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Endeavour takes off on a house keeping mission to ISS

The United States’ space shuttle Endeavour roared into the clear moonlit sky from the Kennedy Space Centre with a seven-member crew, carrying bedrooms and a bathroom, on a house keeping mission to repair and upgrade the International Space Station.Photo courtesy NASASpace shuttle Endeavour’s STS-126 flight will feature important repair work and prepare the International Space Station to house six crew …

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Victoria Beckham aka Posh Spice Stays Cool During Airport Mayhem

E!Online reports, crowds of photographers and fans went crazy for a glimpse of Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, the former Spice Girl, after she landed at Los Angeles International Airport. When Posh arrived from Europe in her trench coat, sunglasses, hat and boots, all signs of civility vanished. The crowd of photographers and fans waiting for Posh became unmanageable. “The …

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Chandrayaan on the moon; congratulations ISRO

India marked its presence on Moon tonight to be only the fourth nation to scale this historic milestone after a Moon Impact Probe with the national tri-colour painted successfully landed on the lunar surface after being detached from unmanned spacecraft Chandrayaan-1. Joining the US, the erstwhile Soviet Union and the European Union, the 35-kg Moon Impact Probe (MIP) hit the …

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Search Google using your voice via iPhone

This is way too cool to pass up. The New York Times reports Google researchers have added sophisticated voice recognition technology to the company’s search software for the Apple iPhone. Users of the free application, which Apple is expected to make available as soon as Friday through its iTunes store, can place the phone to their ear and ask virtually …

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Boeing delays delivery of new 747-8 airplanes

Deliveries delayed 9 months; deliveries of 747-8 Freighter to begin third quarter of 2010; deliveries of 747-8 Intercontinental passenger model to begin second quarter of 2011. Company working with customers to minimize disruption. Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced an adjusted schedule for production and delivery of the 747-8 Freighter and Intercontinental airplanes. Source Boeing via Bloomberg The delays have been …

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Star ratings widget for Blogger, Typepad, WordPress

I have added a new star ratings widget from Outbrain that allows you to rate blog posts and provide instant feedback. This widget is available to bloggers on Blogger, WordPress or TypePad. I am very impressed by the widget. It’s light, requires no registration and very intuitive, automatically blending in to the current blog design. I also like the fact …

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BIA domestic UDF fixed at Rs. 375 on par with RGIA

The Deccan Chronicle reports that the ministry of civil aviation (MoCA) is ready to roll out the User Development Fee (UDF) for Bengaluru International Airport Limited which is likely to cheer air passengers but leave the promoters red faced. While the UDF for domestic passengers will be Rs 375, international travellers will have to fork out Rs 1,000 every time …

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Air New Zealand, Boeing to test sustainable bio-fuels in December flight

Photo courtesy WikipediaAir New Zealand and Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced Dec. 3 as the date for the airline’s sustainable biofuels flight from Auckland using a 747-400 jetliner. Conducted in partnership with Rolls-Royce and UOP, a Honeywell company, one of the airplane’s four Rolls-Royce RB211 engines will be powered in part using advanced generation biofuels derived from jatropha. Air New Zealand …

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Bengaluru International Airport completes 6 months of operations

Bengaluru International Airport announced the completion of six months of airport operations. The new greenfield airport opened on 24-May-08. 80% of the aircrafts departed on time with 15 mins tolerance, as per the internationally accepted norms. Average wait time for delivery of the first baggage on the arrival belt being 9 minutes for domestic and 13 minutes for international arrivals. …

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Jet gets Rs 1,000 crore from Mubadala Development Co.

The Business Standard reports that Indian carrier Jet Airways is believed to have struck a deal last week with west Asian investment agency Mubadala Development Company for a funding of Rs 1,000 crore (approx $ 200 million). The instrument of funding, however, has yet to be formalised.Mubadala is wholly owned by the government of Emirates of Abu Dhabi. The tenure …

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Delhi IGIA to get world’s 2nd largest air terminal

India can boast of having the second largest airport terminal in the world when the third terminal building at the Indira Gandhi International airport (IGIA) here comes up in 2010. The terminal building alone will come up on 20 acres of land, with the entire seven-storey structure providing a total space of about 5,20,000 square metres and having a capacity …

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Tourist entry permit requirements for Lakshadweep islands

Air India Regional (Alliance Air) ATR-42 VT-ABB

Entry into Lakshadweep islands is restricted to non-islanders, and governed under the Lakshadweep rules 1967 which state “No person who is not a native of the island shall enter or reside in the island except and in accordance with permit issued by the competent authority.” The government has recently strengthened the requirement call for airlines to check for the entry …

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Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege and United Airlines’ Mileage Plus forge partnership

Jet Airways, will forge a frequent flyer partnership with United Airlines, one of the largest international carriers based in the United States, effective November 15, 2008. With this partnership, Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege members may now earn and redeem JPMiles on the entire global network of United Airlines, and, United Airlines’ Mileage Plus members may now earn and redeem their miles …

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