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Unmanned surveillance aircraft maker Insitu takes flight with new CEO

Insitu has a new leader at the helm. The Boeing maker of unmanned aircraft systems, including the ScanEagle and Integrator, appointed Ryan Hartman as president and CEO. He replaces Steve Morrow, who is retiring. “Insitu invented the agile small tactical unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance category and continues to be a leader in the industry,”… Read More

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This wacky Englishman plans to spend 72 hours this weekend piloting a virtual jet around the world, all for a good cause

Some people spend Memorial Day weekend barbecuing with friends, or hitting the local parade. Not Zeke Iddon, a 30-year-old video game nut from Aylesbury, England. Iddon, who runs the comedy gaming site Iron Man Mode, plans to spend up to 72 hours in an epic virtual flight around-the-world. The flight, which will be livestreamed and… Read More

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Asiana Airlines places partial blame on aircraft software for last year’s crash at SFO: Boeing cites pilot error

Pilot error? Software issue? Or a combination of both? Those are the questions lingering after Boeing and Asiana Airlines submitted reports today to the National Transportation Safety Board regarding flight 214, which crashed upon descent at San Francisco International Airport last July. Three passengers were killed during the landing, and more than 200 were injured…. Read More

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Zuckerberg details plans to use drones to blanket Earth with high-speed Internet

Mark Zuckerberg took to his personal Facebook page to detail plans to utilize drones, satellites and lasers to “deliver Internet to everyone.” “Our team has many of the world’s leading experts in aerospace and communications technology, including from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Ames Research Center,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Today we are also bringing on key members of… Read More

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Teledesic 2.0? Facebook looking to buy solar-powered drone maker Titan to deliver Internet access from the skies

Craig McCaw’s Teledesic raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the 1990s to build low-orbiting satellites that could deliver high-speed Internet to those below. The idea fizzled, despite the involvement of the likes of Boeing and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. But the concept remains alive, at least in a less expensive form, in a New… Read More

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Tech Moves: Paul Allen names space chief; Bsquare’s new CEO

—Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has named a new space commander to lead the charge on his ambitious Stratolaunch project. He’s tapped Charles Beames — a Department of Defense veteran and Air Force Academy grad —as executive director of Stratolaunch. “Stratolaunch is the next step in America’s drive for even more viable and flexible commercial space… Read More

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Gov. Inslee ‘disappointed’ as Boeing moves up to 1,200 tech jobs out of Washington state

Aerospace giant Boeing is restructuring its Research & Technology Unit, shifting between 800 to 1,200 jobs from Washington state to new R&D locations in Huntsville, Ala.; Southern California; St. Louis and North Charleston, S.C. “We are reorganizing and realigning our research-and-technology operations to better meet the needs of our Commercial Airplanes and Defense, Space & Security business… Read More

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High above Seattle, a tech meetup at zero gravity

Is a zero-gravity meetup the newest trend in networking? While the rest of Seattle was watching the Patriots Jet Team perform at Seafair last Saturday, GeekWire was donning its flight suit with tech notables in preparation for getting weightless. The Zero Gravity Corporation’s second-ever flight from Seattle lured some of the region’s most interesting people to… Read More

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Photos: Check out Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s V-2 rocket arriving at Paine Field

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s latest extravagance — a German-built World War II-era V2 rocket — has arrived at his Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett. The rocket, one of only 16 remaining in the world, stands 46-feet tall (just shy of the museum’s 50-foot high ceiling). The V-2 arrived in three primary sections on Monday,… Read More

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Paul Allen procures V-2 rocket for aircraft museum

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is selling some of his abstract art, and buying a historic rocket. The eclectic Seattle billionaire has procured a rare Werner von Braun designed V-2 rocket, the first man-made object to fly into outer space. Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection — located at Paine Field in Everett — is taking possession of the rocket on… Read More

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Seattle gamers jam out with NASA

In the span of 48 hours, Seattle-based independent game developers created working prototypes of computer games with help from NASA. They took part in a game jam, an event held in multiple locations in which teams of developers code and design a game in a short amount of time. While some game jams are competitive,… Read More

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Seattle mayor pulls plug on controversial drone program

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is ending the controversial unmanned aerial vehicle program — before the drones ever took official flight. “Today I spoke with Seattle Police Chief John Diaz and we agreed that it was time to end the unmanned aerial vehicle program, so that SPD can focus its resources on public safety and the… Read More

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Elon Musk wants to help Boeing with its problems

Boeing has been having some major problems lately and Elon Musk is offering a helping hand. Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, Tweeted that “Maybe already under control, but Tesla & SpaceX are happy to help with the 787 lithium ion batteries.” Whether he’s serious or not is up to you to decide. The… Read More

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Boeing tests fuel cell for electricity in 737 experiment

Boeing has outfitted a 737-800 with a variety of experimental technologies, including a fuel cell, to test new ways of reducing the airplane’s impact on the environment. The aircraft, built in the Seattle region and tested in the skies over Montana, was shown today by Boeing and American Airlines in Washington, D.C. It’s called the “ecoDemonstrator.” The… Read More

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Laser power test extends flight time of spy plane to 48 hours

Seattle area startup LaserMotive and defense giant Lockheed Martin today announced that they’ve successfully completed tests of a laser-based power system to keep an unmanned aircraft in flight for more than 48 hours. Led by Tom Nugent, the former research director for LiftPort Group, and Dr. Jordin Kare, an expert on laser propulsion, LaserMotive is… Read More

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SpaceX and beyond: Latest from the new space race

The docking of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule with the International Space Station is a landmark for the private space industry, marking the first time a commercial spacecraft has flown a mission to the International Space Station, to deliver supplies. SpaceX is one of many companies developing commercial space technologies and planning to launch their own spacecraft… Read More

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Pictures: Boeing drops its spaceship from 14,000 feet

 Here’s another milestone in the commercial space race: Boeing says it completed a successful test yesterday of the parachute drop system for its CST-100 spacecraft, releasing the capsule from a helicopter at 14,000 feet. Boeing says the test, conducted over the Delamar Dry Lake Bed near Alamo, Nev., involved the entire landing system of the… Read More