Analysis Continues on Discovery

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Mon, 29 Nov 2010 02:59:22 PM GMT

At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery was powered down for the weekend while analysis continued. Today, technicians will install reference dots on the ground umbilical carrier plate, or GUCP, to monitor for movement during tanking.

Discovery’s launch is currently targeted for no earlier than Dec. 17 after shuttle managers determined more tests and analysis are needed.

The Program Requirements Control Board, or PRCB, reviewed on Nov. 23 repairs and engineering evaluations associated with cracks on two 21-foot-long, U-shaped aluminum brackets, called stringers, on the shuttle’s external tank. Managers decided the analysis and tests required to launch Discovery safely are not complete. The work will continue through this week.

The next status review by the PRCB will be Thursday, Dec. 2. If managers clear Discovery for launch on Dec. 17, the preferred time is about 8:51 p.m. EST.

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General Dynamics Chairman and CEO Johnson to Speak at Investor Conference

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GENERAL DYNAMICS

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Nov. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –General Dynamics
(NYSE: GD) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jay L. Johnson will speak at
the Credit Suisse 2010 Aerospace and Defense Conference in New York on
Thursday, December 2, 2010, at 1:45 p.m. ET.

General Dynamics will provide a live webcast of the presentation via
www.generaldynamics.com. A replay will be available after the live
presentation.

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Five rowers plucked from cold waters by Exmouth RNLI

Date: 29/11/2010

Author: Jo Damsell, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

On yesterday morning at 11.12 (Sunday 28 September) Exmouth RNLI volunteer inshore lifeboat crew were tasked by Brixham Coastguard to assist in the rescue of five rowers: three women and two men from Exmouth Rowing Club, who had capsized into the sea near Pole Sands.

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Swanage volunteer lifeboat crew called to a rescue during their first aid training course

Date: 29/11/2010

Author: Rebecca Mack, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

This November the RNLI first aid mobile training unit visited Swanage to provide a comprehensive course for the lifeboat crew set over 8 days. On the penultimate day of training, whilst sitting the written test, the pagers sounded and the crew left their papers to assist in a rescue.

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Volunteer RNLI lifeguards patrol Fistral in the snow

Date: 27/11/2010

Author: Amy Caldwell, Lifeguard Press Officer

RNLI lifeguards patrolling Fistral in the snow (Credit RNLI/Greg Spray)

As much of Cornwall woke up to a blanket of snow this morning (Saturday 27 November) the team of volunteer RNLI lifeguards, who were expecting a quiet day on Fistral beach, were surprised to be providing safety cover for more than 50 people in the water, despite snow still lying on the sand for much of the day.

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A great bit of kit – the RNLI XP inflatable

Date: 28/11/2010

Author: Tony Watson, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Teignmouth Atlantic 85 lifeboat The Two Annes with their XP32 (Credit RNLI Tony Watson)

Although only 2.8m long, the inflatable XP class inflatable propelled by a 5HP Mariner outboard has proved its worth at Teignmouth station. XP32 has been on station at Teignmouth for over 2 years and works alongside the Atlantic 85 ‘The Two Annes’.

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