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Stratasys and MakerBot launch CubeSat challenge for aerospace engineers and students

Stratasys and MakerBot launch CubeSat challenge for aerospace engineers and students

MINNEAPOLIS, 21 May 2015. The CubeSat Challenge invites the GrabCAD community to use 3D printing to rethink the CubeSat, a standard small research satellite built by universities, aerospace startups, and independent makers around the world.

Strike or surveillance: GAO says Navy needs to settle on role of future combat drone

WASHINGTON, 18 May 2015. The role of a future U.S. Navy aircraft carrier-based combat drone remains unclear, which leaves Navy leaders uncertain of the program's long-term costs, congressional investigators have found.

IATA selects Airbus ProSky for Asia-Pacific air traffic flow management

IATA selects Airbus ProSky for Asia-Pacific air traffic flow management

TOULOUSE, France, 3 April 2015. Bolstering regional collaboration in air traffic flow management (ATFM), International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade association of the world’s airlines, has engaged Airbus ProSky to help educate Asia-Pacific stakeholders on cross-border ATFM implementation. Air traffic in the region is expected to increase by 5.7 percent annually over the next 10 years, with more than 50 percent of new routes connecting to the region, according to Airbus’ forecast.

InfoZen to support mission-critical TSA programs under homeland security contract

BETHESDA, Md., 2 April 2015. Officials in the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS’s) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) sought a partner to support transportation vetting programs. They found their solution at InfoZen, a cloud broker and provider of mission-critical IT services in Bethesda, Maryland, awarding the company a five-year, $212 million contract.

150 feared dead in Airbus 320 crash in French Alps

150 feared dead in Airbus 320 crash in French Alps

TOULOUSE, France, 24 March 2015. Airbus officials today confirmed that an A320 short- to medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliner operated by Germanwings, a German low-cost airline based in Cologne that is wholly owned by Lufthansa, was involved in an accident around 11:00 a.m. (local time) near Prads-Haute-Bléone in the French Alps. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight 4U 9525, from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany.

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