race course ahead of the official edition in 2012, and an
Indian Ocean crossing that will leave its mark durably on the
minds of the Oman Sail team members.

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