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August 29, 2016

SPACE

Bring It Home

COMMERCIAL AVIATION

Thai Turnaround

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SPACE

Bring It Home

Houston The first U.S.-led mission to collect a small sample of an asteroid’s surface material is poised for launch next month. The $1 billion mission, dubbed Osiris-Rex, could shed light on the origins of life on Earth. It also could provide valuable information about the possibility that an asteroid collision could wipe out life on the planet.

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COMMERCIAL AVIATION

Thai Turnaround

Auckland Thailand’s airline market has presented a frustrating combination of potential and setbacks in recent years. But many local carriers are finally regaining momentum, as they look to convert surging demand into financial improvement.

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DEFENSE

Regime Change

London Britain’s military flight training is being prepared for a radical overhaul that will see five aircraft types introduced over the next three years. As part of the industry-led Military Flight Training System (MFTS), run by the Ascent consortium of Lockheed Martin and Babcock International, three fixed-wing aircraft and two helicopter types will be introduced as the U.K. looks to streamline its flight training across all three branches of its armed forces.

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AIRLINES IN JAPAN

Gateway Growth

Tokyo Being the main international gateway to the world’s largest metropolis brings particular challenges for Tokyo Narita Airport. Chief among them is meeting capacity demand, which has prompted a range of initiatives designed to add peak-time slots and support ambitious long-term growth goals.

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ISR

Eye of the Storm

Washington From the original Lockheed U-2 and SR-71 reconnaissance airplanes designed for the Cold War by Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, to modern “penetrating” RQ-170 and RQ-180 intelligence UAVs, the U.S. Air Force has always maintained small fleets of highly specialized photographic and signals intelligence aircraft to spot threats or verify information gleaned from satellites or human intel.

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