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FedEx cargo jets may soon be equipped with lasers to take out missiles

FedEx cargo jets may soon be equipped with lasers to take out missiles

Assuming the company gets permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), some future FedEx cargo planes may be equipped with anti-missile laser systems designed to help protect them from man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). The laser systems, should they be used, would work to disrupt a missile's ability to target these cargo jets.

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Verizon sets a C-Band 5G deadline: Why that’s a big deal

Verizon sets a C-Band 5G deadline: Why that’s a big deal

High-speed 5G connectivity is about to roll out in the US in a major way, making it possible for far more consumers to access the faster data speeds increasingly supported by new devices. The White House has announced a major agreement between government agencies and the two largest carriers in the US, Verizon and AT&T, that should work in everyone's favor.

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Verizon, AT&T Reject Call To Delay 5G Deployment

Verizon, AT&T Reject Call To Delay 5G Deployment

Verizon and AT&T have rejected a call by the US government to delay their rollout of 5G spectrum over concerns about airline safety and continuing an ongoing showdown over the next-generation wireless technology.

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FAA clears Virgin Galactic to fly after investigation

FAA clears Virgin Galactic to fly after investigation

Virgin Galactic has announced that it has been cleared to resume flight operations by the FAA. Virgin Galactic had been grounded following the conclusion of an FAA inquiry focusing on the spacecraft wandering outside of its flight clearance zone on its Unity 22 flight in July. The FAA has confirmed that Virgin had accepted the corrective actions bringing an end to the inquiry that started on August 11.

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FAA grounds Virgin Galactic flights

FAA grounds Virgin Galactic flights

Virgin Galactic is one of a few companies that aim to take civilians into space. Recently, Virgin conducted a test flight that included Sir Richard Branson, the company founder, among its crew. Branson and other crewmembers lifted off on July 11 and flew the Virgin Galactic Unity aircraft to an altitude of 86 kilometers above the ground.

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FAA opens Houston office to keep an eye on SpaceX and Blue Origin

FAA opens Houston office to keep an eye on SpaceX and Blue Origin

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration opened a new office in Houston that is designed to help the agency monitor nearby private space companies, including SpaceX and Blue Origin. The facility will help the agency monitor activities conducted by private space companies in and near Texas, the FAA explained, joining the new tracking system it announced last month.

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Tougher FAA Astronaut Wings rules could leave Bezos & Branson in limbo

Tougher FAA Astronaut Wings rules could leave Bezos & Branson in limbo

How high do you need to fly in order to officially qualify as an astronaut? That's an answer the US FAA has just weighed in on and, while the definition of where space begins may still be controversial, what it takes to get the coveted Astronaut Wings is now tougher - and could have big implications for billionaire space-fans like Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson.

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FAA activates powerful new system to track spacecraft in near-real time

FAA activates powerful new system to track spacecraft in near-real time

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has activated a powerful new system that'll enable it to track rocket launches in near-real-time, as well as spacecraft when they reenter Earth's airspace on their way to the ground. The new program is intended to increase the safety of the US's National Airspace System, according to the agency, joining the FAA's existing air traffic management efforts.

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Alphabet’s Wing releases OpenSky drone open-airspace app in US

Alphabet’s Wing releases OpenSky drone open-airspace app in US

Alphabet's Wing has released its OpenSky drone piloting app in the US, aiming to make it easier for UAV operators - whether individuals or companies - to figure out where they can fly without falling foul of FAA and other rules. The app initially debuted in 2019, though was originally only available in Australia.

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Virgin Galactic space passenger flights score key FAA approval

Virgin Galactic space passenger flights score key FAA approval

Virgin Galactic has been granted a key FAA license in order to fly passengers to space, something the company still aims to do over the summer. The approval extends Virgin Galactic's existing license by the US Federal Aviation Administration to carry cargo into space, and came after the company's May 22 test flight proved a success.

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Boeing 737 MAX hit with $17m FAA fine as 787 Dreamliner woes continue

Boeing 737 MAX hit with $17m FAA fine as 787 Dreamliner woes continue

Boeing faces a further $17 million in fines from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over the 737 MAX incident, the penalties announced amid rumors that 787 Dreamliner deliveries have again been delayed. The aircraft-maker saw 737 MAX planes return to service late in 2020, after nearly two years of being grounded following two fatal crashes.

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Some Boeing 737 MAX grounded again after another fault spotted

Some Boeing 737 MAX grounded again after another fault spotted

The beleaguered Boeing 737 MAX has run into another issue, with the plane-maker recommending that some of tis jets be grounded after identifying more safety problems. A "potential electrical issue" has been blamed for the sudden announcement, which could force some airlines to cancel flights after aircraft are benched.

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