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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Space News) May 13, 2012

FAA awards RPN development contract. FAA awarded a $2.77 million contract to ITT Corp. and GEOs Naverus to help accelerate the development of satellite-based procedures that will allow aircraft to fly more directly to their destinations. According to FAA, prime contractor ITT and Naverus will develop required navigation performance (RNP) approach procedures for five US airports: Anchorage International in Alaska, Dayton International in Ohio, Kansas City International, MilwaukeeOs General Mitchell International in Wisconsin, and Syracuse Hancock International in New York. The companies will design, implement and maintain a total of 10 proceduresNtwo for each airport. The FAA has developed 305 RNP procedures. ONextGen will help deliver an environmentally friendly, more efficient traveling experience for the flying public,O said US transportation secretary Ray LaHood. Acting FAA administrator Michael Huerta said that aircraft using RNP approaches Omake a more direct and efficient approach into the airport, also decreasing fuel burn.O May 11, 2012

NASA House takes $126M from NASA, gives it to Justice Department. The U.S. House this week transferred $126 million from NASA's 2013 budget to that of the Justice Department. The money comes from NASA's Cross-Agency Support account, which pays for cybersecurity, astronaut safety oversight and other operations at nine field centers. May 10, 2012

NASA NASA aims to test super-rocket in 2017. As the first step toward creating a new "super-rocket" to send humans on future space expeditions, NASA plans to test launch an unmanned version in 2017, the space agency said. "We're making steady progress and we're hitting our marks as we go," said Todd May, manager of the Space Launch System Program Office at NASA's Huntsville, Ala., space center. May 9, 2012

NASA NASA fixes flaws that allowed hacking by "Unknowns". NASA says it has repaired security flaws that allowed hackers who call themselves "The Unknowns" to break into its servers. NASA said it detected the hacking April 20; the European Space Agency says it too was hacked by the group. NASA says the hackers didn't breach any sensitive information. May 8, 2012

NASA NASA must cut astrophysics operating cost, review panel says. NASA's astrophysics division must shrink its operating costs, according to an agency-sponsored review-committee evaluation. The Senior Review Committee included representatives from government...

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