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Union: Airline Pressuring Mechanics on Safety

January 26, 2015 5:16 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

The local and four union officials filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Chicago. They said that airline managers pressured mechanics to disregard hydraulic leaks and wiring issues and to skip inspections after planes were ...   

Canadian Space Tech to Help Sick Children

January 26, 2015 4:42 pm | by Canadian Space Agency | News | Comments

Not much rivals the dexterity of a good surgeon's hands. But humans being humans, fatigue or...

Border Protection Lends a Hand for Super Bowl Security

January 26, 2015 4:29 pm | by Astrid Galvan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S...

Boeing, SpaceX to Beat Russia on Price for Astronaut Rides

January 26, 2015 3:07 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA expects to save millions of dollars in launch costs, once its commercial crew program...

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Today in Engineering History: Robotic Spacecraft Misses Moon By 22,000 Miles

January 26, 2015 2:27 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1962, NASA launched the Ranger 3 robotic spacecraft from Cape Canaveral. Its purpose was to transmit pictures of the lunar surface to stations on Earth during a 10 minute flight before impacting on the Moon ...  

Is a One-Way Journey to Mars Wrong?

January 26, 2015 2:26 pm | by Vincent Hyman, Mars One volunteer | Blogs | Comments

Mason Peck, PhD, is an adviser to Mars One, and a professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Peck served as NASA’s Chief Technologist from late 2011 through 2013, advising the head of NASA on technology issues ...

Drone Found on White House Grounds

January 26, 2015 11:22 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

The recent proliferation of inexpensive drones has prompted growing fears about potential collisions with traditional aircraft. Technological advances have also made it easier to equip drones with advanced capabilities such as ...   


NASA's CATS Installed on ISS by Robotic Handoff

January 26, 2015 9:37 am | by NASA | News | Comments

On Jan. 22, 2015, robotic flight controllers successfully installed NASA’s Cloud Aerosol Transport System aboard the International Space Station through a robotic handoff — the first time one robotic arm on station has worked in concert with ...

5 Ways Drones Could Affect the American Food Supply

January 26, 2015 9:06 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Drone technology, already used in ...

Unions Seek Jobs Threshold for Boeing Incentives

January 23, 2015 10:06 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter | News | Comments

The state Legislature passed $8.7 billion in tax credits in 2013 as part of an effort to secure production of Boeing Company's 777X jetliner in the state. Since the tax credit package was enacted, however, Boeing's Washington jobs fell by ...

5 Things to Know About NASA's SMAP Mission

January 23, 2015 9:59 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission, scheduled for launch on Jan. 29, will measure the moisture in Earth's soil with greater accuracy and higher resolution than any preceding mission, producing a global map of ...   

Aircraft to Attempt 1st Round-the-World Solar Flight

January 23, 2015 9:54 am | by Solar Impulse | Videos | Comments

The only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel. Our challenge is to attempt the First Round-The-World Solar Flight in 2015. A way for Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and their team to ...


Rosetta Space Probe Hints at 'Key to Life' on Comet's Core

January 23, 2015 9:47 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists have found further evidence that comets harbor the building blocks of life, and have collected the first close-up data that will help them understand how these celestial bodies evolve as they hurtle toward the sun ...   

Robots Pave the Way for Human Missions to Mars

January 23, 2015 9:44 am | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

For decades robots have been exploring Mars' atmosphere and surface, forging space science advances and paving the way for future human missions to Mars. While robots have been highly effective, some say only human space travel can ...  

Space Launch System Booster Aimed, Ready to Fire

January 23, 2015 9:43 am | by NASA | News | Comments

When completed, two five-segment boosters and four RS-25 engines will power the SLS to orbit and enable astronauts to explore destinations in deep space, including an asteroid and the Red Planet ...        

NTSB: Planes Should Have Technologies So They Can Be Found

January 23, 2015 9:26 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Responding to recent incidents in which airliners vanished, U.S. accident investigators recommended Thursday that all passenger planes making long flights over water carry improved technology that will allow them to be found more ...  

Advanced Manufacturing Process Optimizes Satellite Tech

January 23, 2015 9:25 am | by Airbus Defence and Space | Articles | Comments

The original meaning of the word satellite (“attendant” or “companion”) does little to convey how complex these technical devices are and what they do for our daily lives. Their tasks range from weather forecasting to message transport and ...


Engineering Newswire 124: Atlas Robot Gets Major Upgrade

January 22, 2015 3:53 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re untethering the all new Atlas Robot, fighting global warming, and ... doing the laundry ...                    

Boeing's Winglets, Sandia's Robot Hands Among 5 Patents This Week

January 22, 2015 3:47 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

In other patent news this week, a self-tightening shoe and adjustable flossing mouthpieces are making mornings easier. A mobile celebration device has also been approved in time for the weekend, or if you can’t make it that long ...  

Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Discovery Lifts Off

January 22, 2015 3:01 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1992, Space Shuttle Discovery took off from NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center on mission STS-42. The mission’s main objective was to study the effects of microgravity on various organisms. The mission’s primary ...

White House, NASA Discuss State of Stem

January 22, 2015 12:54 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

About 130 middle and high school students got the chance to speak with astronauts and leading scientists from NASA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Responses to climate change and NASA’s long-term plans for ... 

Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Ready for Demonstration Flights

January 22, 2015 12:35 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

The Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) program is ready for customer demonstration flights, having completed the baseline ground and flight testing of the aircraft mission systems. Flights for prospective customers around the world are ...

U.S. Navy Approves Boeing, Lockheed Sensor System for Production

January 22, 2015 12:29 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

The F/A-18 Super Hornet infrared search and track (IRST) system, developed and integrated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin, received approval from the U.S. Navy to enter low-rate initial production.The IRST system consists of Lockheed Martin’s ...

Photos of the Day: Giant Helium Balloon Carries SPIDER's 6 Telescopes

January 22, 2015 10:51 am | by Caltech | News | Comments

Conceived of and built by an international team of scientists, the instrument launched from McMurdo Station on New Year's Day. Caltech and JPL designed, fabricated, and tested the six refracting telescopes the instrument uses to ...

NASA, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'Work on Mars'

January 22, 2015 10:31 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens. Developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion ...  

SPIDER Experiment Touches Down in Antarctica

January 22, 2015 10:16 am | by Caltech | News | Comments

After spending 16 days suspended from a giant helium balloon floating 115,000 feet above Antarctica, a scientific instrument dubbed SPIDER has landed in a remote region of the frozen continent. Conceived of and built by an ...   

Boeing Modernizes B-52 Bomber Weapons Bay Launcher

January 21, 2015 1:11 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

Boeing and U.S. Air Force personnel successfully installed the first prototype of a new B-52 bomber weapons bay launcher. The change improves the aircraft’s weapons capacity and mission flexibility ...        

Today in Engineering History: Supersonic Airliner Takes Flight

January 21, 2015 11:55 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1977, the first Concordes with commercial passengers took flight from London's Heathrow Airport and Orly Airport outside Paris. The aircrafts were 12 years in the making, a project that pitted English and French engineers against the USSR ...

United Tech Appoints Former Pratt Chief to Aerospace Post

January 21, 2015 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Technologies Corp. has brought its former president of jet engine subsidiary Pratt & Whitney out of retirement and appointed him to a new aerospace business position. The Hartford, Connecticut, aerospace and building ...  

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