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After Super Guppy dropoff, Orion reaches Plum Brook Station pre-Artemis I

After Super Guppy dropoff, Orion reaches Plum Brook Station pre-Artemis I

NASA's Super Guppy aircraft landed this week in Ohio to drop off NASA's newest Moon capsule. This Orion capsule is part of the Artemis I mission with an aim for the surface of our close lunar relative. This Orion spacecraft is currently arriving at NASA's Plum Brook Station where it'll be going through a series of tests before it reaches its next stage of preparedness for its flight to our Earth's Moon.

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Boeing 737 MAX return to service roadmap revealed

Boeing 737 MAX return to service roadmap revealed

Boeing aims to have the 737 MAX back in the air from January 2020, with the troubled jet expected to resume deliveries from December of this year. The 737 MAX was grounded earlier in 2019 after two separate crashes, one in October 2018 and another in March 2019, which together caused a total of 346 deaths.

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NASA’s X-57 electric plane is one big step closer to takeoff

NASA’s X-57 electric plane is one big step closer to takeoff

NASA has shown off its first all-electric plane prototype, with the X-57 Maxwell previewing a commuter aircraft that could one day be quieter, more efficient, and greener to operate than existing planes. It's the US space agency's first crewed X-plane in two decades, and its first all-electric aircraft, and though it's not intended to go into space the longer-term implications of the X-57 could be just as significant.

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Air Force X-37B spaceplane lands after record-breaking 780 days in orbit

Air Force X-37B spaceplane lands after record-breaking 780 days in orbit

SpaceX's reusable rockets may have the lion's share of attention and media buzz but the US Air Force has also something to boast that is both closer to home but also more daring. The Boeing-made X-37B spacecraft, or more accurately spaceplane' has just landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, October 27 at 3:51 a.m. Not only is this the vehicle's third successful landing, it is also the longest time an X-37B has flown in orbit, finally crossing the two-year threshold.

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Cathay Pacific Airways says its uses cameras to record passengers

Cathay Pacific Airways says its uses cameras to record passengers

Cathay Pacific, an airline based in Hong Kong, has updated its privacy policy to reveal that it is logging in-flight infotainment system activity and using cameras to capture images of passengers. These images are not captured using cameras integrated into seat-back infotainment systems, according to the airline, which is instead using CCTVs located in airport lounges and inside airplanes.

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Boeing 737 Max will have two computers because one is not enough

Boeing 737 Max will have two computers because one is not enough

When one computer can't solve a problem, why not try to throw more computers at it? That is probably not the reasoning behind Boeing's rumored fix for its problematic 737 Max aircraft but it will probably one of the things that will come to people's minds. The plane's return was yet again delayed because of an apparent software flaw that could still pose problems for the plane's automated system. Now according to anonymous sources, Boeing's new software will be making two computers to make sure just one won't take the plane down.

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FAA approves design for larger middle seats on airplanes

FAA approves design for larger middle seats on airplanes

Airplanes are notoriously uncomfortable, but no one suffers quite as much as the person stuck in the middle seat. Without room to lean toward the wall or the aisle, the middle seat traveler is forced to pull their arms in and hope no one encroaches on their very limited space. A newly approved airplane seat design fixes that problem, offering more space without reducing the number of seats that can be installed within an aircraft.

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Airbus hybrid electric airliner concept looks like a bird of prey

Airbus hybrid electric airliner concept looks like a bird of prey

While birds have always been the main inspiration behind airplanes, the two flying objects share very little in common. While essential for real birds, the design of wings and weathers are impractical and may even be dangerous for planes. That's not stopping some from designing concepts that could eventually become reality. Such may be Airbus' "Bird of Prey" that takes imitation to new heights, pun totally intended.

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United Airlines cancels another 5,000 Boeing 737 Max flights

United Airlines cancels another 5,000 Boeing 737 Max flights

United Airlines has announced that it cancelled thousands of additional flights involving the Boeing 737 Max, covering around 2,100 flights that were scheduled for September and another 2,900 for October. The airliner has a fleet that includes 14 of these Boeing jets, which were grounded following two deadly crashes involving the 737 Max model.

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Automatic plane landing made possible without ground-based systems

Automatic plane landing made possible without ground-based systems

Self-driving and self-parking cars have been the hype in the automobile industry for the recent years but that's harder to pull off when it comes to autonomous planes. Not just automatic takeoff and flight, a big problem is automatic landing. While that feature is actually standard with commercial planes and large airports, it's almost impossible with smaller aircraft and airports with no infrastructure to support it. That could be a thing of the past if this new vision-assisted navigation takes off, pun intended.

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Boeing 737 Max may have a different problem in Europe

Boeing 737 Max may have a different problem in Europe

Its own press releases have been unsurprisingly positive but Boeing might still be a long time before its beleaguered 737 Max can take flight again. It may be close to getting approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) but it is facing yet another hurdle in Europe. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has a list of changes it wants Boeing to make and one of them is reportedly about its autopilot system.

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Virgin Atlantic flight forced to land over battery pack fire

Virgin Atlantic flight forced to land over battery pack fire

A Virgin Atlantic flight from London to New York was forced to make an emergency landing on July 4 after a possibly faulty external battery pack caused a small fire. The plane, an A330 Airbus, had left New York's JFK airport and was on its way to London's Heathrow airport when the crew was alerted to the presence of smoke, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing in Boston.

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