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Engineering Newswire 87: Combat Drone Flies with Twin Fighter & Business Jet

April 24, 2014 10:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re driving BMW’s latest concept car, redesigning human legs to fly helicopters, and flying drones in formation with business jets and combat fighters ...                 

How Much Longer Will Delta Have Boeing 747 Jumbos?

April 23, 2014 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With its distinctive hump, the Boeing 747 has been a familiar sight at airports around the world...

Spy Plane Outlasts Cold War, But Not Defense Cuts

April 23, 2014 2:24 pm | by Donna Cassata, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-...

Astronauts Tackle Urgent Repair Job

April 23, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spacewalking astronauts easily replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station...

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Charting the Future Course for Rockets & Satellites

April 23, 2014 12:59 pm | by European Space Agency | News | Comments

Without propulsion there could be no spaceflight. The ability to travel into and through space underpins the space industry. So, next month, hundreds of experts from around the world will gather to discuss the state-of-the-art of space propulsion – where will it ...

Jet Hunt Leads to Material on Australian Shore

April 23, 2014 12:53 pm | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official said Wednesday. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was scrutinizing ...

750 Cessna, Beechcraft Jobs Being Eliminated

April 23, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division. The layoffs will occur over the next 60 days. Both aircraft makers are ...      


Test Flight Underway for Sunseeker Duo

April 23, 2014 12:29 pm | by Solar Flight | Videos | Comments

At Solar Flight’s test facility in the countryside outside of Milan, Sunseeker Duo has completed its first series of test flights taking off with its own battery power ...  

ALIAS Seeks to Provide Portable, Flexible Autopilot Capabilities

April 23, 2014 12:19 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

Military aircraft have evolved over a period of decades to have ever more automated capabilities, improving mission success and safety. At the same time, these aircraft still present challenging and complex interfaces to operators, and despite demanding training regimens, operators can ...

Faster Production Brings Boeing $965M Profit

April 23, 2014 9:04 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Boeing's increased rate of commercial jet manufacturing is starting to pay off for shareholders. In the first three months of this year, 161 new airplanes rolled off the company's assembly lines — more jets than the same period last year ...

Mantis Shrimp Stronger than Airplanes

April 22, 2014 1:08 pm | by Sean Nealon, University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

Inspired by the fist-like club of a mantis shrimp, a team of researchers led by University of California, Riverside, in collaboration with University of Southern California and Purdue University, have developed a design structure for composite materials that is more impact resistant than ...

Drones Unearth More Details about Chaco Culture

April 22, 2014 9:07 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recently published research describes how archaeologists outfitted a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to unearth what they believe are ceremonial pits and other features at the site of an ancient village in New Mexico. The discovery ...


Search Group Sues FAA Over Drones

April 22, 2014 9:03 am | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation filed a lawsuit on Monday asking a federal court to set aside an order that prohibits the nonprofit from employing drones in its work. Texas EquuSearch had been ordered in ...

Engineering Update: NASA to Send Flying Saucers to Mars

April 21, 2014 12:59 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Future voyages to Mars would need to address the physiological strain on the astronauts, the length of the trip, itself, and ferrying the necessary payload to sustain human life for a protracted mission. The first two problems could be insurmountable, but ...

Space-Tested Concept Advances Infectious Disease Diagnoses

April 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by Laura Niles, NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

A new medical-testing device is being prepped to enter the battle against infectious disease. This instrument could improve diagnosis of certain diseases in remote areas, thanks in part to knowledge gained from a series of investigations aboard the International Space Station on the ...

NASA's Space Station Robonaut Finally Getting Legs

April 21, 2014 9:55 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs.For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot — now stuck on a pedestal — is going ...  

Engineer Vital to Moon Landing Succes Dies

April 21, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. As NASA describes on its website, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was ...


Suits End, Queries Remain on Plane-into-Home Crash

April 20, 2014 2:21 pm | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

For five years, lawyers for families of those killed when a plane crashed into a house and the airlines they blame have prepared for trial, filing thousands of court documents, interviewing witnesses, reporting to a judge. But with the last of more than ...

Boeing to Give Workers $47M in Back Pay

April 18, 2014 10:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. will pay $47 million to hundreds of current and former Southern California employees who are owed back pay and benefits, a union announced Friday. An arbitrator ruled against the aerospace giant in January and laid down guidelines for  ...

SpaceX Making Easter Delivery of Station Supplies

April 18, 2014 5:22 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week. Following its midday launch through cloudy skies, the Dragon cargo carrier was ...

Astronauts Gear Up for Spacewalk

April 18, 2014 12:26 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Aboard the station Thursday, Mastracchio and Flight Engineer Steve Swanson donned their U.S. spacesuits for a fit check as they prepare to venture outside the space station next week to replace a ...        

Photos of the Day: Boeing's Badger Is Rugged & Small

April 18, 2014 12:26 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

After a series of successful tests, the U.S. Navy last month certified that the Boeing Phantom Badger combat support vehicle can be transported inside a V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. That is another step toward ...        

Boeing Phantom Badger Certified for V-22 Transport

April 18, 2014 12:21 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

Phantom Badger has completed more than 5,000 miles of rugged terrain durability testing and successful airdrop tests from a C-17. Developed by Boeing Phantom Works, Phantom Badger supports a wide range of missions not possible with ...  

Storms Threaten 2nd Launch Try to Space Station

April 18, 2014 12:11 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX returned to the launch pad Friday in hopes of finally delivering supplies to the International Space Station, but stormy weather threatened to interfere. NASA's commercial supplier was foiled by a ...      

Moon Satellite Crashes, Gets Vaporized

April 18, 2014 9:25 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. Flight controllers confirmed early Friday that the moon-orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon as planned. Researchers believe LADEE likely vaporized upon contact because of its ...

Launching a Rocket from Sea

April 17, 2014 4:34 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

There are many benefits of launching a rocket from the equator, but to get there a team of engineers from across the globe had to come together to build the first – and only – floating launch pad. Made up of three elements, including a ...

Flower-Shaped Starshade to Find Earth-Like Planets

April 17, 2014 1:28 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them — yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary ...

SpaceX Will Try to Launch Station Cargo Friday

April 17, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to the International Space Station. NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the delivery mission. Stormy weather, however, is ...  

NASA Astronauts Will Breathe Easier With New Oxygen Recovery Systems

April 16, 2014 4:29 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

For NASA's long-duration human spaceflight missions, travelers will need to recycle as much breathable oxygen in their spacecraft environments, as possible. To turn that need into a reality, NASA is seeking proposals for lightweight, safe ...

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