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NASA private space flights in 2017 to save rubles and respect

NASA private space flights in 2017 to save rubles and respect

SpaceX and Boeing plan to launch astronauts into space in 2017, as NASA's Commercial Crew program prepares to bring launches back onto US soil and in the process end the reliance on Russia. The two private companies are "the future of astronaut transportation to and from the [International Space Station]" Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Johnson Space Center director, said today, with the first flights expected to begin in just a few years time. However, while the ISS may be the first destination, the orbiting research platform isn't the extent of the Commercial Crew program's ambitions. In fact, it's paving the way for manned missions to Mars.

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Boeing, BlackBerry working together on self-destructing smartphone

Boeing, BlackBerry working together on self-destructing smartphone

The Boeing Black phone, an Android-based smartphone from the aerospace and defense contracting company, has long been in development, but little heard about in the last 2 years. With many questions raised over the devices main feature, its ability to self-destruct as the ultimate security tool, it seems development may very well be moving forward with a newly announced partnership. Smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry is working with Boeing to provide help with security and encryption via its BES 12 platform.

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Boeing X-37B orbital test vehicle touches down after third successful flight

Boeing X-37B orbital test vehicle touches down after third successful flight

Boeing is bragging that its X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle has touched down at Vandenberg Air Force base to complete its third successful flight. We still have no idea exactly what the orbital test vehicle is being used for, but the spacecraft and its siblings are racking up some significant time spent in space. In March, another X-37B landed after spending 469 days in space. This time out, the X-37B spent 674 days in space.

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FAA, Boeing squabble over cockpit screens and WiFi

FAA, Boeing squabble over cockpit screens and WiFi

When you fly, the flight attendants always tell you to put your digital self into airplane mode. Some of those flights offer WiFi, with a smaller percentage offering gate-to-gate connectivity, even during takeoff or landing. Now the FAA is ordering planes with components that could suffer from WiFi signals have them replaced.

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Boeing CST-100 puts Astronauts on ISS with style

Boeing CST-100 puts Astronauts on ISS with style

How do you get to the International Space Station? If you’re in a Boeing CST-100 — comfortably. The new capsule is designed for one thing, and that’s getting Astronauts to their destination and back. Like an interstellar taxi, the CST-100 is also pretty roomy and comfy, and seats more than your average road-going ferry.

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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 Black secure smartphone hits FCC – aims at secure communications

Boeing Black secure smartphone hits FCC – aims at secure communications

Boeing is a name that is synonymous with aircraft. We talked about Boeing when the 787-9 Dreamliner completed its maiden voyage in 2013. While most of Boeing is focused on making aircraft for the military and civilian markets, the company is working on other products. One of those projects has been tipped by the FCC and it is a smartphone.

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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 737 cockpit simulator built by dad in kids’ bedroom

Boeing 737 cockpit simulator built by dad in kids’ bedroom

We've seen our fair share of cockpit simulators, and it always seems that the next one we come across continues to amaze us. 40-year-old French father Laurent Aigon built a life-size and fully functional cockpit simulator and stuffed it in his kids' bedroom, out of all places, giving his kids something to do during their free-time.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Heathrow fire unrelated to battery

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Heathrow fire unrelated to battery

A bittersweet moment for Boeing today as it's been declared by investigators that yesterday's fire aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that occurred at London's Heathrow airport was unrelated to the plane's battery. While it's good news that the redesigned battery isn't failing again, it seems Boeing still has an issue with the new plane.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner catches fire after being cleared to fly again

Boeing 787 Dreamliner catches fire after being cleared to fly again

In another streak of bad luck for Boeing, the first of the 50 or so 787 Dreamliners was cleared to fly again by the FAA. The Ethiopian Airlines 787 successfully completed a test flight the first time around, but it seems trouble struck again, as a fire broke out on the plane at London's Heathrow airport. Luckily, no passengers were on board.

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