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A Drone Butterfly Army Takes Flight

Festo's eMotionButterflies use infrared cameras to fly like real bugs.<p>A swarm of remote-controlled butterflies could very well be the drone army of the future, if German industrial control and automation company, Festo, has anything to say about it. Revealed yesterday, eMotionButterflies are …

Boeing Just Rolled Out the Newest Version of the 787

The 787-10 is the longest Dreamliner so far.<p>On Friday at Boeing's factory in South Carolina, the aviation giant rolled out the 787-10. It's the newest and longest version of the Dreamliner, which has been flying since 2011.<p>Like its earlier counterparts, the 787-8 and 787-10, the newest Dreamliner …

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Static Fire Reignites Historic NASA Launch Pad

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket briefly fired its engines in a pre-flight test on Sunday (Feb. 12), marking the return to use for a NASA launch pad where …

Space Exploration

What Elon Musk shows us about the struggles of CEOs in Trump’s America

By Steven Overly<p>, Reporter<p>Business leaders across the United States have been navigating a new world of trade-offs since Donald Trump became president last month. But perhaps no major chief executive has wrestled as directly or frequently with his or her connections to Trump as Elon Musk, the …

United Takes Passengers on a 4 Hour Trip to No Place

You’ve probably heard of the Bridge to Nowhere and may have even heard of the Airport for Nobody but <b>Travel Skills</b> covers United’s 4 hour flight to no …

The International Space Station will get a new, private airlock in 2019

Spock not included. And it's for cargo, not crew (sorry).<p>NASA has given a small, Houston-based company the green light to move ahead with development …

Space Exploration

Newly Discovered 'Radiation Clouds' Could Pose Extra Risks to Frequent Flyers

But there's no need to panic.<p>Researchers have found evidence of mysterious 'radiation clouds' in Earth's stratosphere, which could expose passengers …

Japan's space junk collection experiment ends in failure

Well that's disappointing. On January 27th, Japan's space agency (JAXA) successfully launched the Kounotori 6 spacecraft to the ISS. It was supposed to test a novel method of dragging space debris out of orbit however a technical issue prevented the spacecraft from carrying out that test before its …

Uber hires NASA aircraft engineer to help develop flying cars at Uber Elevate

Uber is making moves to expand the scope of its flying car experiment – the company just hired NASA engineer Mark Moore, who worked at the federal agency as an advanced aircraft engineer and basically kickstarted the current interest in vertical take-off and landing craft for short-haul urban …

DARPA shows off its SideArm system catching drones mid-flight

Military-style fixed-wing drones are easy to launch, but difficult to land; DARPA aims to change that with SideArm, a portable drone-grabbing system that snatches the fast-moving craft right out of the air.<p>The basic concept, as suggested when SideArm was first proposed, is sort of a reversal of the …

New 'Space Poop' System Could Fly on Orion Deep-Space Mission

A new spacesuit system to flush away astronauts' poop will likely fly on the first crewed Orion spacecraft flight, NASA said in an interview with Space.com.<p>This means that eager innovators could see their waste collection system fly in space between 2021 and 2023 on "Exploration Mission 2," or …

A group of scientists thinks they can replace fossil fuels with nuclear fusion by 2030

Nuclear fusion is premised on building technology that would replicate the reaction that naturally powers our Sun — two light atoms, in this case, hydrogen, are fused together under extreme temperatures to produce another element, helium.<p>The process would release vast amounts of clean energy drawn …

Nuclear Energy

Why Donald Trump Could — and Should — Return Americans to the Moon

Despite the “carnage” President Donald Trump described in his Jan. 20 inauguration speech, the fact is, former President Barack Obama left his …

Space junk could take out a European satellite this week

A European Space Agency satellite risks colliding with a piece of space debris about 15 centimeters (a half-foot) long this week, forcing ESA's flight control to plan a rare evasive maneuver.<p>A piece of an old Russian satellite called Cosmos-375 is forecast to miss Swarm-B, one of ESA's three Swarm …

Amazon’s latest drone patent features foldable wings for flippable flight

Amazon has sought patents for hitchhiking drones, mini-drones that can sit on shoulders, drones that assemble themselves like Lego toys – and now …

Boeing just unveiled its slick new 'Starliner' spacesuit to protect a new generation of NASA astronauts

NASA isn't thrilled about having to pay Russia billions of dollars to launch US astronauts on Russian rockets inside of Russian spacesuits.<p>But that's the current spaceflight pickle the space agency finds itself in; there's really no other option unless you're China.<p>However, two aerospace companies …

Space Exploration

Five finalists will try to land a spacecraft on the Moon this year to win the Google Lunar X Prize

They have booked rides to space, but they need to launch before December 31st<p>From a group of 16 contestants, five teams are officially moving forward into the final stretch of the Google Lunar X Prize competition — an international contest to send the first private spacecraft to the surface of the …