Monthly Archives: September 2019

TakeFlight revs up simulator-based flight training

The makers of software such as Microsoft Flight Simulator usually say their programs are meant for entertainment, not actual flight training — but there’s a venture called TakeFlight Interactive that’s using enhanced simulations to get future pilots up to speed more quickly. … Continue reading

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NASA issues fast-track plan for lunar landers

After two preliminary rounds, NASA today published its final call for industry proposals to have the first two landers capable of putting astronauts on the moon ready for 2024 and 2025. NASA’s broad agency announcement, known as NextSTEP-2 Appendix H, makes … Continue reading

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is back … for real!

RENTON, Wash. — Thanks to Microsoft’s hyper-realistic new version of Flight Simulator, I now know what it’s like to fly a Cessna 72SP Skyhawk airplane over my neighborhood … then crash it into the next street over. And in connection … Continue reading

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Elon Musk lays out fast and furious plan for Starship

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk set a revved-up timeline tonight for testing and building a fleet of Starship rocket ships that he says would eventually take people on trips to the moon, Mars and other deep-space destinations. Standing in front of … Continue reading

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Blue Origin wins $10M for space fuel storage tech

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture is on the top of the funding list for a newly announced round of “Tipping Point” funding from NASA for technologies that could be applied to exploration and settlement of the moon and Mars. … Continue reading

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Voom helicopter service expands to Bay Area

Voom has officially extended its app-based, on-demand helicopter service to the San Francisco Bay Area, confirming that the Airbus subsidiary is now active in the United States as well as in Brazil and Mexico. Today’s announcement comes months after initial reports that … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch rebuilds team for monster airplane

Stratolaunch is hiring — nearly a year after the death of its billionaire backer, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and five months after the company’s monster plane took its first and only test flight. Allen founded the venture in 2011, with the goal of … Continue reading

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Space station crew grows to 9, including Emirati

Three more spacefliers arrived at the International Space Station today in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, increasing the orbital outpost’s population from its usual six to a crowded nine. One of the new arrivals is Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, the first citizen of … Continue reading

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Blue Origin might delay flying people until 2020

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture is laying plans for two more uncrewed tests of its New Shepard suborbital spaceship, but may have to delay its plans to put people on board until next year, CNBC reported. The potential … Continue reading

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Weapons lab likes D-Wave’s next quantum system

D-Wave Systems says its next-generation, 5,000-qubit quantum computing system will be called Advantage, to recognize the business advantage it hopes its customers will derive from the company’s products and services. The Burnaby, B.C.-based company also announced that Los Alamos National Laboratory in New … Continue reading

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