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Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: Drones

January 26, 2015 3:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

It is tough to have a single conversation about what the future might look like without mentioning widespread commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. However, at least two key obstacles remain in place before drone use can become more widespread: legislation and safety. It looks like 2015 might...

Boeing, SpaceX To Beat Russia On Price For Astronaut Rides

January 26, 2015 2:24 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

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

Where GE Ventures Sees The Next Big Ideas

January 26, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Like many inventors, Thomas Edison started out as a teenage tinkerer with empty pockets. But his...

Unmanned Drones Could Play Key Role In Food Supply

January 26, 2015 3:21 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it...

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Elon Musk's SpaceX Drops Lawsuit Against Air Force

January 24, 2015 12:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A spacecraft company run by billionaire Elon Musk has dropped a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Air Force improperly awarded a contract to launch military satellites to a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Musk's SpaceX filed the lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in April after...

NASA Spacecraft Almost To Pluto

January 23, 2015 11:25 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

It's showtime for Pluto. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is nearing the end of its nine-year voyage to Pluto, with just over 100 million miles to go before reaching there this July. In the meantime — starting Sunday — it will begin photographing the mysterious, unexplored, icy world once deemed a...

Unions Seek Jobs Threshold For Boeing Incentives

January 23, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Unions representing aerospace workers in Washington state are backing legislation to place conditions on industry tax credits, drawing the ire of one of the state's flagship companies. The state Legislature passed $8.7 billion in tax credits in 2013 as part of an effort to secure productionof Boeing Company's 777X jetliner...

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Google, Fidelity Fuel Elon Musk's SpaceX With $1B Investment

January 20, 2015 11:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion. The infusion announced Tuesday will give Google Inc. and Fidelity Investments a nearly 10 percent stake in SpaceX, a Hawthorne, California, company...

Solar Plane Pioneers Lay Out Round-the-World Flight Plan

January 20, 2015 10:40 am | by Adam Shreck, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The team behind a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world said Tuesday the clean-energy plane will stop in India, China and the United States in a historic journey set to begin as early as next month. The lightweight Solar Impulse 2, a larger version of a single-seat prototype...

All Systems Ready For Navy's Communications Satellite Launch

January 20, 2015 10:30 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Product Design & Development | News | Comments

Blast off! The MUOS-3, a Lockheed Martin-built Navy communications satellite, is expected to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station tonight. It will head into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. MUOS-3, the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, is designed...

Russia Rocket Maker: Deal With Orbital Sciences Worth $1 B

January 16, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian rocket manufacturer says its contract with U.S. Orbital Sciences is worth about $1 billion. Russia's state-controlled Energiya said in Friday's statement that the deal with its subsidiary, Energomash, envisages the delivery of 60 RD-181 engines, the first pair of which is to be shipped in...

Bombardier Cutting 1,000 Jobs In Mexico And KS

January 15, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bombardier says it's going to cut about 1,000 employees from its Learjet business in 2015, affecting sites in Mexico and the United States. The Montreal-based company said Thursday the cuts are due to weak demand for the Learjet 85 business jet. Bombardier will also...

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World's Newest Airliner Takes Off On First Commercial Flight

January 15, 2015 9:32 am | by Abdullah Rebhy, Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's newest jetliner, the Airbus A350, took to the skies Thursday carrying its first paying passengers from the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar. The Qatar Airways flight departed the Qatari capital Doha bound for Frankfurt, Germany. It marks the debut of the relatively...

Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Dragon Arrives At The I.S.S.

January 14, 2015 12:44 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week's Manufacturing Snapshot is an image of the SpaceX rocket Dragon arriving at the Interational Space Station orbiting lab on Monday morning, a mere two days after its Florida liftoff.  The robotic arm is controlled by Station Commander Butch Wilmore, who is especially...

Possible Cooling System Leak In Space Station Poses No Danger To Crew

January 14, 2015 8:45 am | by Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A problem in the U.S. segment of the International Space Station on Wednesday prompted its six-person crew to quickly lock it up and move to a Russian module, but they aren't in danger, Russian and U.S. official said. "The space station crew is safe," NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs said. Russia's...

Airbus, Boeing Split Annual Sales Rivalry

January 13, 2015 5:47 am | by David Mchugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing Co. topped Airbus in deliveries to customers for the third straight year in 2014 — but the European aircraft manufacturer edged its U.S. rival in terms of future orders. Airbus, which is headquartered in Toulouse, France, reported Tuesday that it delivered 629 planes, shy of Boeing's...

Weekend Marked By Good News, Bad News For SpaceX

January 12, 2015 10:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

SpaceX had an eventful weekend, with a disappointing crash landing of a supply ship on Saturday and a successful delivery of groceries and Christmas gifts to the International Space Station on Monday morning. Saturday’s flight of the Falcon rocket started well, but ended...

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Drones Must Learn To Navigate Populated Areas

January 7, 2015 2:10 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

For drones to make it to the big time, they will need to learn to get around in towns and cities — without falling on car hoods or crashing into pedestrians. Technology has advanced to the point where hobbyists can fly the unmanned aircraft with their iPhones. But nobody has yet developed a successful system for...

Drone Market Resembles Silicon Valley's Early Days

January 7, 2015 1:40 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

To see the future of drones, head up the hill at the intersection of Industrial Drive and Electronics Avenue. Inside a bland brick office building, the team at CyPhy is working on tethered machines that can fly nonstop for days and pocket-sized drones for search-and-rescue...

Boeing Reports Record Orders, Deliveries To Airlines In 2014

January 6, 2015 4:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. set records for aircraft orders and deliveries in 2014, as airlines spent heavily to upgrade their fleets with new, more fuel-efficient planes. Boeing said Tuesday that it took net orders for 1,432 planes with a total listed value of $232.7 billion. Airlines routinely get steep...

Rocket Problem Postpones SpaceX Launch To Space Station

January 6, 2015 1:42 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX called off a supply flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday because of rocket trouble, another delay in the delivery of groceries and overdue Christmas presents. The countdown was halted just over a minute before launch when a steering mechanism in the rocket malfunctioned...

SpaceX Shoots For Launch To Station, Rocket Landing On Barge

January 5, 2015 3:43 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX is making another supply run to the International Space Station for NASA. But it's the rocket's return — not its takeoff — that has space fans talking. Minutes after Tuesday morning's planned launch from Cape Canaveral, the first stage of the unmanned Falcon rocket will aim for a vertical...

NASA Explores Inflatable Spacecraft Technology

January 3, 2015 12:40 pm | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Devising a way to one day land astronauts on Mars is a complex problem and NASA scientists think something as simple as a child's toy design may help solve the problem. Safely landing a large spacecraft on the Red planet is just one of many engineering challenges the agency faces as it eyes an...

KS Men Acquire Former Boeing Site

January 2, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Wichita, KS men officially acquired a former Boeing Co. site Wednesday in the southern part of the city and plan to fill it with new office and aviation tenants. Johnny Stevens and Dave Murfin are partners in an undertaking that is operating as Air Capital Flight Line. They said they think the 413-acre property could include...

11 Technologies That Could Shape The Future

January 2, 2015 9:32 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

When GE opened its first research center in 1900, it employed three people and fit inside a barn behind the chief engineer’s house in Schenectady, N.Y. It burned down a year later. The lab then relocated to “safer premises” and become a dynamo, powering GE’s innovation, gathering thousands of patents and even employing...

Key Decisions On Drones Likely From Congress

December 29, 2014 10:00 am | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year. Federal Aviation Administration officials have said...

Drones Become Popular Holiday Gifts

December 23, 2014 2:21 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season. Drones — flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers — have "taken off" as popular gifts as novices have become just as interested in the devices as serious hobbyists. The demand has...

MAPI Analysis On Durable Goods Drop

December 23, 2014 12:06 pm | by Daniel J. Meckstroth, Vice President, Chief Economist, MAPI | News | Comments

The Census Bureau reports today that new orders for durable goods in November fell 0.7%, following 0.3% growth in October and 0.7% decline in September. Defense order fell 11% in November which, if excluded, meant that nondefense durable goods orders declined 0.1%. The industry detail shows a...

Report Advises IA To Wait On Drone Regulation

December 23, 2014 10:21 am | by Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Iowa should take a wait-and-see approach to regulating unmanned aerial vehicles because of their huge potential for positive uses in business and government, the Iowa Department of Public Safety advises in a new report. The report, requested by lawmakers in May, suggests that existing...

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