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Back in the air: FAA approves 787 battery design changes

After three months of grounding, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is set to fly again. The Federal Aviation Administration today approved Boeing’s 787 battery changes and has agreed to lift the grounding order that was placed back in January. After a flurry of overheating lithium ion battery problems and emergency landings in Japan three months ago, the FAA ordered all U.S.-based… Read More

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F.A.A. approves Boeing certification plan to test 787 battery fixes

The Federal Aviation Administration today approved Boeing’s certification plan to test the 787 Dreamliner’s battery system. Late last month, Boeing presented proposed changes to the FAA and several outlets reported that the FAA was to start flight testing as early as last week. But the FAA denied those reports, calling them “completely inaccurate.” Now, however, it has given… Read More

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This spy plane flies in 120-degree heat and lands on water

Insitu, the Boeing-owned unmanned aircraft maker, just completed its first successful test flight for the Integrator unmanned aircraft system (UAS) Block 2, the latest release of the Integrator system. The technology upgrades include an extended temperature limit of 120 degrees and an improved sensor turret that helps identify objects more clearly during day and night missions. “We… Read More

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Boeing creates website to explain 787 problems

To help you better understand what exactly is going on with the 787 Dreamliner fiasco, Boeing has created an informational website. After a flurry of lithium-ion battery problems and emergency landings in Japan, the Federal Aviation Administration last month ordered all U.S.-based airlines to ground Boeing 787 Dreamliners until it’s proven that the batteries are safe and in… Read More

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VIDEO: Boeing’s badass Phantom Eye spy plane completes taxi tests

Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered high altitude autonomous Phantom Eye plane is inching closer toward flight again. The Phantom Eye completed taxi tests yesterday at Edwards Air Force Base in California and reached speeds of 46 miles an hour. The unique aircraft, with a 150-foot wingspan, is designed for “persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and communications.” In… 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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Breaking: FAA orders all US-based airlines to ground Boeing 787 Dreamliners

After a flurry of problems and emergency landings in Japan, the Federal Aviation Administration today ordered all U.S.-based airlines to ground Boeing 787 Dreamliners. This comes just hours after Japan’s two biggest airlines, All Nippon and Japan Airlines, grounded their fleet of 24 787s. On an All Nippon domestic flight today, instruments triggered emergency warnings… Read More

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Just in case: FAA says Boeing 787 is safe, will still conduct comprehensive review

Even though both Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration insist the Dreamliner is safe, the government will still be conducing a “comprehensive” review of Boeing’s 787 following last week’s electrical mishaps. The FAA announced today that it will launch a safety review of the 787′s critical systems, including the “design, manufacture and assembly.” Last Monday,… Read More

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Boeing fills plane with potatoes for WiFi breakthrough

Boeing says it has developed a new method for measuring and analyzing wireless signals inside airplanes, a technological breakthrough that promises to improve the quality of wireless Internet connectivity in passenger cabins. And they’ve confirmed that it works by filling a plane with sacks of potatoes. No, the potatoes themselves aren’t the technological breakthrough. The… Read More

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From Boeing to Microsoft Bob: Innovation in the spotlight at Seattle’s new history museum

Seattle’s history is very much tied to innovation, whether it’s Bill Boeing’s early aircraft or Bill Gates’ early software. And those breakthrough technologies — as well as dozens of others — are on full display at Seattle’s new Museum of History and Industry. After years in development and more than $90 million in renovation costs,… Read More

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Boeing engineer hopes sports app soars above competition

There is no doubt that the social sports playing field is a crowded one, but one Boeing Flight Deck iPad application engineer is hoping he’s found the right formula. Benjamin Monnig develops the iPad user interface for airplane cockpits during the day, but he’s spent the past five months working evenings and weekends building up… Read More

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Bad-ass Boeing missile flies over buildings, fries computers with microwaves

This is stuff you only see in the movies. “Today, we made science fiction science fact,” says Keith Coleman, CHAMP Program Manager for Boeing Phantom Works, in the video above. And he’s right. In what could potentially change modern day warfare, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force successfully tested the Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile… Read More

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Boeing wants to take down space junk with clouds of gas

Orbital debris, also known as space junk, is a problem that many people in government and the commercial space industry are hoping to solve — clearing the Earth’s orbit of old satellites and other equipment. So here is Boeing’s idea: Get rid of the rubble with clouds of gas. In a patent application recently made… 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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Boeing shows off Unmanned Little Bird autonomous copter

Builder of warcraft, hoster of Blue Angels and all-around badass in aerospace engineering, Boeing is showing off its Unmanned Little Bird, among other unmanned systems, in Las Vegas this week at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, or AUVSI, Unmanned Systems North America 2012 conference and exhibition. Whew. Insert Boeing gives the Bird joke… Read More

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Patent holding firm settles with Boeing for $10 million

Pendrell Corp., the Kirkland patent holding firm led by former Clearwire execs, said today that it has withdrawn a petition for review with the California Supreme Court related to litigation involving its ICO Global Communications. Pendrell was initially awarded $603 million for breach of contract, fraud and tortious interference in 2008. But the California Court of Appeal reversed… Read More

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Boeing sees foreign interest in Phantom Eye spy plane

Boeing has captured widespread attention with its liquid-hydrogen powered Phantom Eye autonomous plane — not just from the United States, but from other countries, as well. That was one of the more interesting tidbits from a telephone press briefing this afternoon with Boeing officials including Drew Mallow, Phantom Eye program manager — offering an update on the… 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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Boeing’s first iPad app is a digital coffee-table book

Boeing today released its first app for the iPad, but anyone hoping for something innovative to use in seat 37D will be disappointed. It’s geared for aviation fans, not travelers, and it looks back more than it does ahead. That said, it’s a very nice-looking app, and it’s free. The “Milestones in Innovation” app offers… Read More