Monthly Archives: March 2019

VP Pence sets 5-year deadline for moon landing

Vice President Mike Pence today called for American astronauts to return to the moon in five years, laying down a challenge comparable to the 1960s Space Race. “We’re in a space race today, just as we were in the 1960s, … Continue reading

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GoFly Prize spotlights five flying machines

Five teams from around the world have risen to new heights in the GoFly Prize competition, a $2 million-plus contest backed by Boeing to encourage the development of personal flying machines. The Phase II contest winners, unveiled today in connection … Continue reading

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MagniX, Harbour Air team up on all-electric planes

Two Pacific Northwest companies — MagniX, an electric propulsion venture headquartered in Redmond, Wash.; and Harbour Air Seaplanes, an airline based in Vancouver, B.C. — say they have a firm plan to create the first all-electric fleet of commercial airplanes. MagniX aims … Continue reading

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All-female spacewalk nixed due to spacesuit switch

History’s first all-female spacewalk will have to wait for another time after NASA switched the lineup for two upcoming extravehicular outings at the International Space Station. NASA had planned to have astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch go out together … Continue reading

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Microsoft to add AI ethics to product checklist

Microsoft will “one day very soon” add an ethics review focusing on artificial-intelligence issues to its standard checklist of audits that precede the release of new products, according to Harry Shum, a top executive leading the company’s AI efforts. AI … Continue reading

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‘Optional’ 737 MAX features will become free

Two optional safety features that might help pilots head off a scenario that’s at the heart of investigations into two catastrophic crashes of Boeing 737 MAX jets will become available free of charge, The New York Times reported. The features are … Continue reading

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Blue Origin has big plans for Florida expansion

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture has filed plans for expanding its Florida rocket manufacturing facility onto a vacant 90-acre plot of land next door, Florida Today reports. The newspaper reported today that the plans for a “South Campus” … Continue reading

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Indonesian airline wants to cancel 737 MAX order

Indonesia’s national airline, Garuda Indonesia, is saying it wants to cancel an order for 49 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets, citing the effect of two catastrophic crashes on passenger confidence. The order, announced in 2014, has a list-price value of roughly $6 … Continue reading

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Tethers Unlimited’s radio aces first orbital test

Tethers Unlimited weathered a wave of bad news over the winter, but now some good news has bloomed. The company, headquartered in Bothell, Wash., reports that its SWIFT-SLX S-band radio has been successfully operated in orbit. The compact software-defined radio … Continue reading

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Automated DNA data storage demonstrated

DNA data storage holds the promise of putting huge amounts of information into a test tube — but who wants to carry test tubes around a data center all day? Researchers from Microsoft ahd the University of Washington are working … Continue reading

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