Monthly Archives: June 2017

Trump reactivates National Space Council

After months of foreshadowing, President Donald Trump today signed an executive order to revive the National Space Council, a move that’s likely to open the way for space policy changes that have been largely put on hold during the White House transition. … Continue reading

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Facebook’s second drone test raises the bar

The drive to provide global internet access from the air is more of a horse race in the wake of Facebook’s second test flight of its full-scale Aquila high-altitude drone – a flight that the company said was more successful than … Continue reading

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Look on the bright side of Asteroid Day

Asteroid experts say they’re looking forward to an explosion – but not the kind of extinction-level blast that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Instead, they’re anticipating an explosion of knowledge about near-Earth objects, and how to head them … Continue reading

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Chicken sandwich flies to stratosphere

That’s one small step for high-altitude balloon research, one giant cheep for KFC’s Zinger chicken sandwich. After one weather-related postponement, Arizona-based World View Enterprises sent the sandwich to the stratosphere today from a spot near Page, Ariz., and Lake Powell – … Continue reading

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Systima gets a piece of the action for SLS

When NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket starts carrying astronauts beyond Earth orbit in the 2020s, it’ll also be carrying a key component built by Kirkland, Wash.-based Systima Technologies. Systima will be responsible for providing a 27.6-foot-wide, ring-shaped joint assembly that separates the … Continue reading

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MSNW’s plasma thruster fires up Congress

How will we send humans to the moon, Mars and other destinations in space? The chances are good that electric propulsion will play a role, and a company called MSNW is at the cutting edge of that technology. The director … Continue reading

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Killer whale woes linked to salmon shortage

What’s killing the killer whales? After following the whales and analyzing their poop for years, scientists say the Pacific Northwest’s population is dwindling primarily due to a chronic lack of Chinook salmon. The killer whales, also known as orcas, aren’t … Continue reading

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‘Seat 14C’ tales imagine 20-year time warp

Imagine you’re a passenger on a jet that mysteriously time warps to the year 2037: That’s what a team of world-class science-fiction writers did for “Seat 14C,” a project created by XPRIZE and Japan’s ANA airline. Now you can imagine as well, and … Continue reading

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Super-quiet supersonic jet design approved

NASA says it’s cleared a significant milestone on the path to reviving supersonic passenger jet travel in the U.S. with the completion of the preliminary design review for its low-boom experimental airplane. The Low-Boom Flight Demonstration X-plane, or LBFD, is … Continue reading

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Alaska Airlines will chase total solar eclipse

Alaska Airlines has scheduled a flight from Portland to chase views of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse over the clouds, but you can’t book a seat online. The charter flight, due for a 7:30 a.m. PT takeoff on eclipse … Continue reading

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