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FAA sets multi-nation review of Boeing's troubled Max planes

Washington - The US Federal Aviation Administration is planning what it calls a comprehensive multi-nation review of the control systems of the Boeing 737 Max airliner to include experts from nine civil aviation authorities.

EU 'ready to respond' to US in Airbus/Boeing row

Washington - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned on Friday that Europe was ready to hit back at any US tariffs against Airbus as he pleaded for an "amicable solution" to the long-running dispute.

Battle for space more stealth than Star Wars

Colorado Springs - At tens of thousands of kilometers above the Earth, a Russian satellite slowly approached the French-Italian satellite Athena-Fidus in October 2017, a move France later denounced as "an act of espionage.

US approves $3.8 billion F-16 sale to Morocco

Washington - The United States on Monday approved the sale of 25 F-16 fighter aircraft to Morocco for $3.8 billion, the State Department announced.

A week after Ethiopia crash, questions swirl around Boeing

New York - Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft are grounded across the world following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, casting a harsh spotlight on the plane's safety certification and the close relationship between Boeing and American authorities.

Grounding the Boeing 737 a touchy subject for US authorities

New York - Following Sunday's crash in Ethiopia of another Boeing 737 MAX 8, the second such accident in five months, the flagship US manufacturer faces fresh questions about the planes' airworthiness.

SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully docks on ISS

Washington - SpaceX's new Dragon capsule successfully docked on the International Space Station on Sunday, NASA and SpaceX confirmed during a live broadcast of the mission."We can confirm hard capture is complete," NASA said.

SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully docks on ISS

Washington - SpaceX's new Dragon capsule successfully docked on the International Space Station on Sunday, NASA and SpaceX confirmed during a live broadcast of the mission."We can confirm hard capture is complete," NASA said.

Dragon capsule successfully separates from rocket: SpaceX

Cape Canaveral - SpaceX's new Crew Dragon astronaut capsule was on its way to the International Space Station Saturday after it successfully launched from Florida on board a Falcon 9 rocket.

NASA to make final attempt to contact Mars Opportunity Rover

Washington - US space agency NASA will make one final attempt to contact its Opportunity Rover on Mars late Tuesday, eight months after it last made contact.

Embraer shares take off after Bolsonaro approves Boeing merger

S - The share price in Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer soared Friday as markets reacted favorably to the country's President Jair Bolsonaro approving a merger with us giant Boeing.The share price jumped 7.

Airbus shares plunge on reported US corruption probe

Paris - Shares in European aircraft maker Airbus tumbled more than nine percent Thursday after French daily Le Monde reported it could face record fines of several billion dollars in a US corruption inquiry.

Boeing, Embraer forge on with tie-up after Brazil suspension reversed

S - US planemaker Boeing and Brazil's Embraer said Monday they have approved the terms of a partnership to create a joint venture now worth $5.26 billion -- more than when they first announced it in July.

Germany opens negligent homicide probe in Mali Airbus chopper crash

Berlin - German prosecutors said Wednesday they had opened a probe against three individuals for negligent homicide in the 2017 crash of a German military helicopter in a UN operation in Mali.

NASA counts down to landing of Martian quake-sensor, InSight

Tampa - NASA is counting down to a nail-biting touchdown Monday of the $993 million Mars InSight, the first spacecraft to listen for quakes and study the inner workings of another rocky planet.

Silent plane with no moving parts makes 'historic' flight

Paris - The blue glowing jets of science fiction spacecraft came a step closer to reality on Wednesday as US physicists unveiled the world's first solid-state aeroplane powered in flight by supercharged air molecules.

Cygnus cargo ship launches to ISS

An unmanned Cygnus cargo ship blasted off Saturday toward the International Space Station, marking the second supply mission in 24 hours destined to carry food and supplies to the astronauts living in space.

Poor weather delays US space cargo launch to Saturday

Washington - Windy weather pushed back until Saturday the planned launch of a US cargo ship loaded with supplies for astronauts living at the International Space Station, NASA said Thursday.

China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered

Zhuhai - China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the international community's orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country's major ambitions beyond Earth.

China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered

Zhuhai - China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the international community's orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country's major ambitions beyond Earth.

US indicts 10 Chinese over scheme to steal aerospace tech

Washington - The United States indicted 10 Chinese, including two intelligence officers, over a five-year scheme to steal technology from US and French aerospace firms by hacking into their computers.

Belgian purchase of US jets 'against European interests': Macron

Bratislava - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday criticised Belgium's decision to buy US-made F-35 fighter jets instead of European planes, saying that "strategically it goes against European interests".

China says US made spy case 'out of thin air'

Bejing - Beijing on Thursday dismissed US espionage accusations against an alleged Chinese intelligence agent who was extradited from Belgium as made "out of thin air" -- upping the ante in a case likely to exacerbate tensions between the global powers.

Yusaku Maezawa: Japanese spaceman with a taste for art

Apo - Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, confirmed as SpaceX's first Moon tourist, is a former wannabe rock star now worth $3 billion with a penchant for pricey modern art as well as space travel.

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

Los Angeles - SpaceX on Thursday announced a new plan to launch a tourist around the Moon using its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a massive launch vehicle that is being designed to carry people into deep space.

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in first mission to 'touch Sun'

Tampa - NASA on Sunday blasted off its first-ever spaceship to explore the Sun, the $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe, on a strategic mission to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms.

NASA postpones for 24 hours launch of historic spaceship to Sun

Tampa - NASA postponed until Sunday the launch of the first ever spacecraft to fly directly toward the Sun on a mission to plunge into our star's sizzling atmosphere and unlock its mysteries.

Space, not Brexit, is final frontier for Scottish outpost

Farnborough - Never mind Brexit: For a remote peninsula in the Scottish highlands, the buzz is all about hi-tech rocket launchers firing satellites into space.

Blockchain for aerospace supply chains to be showcased

Farnborough - Accenture is set to unveil a blockchain prototype designed for the aerospace industry supply chains at the international Farnborough Airshow, which takes place in the U.K.

Rolls-Royce unveils hybrid flying taxi at Farnborough

Farnborough - British engine maker Rolls-Royce revealed plans this week to develop a hybrid electric vehicle, dubbed the "flying taxi", which takes off and lands vertically and could be airborne within five years.
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