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The system will analyze satellite imagery to determine an area's suitability for landing operations by looking at length, width, and flatness of the area as well as potential obstructions and standing water.
If, however, the area around the landing mat is free of hard or dangerous obstructions and is in compliance with the "soft landing zone" rules, the helmets would not be necessary.
While the first four flights ended on huge Rogers Dry Lake, the fifth landing was to end on Edwards' concrete runway, and the crew was to aim for a designated spot.
But, there's more to a safe landing than a "soft" surface that slows you down gradually, says physicist Arthur Damask.
This was also the first landing at Edwards by a returning space station crew.
VISUAL incorporates both visible and infrared imagery and complex tracking algorithms to determine range, aircraft attitude, type and configuration, damage assessment and landing dynamics of fixed-wing aircraft during ship approach.
Those flights included one with a short takeoff, a transition into normal jet flight, then a vertical landing.
Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing has one presidential suite, two VIP suites, five conference suites and five junior suites.
But once the problem arose, the Piper had to be diverted back to Burbank for its landing because Van Nuys officials were dealing with a biplane that crash-landed on its nose, Geere said.
Textron Systems' sale of five Mobile Microwave Landing Systems to the Italian MoD signifies the first such order for this U.
After several failed efforts to shake the stuck gear loose, the pilot landed the plane in a lopsided position, with just the nose wheel and right landing gear down.
Tom Harrington, Textron Systems Vice President, Landing Systems said that, "We view this agreement as another important step in the European movement toward microwave landing systems as a precision-approach landing solution that will meet the military's ever-changing mission requirements.