Monthly Archives: March 2019

How Lumotive will put metamaterials in your car

BELLEVUE, Wash. — A succession of spinouts supported by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has taken an unorthodox technology known as metamaterials to high-flying realms ranging from satellite communications to drone-sized radar systems — but the latest metamaterials venture to come … Continue reading

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737 MAX hearings focus on training and FAA’s role

Were airline pilots adequately trained on a catastrophic scenario involving the automatic flight control system for Boeing’s 737 MAX airplanes? And did the Federal Aviation Administration cede too much of its responsibility to Boeing when the system was certified as … Continue reading

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LIGO and Virgo gear up for gravitational waves

Physicists won’t be fooling around on April 1 at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory in Washington state and Louisiana, or at the Virgo gravitational-wave detector in Italy. Instead, they’ll all be bearing down for the most serious search ever conducted for signs of merging … Continue reading

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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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