Additional Data Evaluated, External Tank’s New Cracks To Be Repaired

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Thu, 30 Dec 2010 10:51:41 PM GMT

The Space Shuttle Program management team was provided a status Thursday on the continuing investigation, testing and analysis regarding shuttle Discovery’s External Tank stringer crack issue.

Following the rollback of Discovery’s STS-133 stack to the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Wednesday, Dec. 22, engineers immediately began the work to continue evaluation of the intertank area of the External Tank. Since the rollback data analysis from a tanking test has continued to be reviewed along with “non-destructive evaluation” (X-rays) of stringers that were not accessible at the launch pad.

The X-rays showed four additional small cracks on three stringers on the opposite side of the tank from Discovery, and managers elected to repair those cracks in a similar fashion to repairs made on cracks discovered after the Nov. 5 launch attempt. That work is estimated to take 2–3 days. Any further work will be evaluated thoroughly early next week after additional data is reviewed. The hardware is in place to perform any modification. That work would be performed inside the VAB.

Managers continue to evaluate an option to perform known and practiced modifications on additional stringers. A decision may be made as early as Monday, Jan. 3.

The next available launch date is Thursday, Feb. 3 at the opening of a window that extends through Feb. 10. The current preferred launch time on Feb. 3 is 1:37 a.m. EST.

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Updates from Zenith Aircraft Company

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Happy New Year from the Zenith Aircraft Staff
Happy New Year from all of us at Zenith Aircraft Company!
We thank all our customers and associates, both past and current, for their continued support and business, in spite of numerous challenges these past few years. We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2011! In recognition of the New Year holiday, we will be closed Friday, December 31st and will re-open on Monday, January 3rd.

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Space Systems/Loral-Built Satellite for HISPASAT Group Successfully Performs Post-Launch Maneuvers

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PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 30, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In a release issued earlier today by Loral Space & Communications (Nasdaq:LORL) under the same headline, please note that the Hispasat 1E satellite deployed its solar arrays on Wednesday afternoon, not Tuesday. The corrected release, which also includes additional information, follows:

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Concern about an overdue small boat

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Concern about an overdue small boat with two persons on board led to a call for Baltimore lifeboat to carry out a search and rescue operation in Dunmanus Bay, West Cork.

 

Two men in a small dinghy had earlier put to sea in poor weather conditions on Wednesday 29 December. Visibility was restricted due to sea fog. When the dinghy did not return the Coast Guard were alerted. At 17:20, both the Baltimore lifeboat and the Castletownbere lifeboat were requested to provide support.

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US Navy Awards Austal Multi-Vessel LCS Contract

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Highlights:

* Austal awarded U.S. Navy contract for construction of up to 10 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS)
* Contract for the first vessel valued at US$432.1 million with options for nine additional vessels over the following five years.
* Increases Austal’s total order book to AUD$1.3 billion
* Austal’s USA-based shipyard will commence construction of the first additional LCS in early 2012

The USA division of Australian-headquartered Austal has been awarded a U.S. Navy contract to construct one Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The total value of the contract is US$432.1 million. The contract includes options for nine additional vessels in the following five years.

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IT’S NO SECRET ANYMORE

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Geoff Boettcher’s South Australian yacht Secret Men’s Business 3.5 was announced this afternoon as this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Overall winner. In a dockside presentation, CYCA Commodore Garry Linacre presented the Adelaide-based skipper with the Tattersall’s Cup for his race win, and Patrick Boutellier of Rolex Australia presented a Rolex Yacht-Master timepiece as the holiday crowd thronged the surrounding Constitution Wharf docks.

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Boeing Delivers First 737 Boeing Sky Interior to Continental Airlines

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SEATTLE, Dec. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Another new Boeing (NYSE: BA) Next-Generation 737-800 with the new Boeing Sky Interior took to the skies over Seattle today, as Continental Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, Inc., became the first U.S.-based carrier to fly with the new interior. Continental’s jet features the new United Airlines livery.

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