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    Boeing successfully tests Starliner's parachutes ahead of second flight attempt

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    Mariella Moon
    Mariella Moon
    06.30.2020

    Boeing has a lot to prove before Starliner can make its second attempt to reach the ISS. One of the tests it has recently conducted focused on parachute reliability — in particular, the company wanted validate that the vehicle’s parachute system can deploy under an adverse set of environmental factors. The aerospace giant’s main objective was to ensure that the parachutes would inflate correctly even if an abort occurs early into launch.

  • RENTON, WA - APRIL 29: Boeing 737 MAX airplanes are pictured near the company's factory on April 29, 2020 in Renton, Washington. Boeing announced during an earnings call today that it would lay off 15 percent of its commercial-airplanes division workforce amid the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.  (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

    Boeing poised to start crucial 737 Max flight safety tests tomorrow

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    06.28.2020

    Boeing and the FAA are reportedly due to test-fly the 737 Max on June 29th after months of delays.

  • ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: Grounded aeroplanes which include Airbus A380s, Boeing MAX 8s and other smaller aircrafts are seen at the Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage facility on May 15, 2020 in Alice Springs, Australia. The number of passenger planes housed at the Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage facility has increased due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with at least four Airbus A380 planes grounded there, the first time the aircraft has landed at Alice Springs. (Photo by Steve Strike/Getty Images)

    COVID-19 killed the era of 'big' flying

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    Daniel Cooper
    Daniel Cooper
    06.25.2020

    The A380 and Dreamliner were large luxury liners built for an era of mass travel. COVID-19 has put an end to that.

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    Senate bill offers more incentives for private spaceflight

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    06.07.2020

    The Senate's proposed American Space Commerce Act would give private spaceflight companies more incentives, including tax breaks.

  • American Airlines 737 max passenger planes are parked on the tarmac at Tulsa International Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Nick Oxford TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY REFILE - CORRECTING PLANE MODEL AND SLUG, REMOVING REFERENCE TO CORONAVIRUS

    Boeing finds two more 737 Max software flaws

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    Christine Fisher
    Christine Fisher
    04.08.2020

    Boeing has identified two more software flaws in its 737 Max aircraft, Reuters reports. The planemaker is working to fix one issue that involves “hypothetical faults” in the flight control computer microprocessor.

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    Boeing will send Starliner on another uncrewed test flight

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    Mariella Moon
    Mariella Moon
    04.06.2020

    Boeing will fly another uncrewed Starliner flight after the first one failed.

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    Hitting the Books: Disney's influence on America's first stealth planes

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    Andrew Tarantola
    Andrew Tarantola
    03.14.2020

    Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and delivering an easily digestible nugget of their stories.

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    British Airways breaks the New York to London subsonic flight record

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    02.10.2020

    British Airways just set a new record for subsonic flight -- with some help from nature. The airline has confirmed Flightradar24 data showing that one of its Boeing 747s completed a New York to London flight in just 4 hours and 56 minutes, handily beating the previous best of 5 hours and 13 minutes set by Norwegian in 2018. A typical version of this flight takes 6 hours and 13 minutes, Flightradar24 said. The aircraft was helped by a stronger-than-usual (200MPH-plus) jet stream that took the 747 up to 825MPH -- technically faster than the speed of sound, but not supersonic as the winds would have prevented the aircraft from breaking the sound barrier.

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    NASA wants to review Boeing’s Starliner work after setbacks

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    Marc DeAngelis
    Marc DeAngelis
    02.07.2020

    Boeing just can't catch a break. Currently amid a lengthy controversy surrounding the company's grounded 737 Max aircraft, the aerospace manufacturer is now facing scrutiny from NASA. Boeing's CST-100 Starliner crew capsule was supposed to dock with the International Space Station during its inaugural test flight in December. However, a software error prevented the craft from reaching the correct orbit. Now, a second -- and more dangerous -- glitch has been uncovered. According to SpaceNews, NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel member Paul Hill said, "...if it had gone uncorrected, it would have led to erroneous thruster firings and uncontrolled motion...with the potential for a catastrophic spacecraft failure," during a teleconference. Boeing and NASA were hoping to follow up December's test with a manned flight, but after finding multiple problems with Boeing's work, the space agency is calling for a review of the company's software verification processes before proceeding.

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    Boeing found another software bug on the 737 Max

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    Christine Fisher
    Christine Fisher
    02.06.2020

    Boeing is working to fix yet another software bug on its 737 Max, Bloomberg reports. The glitch involves an indicator light for the "stabilizer trim system," which helps raise and lower the plane's nose. The light was turning on when it wasn't supposed to. Boeing is already resolving the problem, and it still expects the 737 Max to resume flying by mid-2020.

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    Autonomous flying taxi Cora set for passenger trials in New Zealand

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    Rachel England
    Rachel England
    02.05.2020

    Companies have been saying for years that flying taxis are on the agenda. Now it looks like they're finally set to take flight. Wisk -- a joint venture between Boeing and Kitty Hawk -- has signed a memorandum of understanding with the New Zealand government to begin passenger trials of its electric, autonomous aircraft Cora. The trials are set to take place in the Canterbury region of the country, although it's not clear exactly when they'll start.

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    Boeing completes test flight for the world's largest twin-engine jet

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    01.26.2020

    Boeing is still grappling with the consequences of its safety mistakes, but it does have something to crow about at the moment. The company has completed the first test flight of the 777X, believed to be the largest twin-engine jet aircraft to date at roughly 252 feet long (in the 777-9 trim you see here) and over 235 feet across when its wingtips are extended for flight. The shakedown flight saw the 777X fly across Washington state for three hours and 51 minutes before it returned to Boeing Field in Seattle.

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    Boeing doesn't expect the 737 Max to resume flying before mid-2020

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    01.21.2020

    There were signs Boeing would once again have to push back the 737 Max's expected return to the skies, and it just confirmed as much. The aircraft maker now expects the troubled aircraft to start the "ungrounding" process in mid-2020 based on its "experience to date with the certification process." While this still isn't set in stone, it suggests you'll have to wait at least a few months before the 737 Max is cleared to resume flights -- and that's assuming there are no further complications.

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    Boeing finds another software flaw that might delay 737 Max's return

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    01.18.2020

    Boeing is dealing with another 737 Max software flaw that could prevent the troubled aircraft from returning to the skies, but this time it's not a safety issue. The company has confirmed that it's fixing a flaw preventing the 737 Max's flight control computers from starting up and verifying that they're ready for flight -- in other words, the airliner couldn't even take off. A spokesperson said Boeing was "working with the FAA" on submitting the fix and was informing partners, but didn't say when the updated software would be ready.

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    Boeing employees called designers of flawed Max 737 jets 'clowns'

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    Marc DeAngelis
    Marc DeAngelis
    01.10.2020

    In October of 2018, a Boeing 737 Max jet crashed into the Java Sea, killing everyone on board. Five months later, another crashed in Ethiopia, taking the lives of all passengers and crew. The tragedies caused aviation authorities across the globe to ground all 737 Max jets, and both Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration began investigations into how these accidents occurred. The Washington Post and The New York Times obtained over 100 pages of email and chat transcripts that were handed over to Congress as part of its investigation. The documents show that employees mocked the planes' designers, calling them "clowns, who in turn are supervised by monkeys," and had major concerns over the safety of the planes. Even before the first crash, one employee asked, "Would you put your family on a Max simulator trained aircraft?" "No," a colleague replied.

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    Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg out as 737 Max fallout continues

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    Igor Bonifacic
    Igor Bonifacic
    12.23.2019

    Following the months-long fallout from the two fatal 737 Max crashes that killed 346 people, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg is stepping down from his position as the top executive at the aerospace manufacturer. Boeing announced the change in a press release on Monday. Muilenburg will be replaced by David Calhoun, the company's current chairman of the board, on January 13th, with CFO Greg Smith leading the company during the short interim period. From the wording in Boeing's press release, it sounds like Muilenburg resigned after it became clear that the board no longer had confidence in his leadership.

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    Boeing Starliner is the first US-made crew capsule to land on the ground

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    12.22.2019

    The inaugural Starliner test flight didn't go according to plan, but it still made a little bit of history. Boeing's spacecraft landed safely at New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range at 7:58AM Eastern, making it the first US-made, crew-ready capsule to touch down on solid ground. Previous capsules from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs all landed in the sea. This capsule didn't have any humans aboard (the test dummy Rosie doesn't count), but this is still a watershed moment.

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    Watch Boeing's Starliner attempt a landing starting at 6:45AM ET

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    12.21.2019

    Boeing's Starliner fell short of the main goal for its inaugural test flight, but the company and NASA are hoping to end the mission on a better note. They've committed to a landing attempt for the (currently uncrewed) capsule on December 22nd, with coverage starting on NASA TV (below) at 6:45AM Eastern. The deorbit burn is due to start at 7:23AM, while touchdown will take place at 7:57AM if all goes according to plan.

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    Boeing’s Starliner will not reach the ISS in its first test flight

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    Christine Fisher
    Christine Fisher
    12.20.2019

    Early this morning, Boeing launched the Starliner capsule for its first uncrewed test flight. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned and while the Starliner made it into orbit, it did not achieve the correct orbit.

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    Watch Boeing's Starliner test launch at 6:36AM ET

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    Richard Lawler
    Richard Lawler
    12.20.2019

    Last year around this time we talked about all of the delays going into the new space race between SpaceX and Boeing, who are competing to build a new spaceflight system that NASA can use to take astronauts to the ISS. Since then, SpaceX successfully sent its Crew Dragon on an uncrewed test flight in March, and this morning Boeing will attempt to do the same with its CST-100 Starliner vehicle. The two companies were chosen as candidates to build NASA's "space taxi" in the Commercial Crew Program back in 2012, with the chance to secure billions in funding. Despite a number of delays, today appears to be the day we'll see the CST-100 in action on a mission to perform a number of test maneuvers and show its ability to dock with the ISS. Like SpaceX's flight, this mission is uncrewed, however the anthropometric test device "Rosie" will be along for the ride to collect data.