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Geek of the Week: Kristina Wang, aerospace grad student

It’s a fascinating time right now in the world of aerospace, as a variety of projects and ventures seek to usher in a new era of spaceflight — fueling the imagination of people with a passion for airplanes and spacecraft. Kristina Wang is a great example, and we’re pleased to introduce you to her as… Read More

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Boeing spaceship emerging from Space Shuttle’s shadow

Boeing is showing that it’s serious about developing a new spaceship, announcing that it will base the operations and manufacturing for its Crew Space Transportation program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the longtime home of the Space Shuttle program. The company’s CST-100 spacecraft will hold up to seven people. It’s designed initially for… Read More

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Laser Motive beams up cash to transmit electricity without wires

Imagine being able to transmit electricity without the wires. That’s the promise of Laser Motive, a Kent-based startup that’s announcing today a new round of cash from Space Angels Network.  The company’s technology uses laser beams to wirelessly transfer electricity over long distances, with potential applications in aerospace and power transmission. In fact, the company… Read More

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NASA report shows why Seattle didn’t land a Space Shuttle

Seattle’s Museum of Flight was among the top contenders this spring for a decommissioned Space Shuttle — placing well ahead of many other locations and just slightly below the eventual winners in NASA’s internal scoring matrix, according to data from a new report issued by the space agency’s Office of Inspector General. The biggest shortcoming: Our region… Read More

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Jeff Bezos-backed space company plans rocket test

Blue Origin, the secretive aerospace company bankrolled by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, is planning a rocket test today high over the west Texas desert. According to a directive from the Federal Aviation Administration, airspace today has been cleared up to 18,000 feet above sea level “due to rocket launch activity.” The Register uncovered the document,… Read More

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Nerd Notes: Aviation High School launches with a rocket; Paul Allen’s private island for sale; and more

Cheezburger has added to its line-up of weird and wacky sites. Introducing “Bronies.” Men and boys who love the animated series “My Little Pony.” Aviation High School – where the next generation of aerospace geeks will be trained –broke ground today on a new $43.5 million campus next to the Museum of Flight. The school, the first of… Read More

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Coolest high school ever gets $7M from aerospace companies

Seriously, why wasn’t this place around when we were in school? Aviation High School, currently based in Des Moines, Wash., this week got $7 million closer to the funding required for its new facility planned next to the Museum of Flight, with donations of $4 million from Boeing and $3 million from other aerospace companies…. Read More