Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Solar Dynamics Observatory

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Is Manned Spaceflight Obsolete?

  NASA Edward White, the Gemini 4 astronaut, during the first U.S. space walk in 1965. The Obama administration has scrapped NASA’s plan to return humans to the Moon by 2020, which was behind schedule because of technical and budgetary problems. Instead, the administration will focus on developing new technologies to make long-distance space travel […]

A Faster Journey to Mars

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Under Fire, Administrator Defends NASA’s New Direction

WASHINGTON — Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, faced skeptical, sometimes hostile questioning on Thursday from members of a key House committee who said they opposed the Obama administration’s plans to revamp the nation’s human spaceflight program. Gerald Herbert/Associated Press Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., […]

Sukhoi T-50 a direct competitor to the Lockheed F-22

MOSCOW — Russia’s first stealth fighter intended to match the latest U.S. design made its maiden flight Friday, boosting the country’s efforts to modernize its rusting Soviet-built arsenals and retain its lucrative export market. The Sukhoi T-50’s flight comes nearly two decades after the first prototype of the U.S. F-22 Raptor took to the air, […]

Al Mooney

Aviation Pioneer Launching a Dream In grade school, while other students doodled, Al Mooney sketched airplane designs. By high school, he was reading every handbook for pilots and aeronautic designers that he could find. In 1925, at age 19, Al was working as a draftsman by day and designing airplanes in his free time at […]

Diamond Aircraft wins Flying Magazine’s 2009 Editors’ Choice Award

“For not one but two great new airplanes and for one of the most remarkable recoveries in general aviation, we award Diamond a 2009 Flying Editors’ Choice Award for its DA42 L360 and DA42 NG piston twins,” states Flying magazine in their March 2010 issue. Developed from Diamond’s turbo-diesel powered DA42 TDI, the innovative twins […]