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Virgin Galactic Spaceship Has In-Flight Problem

October 31, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virgin Galactic has reported an unspecified problem during a test flight of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket. The company tweeted Friday morning that SpaceShipTwo was flying under rocket power and then tweeted that it had "experienced an in-flight anomaly." The tweet said more information would be...

Museum Officially Buys Slice Of Rosie The Riveter's Factory

October 31, 2014 9:49 am | by Mike Householder, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rosie the Riveter's old plant in Michigan has officially avoided the wrecking ball. Yankee Air...

Southwest Airlines Donates Leather LUV Seat Products

October 30, 2014 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Southwest Airlines today announced the distribution of products made in Kenya and the U.S. as...

3D Printing To Get To Mars

October 30, 2014 12:13 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Like many NASA experiments, the science that precipitates from manufacturing in space will not...

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AI Is Summoning Demons

October 30, 2014 9:24 am | by Melisa Fassbender, Editor, Product Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence (AI) – as it might summon “the demon.” Musk expressed these concerns in a recent interview at the AeroAStro Centennial Symposium, further describing AI as the biggest existential...

Cause Sought For Space-Supply Rocket Explosion

October 29, 2014 4:37 am | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA and officials from a commercial rocket company are searching for debris and answers following the explosion of a rocket and cargo module that were to deliver supplies to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Bill Wrobel is director of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops...

Commercial Supply Rocket Explodes At Liftoff

October 28, 2014 7:36 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station has exploded moments after liftoff. Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned rocket blew up over the launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia, just six seconds after liftoff. The company says no one was believed to be hurt and the...

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SpaceX Capsule Splashes Down In Pacific Ocean

October 28, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A SpaceX capsule loaded with space station experiments is back on Earth. The unmanned Dragon capsule parachuted into the Pacific, west of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, on Saturday. It departed the International Space Station earlier in the day with 3,300 pounds of gear...

U.S. Durable Goods Fell 1.3% In September

October 28, 2014 9:28 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in eight months. The declines, however, were likely a temporary soft patch that will likely be followed by a resumption of stronger...

One Company Is All In For A Robot Race To The Moon

October 24, 2014 12:09 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The space exploration company Astrobotic wants to be your robot’s cheap ticket to the moon. The aerospace innovator is planning to start flying missions there in summer 2016. Its lander-in-development, called Griffin, will have enough room on board to take four robotic rovers and scientific...

Fuel Costs Ease, U.S. Airline Profits Soar

October 23, 2014 2:08 pm | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Saving a nickel or a dime per gallon might not seem like much to the average motorist, but for airlines that burn hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel every month, it adds up quickly. Profits are soaring at the biggest U.S. airlines, and a chunk of credit goes to those savings at the pump. Fuel is an airline's...

Gulfstream Jets Get Smarter

October 23, 2014 1:42 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Large passenger jets are pretty much all alike, but each private jet is different in its own way. “We now make it a bit easier for customers to stand out,” says Vic Bonneau, president of GE Aviation’s Electrical Power Business. Bonneau and his team have decided to...

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New Partnership Brings Aerospace Innovation In Ontario To New Heights

October 23, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ontario's aerospace industry is about to boldly go where it hasn't gone before as the result of a new research and development partnership. Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) are teaming up with the newly formed Consortium for Aerospace Research...

Lockheed Martin Providing Border Protection Surveillance

October 22, 2014 1:19 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Working with the Army, Lockheed Martin is providing operational support for a Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) aerostat system that is being evaluated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the Southern border of...

3rd Spacewalk In 3 Weeks At International Space Station

October 22, 2014 11:38 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

For the third week in a row, astronauts are spacewalking up at the International Space Station. This time, it's on the Russian side of the house. Russian spacemen Maxim Suraev and Alexander Samokutyaev  will double as trash men during the six-hour excursion....

Passenger Jets Push Boeing Profit To 18%

October 22, 2014 9:56 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Robust demand for commercial jets and an increased pace of production helped Boeing earn $1.36 billion in the third quarter, up 18 percent from the same period last year. On a per-share basis, the Chicago-based company said it had a profit of... 

Boeing 777X Plant Breaks Ground

October 21, 2014 4:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for its 777X Composite Wing Center at Everett.The new $1 billion, 1 million square foot center is close to the widebody plant where the 777X will be assembled because the wings are the largest Boeing has ever built — 114 feet long and 23 feet...

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GE, Honda Join To Power Legacy Cessna Jets

October 21, 2014 9:44 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE engineers helped inventor and aircraft designer Bill Lear create the business jet market in the 1960s, when they converted a fighter jet engine into propulsion for the first Learjet. But the company has been largely absent from the space since...

CEO Of Total Oil Dies In Moscow Plane Crash

October 20, 2014 9:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia's Tass news agency says the CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo airport. Airport officials told Tass that the collision occurred at 11:57 p.m. Moscow time Monday, killing Total CEO...

American, U.S. Airways Complete Cargo Combination

October 20, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Airlines and US Airways say they have finishes combining their cargo operations. American Airlines Group Inc. said Monday that it was the first time that operating divisions at the two carriers have become fully combined. The combined cargo unit will have annual revenue of more than...

GE 3Q Profit Rises On Oil, Aviation Strength

October 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Electric's third quarter profit rose 11 percent on strong performance from its aviation and oil and gas divisions. GE reported Friday net income of $3.54 billion for the quarter on sales of $36.17 billion. Last year during the same period the company earned $3.19 billion...

A Look Inside Isovolta Aerospace Industry Supplier

October 16, 2014 5:06 pm | by Sherri Buri McDonald, Eugene Register-Guard | News | Comments

South Linn County in Oregon is the unlikely home of a booming aerospace industry supplier, Isovolta Inc. Amid the agricultural firms and wood products companies in this small city north of Junction City sits Isovolta, which makes decorative laminate products for the interiors of commercial...

Airbus Receives Its Largest Aircraft Order To Date

October 16, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indian budget airline IndiGo has signed a preliminary order with Airbus for 250 A320neo Family aircraft. Airbus said on Wednesday that the memorandum of understanding with IndiGo, India's largest domestic airline, will become Airbus' single largest order...

GE Aviation Celebrates Opening Of NC Factory

October 16, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Aviation is celebrating the opening of its new advanced composites factory near Asheville with a ceremony featuring state and local leaders. The new 170,000-square-foot facility, which opened Wednesday, will be the first in the world to mass produce engine components made of advanced ceramic...

Manufacturing Plant Brings 400 Jobs To SC

October 16, 2014 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new manufacturing plant in Dillon County is expected to create 400 new jobs in South Carolina during the next five years. The state Commerce Department said Tuesday that Wyman-Gordon, which makes nickel and other alloy parts for aerospace, power generation and industrial uses, is building a...

U.S. Factory Output Rises 0.5% In September

October 16, 2014 9:30 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output rose in September, led by gains for aerospace products, furniture, clothing, and plastics. The Federal Reserve says output at manufacturing plants rose 0.5 percent in September after falling 0.5 percent in August. Total industrial production surged 1 percent...

Novaria Group Announces Acquisition Of Weatherford Aerospace

October 15, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fort Worth-based Novaria Group announces today the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Weatherford Aerospace Inc., a provider of aircraft wing skins, formed structures, and unique services related to the treatment and processing of...

U.S. Indexes Slide, Airlines, Energy Stocks Drop

October 14, 2014 1:23 pm | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The stock market slumped on Monday, unable to shake off worries of a global economic slowdown and plunging oil prices. Airlines, energy, and materials stocks were amoing the biggest decliners. Stocks are coming off their worst week in more than two years. The downturn...

Wyman-Gordon To Establish New Manufacturing Plant

October 14, 2014 9:59 am | by South Carolina Department Of Commerce | News | Comments

Wyman-Gordon, a manufacturer of large titanium and super alloy forgings for the aerospace and power generation markets, will establish its newest manufacturing operations in Dillon County, South Carolina. The investment is expected to create more than 400 new jobs over the next five years. Wyman-Gordon's new facility...

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