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NASA gives go-ahead for first crewed SpaceX flight on May 27

Washington - NASA gave the green light on Friday to next week's launch of two astronauts aboard a SpaceX vessel -- the first crewed space flight from US soil in nine years and a crucial step towards ending American dependence on Russian rockets.

Coronavirus pushes Airbus into Q1 loss

Paris - European aviation giant Airbus plunged into the red in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic sparked "the gravest crisis the aerospace industry has ever known", it said Wednesday.

Astronauts land back on Earth transformed by pandemic

Almaty - Two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut on Friday made a safe return from the International Space Station to find the planet transformed by the coronavirus pandemic.

SpaceX plans first manned flight to space station in May

Washington - Elon Musk's SpaceX will send astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time in May, NASA said, announcing the first crewed launch from the United States to the platform since 2011.

Iran says counting down to launch new satellite

Tehran - Iran started counting down Sunday to the launch within hours of a scientific observation satellite that is part of a programme the United States has previously described as a "provocation".

Malaysian PM downplays AirAsia probe after CEO steps aside

Kuala Lumpur - Receiving money to "offset" buying planes and equipment did not necessarily constitute bribery, Malaysia's prime minister said Thursday, days after AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes stepped aside temporarily in the wake of a $4 billion Airbus graft scandal.

US astronaut returns to Earth after longest mission by woman

Almaty - NASA's Christina Koch returned to Earth safely on Thursday after shattering the spaceflight record for female astronauts with a stay of almost 11 months aboard the International Space Station.

Record-breaking US astronaut returns to Earth

Almaty - NASA's Christina Koch returned to Earth safely Thursday having shattered the spaceflight record for female astronauts after almost a year aboard the International Space Station.

Boeing says 737 MAX return delayed until mid-2020

New York - Boeing on Tuesday officially pushed back the timeframe for the 737 MAX to return to the skies, sending shares plunging and overshadowing an earlier announcement of a first flight of the delayed 777X plane.

Mars 2020 rover to seek ancient life, prepare human missions

Pasadena - The Mars 2020 rover, which sets off for the Red Planet next year, will not only search for traces of ancient life, but pave the way for future human missions, NASA scientists said Friday as they unveiled the vehicle.

Boeing spacecraft lands in New Mexico after aborted mission

Washington - Boeing's new Starliner unmanned spacecraft returned to Earth on Sunday, landing in the New Mexico desert in the United States six days early after a clock problem scuppered a rendezvous with the International Space Station.

India's IndiGo makes $33bn mega-order of Airbus planes

Paris - Indian airline IndiGo has placed an order for 300 A320neo family aircraft, Airbus said Tuesday, in one of its largest-ever orders from a single firm, worth over $33.2 billion at catalogue prices.

US vows closer cooperation with French space agency

Washington - The United States on Wednesday pledged closer cooperation with France's space agency, saying the two were advancing the commercial development of space.

Indonesia blames 737 MAX design for Lion Air crash: report

New York - Indonesian authorities have cited failures in the Boeing 737 MAX design and oversight as contributing to the 2018 Lion Air plane crash, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

China threatens sanctions on US firms linked to Taiwan warplanes sale

Bejing - China on Wednesday blasted a huge planned US arms shipment to self-ruled Taiwan and threatened to sanction firms involved in the sale of F-16 fighter jets.

Chocks away for round-the-world Spitfire flight

Chichester - A vintage World War II Spitfire plane took off for an unprecedented journey around the world on Monday, which will see the iconic aircraft soar over some 30 countries.

Airbus profits more than double in first half

Paris - European aerospace giant Airbus Wednesday reported profits more than doubled in the first half of the year, a strong result it attributed mainly to increased production of its A320 family of aircraft.It said net profits reached 1.197 billion euros ($1....

Boeing apologises for 737 MAX crashes as Paris Air Show opens

A top Boeing executive apologised Monday for two crashes of 737 MAX jets that together killed 346 people, disasters which have pushed safety to the top of the agenda as aerospace firms gathered for the opening of the Paris Air Show.

Boeing's embattled chief faces tough crowd at Paris Air Show

Paris - Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg will have his work cut out for him at the Paris Air Show this week as he tries to reassure airlines and industry partners over the fate of its flagship 737 MAX plane, indefinitely grounded after two fatal crashes.

Gathering clouds cast shadow over Paris Air Show

Paris - Slumping orders, production bottlenecks, regulatory pressures and the prospect of fewer flyers: Aviation executives have plenty on their minds as they head to France on Monday for the opening of the Paris Air Show.

Global airline body warns of US-China trade war spillover

Seoul - The intensifying US-China trade war and rising fuel prices will continue to bog down airline profits this year, the International Air Transport Association said Sunday.

Global airline body warns of US-China trade war spillover

Seoul - The intensifying US-China trade war and rising fuel prices will continue to bog down airline profits this year, the International Air Transport Association said Sunday.

737 MAX jet grounded for at least 10-12 more weeks: IATA

Paris - The global aviation association IATA expects Boeing's troubled 737 MAX 8 plane to remain grounded for at least 10 to 12 more weeks, director general Alexandre de Juniac said Wednesday.

FAA considered grounding some Boeing 737 Max planes last year: source

New York - US regulators considered grounding some Boeing 737 MAX planes last year after learning belatedly of a problem with a system that is now the main suspect in two deadly crashes, a source close to the matter said.

Acting Pentagon boss cleared of ethics wrongs by internal inquiry

Washington - Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was on Thursday cleared of any ethics violations in an internal Pentagon investigation into links with his former employer Boeing, where he worked for 30 years.

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.
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