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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 ...     

Cargo Ship Docks to Station Less Than Six Hours After Launch

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

The ISS Progress 56 resupply spacecraft, packed with almost three tons of cargo, automatically...

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...

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...

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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 ...     

$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 ...   

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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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Boeing Officer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

July 18, 2014 5:22 pm | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former procurement officer for The Boeing Company in St. Louis pleaded guilty Friday to federal fraud charges for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme involving military aircraft parts sold to Boeing. Deon Anderson, 47, of St. Louis, admitted ...

World’s First Plant to Print Jet Engine Nozzles in Mass Production

July 18, 2014 11:37 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE is taking mass production to a lofty new level. The company is pulling 3D printing out of the lab and installing it at the heart of the world’s first factory for printing jet engine fuel nozzles in Auburn, Ala. When it opens in 2015, the ...

Rescuers Comb Scene of Malaysian Plane Crash

July 18, 2014 9:38 am | by Peter Leonard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Malaysian jetliner shot from the sky by what U.S. intelligence officials believe was a surface-to-air missile scattered wreckage and bodies across the Ukrainian countryside, leaving investigators scrambling Friday to figure out what happened ...

NASA Begins Engine Test Project for Space Launch System Rocket

July 17, 2014 1:18 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. They installed on Thursday an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the ...

Boeing Shot Down Over Ukraine, Say Officials

July 17, 2014 12:37 pm | by Peter Leonard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country, and Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights over Ukrainian airspace ...  

Airbus Beats Boeing at Farnborough in Orders Race

July 17, 2014 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus beat rival Boeing in the aircraft order stakes at this year's Farnborough International Airshow, garnering nearly twice as many orders and commitments. Airbus said Thursday that its orders and commitments for 496 aircraft were ...

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