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B-52H bombers fly over the Arctic from Spain to Louisiana

June 18 (UPI) -- B-52H Stratofortress bombers flew from Spain to Louisiana in a long-range mission over the Arctic and Pacific Oceans, the U.S. Air Force said on Friday. The planes of the 2nd Bomb Wing -- normally stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. -- left Moron Air Base, Spain, and completed their 27,00-milke, 12-hour mission with Bomber Task Force Europe before arriving at Barksdale.
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BA plane damaged after tipping forward at Heathrow

A British Airways plane was damaged when it tipped on to its nose at Heathrow Airport. It happened while the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was parked on tarmac at the west London airport earlier. The airline said it was a freight aircraft and there were no passengers on board. Images on...
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Largest Boeing 737 Max model takes off on maiden flight

Boeing's 737 Max 10, the largest member of its best-selling single-aisle airplane family, took off on its maiden flight on Friday, in a further step towards recovering from the safety grounding of a smaller model. Boeing's 230-seat 737-10 is designed to close the gap between its 178-to-220-seat 737-9, and Airbus's...
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Rocket Report: China launches crew mission, SpaceX runs into road troubles

Welcome to Edition 4.03 of the Rocket Report! This week saw two significant launches back-to-back. On Wednesday evening, US time, China launched its first crewed mission to its new space station, which was also the country's first human spaceflight in nearly five years. And then, less than a day later, the US Space Force joined the ranks of reusable launch customers.
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NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Meyya Meyyappan sentenced to prison for hiding his ties to China

As part of its ambition to dominate and rule the world, China continues to infiltrate and steal cutting-edge technology from top U.S. universities, tech companies, laboratories, and strategic government organizations like the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Today, The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, a...
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British Airways plane collapses at Heathrow

A British Airways plane’s nose gear has collapsed on the tarmac at Heathrow airport.Pictures from the scene show the Boeing 787’s nose tilting forward, with its forward fuselage crumpled onto the ground.A number of emergency services vehicles rushed to the scene, with footage showing police, the fire brigade and ambulances all in attendance.The extent of the damage sustained by the aircraft is currently unknown.BA 787-8 G-ZBJB nose wheel collapsed on stand at Heathrow this morning. Was getting ready to operate a cargo flight to Frankfurt. No injuries, only to the plane. 👀 pic.twitter.com/lCa94p1g2g— Train&PlaneHub (@Train_PlaneHub) June 18, 2021A British...
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She Was a Pioneering Navy Submarine Officer. Now She's Headed to Space

Lt. Cmdr. Kayla Barron, one of the first women to serve on a Navy submarine, is now one step closer to being one of the first women to walk on the Moon. Barron, 33, who commissioned as a Navy officer in 2010, was selected by NASA out of a pool of approximately 18,000 people to join the 2017 astronaut candidate class.
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Meringue-like material could make aircraft as quiet as a hairdryer

An incredibly light new material that can reduce aircraft engine noise and improve passenger comfort has been developed at the University of Bath. The graphene oxide-polyvinyl alcohol aerogel weighs just 2.1kg per cubic metre, making it the lightest sound insulation ever manufactured. It could be used as insulation within aircraft engines to reduce noise by up to 16 decibels—reducing the 105-decibel roar of a jet engine taking off to a sound closer to that of a hair-dryer.
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NASA’s Mission Equity quickly ripped as woke ‘critical space theory’

NASA this week launched a new “equity” mission to recruit people from more diverse backgrounds — but it was quickly derided online as an unnecessary woke step toward “critical space theory.”. The space agency launched its “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities in NASA Programs, Contracts and Grants”...
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Crew Starts Making China's New Space Station Their Home

JIUQUAN, China — Three Chinese astronauts have begun making China’s new space station their home for the next three months, after their launch and arrival at the station Thursday marked further advances in the country’s ambitious space program. Their Shenzhou-12 craft connected with the station about six hours after taking...
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Space sustainability rating to shine light on debris problem

There's a problem brewing overhead. Invisible to the naked eye and relatively unheard of, it threatens our future in space—space debris. A new "Space Sustainability Rating' is currently in development that will shed light on the problem, scoring space operators on the sustainability of their missions, increasing the transparency of their contributions to protecting the space environment and encouraging and recognizing responsible behavior.
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NASA inches closer to printing artificial organs in space

In America, at least 17 people a day die waiting for an organ transplant. But instead of waiting for a donor to die, what if we could someday grow our own organs?. Last week, six years after NASA announced its Vascular Tissue Challenge, a competition designed to accelerate research that could someday lead to artificial organs, the agency named two winning teams. The challenge required teams to create thick, vascularized human organ tissue that could survive for 30 days.
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Nasa attempting to restart Hubble Space Telescope after it was forced into ‘safe mode’ by computer error

A computer glitch put the Hubble Space Telescope and all its scientific instruments in safe mode, Nasa has confirmed.The $4.7 billion telescope halted on 13 June, with a degrading memory module appearing to be the fault. The main computer stopped receiving the “keep-alive” signal, which is a standard ‘handshake’ (a way of establishing a connection) between the payload and the spacecraft’s main computers.The main computer automatically put all instruments on the space telescope in safe mode. Nasa restarted the payload computer the following day in an attempt to resume normal operation, but the problem persisted.Nasa was preparing to switch Hubble...