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Boeing, Malaysia Airlines Celebrate 100th 737 Delivery

December 19, 2014 4:18 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

Malaysia Airlines' new 737-800 features the Boeing Sky Interior, with larger pivoting overhead stowage bins, larger window reveals and LED lighting to enhance the sense of spaciousness. Malaysia was the Asia launch customer for ...  

Pratt & Whitney Plans $67 Million Upgrade

December 19, 2014 4:11 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Aerospace firm Pratt & Whitney Canada is planning a $67-million investment over the next six...

'Shooting the Moon' with Satellite Laser Ranging

December 19, 2014 3:45 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Laser ranging from Earth to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was a milestone in the 50-year...

NASA Advances Economic Research on the Emerging Space Ecosystem

December 19, 2014 3:42 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

As we expand human presence into the solar system through robotic and crewed exploration, NASA...

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Earth from Space: 15 Amazing Things in 15 Years

December 19, 2014 3:19 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

To celebrate 15 successful years of the Earth Observing System, NASA has collected 15 impressive, awe-inducing or simply just plain interesting images gathered by NASA’s three flagship Earth orbiters since the Terra launch ...   

How Big Data Could Reduce Holiday Flight Delays

December 19, 2014 3:02 pm | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

Next year’s holiday travelers may see fewer delays thanks to research now being conducted by a team of University of Michigan engineers. They’ve gathered more than ten years of hour-by-hour weather observations and ...     

Astronaut’s-Eye View of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Re-entry

December 19, 2014 2:55 pm | by NASA | Videos | Comments

New video recorded during NASA’s Orion return through Earth’s atmosphere provides viewers a taste of what the vehicle endured as it returned through Earth’s atmosphere during its Dec. 5 flight test ...       

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FAA Authorizing 1st Drone in Nevada Test Program

December 19, 2014 2:26 pm | by Ken Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration is authorizing the first drone that will fly in Nevada as part of the federal drone test site program. Dignitaries including Gov. Brian Sandoval, Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Joe Heck were on hand Friday for ...

SpaceX Completes First Milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System

December 19, 2014 2:24 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station (ISS) from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability ...      

Today in Engineering History: Last Lunar-Landing Mission

December 19, 2014 1:13 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history 1972, the final three astronauts to travel to the moon arrived back to Earth, successfully completing the Apollo 17 mission. Astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt stayed on the surface of the moon for a ...

Smaller Lidars Could Allow UAVs to Conduct Underwater Scans

December 19, 2014 12:01 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Bathymetric lidars – devices that employ powerful lasers to scan beneath the water’s surface – are used today primarily to map coastal waters. At nearly 600 pounds, the systems are large and heavy, and they require costly, piloted aircraft to ...

NASA Finds Meteoritic Evidence of Mars Water Reservoir

December 19, 2014 10:30 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface. Though controversy still surrounds the origin ... 

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NASA Satellite Sees Holiday Lights Brighten Cities

December 19, 2014 10:01 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Even from space, holidays shine bright. With a new look at daily data from the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, a NASA scientist and colleagues have identified how patterns in ...      

Poll Shows Americans Skeptical of Commercial Drones

December 19, 2014 9:30 am | by Joan Lowy & Jennifer Agiesta, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a ...

Design Win of the Week

December 19, 2014 9:10 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have received quite a bit of press lately after the return of NASA’s Orion spacecraft and the ESA’s successful Rosetta mission. However, the Indian Space and Research Organization has been hitting ...

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Back in Florida After Test Flight

December 18, 2014 4:56 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Engineers will now begin the lengthy process of inspecting the vessel and reviewing all the data collected by sensors. The capsule was struck by micrometeoroids, but that was anticipated. It will be 2018 before ...     

2 Astronauts will Expand Envelope with 1-Year Spaceflight

December 18, 2014 2:56 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight said Thursday that their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will rocket into ...    

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India's Space Program Notches 2 More Successes

December 18, 2014 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

India on Thursday announced two more successes in its space program — launching the country's largest rocket and testing the re-entry of an unmanned crew module, part of India's quest to send humans into space ...     

Today in Engineering History: World's First Communication Satellite

December 18, 2014 12:39 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Dubbed “Chatterbox,” the satellite was also part of another first, as its launch marked the first successful use of ...                     

Boeing's 8th GPS IIF Advances GPS Modernization

December 18, 2014 12:16 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

The eighth Boeing Global Positioning System IIF satellite has completed on-orbit checkout and joined the active 31-satellite constellation, helping the U.S. Air Force continue modernizing the network that millions of people worldwide ... 

Launch Pad Where Rocket Exploded Back Next Year

December 18, 2014 9:37 am | by Brock Vergakis, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite a massive explosion in October, authorities say a state-owned launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility should be repaired and ready for testing late next year. Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff ...

SpaceX Delays Space Station Delivery Until January

December 18, 2014 9:27 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery. On Thursday, the SpaceX company announced it was delaying this week's planned shipment until January. Company spokesman John Taylor says a ...  

Europe's Venus Probe Set for Fiery Demise

December 18, 2014 9:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned spacecraft that has been studying the planet Venus for the past eight years is set to come to a fiery end in the coming weeks. The European Space Agency says attempts to lift Venus Express into a higher ...     

Drones to Help Show How Tornados Form

December 18, 2014 9:16 am | by Dan Elliot, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornados form. Drones can penetrate ...

Boeing Breaks Ground on New St. Louis Venture

December 18, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing's latest venture in St. Louis opens up new possibilities for the region, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and a Boeing vice president said Tuesday. Politicians and civic leaders joined Boeing officials for a groundbreaking for the plant that ...

Photos of the Day: Inside Boeing's 737 Assembly Facility

December 18, 2014 8:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing 737-800 airplanes are on the assembly line Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Boeing's 737 assembly facility. Boeing and Puget Sound Energy announced Tuesday that Boeing plans to switch to ...         

Today in Engineering History: First Airplane Flies at Kitty Hawk

December 17, 2014 11:02 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

On this day in history, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully made the first flight in history, and in 1979 a Hollywood stuntman 'probably' broke the sound barrier when he ...           

How Many Homes Can Boeing's New Wide Body Jet Power?

December 17, 2014 9:33 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Electrical motors and actuators have replaced wires, pulleys and hydraulics once required to fly the plane. They listen to digital commands coming from powerful on-board computers and avionics systems that monitor everything from ...  

NASA Goddard Instrument Makes First Detection of Organic Matter on Mars

December 17, 2014 9:23 am | by Bill Steigerwald, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

The team responsible for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on NASA's Curiosity rover has made the first definitive detection of organic molecules at Mars. Organic molecules are the building blocks of all known ...   

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