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shuttle diplomacy

An act, instance, or practice of carrying out discussions or negotiations between two parties who refuse to communicate with one another directly. The ambassador has been on a mission of shuttle diplomacy, trying to broker a peace deal between the two warring nations.
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shuttle someone or something from (person to person)

 and shuttle someone or something from place to place
(Specific persons or places are sometimes expressed.) to move or pass someone or something from person to person; to move or pass someone or something from place to place. My phone call was shuttled from person to person. Mary shuttled her children from home to school to practice.
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MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK -- With the launch Saturday of an Orange Line connection to a National Park Service shuttle, a trip to the mountains or the beach can be as cheap and easy as buying a bus ticket.
He says that the problems could lead NASA to remove the aging shuttles from service before the currently scheduled 2010 retirement date.
Late in 2003, ME Global's research helped prompt NASA to overturn the refurbishment program and charter USA (NASA's largest contractor, which is responsible for the shuttle ground transport systems including the two transporters) to immediately start procurement processes to outfit both transporters with new shoes.
TPS has built shuttle molds with 32 and 48 cavities.
Once again, if 1986 cost-cutting rendered the program too risky, then shuttles make no sense--because even at the 1986 rates, the true cost of launching payload was several times the cost of using expendable rockets.
Whether you're visiting Disneyland and Sea World or you're living in Coronado and need regularly scheduled business travel, the Prime Time Shuttle family of companies is equipped to provide you ground transportation with a variety of services from shared ride shuttles to exclusive sedans and town cars.
Atlantis was the last of the shuttles to be hauled by tractor through Lancaster -- up 10th Street East, later renamed Challenger Way -- to be loaded on a NASA 747 at Edwards Air Force Base for its first trip to Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Covey, recently announced that his committee couldn't yet determine when shuttles would be ready to fly again.
Ballay of Autotec also claims that his company's IML system places the label into the mold in sync with the molds' movement as it shuttles into position under the head, so there is "no mechanical delay.
New requirements for the International Space Station have resulted in NASA's need to reprioritize the payloads set for launch on the STS-121 space shuttle mission currently set for liftoff in May 2006.
NASA prefers to land the shuttles in Florida because it saves about $1 million in costs for ferrying an orbiter cross-country, plus it reduces the amount of handling of the spacecraft.
By now, the space shuttles can be considered the dinosaurs of the space age, as obsolete as a 386 computer.
Rick Williams, Alcoa's worldwide director of safety, sits on the panel and has assisted NASA in its ongoing review of safety systems, operations and culture as it has prepared for returning space shuttles to flight.
The ParkLINK shuttles run each weekend carrying hikers, bikers and beachgoers across the Santa Monica Mountains and along the coast from Malibu Lagoon to Zuma Beach.
Age also may have played a role in the demise of the 22-year-old Columbia, the oldest of the fleet of four shuttles.