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Engineers Rigged This Dreamliner Jet Engine With Parts Made From Amazing Ceramics

March 4, 2015 3:06 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Engineers at jet engine proving grounds in Ohio are using a jet engine GE developed for Boeing’s Dreamliner to test engine parts made from a new ceramic super-material. The material could help pave the way to more fuel efficient planes. The temperatures inside...

Google Unveils ‘Project Titan’

March 4, 2015 10:26 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Monday at the Mobile World Congress currently convening in Barcelona, Google announced the...

NASA Investigating Short Circuit On Mars Rover Curiosity

March 4, 2015 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Curiosity rover has temporarily stopped work on Mars while NASA engineers investigate a...

Airlines Stop Accepting Rechargeable Battery Shipments

March 3, 2015 10:28 am | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the world's largest airlines are banning bulk shipments of rechargeable batteries in the...

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NASA Spacecraft Making First Visit To Dwarf Planet Ceres

March 2, 2015 2:27 pm | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet. The Dawn craft will slip into orbit Friday around Ceres, a dwarf planet the size of Texas. Unlike robotic landings or other orbit...

NASA Approves Sunday Spacewalk Despite Water Leak In Helmet

February 27, 2015 11:16 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Space station astronauts will venture back out for a spacewalk this weekend, despite a helmet water leak. On Friday, NASA cleared astronaut Terry Virts' spacesuit for the last of three spacewalks, set for Sunday. Mission managers believe they understand the quirks with...

Automakers Hire Rocket Firm To Probe Air Bag Problems

February 26, 2015 11:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding the cause of air bags to explode with too much force, has hired a Virginia rocket science company to investigate the matter. Ten automakers whose vehicles have been recalled because of problems with Takata Corp. air bags...

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Space Selfie

February 25, 2015 2:54 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | News | Comments

This week we bring you the art of the space selfie. NASA astronauts Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts are currently on their second of three scheduled spacewalks this week on the International Space Station. According to The Washington Post, the astronauts, assisted by Italian astronaut and robotic...

Flightless Jet Engine Will Keep 900-Year-Old Eastern European City Warm

February 25, 2015 2:50 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The picturesque Romanian city of Oradea dates back at least 900 years. Some locals joke their heating system is just as old. Large portions of the city, which sits near Romania’s western border with Hungary, have relied on a district heating plant that opened in 1966, one year after...

With Looming Regulations, Drones Struggle For Liftoff

February 24, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

There’s been lots of talk about drones lately in anticipation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) releasing regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft. Companies such as Amazon hope to use them to their advantage to step-up deliveries, while some worry...

Mysterious Drone Overflights In Paris Continue

February 24, 2015 7:12 am | by Angela Charlton, The Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — At least five drones flew over the Eiffel Tower, the U.S. Embassy and other Paris landmarks overnight, authorities said Tuesday. It was the most audacious of several mysterious drone overflights around France in recent months. An investigation is underway into who was operating the...

Highlights From The History Of Flight

February 23, 2015 9:59 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The airplane was still barely a teenager when the United States entered World War I, and the U.S. Army’s fledgling aeronautical division wanted to make its airplanes fly higher without losing power. Sanford Moss, a GE engineer and one of the brightest minds in the steam turbine business, had an idea. He and his team designed a device...

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NV Tax Abatement Bill Receives Bipartisan Support

February 19, 2015 7:14 pm | by Riley Snyder, Michelle Rindels, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada lawmakers on Thursday were hearing details of a number of widely supported tax abatement bills that legislators say will create better paying jobs in the state. Senate and Assembly members held a joint committee hearing on SB93 and AB161, which would expand tax abatements to the aerospace...

Drones Rule: Proposed Rules For Commercial Unmanned Aircraft

February 17, 2015 10:27 am | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drone on, the government says. Just not through the night sky. Or close to an airport. Or out of the operator's sight. And probably not winging its way with a pizza or package, any time soon. Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned...

This Amazing New Material Could Revolutionize Jet Travel

February 9, 2015 2:08 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

In the century following the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903, planes have gone through three materials revolutions: wood and fabric fuselages gave way to aluminum and, eventually, to light and strong carbon composites used to make the bodies of the latest planes like Boeing’s Dreamliner and the Airbus A350. But a new and...

SpaceX Calls Off Launch Of Space Weather Satellite

February 8, 2015 6:24 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The SpaceX company has called off Sunday's launch of a deep-space observatory. The countdown was halted at the two-and-a-half-minute mark at Cape Canaveral, Florida, because of a problem with a rocket-tracking system. At the same time, SpaceX was dealing with a rocket issue. SpaceX had been...

Shooting Laser Beams Inside Water Jets Gives Machining A New Cutting Edge

February 6, 2015 2:32 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Leonardo da Vinci always seemed to be hungry for new ideas, but sometimes he may have been just hungry. Some 500 years ago, he designed a roasting jack that powered an automatic rotisserie. It used hot air rising from a fireplace to spin a horizontal vane placed in the chimney above it. The vane was attached to a vertical rod that...

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Virgin Galactic Gets Back On Track Toward Space Tourism

February 3, 2015 4:27 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The only thing interrupting the creosote and mesquite that makes up one of New Mexico's most remote stretches of desert is a pristine runway where Virgin Galactic plans one day to launch the world's first commercial space-line. In the four years since its completion, however, the runway has seen...

NASA Launches Earth-Observing Satellite

January 31, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which may help residents in low-lying regions brace for floods or farmers prepare for drought conditions. A Delta 2 rocket carrying the Soil...

GE Jet Engines Will Power The Next Air Force One

January 30, 2015 10:16 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Future U.S. presidents will get a big new plane with the big new job. The U.S. Air Force has announced that Boeing’s next-generation 747-8 passenger jet, powered by GE engines, will replace the existing version of presidential plane popularly known as Air Force One. “The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible symbols of the...

FAA Deems Super Bowl 'No Drone Zone'

January 29, 2015 4:51 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The FAA announced in a public statement that they will allow absolutely zero drones to fly at the Super Bowl. An ad on the policy says, “Going to the big game? Have fun, cheer on your team, and keep it a ‘No Drone Zone.’ Don’t spoil the game. Leave your drone at home. #nodronezone.” The FAA statement explains, “The FAA will establish...

Obama Says U.S. Must Catch Up To Ensure Drone Safety

January 27, 2015 10:04 am | by Josh Lederman, Calvin Woodward, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States has fallen behind technological advancements that have made small drones readily available and must update its laws to ensure safety, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, in his first public comments about a drone that crashed on the White House grounds. Obama said drones, properly used, have...

Orders For U.S. Durable Goods Fell 3.4% In December

January 27, 2015 9:22 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped sharply in December, dragged lower by a big decline in demand for commercial aircraft. Orders for durable goods fell 3.4 percent in December following a 2.1 percent decline in November, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The decline was...

Defense Contractor To Pay $2M To Settle Claims

January 26, 2015 8:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California defense contractor will pay the federal government $2 million to settle claims about its manufacturing of parts for remote-controlled aircraft. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento says Sacramento-based Composite Engineering Inc. agreed to pay the money to end...

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 starts flying in a couple of years. SpaceX and Boeing said Monday that they are on track to carry out their first manned test flights to the International Space Station in 2017. NASA chose the two companies...

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 work on improving the telegraph led him to a better stock market ticker and a valuable patent, which he sold for $10,000 to Western Union. He used the money to build a lab in Menlo Park, N.J., and amp up his work with...

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 comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration...

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...

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