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Boeing tests electronics-killing CHAMP microwave missile

Boeing tests electronics-killing CHAMP microwave missile

It's perhaps every tech-lover's nightmare, but it's something everyone should be aware of: electronics-killing missiles. On October 16th, Boeing tested one such weapon named CHAMP, a non-lethal high-powered microwave missile that successfully snuffed the life out of a bunch of PCs, making history in the process. In fact, the test was so successful, the missile killed the cameras set up to record the event as well.

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NASA weighing $1.5m autonomous drone challenge: Jetsons cars ahoy!

NASA weighing $1.5m autonomous drone challenge: Jetsons cars ahoy!

NASA is considering setting up a $1.5m bounty for anybody who can develop an autonomous drone capable of safely navigating the crowded skies above the US. Potentially part of the Centennial Challenges, the Unmanned Aircraft System Airspace Operations Challenge would search for a workable drone piloting system that could track and avoid other aircraft, even those not equipped with the same AI technology. The end result could be surveillance and other types of drones capable of remaining aloft for extended periods without human intervention.

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Boeing Airplanes set to allow cell phone use in 2013

Boeing Airplanes set to allow cell phone use in 2013

We've all been on a plane and heard the same spiel over and over again. Please turn off any and all electronic devices, MP3 players, iPods, laptops, and set all iPhone, iPad, and devices to airplane mode -- get ready for takeoff. Today however the folks from Boeing have shared their plans to allow cell phone use on their top-tier Dreamliner airplanes as soon as 2013.

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JetBlue promises free wi-fi onboard soon

JetBlue promises free wi-fi onboard soon

What's been shared today is a note sent to internal contacts and crew-members before an official announcement is made to the greater public, here noting that free wi-fi is about to be a reality on JetBlue flights. The most important piece of this puzzle for JetBlue appears to be the fact that customers choose airlines based on the fact that they do have wi-fi, and that basically every solution out there right now is undeniably slow compared to what they've got in store. The Free bit is also a big deal: even though they do mention that it might be limited to a timeframe before they've got 30 total planes running with the technology, free is always good.

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Amelia Earhart wreckage possibly discovered in Nikumaroro waters

Amelia Earhart wreckage possibly discovered in Nikumaroro waters

Researchers from the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) may have discovered pieces of Amelia Earhart's long lost plane lurking off the coast of a Pacific island. Many who follow the Earhart story and developments know that the Pacific island of Nikumaroro is one of the locations at the center of the speculation - it's around there that some think Amelia Earhart went missing after departing from Papua New Guinea in 1937.

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X-51A Waverider aircraft crashes into Pacific during test flight

X-51A Waverider aircraft crashes into Pacific during test flight

The third test flight of the Air Force's hypersonic X-51A Waverider aircraft has failed, the Los Angeles Times reports. The X-51A was launched over the Pacific Ocean yesterday, and the Air Force was hoping that it would reach mach 6 and keep flying for five minutes afterward, but unfortunately that never happened. Instead, a problem was discovered with one of the aircraft's control fins only 15 seconds into the flight, causing the Waverider to lose control and crash into the ocean.

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Chip Yates sets electric flight world record at over 200MPH

Chip Yates sets electric flight world record at over 200MPH

It's time for the automotive superstar known as Chip Yates to hit another world record, this time for flying an electric aircraft faster than 200 miles per hour. This is the second world record Yates has broken in such a way, the first being with an electric motorcycle topping 196 miles per hour - set last year at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The flight Yates made this week took place at the Inyokern Airport in the Mojave Desert, California, and also just the day before this record had his very first - read that again - flying lesson with an electric plane.

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Boeing unveils Dreamliner 787 with Android-based entertainment systems

Boeing unveils Dreamliner 787 with Android-based entertainment systems

Boeing is making better use of today's mobile technology by integrating it into its aircraft, starting with rolling it all into the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. A Qatar Airways Boeing was unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK this week showing off its new Android-based entertainment system. Over 850 planes will be equipped with two types of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions--the Thales TopSeries Avant and the Panasonic eX3.

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Airbus to offer EFB apps for iPad to aircraft pilots

Airbus to offer EFB apps for iPad to aircraft pilots

It seems as if everybody is realizing how convenient iPads are, especially now that Airbus has become the very first aircraft manufacturer to have pilots use its new Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) performance-calculating apps for iPad. The new applications should allow pilots to optimize aircraft performance, lighten their load and save both money and time.

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