27 May 2015

SpaceX cleared for US military launches

“The US Air Force has certified the private company SpaceX to launch military and spy satellites. A joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing has had a monopoly on those launches since 2006. Founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk, SpaceX has already won contracts with NASA to ferry cargo and crews

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26 May 2015

Americans Find Ways to Visit Cuba Despite Tourism Ban

“‘Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No.’ That’s what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig rum samples after trudging

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15 May 2015

Amtrak Train May Have Been Struck By Object Before Crash

“An assistant conductor on an Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday near Philadelphia told investigators she thought she heard the engineer say that an object had struck the locomotive before it crashed, killing eight people, a member of National Transportation Safety Board said Friday. Robert Sumwalt, a member of the NTSB,

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12 May 2015

50 Hurt After Amtrak Train Derails in Philly

“At least 50 people were hurt after an Amtrak train derailed in the Frankford section of Philadelphia Tuesday night, according to officials. Officials say eight to ten cars derailed on the 2000 block of Wheatsheaf Lane. At least 50 people were injured though officials have not yet revealed their conditions. Officials

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29 Apr 2015

American Airlines planes grounded by iPad app error

“A faulty app caused American Airlines to ground dozens of its jets on Tuesday. The glitch caused iPad software, used by the planes’ pilots and co-pilots to view flight plans, to stop working. The firm’s cockpits went ‘paperless’ in 2013 to save its staff having to lug heavy paperwork on

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21 Apr 2015

Feds Heighten Scrutiny of TSA Screeners and Aviation Staff to Thwart Insider Threat

“Transportation Security Administration and aviation industry employees will be subjected to heightened electronic surveillance following several incidents involving insiders who abused their badges to traffic guns, federal officials announced Monday.” Source: Feds Heighten Scrutiny of TSA Screeners and Aviation Staff to Thwart Insider Threat – Nextgov.com

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20 Apr 2015

The Latest Disruptive Space Technology Is a Battery-Powered Rocket Engine

“The next technology that could upend the space business might be batteries. Rocket Lab, a US and New Zealand-based defense research company, has exploited the increasing power packed by small batteries to develop a new rocket it’s calling the Electron. It says it will cost $4.9 million to launch small

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17 Apr 2015

Turkish Airlines says plane lands safely in Istanbul after bomb threat

“A Turkish Airlines plane landed safely in Istanbul after being recalled due to a bomb threat while bound for Basel, a spokeswoman said, the latest in a series of such incidents that have forced the carrier to divert or recall flights.” Source: Turkish Airlines says plane lands safely in Istanbul

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15 Apr 2015

US in-flight internet could be hacked, watchdog warns

“Wireless systems used by passengers on planes in the US could be hacked to access flight controls, a federal watchdog agency has warned. A report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said it is one of several emerging security threats not being dealt with properly. It comes as air

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14 Apr 2015

Influx of Migrants Across Mediterranean Nears Record Levels

“With spring barely arrived, the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean is already approaching last year’s record levels after a startling weekend in which more than 5,600 people were rescued from a small armada of smugglers’ wooden and rubber boats, even as nine others died after their vessel capsized.” Source: Influx

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