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Pilot To Fly Solar Plane Across Pacific For Five Days, Five Nights

May 3, 2015 6:08 am | by Louise Watt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The aircraft will climb to the altitude of Mount Everest, almost 9,000 meters (29,500 feet), during the day to get more sunlight, recharge the batteries and store more energy. At nighttime, the plane will fly lower, at a minimum of 1,000 meters (3,000 feet).

Remote Utah Outpost Serves As Stand-In For Surface Of Mars

May 1, 2015 2:07 am | by Brady Mccombs, The Associated Press | News | Comments

This site and others that allow crews to mimic interplanetary missions are helping to raise buzz...

Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Jeff Bezos’ Spaceship Lifts Off

April 30, 2015 4:30 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This launch is particularly exciting to the public, because Blue Origin’s primary goal is to...

Internet Billionaires Face Off In Renewed Texas Space Race

April 27, 2015 10:20 am | by Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX and Blue Origin are among several U.S. companies engaged in the private space business....

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Boeing 787 Order Deliveries Delayed

April 27, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 787, which Boeing Co. calls the Dreamliner, is made largely from lightweight carbon material to save on fuel. The planemaker disclosed this week that it is still losing money on the jet but hopes to begin breaking even on each delivery later this year.

Cheaper Fuel Has Airlines Soaring To Record Profits

April 24, 2015 3:17 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Like motorists, airlines have been saving money at the pump since oil prices began plunging last summer. Even with a recent increase, the spot price of jet fuel is down 40 percent since September.

U.S. Postal Service Considering Drone Fleet

April 22, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The USPS plans to issue a request for proposals from the finalists next month, then award contracts to build prototype vehicles.

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Hubble Telescope Marking 25th Anniversary In Orbit

April 22, 2015 10:16 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

"Hubble has become part of our culture — very much," said NASA's science mission chief, John Grunsfeld, a former astronaut who flew on the final three Hubble repair missions.

Report Details Potential Uses Of Drones In Disaster Relief

April 22, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Drones equipped with cameras could enable workers to see developments in real time and help find survivors, deliver supplies, track flooding or other dangers and inform decisions about where to establish relief operations on the ground.

Japan Mulls 2018 Moon Landing

April 21, 2015 4:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's space program has achieved some breakthroughs on a shoestring budget, crimped during years of economic stagnation, but has focused in the past mainly on small scientific projects.

SpaceX Shipment Arrives At Space Station

April 17, 2015 10:22 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured the Dragon capsule, which arrived three days after its Florida launch, with the help of a giant robot arm.

Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: SpaceX Rocket Barely Misses Amazing Landing

April 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

In an impressively close call, the Falcon 9 planted successfully on the barge but tipped over after making contact.

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Q&A: Matt Hederstrom And Jeff Phillips Of Varley Group

April 15, 2015 10:32 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | News | Comments

Varley Group is one of Australia’s oldest engineering companies with a reputation worthy of its tenure. Recently, they’ve begun to establish a substantial presence in the U.S. through their subsidiary, Varley USA.

Drone Companies Court Skeptical Public

April 13, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The marketing shift could help alter the public perception of drones, which have sparked safety and privacy concerns and share a name with the military's infamous unmanned attack planes.

Feds OK Test Flights For Amazon Drones

April 10, 2015 2:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration this week granted an exemption to the Seattle-based e-commerce giant, which would enable testing of Prime Air drones limited to 400 feet in elevation and speeds of 100 miles per hour.

High School Rocket Scientists Blast Off With NASA

April 10, 2015 12:06 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

“NASA doesn’t spare us at all,” says Brian Hastings, Spring Grove Area High School physics instructor and head coach of the team. “We essentially had to go through all the steps that anyone who tries to sell a product or tool to NASA would.”

Mitsubishi Sets Sights On Niche In Aircraft Sector

April 10, 2015 10:37 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

"This is the last chance to get into real aircraft manufacturing. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has a long-term vision to get into the aircraft assembly industry," Hideyuki Kamiya, head of marketing for Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. said in an earlier briefing.

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Is The Pace Of FAA Drone Regulation Approval Too Slow?

April 9, 2015 9:43 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

32 Advisors Founder and CEO Robert Wolf discusses the future of commercial and industrial drones. 

IBM To Aid Developers During NASA Hackathon

April 8, 2015 3:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The International Space App Challenge, which will run for 48 hours beginning Friday, invites participants to design solutions to 35 separate challenges divided into four categories: outer space, Earth, humans and robotics.

Reshaping Aircraft In Flight Could Make Planes Fly Better

April 2, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Once refined, the technology could allow aircraft designers to make smaller and lighter tails that produce less drag, which could translate into more efficient flight, lower fuel burn and save airlines millions of dollars.

Solar-Powered Plane Lands In China On Round-The-World Flight

March 31, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It flies next to the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing before heading to Hawaii on its five-month trip.

Union Vote Set Next Month At Boeing's South Carolina Plants

March 27, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union announced Tuesday that the Machinists and Boeing have agreed to the National Labor Relations Board conducting a one-day vote April 22 at five locations on the company's North Charleston campus.

Wyoming Company Does Work For NASA

March 26, 2015 2:51 pm | by Matthew Stottlemyre, Gillette News Record | News | Comments

Fifty years after the company first opened its doors, L&H has tackled its biggest job to date and its first government contract, said Bill Schroyer, L&H's project manager for the transporter rebuild.

Jet Engine That Supercharged Aviation Now Powering World’s Fastest Ship

March 24, 2015 9:42 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The latest version of the LM2500 can produce up to 34 megawatts each and ramp up from zero to full power in just 10 minutes. Here are some of its applications.

American, Russian Leave Earth This Week For Year In Space

March 23, 2015 2:10 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

This will be the longest space mission ever for NASA, and the longest in almost two decades for the Russian Space Agency, which holds the record at 14 months.

Solar-Powered Plane Lands In Myanmar On Latest Leg

March 23, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As the plane touches down in Mandalay, Myanmar's second-largest city, a band of hundreds of students played music and dancers performed a regional dance wearing elephant costumes decorated with gold and glass gems.                   

Amazon Gets FAA Certificate To Experiment With Drones

March 20, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The FAA said Thursday that under the provisions of the certificate, the flights must be conducted at 400 feet or below during daylight hours.                                                                                             

A Drone That Throws Flames, Sprays Graffiti

March 18, 2015 2:23 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Tyrone the Drone can spray graffiti and produce fire from the sky. Laurie Segall reports.                          

Flying Cars Will Be Available In 2017

March 17, 2015 3:07 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Slovakian company AeroMobil will begin selling a flying car in 2017.                              

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