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GAMA reports that 2013 was the best year for aircraft manufacturers since 2008

GAMA the General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported worldwide billings for 2013 were up 24 percent from 2012 and was the best year since 2008. Total billing were $23.4 billion for the year.
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Boeing Forecasts Increased Global Demand for Airline Pilots

Half million new pilots needed to support projected airplane deliveries
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Virgin Galactic spaceflights are growing in numbers

Over 600 now set to lausch on Virgin Galactic
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Proposed AD would affect 6,000 Continental engines

FAA proposes checks for certain Continental engines
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New aicraft shipment improve for the first half of 2013

GAMA report of general aviation industry shipment and billings data through the second quarter of 2013 shows improvement of 26.4% in billings.
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Boeing introduces new flight technology

Boeing recently introduced new technology to optimize flights, which will consist of 26 commercial flights in a program called Optimal Flight.
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Business flying decreases in February

According to recently released TraqPak statistics from aviation company Argus, the number of business aircraft flights decreased during February.
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New Winglets to be installed in aircrafts

The European Aviation Safety Agency recently granted a supplemental type certificate so new winglets could be installed on aircrafts.
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Hearing dates set for plane battery safety

Two hearings are planned for April to decide if lithium-ion batteries are safe to be installed on jetliners.
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Headhunting assignments increase in aviation

According to the Aviation Search Group, which has a specialty of searching for employees in the aviation community, assignments have increased during the year so far.
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How Not To Handprop An SR22

Scattered among accident reports is the occasional hand prop attempt that goes wrong but not many concern high-performance aircraft. The accompanying video illustrates that it is indeed possible to spark up a Cirrus SR22?s IO-550 from the front but it needs to be done with an abundance of forethought and caution.


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FAA Reauthorization Imminent?

The House and Senate could vote next week on a compromise FAA Reauthorization bill that was released on Saturday.


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Aerial Mapping Of Hurricane Damage Underway

The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Remote Sensing Division is working to collect aerial imagery of the damage caused by Hurricane Florence in the last week. Depending on weather conditions, NGS has been attempting two survey mission a day to locations identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other state and federal organizations since Saturday.


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Top Letters And Comments, September 21, 2018

This week's letters brought comments from readers about FAA medicals, flying without a license, and sustainable biofuel.


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Short Final: Traffic In Sight

I was flying from Jacksonville, North Carolina, to College Park, Maryland, on an IFR flight plan to go to a Redskins game. It was a CAVU day. The following exchange took place somewhere southeast of Richmond ...


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One Injured In DEA Cessna Crash

A Cessna Stationair operated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) crashed in Sugar Land, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon. The aircraft hit a power line and struck two vehicles on the road while attempting to make an emergency landing.


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AOPA Offers Rusty Pilots Program Online

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has announced that it is now offering an interactive online version of its Rusty Pilots Program. The two-hour course is based on the in-person Rusty Pilots seminars that AOPA has been giving at venues such as fly-ins, airshows, schools and flight clubs since 2014.


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EAA Hosts Accident Investigation Course

In partnership with the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) hosted a three-day Experimental Accident Investigation course this week. According to EAA, attendees were primarily ?FAA field office staff who work with the certification of experimental and light-sport aircraft and investigate accidents.?


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JetBlue Makes First Flights Using Sustainable Fuel

JetBlue announced that its newest aircraft, an Airbus A321 it received on Wednesday, will make its first flights using a sustainable jet fuel blend. According to the company, the acceptance flight and JetBlue?s ferry flight, which is scheduled for September 20, will be the airline?s first flights to use sustainable (also called renewable) biofuel.


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First 777 Donated To Aviation Museum

Boeing and Cathay Pacific have announced that they will be jointly donating the first Boeing 777 to Arizona?s Pima Air & Space Museum. The aircraft, registered B-HNL, first flew on June 12, 1994, and was used by Boeing as a test airplane for several years afterwards.


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Embry-Riddle Expands High School STEM Program

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University?s Gaetz Aerospace Institute will be expanding its concurrent enrollment program offering accelerated science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses for high school students to schools in Ohio and Louisiana this year. The program allows students to get both high school and college credit for successfully completed classes.


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Jets Land Safely After Air Race Midair

Two aircraft were able to land safely after a midair during a Jet Class heat at the 55th annual National Championship Air Races at Reno-Stead Airport (RTS) near Reno, Nevada, last Friday. The two Aero L-39 Albatros jets made contact when ?Reality Czech,? piloted by Nathan Harnagel, was attempting to overtake ?Race 37,? piloted by Alexandre Eckmann.


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NASA Project Backs Three New Aviation Concepts

NASA has announced that it will be allocating resources for three aviation-oriented ideas as part of its Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS) project. The ideas selected for the project?s 2019 fiscal year are a seamless composite assembly technique, new ways to reduce and shed heat generated by an electric motor, and replacing lithium in batteries with a water-based option.


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Final LAANC Installment Goes Live

The last piece of the FAA?s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system, which allows ?near real-time processing of airspace authorizations? for drone operators, went live last week, according to a statement made by FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell.


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SpaceX Introduces First Passenger For Moon Flight

SpaceX has announced that Japanese fashion entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa has purchased a flight around the moon on the company?s still-conceptual Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). Maezawa, who is also an avid art collector, says he will be offering six to eight artists free seats for the flight in the hope that they will be inspired to create work based on the trip.


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AMA Drone Report 09.20.18: Section 336 Update, LAANC Course, Drones In Florence

Also: FAA Reauthorization Stalled, Golf Course Drone Delivery, eBee X Fixed-Wing, Drone Locates Missing Woman AMA president Rich Hanson has sent letters to the House and Senate, requesting they consider a risk-based approach to regulating recreational UAS. This would ensure the safe integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace while continuing to allow responsible model aircraft operators to fly safely. It is still uncertain if Congress will pass an FAA Authorization bill by the September 30 deadline, but legislators have begun work to resolve some of the issues surrounding the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Section 336), which may include remote ID requirements on some aircraft. A congressional update on Section 336 was just released via a video from Interim Executive Director, Chad Budreau. Drone pilots can take a new free King Schools course titled Using LAANC to Fly Drones in Controlled Airspace to learn how to use the FAA Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability. The online course includes HD video and bullet points followed by interactive questions to test your knowledge. Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, pronounced “LANCE,” is the result of a partnership effort between the FAA and private industry. LAANC enables drone pilots to access controlled airspace near airports through near real-time processing of airspace authorizations. In this course, Co-Chairman of King Schools Martha King explains how operators of drones can get that authorization. Drones will be instrumental in helping assess the damage caused by hurricane Florence, which struck the North Carolina coast over the weekend and is continuing to cause widespread flooding across a broad area of the country. Brien Reil, a spokesman for the Washington-based industry group Edison Electric Institute said that at least 53 teams have been recruited to help with the damage assessment. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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Airborne 09.19.18: SpaceX Moonshot, 747 'Art Car', Nat'l Aerobatic Championships

Also: FAA Reauthorization Stalled, First 777X, Unlicensed Pilot Arrested, Soundproofing PC-12 A Japanese entrepreneur and billionaire is the first passenger named for SpaceX's trip around the moon, which the company plans for 2023. Yusaku Maezawa has been named as the first private passenger to fly around the moon. No human has been that close to the moon since 1972. Maezawa, whose net worth has been estimated at $2.9 billion, appeared on stage with SpaceX founder Elon Musk for an event held at the company's headquarters. "Finally I can tell you that I choose to go to the moon," he said. The Bureau of Land Management wants the owners of an "art car" from Burning Man that is made from the front half of a Boeing 747 fuselage removed from government land. It has been parked on the Black Rock Desert since the event ended two weeks ago. The display had been moved about 12 miles from the Burning Man site in the Nevada desert onto land managed by the Bureau. BLM acting communications chief Rudy Evenson said that the owners of the vehicle need to apply for a new permit to move the airplane since the event is over. Normally, as an art project the 747 would have been covered by the Burning Man organization's recreation permit, but that has expired. Some of the nation’s best aerobatic aircraft pilots will return to Oshkosh on September 22-28 to compete for the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships, hosted by the International Aerobatic Club. The event moved to Oshkosh last year after spending most of the past 45 years in Sherman/Denison, Texas. Approximately 100 pilots will compete in five separate categories during the week, ranging from Primary to Unlimited in both powered and glider aircraft. In addition, the top finishers in the Unlimited category will earn spots on the U.S. team that will compete next year at the world championships in France. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne-Unmanned 09.18.18: Airware Grounded, AUVSI Urges Congress, LMC And DRL

Also: DroneInsurance.com And AirMap, EagleView And PrecisionHawk, Laser-Carrying Drones, Army Drones Claiming to offer, “... a cloud-based platform to manage, process, view, analyze and collaborate around data for insurance, property management, mining, quarrying, and construction,” Airware has elected to shut down operations after spending some 118 million in investment capital. Airware was founded in 2011 in Newport Beach, California, by Jonathan Downey and relocated to San Francisco in January 2014, and purchased Redbird, a drone analytics software company, in 2016. Company staffers were offered little warning... having been notified the day of the shutdown. At its height, the company reportedly had over 140 employees. AUVSI has urged lawmakers working on a reauthorization bill for the FAA to include legislative proposals that would give the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice the authority to mitigate UAS that are used for nefarious purposes, while maintaining the FAA’s exclusive sovereignty over the airspace. Lockheed Martin and Drone Racing League have announced an innovation competition, challenging teams to develop artificial intelligence (AI) technology that will enable an autonomous drone to race a pilot-operated drone – and win. Participating teams will compete in a series of challenges for their share of over $2 million in prizes. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!
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Airborne 09.21.18: Paul Allen's MonsterPlane, Reno Air Races, Diamond Doubles

Also: Aviators Indicted, Hartzell Appointment, World's First 777, ASTM Parachutes For Drones Stratolaunch Systems founder Paul Allen has put his mark on the fuselage of the enormous airplane being flight tested as a horizontal launch system. Allen tweeted photos this week of the Stratolauncher, being built by Scaled Composites, emblazoned with "Stratolaunch: A Paul G. Allen Company" on the left fuselage. While there had been hopes of flight testing the airplane this summer, there are still three taxi tests on the schedule, delaying the first flight of the aircraft into the fall at the earliest. The results from the 2018 edition of the Reno Air Races are in, following the completion of the Gold races. The Gold races are essentially the final, and all heat winners are named champions in their division. Over the past ten years, the event has attracted more than 1 million spectators and generated more than $600 million for the region’s economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civil flight demonstrations. Diamond plans to double production at its London, Ontario, Canada facility next year bringing the number of airplanes produced to 150 and adding about 100 workers to the payroll. The plant will manufacture about 75 airplanes this year. Diamond's CEO in London Scott McFadzean believes that the market in China is about to "explode", and other demand is growing worldwide. McFadzean said that the company is now building for the global market like it did previously for the North American market. He said that the Chinese market is "huge compared to Western countries." All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 09.21.18: Paul Allen's MonsterPlane, Reno Air Races, Diamond Doubles

Also: Aviators Indicted, Hartzell Appointment, World's First 777, ASTM Parachutes For Drones Stratolaunch Systems founder Paul Allen has put his mark on the fuselage of the enormous airplane being flight tested as a horizontal launch system. Allen tweeted photos this week of the Stratolauncher, being built by Scaled Composites, emblazoned with "Stratolaunch: A Paul G. Allen Company" on the left fuselage. While there had been hopes of flight testing the airplane this summer, there are still three taxi tests on the schedule, delaying the first flight of the aircraft into the fall at the earliest. The results from the 2018 edition of the Reno Air Races are in, following the completion of the Gold races. The Gold races are essentially the final, and all heat winners are named champions in their division. Over the past ten years, the event has attracted more than 1 million spectators and generated more than $600 million for the region’s economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civil flight demonstrations. Diamond plans to double production at its London, Ontario, Canada facility next year bringing the number of airplanes produced to 150 and adding about 100 workers to the payroll. The plant will manufacture about 75 airplanes this year. Diamond's CEO in London Scott McFadzean believes that the market in China is about to "explode", and other demand is growing worldwide. McFadzean said that the company is now building for the global market like it did previously for the North American market. He said that the Chinese market is "huge compared to Western countries." All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.23.18)

"I am excited to get these trainers in the hands of the U.S. Air Force Rescue Warriors. The combat rescue mission is uniquely challenging in that it requires much of the mission planning to occur while in flight rather than prior to flight. This is due to the time-critical nature of the mission and the reality that the threat, location and condition of isolated personnel to be rescued are not fully known prior to takeoff. This requires that the aircrew become highly skilled at using the enormous networking and information capabilities that reside within the HH-60W, and that takes training and practice. These Weapons Systems and Operational Flight trainers will allow that training at the highest fidelity and realism ever seen." Source: Tim Healy, Director, Air Force Programs, Sikorsky, discussing final assembly of the first HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter Weapons System and Operational Flight Trainers now underway, supporting the smooth entry of the aircraft into the U.S. Air Force fleet in 2020.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.23.18)

Aero Linx: The Stearman Restorers Association The Stearman Restorers Association is an independent “Not for Profit” 501C-3 Corporation dedicated to the preservation, restoration, flying and safety of Stearman Aircraft through the education of both members and the public. The Stearman was a primary trainer for both Army and Navy cadets in WWII. The SRA was originally founded in 1966 and for the year 2012 1150 members in 25 countries...
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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.23.18): Obstacle

Obstacle An existing object, object of natural growth, or terrain at a fixed geographical location or which may be expected at a fixed location within a prescribed area with reference to which vertical clearance is or must be provided during flight operation.
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ANN FAQ: Contact Us (Updated)

Update: We've Moved! Aero-News recently relocated its Global Headquarters from one aviation centric location... near Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine... to a spot near both Cecil Field and Herlong Airport. So ...for anyone needing to contact ANN via snail mail, here is our updated address: Aero-News Network 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 21-252, Jacksonville, FL, 32244.
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Airborne 09.17.18: Round The World Spitfire, Reno MidAir, Loon Program

Also: NATA Leadership, Navy Presents DFC, Wright Brothers Memorial, Orion Parachute Tests We rarely get jealous of our fellow aviators but a recent announcement has definitely inspired us to be green with envy. Seriously... just say the name, SPITFIRE, and you have nearly any pilot’s immediate attention as they consider the iconic airplane that so many have admired and so few have actually flown. And as exciting as the aircraft and its warrior history may be, there is one thing that this infamous aircraft has never done... fly around the world. BUT... two adventurous aviators seem intent on changing all that. The two British flyers, Matt Jones and Steve Brooks, intend to leave Southern England on a trans-global journey by next fall in a brightly polished silver Spitfire Mark IX, returning the following Christmas after an adventure that should require some 150 stops in over 30 countries. The most recent edition of the Reno Air Races had a little unplanned excitement this weekend as two L39s tangled during a Friday morning race, damaging both aircraft but no so much that both aircraft weren’t able to return both pilots safely... though the same probably can’t be said of their checkbooks. The two pilots involved in the midair were Race 37 pilot Alexandre Eckmann of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, piloting, and Race 13 pilot Nathan Harnagel of Friendswood, Texas, piloting Reality Czech. The incident took place about 1000 local time during the Jet Heat 2B, not far from Pylon 4 along the 7.9 mile course. Alphabet's Loon has reached what it is calling a major milestone after successfully relaying data across some 540 nautical miles between a network of seven balloons. For the experiment, the connection originated from the launch site in Navata to a balloon floating at about 65,000 feet. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 09.19.18: SpaceX Moonshot, 747 'Art Car', Nat'l Aerobatic Championships

Also: FAA Reauthorization Stalled, First 777X, Unlicensed Pilot Arrested, Soundproofing PC-12 A Japanese entrepreneur and billionaire is the first passenger named for SpaceX's trip around the moon, which the company plans for 2023. Yusaku Maezawa has been named as the first private passenger to fly around the moon. No human has been that close to the moon since 1972. Maezawa, whose net worth has been estimated at $2.9 billion, appeared on stage with SpaceX founder Elon Musk for an event held at the company's headquarters. "Finally I can tell you that I choose to go to the moon," he said. The Bureau of Land Management wants the owners of an "art car" from Burning Man that is made from the front half of a Boeing 747 fuselage removed from government land. It has been parked on the Black Rock Desert since the event ended two weeks ago. The display had been moved about 12 miles from the Burning Man site in the Nevada desert onto land managed by the Bureau. BLM acting communications chief Rudy Evenson said that the owners of the vehicle need to apply for a new permit to move the airplane since the event is over. Normally, as an art project the 747 would have been covered by the Burning Man organization's recreation permit, but that has expired. Some of the nation’s best aerobatic aircraft pilots will return to Oshkosh on September 22-28 to compete for the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships, hosted by the International Aerobatic Club. The event moved to Oshkosh last year after spending most of the past 45 years in Sherman/Denison, Texas. Approximately 100 pilots will compete in five separate categories during the week, ranging from Primary to Unlimited in both powered and glider aircraft. In addition, the top finishers in the Unlimited category will earn spots on the U.S. team that will compete next year at the world championships in France. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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AMA Drone Report 09.20.18: Section 336 Update, LAANC Course, Drones In Florence

Also: FAA Reauthorization Stalled, Golf Course Drone Delivery, eBee X Fixed-Wing, Drone Locates Missing Woman AMA president Rich Hanson has sent letters to the House and Senate, requesting they consider a risk-based approach to regulating recreational UAS. This would ensure the safe integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace while continuing to allow responsible model aircraft operators to fly safely. It is still uncertain if Congress will pass an FAA Authorization bill by the September 30 deadline, but legislators have begun work to resolve some of the issues surrounding the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Section 336), which may include remote ID requirements on some aircraft. A congressional update on Section 336 was just released via a video from Interim Executive Director, Chad Budreau. Drone pilots can take a new free King Schools course titled Using LAANC to Fly Drones in Controlled Airspace to learn how to use the FAA Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability. The online course includes HD video and bullet points followed by interactive questions to test your knowledge. Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, pronounced “LANCE,” is the result of a partnership effort between the FAA and private industry. LAANC enables drone pilots to access controlled airspace near airports through near real-time processing of airspace authorizations. In this course, Co-Chairman of King Schools Martha King explains how operators of drones can get that authorization. Drones will be instrumental in helping assess the damage caused by hurricane Florence, which struck the North Carolina coast over the weekend and is continuing to cause widespread flooding across a broad area of the country. Brien Reil, a spokesman for the Washington-based industry group Edison Electric Institute said that at least 53 teams have been recruited to help with the damage assessment. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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Hubble Uncovers Never-Before-Seen Features Around A Neutron Star

Scientists Still Unsure What Is Causing The Unusual Infrared Light Emission An unusual infrared light emission from a nearby neutron star detected by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope could indicate new features never before seen. One possibility is that there is a dusty disk surrounding the neutron star; another is that there is an energetic wind coming off the object and slamming into gas in interstellar space the neutron star is plowing through.
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IATA: Aviation Drives Economic Prosperity For Mauritius

Calls On Government To Focus On The Sector As An Economic Enabler The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on the government of Mauritius to continue to focus on aviation as a strategic enabler of the country’s economic and social development.
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Auburn 3-D Technology Helping Build Next Generation Of NASA Spacecraft

Expanding On Existing Relationship With Marshall Space Flight Center NASA inspires the world with its mission of space exploration, scientific discovery and development of new technology. That's why Auburn University is partnering with NASA to employ 3-D printers that will build components for the next generation of spacecraft in support of a U.S.-led program for a human return to the Moon.
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