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NASA launches Space Station lifeboat project

NASA launches Space Station lifeboat project

If Sandra Bullock in Gravity proved anything, it's that George Clooney is smug even in space and that having an emergency exit back to Earth is probably a good thing. NASA is now working on the latter, with plans to equip the International Space Station (ISS) with a dedicated lifeboat for the first time in forty years, giving the orbiting crew there a place to not only shelter from incidents on the platform, but a way to escape it should something go seriously wrong.

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Boeing Black secure smartphone detailed for maximum privacy

Boeing Black secure smartphone detailed for maximum privacy

Boeing has detailed its new, ultra-secure smartphone, the Boeing Black, a locked-down Android handset promising defense and security agency standards of protection for user-data. Spotted clearing the FCC earlier this week, the Black locks Android, apps, and data inside Boeing's own PureSecure architecture, with hardware media encryption, trusted boot, and the option to plug in modular components to tailor the US-made handset to mission-specific needs.

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completes its maiden voyage

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completes its maiden voyage

Boeing has announced that the latest version of its new 787 Dreamliner has completed its maiden voyage. This version is called the 787-9 and the aircraft flew for the first time on September 17 signaling the beginning of a comprehensive flight test program for the aircraft. The flight test program will lead to certification and delivery by the middle of 2014.

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Boeing 787 experiences A/C issues: a sign of more problems to come?

Boeing 787 experiences A/C issues: a sign of more problems to come?

Just after resolving the huge fiasco with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the plane seems to be experiencing another issue. Japanese airline Nippon Airlines has reported that one of its 787s had issues with the plane's power supply, noting that a warning message popped up in the cockpit alerting pilots that the power supply was feeding power to the air conditioning in the plane.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner back in service in the US

Boeing 787 Dreamliner back in service in the US

After a four-month-long grounding due to a battery issue, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is back in action in the US, with United Airlines announcing that the first flight since the grounding occurred today and took passengers from Houston, Texas to Chicago, Illinois. Boeing has fixed the battery issue, and is sticking with lithium ion, but they have changed the design to prevent overheating.

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Boeing X-51A WaveRider achieves longest hypersonic flight ever

Boeing X-51A WaveRider achieves longest hypersonic flight ever

Boeing's unmanned X-51A WaveRider broke the record for the longest hypersonic flight ever, doing so on its fourth successful jaunt in the sky. The total scramjet power flight time clocked in at 3.5-minutes, with its speed topping out at a neck-breaking Mach 5.1, with the total flight time lasting in excess of 6-minutes. The flight came to an end with a controlled decent into the Pacific Ocean.

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