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As NASA Chief David Miller puts it, the technology that will be developed over the next few decades will “provide critical capabilities that create new jobs and businesses, invigorate our youth and lead to futures where we evolve into a species that lives and works end-to-end the solar system.” What will NASA be up to by 2030? The space agency and even President...

In the ongoing effort to explore this solar system’s Red Planet, NASA will launch its first flight test of Orion, the spacecraft that may one day carry humans to the distant planet Mars. The test flight is scheduled for 7:05 a.m. on Dec. 4, and is one of the early phases in a planned series of missions to explore Mars, according to NASA. The capsule will travel...

The world’s newest, most modern and efficient aircraft, the Airbus A350 XWB, has just wrapped up its successful African debut, leaving at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport this morning on its next test flight to Sydney, Australia. A350 XWB The aircraft, MSN 005, is one of five A350 XWB prototypes used to perform comprehensive flight test and development...

BAE Systems flight controls will manage the new 777X wing with load alleviation, advanced high lift & folding wingtips for superior flying quality & fuel efficiency.The Boeing Company has selected a BAE Systems-led team to provide electronics for the 777X flight control system through a competitive procurement process. The system, known as the Integrated Flight...

At the Farnborough International Air Show 2014, Finmeccanica – Selex ES will introduce a latest-generation cockpit equipped with a new panoramic display designed to meet civil and military customers’ growing requirements for “Flight Situation Awareness” for fixed and rotary wing platforms. The system offers pilots greater security in Degraded Visual Environments...

Rolls-Royce today announced the first run of its higher-thrust version of the Trent XWB, the world’s most efficient large civil aero engine.The 97,000lb-thrust Trent XWB-97 is the sole powerplant for the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. The engine will begin test flights in 2016 and entry into service is due in 2017. The increased thrust is achieved through a combination...

ATK provided the second stage motor for Sunday’s successful launch of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares™ rocket on its second NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Liftoff occurred at 12:52 p.m. EDT from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The ATK motor was a CASTOR 30B, which was upgraded from the CASTOR 30...

Rolls-Royce today announced that Airbus has selected its new Trent 7000 as the exclusive engine for the new Airbus A330neo.The Trent 7000, launched today, is the seventh member of the Trent engine family. Over the last 19 years, Rolls-Royce Trent engines have accumulated more than 75 million flight hours. The majority of modern widebody aircraft, either in service or on...

After a month surfing in and out of the atmosphere of Venus down to just 130 km from the planet’s surface, ESA’s Venus Express is about to embark on a 15 day climb up to the lofty heights of 460 km. Since its arrival at Venus in 2006, the spacecraft has been conducting science observations from an elliptical 24-hour orbit that took it from a distant 66 000 km over...

The second four satellites in the O3b medium Earth orbit (MEO) constellation, operated by O3b Networks, have been successfully launched by Arianespace from French Guiana using a Soyouz rocket. The first four satellites have been orbiting for a year and they are offering hugely successful services – confirming the high-throughput and low latency of the O3b promise. Positioned...