Countdown to Start Sunday for Targeted Launch Wednesday

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Sat, 30 Oct 2010 03:46:53 PM GMT

NASA Test Director Jeff Spaulding said this morning the launch team is confident that repairs to quick-disconnect fittings in the system used to pressurize space shuttle Discovery’s right Orbital Maneuvering System rocket engine will allow the shuttle to launch Wednesday, Nov. 3. The targeted launch time is 3:52 p.m.

“Right now we’re in a good path to get there,” Spaulding said.

The shuttle has until Sunday, Nov. 7, to launch in the current window, Spaulding said. Discovery is going to the International Space Station on mission STS-133. It will attach the Permanent Multipurpose Module, packed with supplies, equipment experiments and Robonaut 2, to the station. The crew of six astronauts will conduct two spacewalks during the 11-day mission.

The weather forecast for a launch Wednesday calls for 70 percent chance of acceptable conditions, according to Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy Winters. The main concerns are low clouds and the possibility of rain within 20 miles of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the shuttle’s launch and landing site.

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TO THE VICTORS.

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Today, in the ancient fortress city of Valletta, the former 16th century “Sacra Infermeria” of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, was host to the prize giving for the 31st edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Close to eight hundred guests – skippers, crews, family and friends – were on hand to collect trophies and awards for the Royal Malta Yacht Club’s premier offshore race.

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Brandaris Q52 Winner of a ShowBoats Design Awards 2010!

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October 2010 – A perfect start of the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2010 as 500 quests at Donald Trumps estate witnessed the Vripack designed Brandaris Q52 winning the Sports Tender ShowBoats Design Awards. This elegant smooth driving boat designed for Dutch builder ‘t Wije, who was ecstatic at the stage twirling around presenter and actress Janice Hamilton, won as she was the most innovative yet stylish Sports Tender.

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Boeing and State Corporation Rostechnology Finalize Order for Next-Generation 737s

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MOSCOW, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and the State Corporation Rostechnology today announced the finalization of an order for 50 Next-Generation 737 airplanes. The order includes purchase rights for an additional 35 Next-Generation 737s. The State Corporation’s Supervisory Board approved the definitive agreement that was signed and announced on Sept. 17 during the Sochi Investment Forum in Russia. The order is valued at $3.7 billion at average list prices. Rostechnology’s order includes 15 Next-Generation 737-700s, 25 737-800s and 10 737-900ERs (extended range).

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2010 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships:Race Day 5 Report

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The big day that we have been talking about all week finally arrived. A threatening grey cloud base picked out with a few anvil shaped thunder clouds greeted us at the venue. The sea was white capping. The anemometer was registering 15 knots. 3 races were a real prospect. This was going to be make or break day for racers like Michalis Malekkides [CYP] and Pawel Tarnowski in particular.

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Lockheed Martin to Reach Two Decades of IT Support to Air Force Air Mobility Command

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O’FALLON, Ill., Oct 29, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is set to surpass the two decade milestone of information technology support to the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command (AMC) Directorate of Logistics with the recent award of a $65 million task order. The award consists of one base year and four option years and is a task order under the GSA Alliant indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity vehicle.

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