Tag Archives: Aviation

How robots and humans get along at Boeing

Automation isn’t just a job for the robots: It takes flesh-and-blood workers to make robotic manufacturing work, as shown in a new video about the machines that set fasteners on Boeing’s 777 jets. Boeing’s Fuselage Automated Upright Build, or FAUB, works with … Continue reading

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Amazon’s plan to turn packages into gliders

Amazon has come up with some wild and crazy patents, but a patent issued today has to rank among the wildest: It calls for turning the packages ejected by its delivery drones into radio-controlled gliders. The patent application was filed back in 2015, … Continue reading

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Get a sneak peek at Boeing’s 737 MAX 9 jet

RENTON, Wash. – One year after Boeing’s super-fuel-efficient 737 MAX 8 jet made its aerial debut, its bigger sibling – the MAX 9 – is just weeks away from its rollout. The 737 MAX 9 nearly 9 feet longer and should be able … Continue reading

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Trump promises big changes in aviation

Airline and airport executives, including Alaska Air Group’s CEO, had their turn today to talk with President Donald Trump, who promised them lower taxes and fewer regulations as well as improvements in aviation infrastructure. “We’re going to be announcing something … Continue reading

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NASA tests next-gen air traffic software

Landing planes at busy airports can be a challenging work of aerial ballet, and this week, NASA is testing a computerized choreographer to handle the job in the skies over Washington state. The tests, supervised by NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission … Continue reading

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Pentagon makes a deal for 90 F-35 fighters

The Pentagon has struck a deal with Lockheed Martin for the purchase of 90 F-35 stealth fighter jets at a cost that adds up to nearly $9 billion, finishing up negotiations highlighted by President Donald Trump’s threats to walk away. It’s the … Continue reading

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It’s a bat! It’s a plane! It’s Bat Bot!

Holy drone, Batman! Scientists have created a robotic drone with soft, flapping wings that looks and flies like a ghostly bat. The Bat Bot project, conducted by researchers at Caltech and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, may sound like … Continue reading

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