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Boeing clashes with key supplier ahead of Starliner spacecraft launch

Boeing clashes with key supplier ahead of Starliner spacecraft launch

The CST-100 Starliner is scheduled for a May 19 Florida launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket to the International Space Station, with Boeing aiming to show NASA that the spacecraft is safe to ferry astronauts to and from the orbiting outpost. Software failures cut short a similar 2019 uncrewed test flight. The mission is a …

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Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Went Silent, Leaving Anxious NASA Team in the Dark

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Went Silent, Leaving Anxious NASA Team in the Dark

Late last week, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter managed to reestablish its connection with the Perseverance rover following a brief communications disruption. The space agency says the looming winter is likely responsible and is making adjustments as a result. On Thursday, Ingenuity—mercifully—sent a signal to Perseverance after the intrepid helicopter missed a scheduled communications session. It marked …

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Rocket Lab CEO touts helicopter catch of rocket as key toward reusable goals

Rocket Lab CEO touts helicopter catch of rocket as key toward reusable goals

The Electron booster comes into view of the company’s helicopter for the catch. RocketLab Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck heralded the company’s first attempt on Monday to catch its Electron rocket booster using a helicopter after launch as “phenomenal,” telling CNBC that the test “achieved 99%” of the company’s goals toward reusing rockets. “Yesterday was …

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Scientists explore using predator insects to eat pests |  Crops

Scientists explore using predator insects to eat pests | Crops

URBANA, Ill. — The flourishing local foods movement is driving more Illinois farmers to grow fruits and vegetables, using high tunnels to extend the growing season. All that fresh produce in an enclosed space makes insect outbreaks common. To help growers protect their investment, University of Illinois Extension is researching how to use predator insects …

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NASA Retiring One Of The Last Stubby Boeing 747SPs In The Sky

NASA Retiring One Of The Last Stubby Boeing 747SPs In The Sky

Photo: NASA After eight years of operation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is soon to retire a unique piece of equipment and aviation history. NASA’s Boeing 747SP-based Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) flying telescope will be retired this year. SOFIA is the latest and largest generation of NASA’s infrared astronomy aircraft. It’s equipped …

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Robot Shatters World Record by Jumping Over 100 Feet in the Air

Robot Shatters World Record by Jumping Over 100 Feet in the Air

Since many robots are more durable and expendable than human beings, researchers have experimented with alternate means of getting around that outperform walking around on two legs, including a new bot that can jump to staggering heights and distances from a standing start. Most robotics research goes into creating automatons that can take over monotonous …

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