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How to Collect the Right Data

July 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Much artificial-intelligence research addresses the problem of making predictions based on large data sets. An obvious example is the recommendation engines at retail sites like Amazon and Netflix. But some types of data are harder to ...

Photos of the Day: The Black Hornet Pocket Helicopter

July 25, 2014 1:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg | News | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox...

Engineering Update: Marines Begin Testing Robotic Mule

July 25, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The United States Marines Corps began testing Boston Dynamics' legged squad support system at...

Sunshield is Length of a Tennis Court, Folds Like an Umbrella

July 25, 2014 12:56 pm | by Rob Gutro, NASA Goddard | News | Comments

The Sunshield folds up like an umbrella around the Webb telescope's mirrors and instruments...

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Black Boxes from Taiwan Crash Investigated

July 25, 2014 1:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators are examining wreckage and flight data recorders for clues into a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people. Stormy weather and low visibility are suspected as factors in Wednesday's crash of the twin propeller ATR-72 operated by TransAsia Airways. Local media...

NASA Selects Contract for Mission Support Services at Ames

July 24, 2014 4:28 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has selected Wyle Laboratories, Inc., Houston, to support NASA's flight programs and mission projects, providing support for multiple sustained project management, research and technology development capabilities that ...   

NTSB to Participate in Annual Aviation Event

July 24, 2014 11:30 am | by National Transportation Safety Board | News | Comments

National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Weener and NTSB senior aviation investigators will participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual fly-in convention in ...     

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Spacecraft Reaches ISS in Less Than Six Hours

July 24, 2014 10:37 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The ISS Progress 56 resupply spacecraft, packed with almost three tons of cargo, automatically docked to the International Space Station’s Pirs docking compartment at 11:31 p.m. EDT Wednesday, less than six hours after its launch from ...

Photos of the Day: Record Breaking Transfer Vehicle Set for Launch

July 24, 2014 10:03 am | by ESA | News | Comments

ATV-5 will deliver more than six tonnes of cargo to the Station, again breaking the record for the heaviest spacecraft launched on Ariane. Everything has been loaded and the ferry is now sealed until it reaches the orbital outpost ...  

ATV-5 to Deliver Touchy-Feely Joystick, Other Cargo to ISS

July 24, 2014 10:00 am | by ESA | News | Comments

ESA’s fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle is now scheduled for launch to the International Space Station at 23:44 GMT on 29 July (01:44 CEST 30 July) on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana ...    

NASA Doesn't Have the Money for Big Rockets

July 24, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say. The Government Accountability Office issued a report Wednesday saying ...     

NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites

July 23, 2014 4:48 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet ...     

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$148 Million Metal Research Center Set for Detroit

July 23, 2014 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fall opening of the Detroit headquarters for a federally funded metals research program was announced Wednesday. The $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute is expected to help move ...   

Voyager Spacecraft Might Not Have Reached Interstellar Space

July 23, 2014 1:57 pm | by American Geophysical Union | News | Comments

In 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, traveling further from Earth than any other manmade object. But, in the nearly two years since that historic announcement, and ...

Young MH17 Victim has Eerie Premonition of Crash

July 23, 2014 1:04 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

They were joking and laughing. Shaka, 19, had just finished his first year of college, where he was studying textile engineering, and promised to keep an eye on Miguel. Their other brother, Mika, 16, hadn't been able to get a seat on ... 

UTC Aerospace to Expand in Puerto Rico

July 23, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Puerto Rico's governor says a U.S. aerospace manufacturing firm is investing $9 million to expand its operations on the island. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Tuesday the expansion of UTC Aerospace Systems follows a previous investment ...

Wright Brothers' Mechanic Honored at Ohio Museum

July 22, 2014 4:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The man who built the engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright's first powered aircraft has finally gotten his due. It was Charles Taylor — a mechanic in the brothers' Dayton bicycle shop — who built the engine for the airplane that first ...

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NASA’s Flying Saucer

July 22, 2014 3:30 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

The basic Viking parachute design that was used to land vehicles on Mars in 1976 was the same design used to deliver the Curiosity rover to Mars in 2012. While it has been more than 40 years since the initial mission, many of the technologies haven’t changed, until recently ...

Photos of the Day: Testing NASA’s Supersonic Decelerators

July 22, 2014 3:29 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

The two main technologies being developed as part of NASA'S Low Density Supersonic Decelerator Project are supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerators, and a new supersonic ring sail parachute. In order to gain confidence that the ...

Students to Design, Build, Fly Spaceflight Experiment to Test Green Propellant

July 22, 2014 10:57 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Students taking the Zero-Gravity Flight Experiment course at Purdue University will see their creation soar to the upper atmosphere to study a new green propellant, partnering with Aerojet Rocketdyne to demonstrate that the propellant can ...

Hotspot: Unmanned Submarine Sets Sail for Testing

July 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's Hotspot, a drone that locates disaster victims by locating their phones; BAE Systems unveils its Striker II HMD; an autonomous unmanned submarine sets sail for testing; and Jaguar's smart car...     

F-35's No-Show at Farnborough Disappoints

July 22, 2014 9:30 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The failure of the Joint Strike Fighter to travel to England this week for a premier air show heaped further embarrassment on its developers as they try to convince skeptics that the $400 billion program was a price worth paying ...  

NASA Names Building for Moonwalker Neil Armstrong

July 21, 2014 4:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA honored one of its most famous astronauts Monday by renaming a historic building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It now bears the name of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon when the Apollo 11 mission landed ...

DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane Program Launches

July 21, 2014 12:09 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

In an era of declining budgets and adversaries’ evolving capabilities, quick, affordable and routine access to space is increasingly critical for both national and economic security. Current satellite launch systems, however, require scheduling ...

Pilot Lands on NY Highway for 2nd Time

July 21, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York pilot who landed his disabled plane on a highway for the second time in eight days said Friday he's lucky to have escaped unhurt and thankful he didn't hit anyone. Frank Fierro, 75, said he was "shaking" as he glided the single-engine ...

Private Jet Recovery from Recession an Uneven Ride

July 21, 2014 10:15 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Private jet sales are rising again, climbing out of a deep recession when the company plane was an easy target for spending cuts. The chief executive of General Dynamics Corp., maker of Gulfstream jets, says corporate customers are back and ...

Astronauts to Test Free-Flying 'Housekeeper' Robots

July 21, 2014 10:02 am | by Maria Alberty, NASA's Ames Research Center | News | Comments

Aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s second contracted commercial resupply mission to the space station, which arrived to the orbital laboratory July 16,  NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, sent two Google prototype ... 

Photos of the Day: NASA’s Free-Flying Robots Move in Synch

July 21, 2014 10:00 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for ...

Airlines Symbolize Nations' Hopes or Reflect Shame

July 19, 2014 4:22 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

The jetliner is much more than a machine used to get from one spot to another. It often carries deep symbolism, especially when flying for a national airline. It can represent hope, modernity and a country's power. And when things go wrong it, that once mighty plane can ...

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