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NASA Pulls Astronaut Eric Boe From First Boeing Starliner Crewed Flight, Mike Fincke Will Fly Instead

NASA has pulled astronaut Eric Boe, who was scheduled as a crew member for the first manned test flight of Boeing’s Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew capsule in the second half of 2019, as he “is unable to fly due to medical reasons,” the space agency said in a statement on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Nasa, Boeing, Commercial Crew Program, Crew Dragon, Starliner, Eric Boe, Mike Fincke

Farewell to the 727, the ‘earth-trembling’ workhorse that brought air travel to millions

One of the aircraft that introduced the fundamentals of modern comfort and convenience to millions of travellers has flown its last passenger service. The Boeing 727 might not have been responsible for the dawn of the jet age, but its record-breaking popularity in the Sixties and Seventies was testament to the seachange it helped force when it became the stalwart of some of the world’s largest airlines. After its 1963 debut, it was the first Boeing commercial plane to sell more than 1,000 units ...
Tags: Europe, Science, North Korea, Mexico, US, San Francisco, Iran, UPS, Switzerland, Fokker, Kenya, Venezuela, Cia, Dc, Tehran, Donald Trump

NASA shuffles crew for Boeing Starliner space taxi’s test flight due to medical issue

NASA says a medical issue is forcing a switch in the crew for the Boeing Starliner space taxi’s first crewed test flight to the International Space Station, currently scheduled for August. Astronaut Eric Boe will no longer be on the flight due to unspecified medical reasons, NASA announced today. Instead, three-time spaceflier Mike Fincke will take Boe’s place alongside NASA’s Nicole Mann and Boeing test pilot Chris Ferguson. Fincke will begin training for the Starliner flight immediately, while...
Tags: Texas, Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Boe, Boeing, Johnson Space Center, Nicole Mann, Eric Boe, Mike Fincke, Chris Ferguson Fincke, Fincke

Coming Soon: Is Boeing's 'New' F-15X Fighter Really Joining the Air Force?

Brace yourselves: the Department of Defense is eyeing a brand new variant of the storied F-15 Eagle to rule the skies, the U.S. military’s first purchase of the storied aircraft in more than 15 years.
Tags: Science, Department Of Defense, Air Force, Boeing

777X: the gigantic plane that could change flying forever is nearly here

Some of the world’s most prestigious airlines are on tenterhooks as the first flight of an aircraft that could change long-haul travel for decades looms ever closer. Executives at Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airways, among others, will have their eyes cast to the skies this spring when Boeing is expected to fly one of its new 777X planes for the first time. The 777-9, the first of the X family to be developed, will have the biggest jet engines ever seen, attached to the longest wings ...
Tags: New York, Science, London, Australia, Singapore, India, Iran, Tim Clark, Heathrow, Sydney, Dubai, Qantas, Airbus, Seattle, Donald Trump, Perth

Can Drones Be Good?

It was a cool day in Dallas last November, when a small quadcopter lifted itself off the ground of an American Airlines hangar and buzzed towards a Boeing 777. The drone, a DJI Mavic Enterprise, had been outfitted with a spotlight, but otherwise looked a lot like what you might see your neighbor flying in the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Air Travel, Microsoft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Infrastructure, Drones, Dji, Agriculture, Dallas, Faa, Boeing, Commercial Drones, American Airlines

Boeing Spends on Isotropic Systems to Boost Space Solutions

Thanks to the latest transaction, the Isotropic team and Boeing (BA) experts will jointly make efforts to strengthen the development of the next-generation terminal solutions
Tags: Science, Boeing, Isotropic Systems to Boost Space Solutions

Boeing leads $14M funding round for Isotropic Systems to boost satellite links

London-based Isotropic Systems, a startup that is developing flat-panel antennas and high-throughput terminals for satellite communications, says it has raised $14 million in a Series A financing round led by Boeing HorizonX Ventures. Isotropic’s user terminals take advantage of optical beam steering, which lets its terminals connect with several different satellites without increasing cost or complexity. The company says its technology will help clear a path for low-cost, mass-market broadband...
Tags: Science, London, Boeing, Isotropic Systems, Boeing HorizonX Ventures Isotropic

The most heroic airline pilots of all time

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson, we recount the tales of heroic pilots who really earned their hefty salaries. 1. The Miracle on the Hudson January 15, 2009 Perhaps the best known incident of recent times, involving the most brilliantly monikered pilot. Chesley Sullenberger III, at the helm of US Airways Flight 1549, managed to land safely on the Hudson River after a flock of Canada geese disabled both the aircraft’s engines just 2,818 feet above the ground. All 155 pas...
Tags: Hong Kong, New York, Science, Indonesia, La, Singapore, Tom Hanks, Beijing, Canada, Southampton, Heathrow, Qantas, Airbus, Harpercollins, Montreal, Detroit

Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 January 2019

Bet you don’t know what this is, where it is, and what it does (did)? See final item. Good morning It has been an exciting week, with our “next generation” daily news curation service taking shape behind the scenes.  Part of this is a new and more active Twitter feed. If you’re on Twitter, please do follow our new Twitter account, @TheTvlInsider.  If you were following our earlier Twitter account, feel free to unfollow that one, and please now follow our new @TheTvlInsider account. The new Twit...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, UK, Science, London, Trains, Disney, Siri, Tech, Aer Lingus, Karen, David, Atlantic, Britain, Heathrow, Gatwick

After years of delay, Air Force accepts first Boeing KC-46 tanker; delivery coming soon

After struggling through years of delay and absorbing billions of dollars of cost overruns, Boeing says the U.S. Air Force has accepted the first of what’s expected to be hundreds of KC-46 tanker aircraft. In a news release, Boeing said the milestone delivery to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., should be made “in the coming weeks.” “We look forward to working with the Air Force, and the Navy, during their initial operational test and evaluation of the KC-46, as we further demonstrate t...
Tags: Science, Navy, Air Force, Boeing, Wichita, U S Air Force, McConnell Air Force Base

3-D views reveal ‘Orion’s Dragon’ in space

Spectral readings from the Orion Nebula have charted the cosmic weather patterns for powerful stellar winds that have created a bubble of material that's 12 light-years wide, as well as a structure that's been nicknamed "Orion's Dragon." The dragon shape stands out in a 3-D video produced using data from NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, a Boeing 747 jet that's been converted to carry a 106-inch telescope and other scientific instruments. "Whe...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Orion, Boeing, Sofia, Orion Nebula, Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon makes its way to the launchpad ahead of first major test flight

SpaceX and Boeing are both behind schedule in their independent efforts to create crewed launch systems that will allow NASA to send astronauts to space from U.S. soil. All eyes will be on both companies in 2019 as they inch their way towards their goals, and SpaceX just teased that they're almost ready to hit a big milestone. In a series of recent Twitter updates from the accounts of SpaceX and top dog Elon Musk, the Crew Dragon appears ready for one of its biggest tests yet: an actual lau...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Russia, Nasa, International Space Station, Boeing, Roscosmos, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center

Hundreds of federal scientists miss conferences in shutdown

The world's largest airborne observatory was supposed to be parked in Seattle this week, so thousands of scientists attending the "Super Bowl of Astronomy" could behold this marvel: a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope used to study the fundamental mysteries of the universe.
Tags: Science, Seattle, Boeing

NASA gives the thumbs up for production of Dream Chaser space plane

Sending supplies and other cargo to the International Space Station is something that has to happen on a regular basis in order for crew to continue living their lives as they carry out missions while orbiting Earth. Exactly how that cargo gets delivered can vary and, as with all things, there's always someone who thinks maybe they can do it better. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has apparently convinced NASA that it can make cargo delivery to the ISS a bit easier with a high-tech space pl...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Boeing, John Curry, SNC, Sierra Nevada Corporation SNC

Boeing's F-15X Fighter: A Good Idea or Waste of Time?

Can it relieve critical F-22s and F-35s to more important tasks? Or is this a multi-billion dollar mistake?
Tags: Science, Time, Boeing

Is Boeing's 'New' F-15X Fighter Really Joining the U.S. Air Force?

If purchased, the F-15X aircraft will reportedly end up in the hands of several Air National Guard units as a replacement for the service’s current F-15C aircraft. But at the moment, it appears any acquisition of the advanced F-15 variant will prove an uphill battle within the Pentagon.
Tags: Science, Boeing, U S Air Force, Air National Guard

SpaceX to retry launch in first U.S. national security space mission

Billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX is scheduled on Saturday to launch a long-delayed U.S. military navigation satellite, which if successful would mark the rocket company's first national security space mission for the United States. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a roughly $500 million GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp was due to blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral around 9 a.m. (1400 GMT), privately held SpaceX said. A successful launch - SpaceX's fourth attempt in a week after technic...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, United States, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Lockheed, Musk, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Lockheed Martin Corp, U S Air Force, Boeing Co SpaceX

Could a drone really bring down a plane?

All flights from Gatwick Airport were grounded this morning, and incoming aircraft diverted, after two drones were spotted hovering in the vicinity.  Around 10,000 passengers were affected by Gatwick's response to the threat, an unprecedented move which implies that the remote controlled devices present a very serious danger indeed. What would happen if a drone hit a plane? We know that bird strikes can do a surprising amount of damage to an aircraft, especially when they hit an engine - th...
Tags: UK, Science, Heathrow, Gatwick, Raf, Balpa, Boeing, Gatwick Airport, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Mooney, Ahmad, Clapham Common, Steve Landells, University of Dayton Research Institute, Kevin Poormon

SpaceX to launch U.S. satellite in first national security mission

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a roughly $500 million global positioning system (GPS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp , was scheduled to lift off from Florida's Cape Canaveral shortly after 9 a.m. (1700 GMT) local time, the U.S. Air Force said. Tuesday's launch, if successful, would be a victory for Musk, a billionaire entrepreneur who has tried for years to break into the market for lucrative military space launches, long dominated by Lockheed and Boeing Co . SpaceX sued the U.S....
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Lockheed, Musk, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Lockheed Martin Corp, U S Air Force, Boeing Co SpaceX

SpaceX to launch U.S. spy satellite in first national security mission

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a roughly $500 million GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp , was scheduled for lift off from Florida's Cape Canaveral shortly after 9 a.m. (1700 GMT) local time, the U.S. Air Force said. SpaceX sued the U.S. Air Force in 2014 in protest over the military's award of a multibillion-dollar, non-compete contract for 36 rocket launches to United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed. SpaceX dropped the suit in 2015 after the Air Force ...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, Air Force, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Lockheed Martin Corp, U S Air Force, Lockheed SpaceX

Move over, Elon: Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg ‘absolutely’ would go to Mars

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg often says that the first person to set foot on Mars will get there on a Boeing-built rocket, but at today’s Business Roundtable CEO Innovation Summit, he made it personal. “Would you go?” CNBC anchor Becky Quick, the moderator for today’s panel on trends in American innovation, asked Muilenburg. “I would,” the CEO answered. “Really?” Quick said. “Absolutely,” Muilenburg said. Muilenburg made repeated reference to spaceflight and Boeing’s plans to participate in miss...
Tags: Science, Mars, Boeing, Cnbc, Elon, Dennis Muilenburg, Muilenburg, Becky Quick

3 new crewmembers launch to space station after Russian rocket failure in October

The International Space Station is about to get three new residents.  On Monday, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenkoof launched to the orbiting outpost aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket.  The launch marked the first crewed flight of the Soyuz since a major failure of the rocket in October when the booster malfunctioned with an astronaut and a cosmonaut aboard. The astronaut and cosmonaut got back to Earth safely after an abort ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Russia, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Boeing, Anne McClain, David Saint Jacques, Oleg Kononenkoof, McClain Saint Jacques, Kononenkoof

NASA chief says Elon Musk won't be smoking joints publicly again

NASA chief Jim Bridenstine elaborated this week on the reasons why the US space agency launched a safety review of SpaceX and Boeing, which are building spaceships for astronauts, including their workplace culture and drug-free policies. "We've had a number of conversations," Bridenstine was quoted as telling The Atlantic magazine. Speaking later to AFP, Bridenstine said the review shows how seriously NASA takes the safety of its astronauts.
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, US, Nasa, Atlantic, Boeing, Jim Bridenstine, Bridenstine, AFP Bridenstine

You won't see Elon Musk smoking weed in public again, NASA admin says

Elon Musk's days of smoking weed in public are, apparently, over.  To be fair, it was just that one time, when Musk appeared to be smoking weed on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, but it was enough to ruffle NASA's feathers. And NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said Musk will not be doing it again, The Atlantic reported Thursday. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk's 'Teslaquila' isn't meshing with Mexico's tequila industry “I will tell you that was not helpful, and that di...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Washington Post, Mexico, Nasa, Atlantic, Boeing, Columbia, Musk, Joe Rogan, Jim Bridenstine, Bridenstine, Musk Bridenstine

Richard Branson is taking a submarine down the world's largest sinkhole

It looks, at first, like a giant, flat, ink blot in the sea, but underneath this sinkhole – the largest in the world – is a cavern large enough to swallow two Boeing 747s with room to spare. Famed marine explorer Jacques Cousteau didn't discover the sinkhole, located in the Caribbean sea off the coast of Belize, but he did name it "The Great Blue Hole" in 1971, and it's been a magnet for scuba divers ever since. Now, in the first mission of its kind, Cousteau's grandson and Sir Ri...
Tags: Science, Richard Branson, Boeing, Branson, Caribbean, Belize, Telegraph Travel, Bergman, Jacques Cousteau, Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, Erika Bergman

NASA sets a date for first SpaceX crew capsule test flight

The race between Boeing and SpaceX to launch their first crewed space missions is heating up. NASA has announced an updated schedule for the two companies on the road to sending astronauts to space from American soil. On January 7th next year, SpaceX will send its Crew Dragon capsule on its maiden voyage to the International Space Station.
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Boeing

NASA probes 'drug-free' policies, safety at SpaceX, Boeing

The US space agency has ordered a sweeping safety review of operations and workplace culture, including drug-free policies, at Boeing and SpaceX, two companies working to send astronauts to space, US media said Tuesday. The review was "prompted by the recent behavior of SpaceX's founder, Elon Musk, according to three officials with knowledge of the probe, after he took a hit of marijuana and sipped whiskey on a podcast streamed on the Internet," said the Washington Post, which first reported on...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Washington Post, US, Nasa, Boeing, SpaceX Boeing

NASA reviews safety at SpaceX and Boeing after Elon Musk smokes pot on video

NASA has ordered a review of workplace safety at SpaceX and Boeing, the two companies developing spaceships to ferry its astronauts to and from the International Space Station, in the wake of a video showing SpaceX CEO Elon Musk smoking pot and drinking whiskey on a YouTube talk show. The safety review, first reported by The Washington Post, could involve site inspections and hundreds of interviews. It’s not yet clear whether the review could hold up the first crewed demonstration flights of Spa...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Boeing, The Washington Post

NASA orders review of SpaceX, Boeing after Elon Musk's pot-smoking upsets officials: Report

NASA's review of SpaceX and Boeing will begin next year, the Washington Post said Tuesday. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's pot-smoking upset high level NASA officials, the Post reported, causing the agency to take a look at the companies' cultures. NASA will conduct a safety review of Boeing BA and SpaceX, months after the latter company's founder and CEO Elon Musk smoked marijuana during a videotaped podcast , according to the Washington Post on Tuesday.
Tags: Post, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Washington Post, Nasa, Boeing, Boeing BA, SpaceX Boeing

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