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|NASA's Twin Grail spacecraft probes to enter Moon orbit on New Year's Eve 2012|
NASA Grail spacecraft have reached orbit with the Moon to survey and study the lunar surface in unprecedented detail. This artist rendering provided by NASA shows the twin Grail spacecraft mapping the lunar gravity field. The Grail probes, which stands for Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory will have a polar orbit at an altitude of 34 miles (55km) and maintaining a distance of 75 to 225 miles (121 to 362 km) apart as they circle the Moon.
Photo/NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
|Stratolaunch Systems Developing Giant Space Plane December 13, 2011|
Aerospace Pioneer Burt Rutan and Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen of Stratolaunch Systems are developing a Giant Space Plane. The new space launch plane will have a wingspan of 380 feet – the world's largest. The plane will carry under its belly a space capsule with its own booster rocket; it will blast into orbit after the plane climbs high into the atmosphere. The rockets will eventually carry people, but the first tests, scheduled for 2016, will be unmanned. It should be another five years before people can fly on the system that Allen and Rutan are calling Stratolaunch.
|ALPA - Air Line Pilots Association - International|
This is a display of Continental Airlines models supplied by Silent Thunder Models for the ALPA - Air Line Pilots Association - International, 43rd Biennial Board of Directors Meeting held in Florida recently.
|October 01, 2010 - Continental Airlines merges with United Airlines creating world's largest carrier|
United's merger with Continental official closes today, a move that likely begins the Continental brand's fade into the aviation history books. USA TODAY writes "the combination creates a carrier that in most, but not all, respects is bigger than Delta, formerly the world's largest." Eventually, the Continental name will disappear from all of the airline's aircraft, giving way to "United" on aircraft ranging from Boeing 747-400 jumbo jets to Bombardier Q400 turboprops.
|"Seven Pounds" the movie displays Silent Thunder Models NASA models|
Silent Thunder Models is privileged to have supplied models for the production of the movie "Seven Pounds" 2008. Starring Will Smith, Rosario Dawson & Woody Harrelson. Directed by Gabriele Muccino. Columbia Pictures.
|Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum|
Silent Thunder Models is proud to have contributed a picture of our presidential seal to the Official Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum website. The former 38th president of the United States passed away and was laid to rest in Michigan.
|Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites with Silent Thunder Models SS1 & White Knight Model|
Silent Thunder Models is honored to be able to supply models of Scaled Composites ground breaking SS1 program. The team at Scaled Composites, along with other partners, won the $10 million Ansari X-Prize competition in 2004. SpaceShipOne and White Knight were just the first step towards very exciting plans Scaled and various partners have for the future of space exploration, and global passenger travel. The great people of Scaled have been a true pleasure to do business with and we here at STM are grateful to have been able to have shared a little part in their incredible endeavors. We are looking forward to Scaled's next great adventure. Stay tuned...
|Lockheed Martin wins NASA moon contract by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer |
The nation's space agency plans to use the Orion crew exploration vehicle to replace the space shuttle fleet, take astronauts to the moon and perhaps to Mars. Unlike Apollo and earlier spacecraft perched atop rockets, it will be reusable. NASA estimated the cost at $7.5 billion through 2019 for likely eight separate spaceships.The last time NASA awarded a manned spaceship contract to Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md., was in 1996 for a spaceplane that was supposed to replace the space shuttle. NASA spent $912 million and the ship, called X-33, never got built because of technical problems.
|WASHINGTON (AFP) - Space Shuttle Atlantis will be taken to its launch pad Monday ahead of its planned August 28 liftoff on a mission to resume construction of the International Space Station (ISS), NASA said. The orbiter with its huge external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters will be mounted on a mobile launcher platform that will crawl to launch pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The four-mile (six-kilometer) trip takes about six hours. Atlantis has a launch window that opens August 28 and closes September 7. The 11-day mission will be just the third since the February 2003 Columbia shuttle disaster and the first of 16 missions to complete construction of the half-finished ISS.|
|Honda to Sell Sleek Microjet in U.S.|
Michimasa Fujino, HondaJet project leader and vice president of Honda R&D Americas, Inc., holding microphone, answers questions, Tuesday, July 25, 2006, at EAA Air Venture during a news conference in Oshkosh, Wis., as Satoshi Toshida, right, senior managing director of Honda Motor Company, looks on. Honda Motor Co. announced plans Tuesday to start accepting sales orders this fall for the small jet it debuted last year. The company also said it has formed a business alliance with Piper Aircraft. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
|STS-121 Astronauts Practice Launch Abort and Escape Plans|
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Seven astronauts aborted the launch of the space shuttle Discovery Thursday just seconds before a simulated liftoff Thursday during a dress rehearsal of their planned July 1 space shot. A mock main engine shutdown four seconds before "liftoff" prompted the abort and escape exercise for the STS-121 astronauts, NASA's second shuttle crew to launch since the 2003 Columbia accident, during a two-day training session here at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). "It went very well, we had a good test," NASA KSC spokesperson Bruce Buckingham told reporters after the training session, adding that the Discovery orbiter could have launched today if the simulation were real. "I would have been here on launch day saying we had no problems at all."
|U.S. Company Plans $265M Spaceport in UAE|
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A day after Space Adventures announced it was in a venture to develop rocket ships for suborbital flights, the company said Friday it plans to build a $265 million spaceport in the United Arab Emirates. The commercial spaceport would be based in Ras Al-Khaimah near the southern end of the Persian Gulf, and the UAE government has made an initial investment of $30 million, the Arlington, Va.-based company said in a statement. The spaceport announcement comes on the heels of Space Adventures' new partnership with an investment firm founded by major sponsors of the Ansari X Prize to develop rocket ships for suborbital flights.
|Stardust Returns Safely to Earth|
Mon, 16 Jan 2006 - After 10 years of vigorous planning and 7 years of flight operations, NASA's Stardust sample return mission successfully landed at the U.S. Air Force Utah Test and Training Range Sunday morning at 1010 GMT (10:10 am PST). The cometary and interstellar dust samples from the capsule will be packed into a special aluminum carrying case to be transferred to the Johnson Space Center, where it will be opened. NASA's Stardust sample return mission returned safely to Earth when the capsule carrying cometary and interstellar particles successfully touched down at 2:10 a.m. Pacific time (3:10 a.m. Mountain time) in the desert salt flats of the U.S. Air Force Utah Test and Training Range.
|NASA: Mission Accomplished - Stardust Capsule Returns|
1/16/06 - DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, UTAH (AP) - After a seven year journey, a NASA space capsule returned safely to Earth on Sunday with the first dust ever fetched from a comet, a cosmic bounty that scientists hope will yield clues to how the solar system formed. The capsule's blazing plunge through the atmosphere lit up parts of the western sky as it capped a mission in which the Stardust spacecraft swooped past a comet known as Wild 2.
|SpaceShipOne Donated to Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum|
10/05/05 - SpaceShipOne, center, the first privately built and piloted vehicle to reach space, is suspended from the ceiling along with other aircraft, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005, at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington. SpaceShipOne, designed by Burt Rutan, and financed by Paul G. Allen, founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., is one of the latest additions to the museum. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
|Space Shuttle Discovery Moved to Launch Pad|
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA took a major step toward returning to spaceflight early Thursday when space shuttle Discovery was moved to a launch pad in preparation for its scheduled May liftoff — the first since the Columbia tragedy two years ago. NASA plans a mid-May liftoff with a launch window from mid-May to June — a period dictated by the position of the international space station, the shuttle's destination. "It's a great sight to see Discovery rolling out to the launch pad," shuttle commander Eileen Collins, who will lead the crew on the next mission, said from Mission Control in Houston. "We know we are getting close."
|SALINA, Kan. - Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett took off Monday night on his attempt to become the first person to complete a solo trip around the world in an airplane without making a single stop. Fossett, the first person to circle the globe solo in a balloon, launched his GlobalFlyer from the Salina Municipal Airport shortly before 7 p.m., beginning a 66-hour journey by climbing northeast into a darkening sky. Hundreds of spectators, braving a bitterly cold wind, gathered along the two-mile runway to watch the takeoff. Fossett hoped to return to Salina on Thursday morning. The 23,000-mile flight had already been postponed several times because of shifting jet stream patterns or weather at the airport.|
|The Clinton Presidential Library Opens November 14-18th, 2004|
Silent Thunder Models is pleased to have filled a special order for one of the architects designing the Clinton Presidential Library. Three of our 10" inch Presidential Seal & Vice Presidential Seals will be permanently displayed in the Library. November 14-18, 2004, are the dates scheduled for the grand opening ceremonies for the Clinton Presidential Library -- America's 12th Presidential Library. Currently under construction on the banks of the Arkansas River in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock, the $160-million-dollar structure will contain 20,000 square feet of library and museum space, to include a replica of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room. Exhibits in the museum are designed by Ralph Appelbaum and Associates of New York. Among its numerous notable achievements, Appelbaum and Associates created the powerful exhibits at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. When completed, the library will contain the largest collection of presidential papers and artifacts in U.S. history.
|SpaceShipOne Wins $10 Million Ansari X-Prize - October 4th, 2004|
MOJAVE, Calif. (Reuters) SpaceShipOne and White Knight, the world's first privately funded manned spacecraft, on Monday reached space for the second time in less than a week to win a $10 million prize designed to spur commercial space travel. The stubby, three-seat rocket plane hurtled to a height of 368,000 feet traveling at more than three times the speed of sound to reach space on the last of two flights required to win the Ansari X Prize. "We are proud to announce that SpaceShipOne has made two flights to 100 kilometers (62 miles) and has won the Ansari X Prize," Peter Diamandis, founder of the X Prize announced to reporters at Mojave airport. We are taking special orders for the SpaceShipOne Model.
|100th Anniversary Of First Flight - December 17th, 1903-2003|
On December 17, 1903 Orville Wright took the first heavier-than-air manned aircraft for a 12-second spin at Kill Devil Hills in Kitty Hawk, NC. Later that day his brother Wilbur flew the plane for a 59 second span. This was considered the first official airplane and is also considered one of the most significant technological leaps mankind has taken in history. Click here or, click on the image to the left for the Wright Flyer "Centennial Of Flight" page.
|Concorde SST Last Flights - May 31st & October 24th, 2003|
Aviation history was made Saturday, May 31, 2003 at New York's Kennedy International Airport when the last commercial flight of an Air France Concorde took off bound for Paris - Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8 a.m. EST. The last commercial flight of the British Airways Concorde will take place on October 24, 2003 from London, England. Marking the end of an era in modern aviation. Click here or, click on the image to the left for the Concorde Models we offer.
|Northrop-Grumman - USAF Global Hawk RQ-4 - August 1st, 2003|
The first production model was rolled out Friday, August 1, 2003 in Palmdale, California. "Like the Wright Flyer did 100 years ago, Global Hawk will lead the way in another revolution in aviation - unmanned systems," said Scott Seymour, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems. Marking a new era in modern aviation. Click here or, click on the image to the left for the Global Hawk Model we offer.
|USAF Predator RQ-1 UAV Model|
RQ-1A Predator Drone is a long endurance, medium altitude unmanned aircraft system for surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Surveillance imagery from synthetic aperture radar, video cameras and a forward looking infra-red (FLIR) can be distributed in real time both to the front line soldier and to the operational commander or worldwide in real time via satellite communication links. Click here or, click on the image to the left for the Predator UAV airplane model we offer.
|Unmanned Aerial Combat Vehicle Completes First Flight|
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFMCNS) - The X-45A Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) took to the skies May 22 over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for its first flight. This major advance in aerospace technology occurred as the result of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)/Air Force/Boeing collaboration. The 14-minute flight marked the first step in transforming combat capability for the Air Force of the early 21st century. Click here or, click on the image to the left for the X-45 UCAV airplane models we offer.
|USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76 arrives to it's home port in San Diego, California|
July 23, 2004 - Today the USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76, a Nimitz Class nuclear submarine arrived to it's home port in San Diego, California. The former president's wife, Nancy Reagan, welcomed the aircraft carrier and it's crew home.
|Former Air Force One Boeing 707 jet installed at Reagan Library in Simi Valley California|
(Simi Valley, California-NBC) Sept. 21, 2004 - A retired Air Force One jet became a permanent fixture at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Tuesday in California. The Boeing 707 served as Air Force One during the late President Reagan's eight years in office and has been moved to his presidential library in Simi Valley. One of the plane's last missions was bringing President Reagan home to California after he left Washington in 1989. The 153-foot-long jet was given to the library in 2001. It now sits in the $20 million Presidential Transportation Pavilion. Former First Lady Nancy Reagan attended the move-in ceremony.
Success SpaceX Falcon 1 - Flight 4 - September 28, 2008
|February 20, 2012||Feb. 20, 2012 ::: 50 years ago John Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth aboard Friendship 7|
|December, 2011||NASA has launched the super-sized MSL Curiosity rover bound for Mars, Landing on Mars August 2012|
|September, 2011||Astronauts might have to abandon Space Station due to issues with Russian Soyuz Rocket|
|August, 2011||USA - California-based rocket maker SpaceX plans November test flight to space station|
|August, 2011||Everett, Washington - Boeing rolls out 787 Dreamliner after years of delays|
|July, 2011||NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis has blasted off on NASA's last space shuttle launch|
|May 25, 2011||The 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's moon speech to Congress - May 25, 1961|
|April 12, 2011||Celebrating Yuri Gagarin: 50th anniversary of the first man in space April 12, 1961|
|March 9, 2011||CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Space Shuttle/Orbiter Discovery ended its flying career as the world's most flown spaceship today, returning from orbit for the last time and taking off in a new direction as a museum piece. "For the final time: wheels stop," commander Steven Lindsey called out when the shuttle rolled to a stop.|
|February 25, 2011||NASA Space Shuttle Discovery launched successfully on the last space shuttle mission. Ending an exciting era in space exploration.|
|February 09, 2011||The Dragon spacecraft built by US company SpaceX went on display in the US Capital|
|October 09, 2010||Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo achieved it's first solo flight Sunday Oct. 9, 2010|
|October 01, 2010||Continental Airlines merges with United Airlines creating world's largest carrier.|
|August 21, 2010||NASA : CAPE CANAVERAL : Decides To Delay Final Two Shuttle Flights|
|July 4, 2010||Russian Soyuz space freighter successfully docks with ISS|
|June 4, 2010||SpaceX's Falcon 9 test rocket reached orbit after nine minutes into the launch|
|May 16, 2010||NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis has docked to the International Space Station|
|May 14, 2010||NASA fuels space shuttle Atlantis for final voyage to the International Space Station|
|May 6, 2010||Orion Crew Capsule Undergoes Successful Test Launch In NM Desert|
|May 1, 2010||United Airlines in $3 Billion-plus stock deal for Continental Airlines|
|March 22, 2010||First Flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo was successful on March 22, 2010|
|February 2010||NASA Endeavour crew installed the Tranquility Module w/ 360 degree Observation Dome|
|February 2010||NASA launches Solar Dynamics Observatory to study sun atop an Atlas V rocket|
|February 2010||NASA Shuttle Endeavour made last ever Night Launch from KSC on Monday|
|NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 has Successfully Landed back on Earth|
|NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 has Successfully Undocked with ISS|
|NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 has Successfully Docked with ISS|
|Nov. 2009||USS New York LPD-21 arrives in namesake city for commissioning...|
|Oct. 28, 2009||NASA Ares I-X Rocket Wednesday's scheduled launch time is 8 a.m. ET|
|Aug. 31, 2009||NASA Shuttle Discovery Marks Silver Anniversary With Space Station Docking|
|July 20, 2009||NASA ~ APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING ~ 40th ANNIVERSARY ~ July 20 1969 - 2009|
|May 11, 2009||NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis Astronauts Install New Camera on Hubble Telescope|
|April 04, 2009||NASA Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Mercury 7 Astronauts|
|March 27, 2009||NASA and Discovery Astronauts Prep for Saturday Landing at KSC in Florida - Soyuz also in Orbit|
|March 25, 2009||NASA Discovery Astronauts Install Solar Array & Make 3 Successful Spacewalks|
|March 21, 2009||SpaceX of Hawthorne, California Succeeds as Falcon 1 > Flight 4 Made it to Space|
|November 10, 2008||November 10, 2008 marks the 233rd birthday of the United States Marine Corps|
|August 30, 2008||NASA turns 50 and honors Ohio Astronauts Neil Armstrong, John Glenn & James Lovell|
|August 21, 2008||NASA uses remote sand dunes in Moses Lake Washington as stand-in for moon|
|June 20, 2008||The Mars Phoenix Lander has found ice on the surface of the Red Planet, Mars.|
|May 27, 2008||NASA Phoenix Mars Lander Mission lands successfully on Mars|
|October 25, 2007||Singapore Airlines A380 completes first flight.|
|July 06, 2007||Boeing says 787 Dreamliner to be delivered on time.|
|July 30, 2005||NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Astronauts Embark On Spacewalk|
|July 23, 2005||NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Set To Launch Tuesday 7/26/05|
|July 14, 2005||NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Launch Scrubbed Due To Faulty Fuel Gauge|
|July 13, 2005||NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Set To Launch Today|
|Oct. 4, 2004||SpaceShipOne Wins $10 Million Ansari X-Prize - October 4th, 2004|
|Sept. 21, 2004||Former Air Force One Boeing 707 jet installed at Reagan Library in Simi Valley California.|
|Aug. 31, 2004||NASA to Announce New Class of Planets.|
|Aug. 26, 2004||American Airlines fuel costs up by $300 million.|
|July 23, 2004||USS Ronald Reagan arrives to it's home port in San Diego, California|
Today the USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76, a Nimitz Class nuclear submarine arrived to it's home port in San Diego, California. The former president's wife, Nancy Reagan, welcomed the aircraft carrier and it's crew home.
|May 29, 2004||Veterans Await WWII Monument Dedication - Visit the National World War II Memorial - official site|
WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) - Most of their comrades are dead now, making Saturday's dedication of the National World War II Memorial bittersweet for the tens of thousands of elderly veterans on hand. Marvin Spencer, who toured the site Friday with his wife, Helen, said the memorial is a lasting tribute to those who served and a history lesson for future generations. "About all of us are going to be gone in 10 years, but other people will see it and know what we did," said Spencer, 82, an Army infantryman who suffered a serious injury to his right arm during the decisive battle in Metz, France, in 1944.
|May 23, 2004||PARIS' DE GAULLE: 5 KILLED WHEN THE GLEAMING NEW TERMINAL'S ROOF FALLS IN|
ROISSY, France (AP) - The vaulted roof of the new showcase terminal at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport -- touted as a jewel of design, safety and comfort -- collapsed early Sunday, killing at least five people and forcing authorities to revisit problems that preceded the fanfare opening of Terminal 2E less than a year ago.
|Sunday May 16, 2004||Robert Morgan, famed WWII bomber commander, dies at 85|
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Col. Robert Morgan, commander of the famed Memphis Belle B-17 bomber that flew combat missions over Europe during World War II, died of complications from a fall. He was 85.
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