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Boom Supersonic XB-1 supersonic aircraft is a world’s first

Boom Supersonic XB-1 supersonic aircraft is a world’s first

As Boom Supersonic continues efforts to build the world's fastest airliner, they've revealed a sort of proof-of-concept. The Boom Supersonic XB-1 is a "supersonic demonstrator" aircraft. It's also the first independently developed supersonic jet ever made. Boom CEO and founder Blake Scholl reminded us that the company remains steadfast in their aim of "making the world dramatically more accessible."

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One game will sell “billions” in gaming upgrades: Flight Simulator

One game will sell “billions” in gaming upgrades: Flight Simulator

If you're looking to the Crysis Remastered release to allow the game to continue to be the go-to for jokes about gaming hardware power, get ready for a change. According to one analyst group, the new Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) will be a catalyst for "billions" in sales of new hardware, gaming gear, and upgrades for home gaming PC builds. Could it be? Did Microsoft actually make the new go-to game of games?

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two cabin reveal: Let’s look inside!

Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two cabin reveal: Let’s look inside!

Virgin Galactic revealed the interior of their SpaceShip Two vehicle VSS Unity today at a streaming event hosted virtually on YouTube. This spaceship is what Virgin Galactic says is the way of the future, with a cabin design "driven by astronaut experience." That means comfort and usability at the space vehicle's core.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Closed Beta released to final testing

Microsoft Flight Simulator Closed Beta released to final testing

If you've been waiting for Microsoft's latest Flight Simulator release, the time is close at hand. Today the folks that run the development of Microsoft Flight Simulator revealed that they'd reached an important milestone. Alpha 5 was was released this week, on the 9th of July, 2020, and Closed Beta was moved into final testing!

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This TSA website shows just what coronavirus did to air travel

This TSA website shows just what coronavirus did to air travel

Coronavirus has cut US air travel to a fraction of what it was, with COVID-19 guidelines including stay-at-home orders reducing flyers to a bare trickle, the TSA has confirmed. With many US states on lockdown by governor order, and the general advice being to maintain social distance and avoid unnecessary travel, the knock-on impact to how many people are passing through airports has been huge.

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NASA SpaceX final Crew Dragon test date: A first since last space shuttle in 2011

NASA SpaceX final Crew Dragon test date: A first since last space shuttle in 2011

NASA announced the SpaceX Demo-2 flight test date and additional details on how they'll be running a world's first since the final "space shuttle" mission on July 8, 2011. This will be the "return of human spaceflight launch capabilities to the United States" in full effect. It'll also be the first launch of American astronauts aboard an American rocket and spacecraft since that 2011 date, the date of NASA's final space shuttle mission.

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Delta cuts 40% flight capacity for coronavirus

Delta cuts 40% flight capacity for coronavirus

Today Delta CEO Ed Bastian sent an internal letter with a list of actions that'll be taken to "protect the financial position of the company". This set of actions includes an "overall capacity reduction in the next few months of 40 percent - the largest capacity reduction in Delta's history, including 2001." While the company will maintain service to London, England, they're also complying with the 30-day ban on travel to and from continental Europe announced the night of March 12th (Wednesday).

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Boeing 777X first flight success puts new plane back on track

Boeing 777X first flight success puts new plane back on track

Boeing's 777X successfully aced its first test flight over the weekend, later than the jet-maker had hoped for but no less of a milestone for it. Boeing had originally aimed to give the 777X its inaugural flight last week, but poor weather conditions including strong winds forced the plane to stay grounded.

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Boeing fires CEO, stays committed to 737 Max

Boeing fires CEO, stays committed to 737 Max

Boeing announced a change in leadership this morning amid ongoing crisis in the company. Hundreds of victims were killed earlier this year in a pair of crashes of the Boing 737 Max. The same airplane model crashed in two separate events, likely due to a single piece of anti-stall software placed on the craft. The CEO Dennis Muilenburg was not mentioned in the press release for this change in leadership.

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Jetman Yves Rossy vertical take-off looks almost too relaxing

Jetman Yves Rossy vertical take-off looks almost too relaxing

There is no shortage of people trying to create ways for mankind to fly on their own. Pretty much like the Wright Brothers, these people are both admired and ridiculed. These days, however, it's no longer a dream nor a fantasy nor science fiction with inventions and stunts from the likes of Yves Rossy, better known as "Jetman" who makes taking off vertically look almost too easy.

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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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Study shows how a fly lands on a ceiling (with slo-mo video)

Study shows how a fly lands on a ceiling (with slo-mo video)

Today we're looking at how a fly lands upside-down - up on a ceiling - courtesy of a study published this week in the AAAS's Science Advances. Inverted landing is something a fly takes for granted - largely because, as it would appear in this study, most of this process takes place in a fraction of a second. The findings in this paper show an expanded understanding of the various biomechanical, sensory, and neural processes that take place when a fly attempts to land on a ceiling. This data could lead to fantastic future applications - let's take a look at why.

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