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2012-04-17 10:20:39

HOUSTON, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA today successfully conducted a drop test of the Orion crew vehicle's entry, descent and landing parachutes high above the Arizona desert in preparation for the vehicle's orbital flight test, Exploration Flight Test -1, in 2014. Orion will carry astronauts deeper into space than ever before, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and ensure a safe re-entry and landing. (Logo:...

Taking The Bull By The Horns: Baumgartner Completes 13-mile Skydive
2012-03-16 07:21:57

Austrian skydiver extraordinaire Felix Baumgartner has joined an elite list of men who have jumped from the edge of space, after he landed safely from a nearly 72,000-foot jump yesterday near Roswell, New Mexico. The 70,000-foot-plus feat was first accomplished by Joe Kittinger in November 1959 when he skydived from 76,400 feet, and then again in 1960 from 102,800 feet. Russian Eugene Andreev jumped from 83,253 feet in 1962, landing him in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest...

2012-03-05 16:06:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Pathfinder Therapeutics, a medical device company with first to market products for "surgical GPS" of the abdomen, is pleased to announce that it has hired Jim Cloar as President and CEO, effective immediately. Mr. Cloar previously held the position of General Manager of the Navigation and Imaging division at Medtronic. Under his leadership, the division globally launched numerous new products in the field of Cranial Neurosurgery, ENT,...

2012-03-01 12:30:00

HOUSTON, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Feb. 29, NASA successfully conducted another drop test of the Orion crew vehicle's entry, descent and landing parachutes high above the Arizona desert in preparation for the vehicle's orbital flight test in 2014. Orion will carry astronauts deeper into space than ever before, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and ensure a safe re-entry and landing. (Logo:...

2012-02-29 18:52:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The late February weather conditions were decidedly favorable for six team members of the Red Bull Air Force team to perform three legal base jumps today in Miami, Atlantic City, NJ, and Las Vegas, NV to ring in 2012's extra day which only comes every four years. The jumps took place off of The Conrad Miami Hotel in Espirito Santo Plaza (460 feet), The Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa (400 feet), and from the Foundation Room at...

Baumgartner To Make Freefall Attempt From The Edge Of Space
2012-02-08 05:35:02

Australian adventurer Felix Baumgartner is planning to set a record to skydive from the edge of space and back down to Earth. The daredevil is going to plunge 23 miles above the surface of our planet, and head back down to not only set a record height for a freefall, but also break the sound barrier. "We'll be setting new standards for aviation," Team medical director Dr. Jonathan Clark said on Red Bull Stratos website. "Never before has anyone reached the speed of sound without being...

2012-01-27 11:48:00

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Jan. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Parachute Association reports that the breathtaking sport of skydiving continued to grow in 2011 and is poised to thrill even more jumpers throughout Leap Year 2012. Last year, more than a half million people took the leap for the first time at some 200 USPA-affiliated skydiving centers across the country. Whether to cross an item off their bucket lists or discover a new hobby and passion, first-timers took the life-changing leap...

2011-11-24 23:01:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110428/DC91889LOGO) FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25: D.B. COOPER HIJACKING Profile America -- Friday, November 25th. A major news story on this date 40 years ago concerned the brazen hijacking the day before of an airliner on the West Coast by a man calling himself "D.B. Cooper." After collecting $200,000 in ransom, the man...

2011-10-12 10:45:00

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SustainU, a leading producer of high quality apparel using fabrics made from 100% recycled materials manufactured in the US, today announces its position as the official apparel provider of Bridge Day shirts for the third straight year. West Virginia's largest festival is held the third Saturday in October every year in Fayetteville, WV. This year's 32nd annual Bridge Day festival will take place on October 15, 2011. Bridge Day is the...

2011-10-11 11:00:00

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- From its colorfully-illuminated wind tunnel to pink flight shirts and pink decor, iFly Hollywood (www.iflyhollywood.com), the world's premiere "flying experience," where people actually fly through the air--no strings attached, is pink all over for the benefit of October's "Breast Cancer Awareness Month." A portion of the proceeds from every flight during the month of October will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, the...