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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Space News) Jan 1, 2012

Arizona State University Researchers want to comb moon photos for signs of alien expedition. Scientists have proposed scanning 340,000 images of the moon's surface to search for signs of alien life, and they might need your help doing it. Paul Davis and Robert Wagner of Arizona State University say high-definition photos taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter provide the detail needed to look for tracks or artifacts left over from any alien expedition to our moon. The duo admits it's unlikely they'll find anything, but with specialized software or a team of online volunteers to scour images, the project wouldn't be too difficult, they say. Dec 28, 2011

Beidou Navigation Satellite System China provides satellite navigation alternative to GPS. The Beidou Navigation Satellite System is now providing navigation, positioning and timing services to users in China, offering an alternative to the Global Positioning System, which is operated by the U.S. Air Force. The new system has 10 satellites in orbit, with six more scheduled for launch in the new year. Dec 28, 2011

Boeing Helena Montana university will expand aviation program to meet demand. The University of Montana-Helena College of Technology plans to expand its aviation program to meet demand for workers from Boeing Helena. "They can work on everything from a hot-air balloon to a supersonic jet," said college Dean and CEO Daniel Bingham of aviation students. "They could work on the space shuttle." Dec 20, 2011

Globalstar Globalstar Announces Successful Third Launch of Six New Second-Generation Satellites. Globalstar, Inc. today announced that six new second-generation Globalstar satellites were successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Globalstar satellites were launched on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 11:09:02 p.m. local Baikonur time (5:09 p.m. UTC and 12:09 p.m. EST) using the Soyuz-Fregat version of the Soyuz launch vehicle. There have been more than 1780 successful launches of the Soyuz family launch vehicle. Launch services provider Arianespace confirmed that the upper stage accurately injected the six second-generation satellites into the targeted low earth orbit of approximately 920 km. Globalstar reports that all six satellites have been successfully acquired following separation of the Fregat Upper Stage and release from the satellite dispenser. Globalstar has initiated satellite in-orbit testing and all six spacecraft are operating normally at this time. "It is with great pleasure that we announce the successful...

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