NASA astronaut and Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams returned to Earth recently after his fourth mission aboard the International Space Station
Williams now has a cumulative 534 days in space, the most of any NASA astronaut ever.
“No other U.S. astronaut has Jeff’s time and experience aboard the International Space Station. From his first flight in 2000, when the station was still under construction, to present day where the focus is science, technology development and fostering commercialization. Jeff even helped prepare the space station for future dockings of commercial spacecraft under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program,” said Kirk Shireman, ISS Program manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “We’re incredibly proud of what Jeff has accomplished off the Earth for the Earth.”
In 2010, Williams was part of another NASA milestone as the commander of Expedition 22. During that mission, he became the first astronaut to interact live with NASA followers from space via social media.
While drones are perfect for uses like surveillance and delivery service, they can also be a whole lot of fun. And now pilots who have been known to fly their drones at speeds of up to 120 mph will show the world just how fun they can be when the Drone Racing League comes to ESPN.
The DRL and the sports network recently reached an agreement to broadcast episodes of the league races culminating in the DRL World Championship on Nov. 20.
"Coverage of DRL lets us merge storytelling, technology and competition into compelling weekly content that we believe will appeal to a growing audience," said Matthew Volk, ESPN's director of programming and acquisitions.
ESPN2 will air an “Intro to Drone Racing” on Sept. 15 at 11 p.m. and the season begins on Oct. 23.
Clyde Cessna first got the aviation bug in 1911 at the Moisant International Aviation Air Circus in Oklahoma City. Cessna, a farmer and an auto mechanic decided he would try his hand at building airplanes.
In 1925, Cessa would join with two businessmen, Walter Beech and Lloyd Stearman, to create the Travel Air Manufacturing Company, with Cessna as president. But conflict quickly emerged and Cessna left the company. Now on his own, he would form his own company and sold shares to gain capital. Victor Roos would purchase many of those shares and on Sept. 8, 1927, the Cessna-Roos Company would be incorporated in a 5,000-square-foot factory in Wichita.
Just three months later, Roos would leave the company, which was then reorganized as the Cessna Aircraft Company, which is, to this day, though owned by Textron Aviation, the largest private aircraft manufacturer in the United States.
Lea Langumier, the four-year-old daughter of French Canadian pilot Raphael Langumier has been flying with her dad since she was two. But when her first experience with inverted flight was caught on video, it went viral.
While the pair speak French, her reaction as her father performs tricks over the skies of Quebec is unmistakable joy.
Boeing made news recently with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for creating the world’s largest single 3D-printed object according to the Guinness Book of Records. The product, a “trim-and-drill” tool, will be used to help Boeing craft the wings of its new 777X aircraft.
The piece, printed in the ORNL lab in Tennessee measures 17.5 feet long, 5.5 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall.
“The existing, more expensive metallic tooling option we currently use comes from a supplier and typically takes three months to manufacture using conventional techniques,” said Leo Christodoulou, Boeing’s director of structures and materials. “The 3D-printed equivalent, on the other hand, took just 30 hours to construct.”
Production of Boeing’s new 777X aircraft is scheduled to begin in 2017 with first delivery targeted for 2020.
After 22 months without a trace, NASA has found one of its Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories, known as STEREO-B.
The spacecraft, which went missing in October of 2014, was found using NASA’s Deep Space Network, which tracks all of its missions in space. The goal of STEREO-B, and its partner, STEREO-A, was to study the sun and space weather.
NASA says it lost communication with STEREO-B when they were testing its command loss timer, which triggers a hard reset of the craft when it goes without communication with the Earth for 72 hours.
The world’s largest aircraft – the 302-foot Airlander 10 – set off on its maiden voyage recently in England.
The aircraft, which has been in production by Hybrid Air Vehicles since 2007, flew for about 30 minutes out of Cardington Airfield in England.
Filled with 1.3 million cubic feet of helium, the Airlander 10 is capable of reaching an altitude of 16,000 feet and can stay in the air for five days.
HAV says the craft will be used for "surveillance, communications and humanitarian aid deliveries."
The Perseid meteor shower gave skywatchers a treat this past week as thousands of meteors shot across the sky including this one over Spruce Knob, West Virginia.
According to NASA, the Perseids show up every year in August when Earth ventures through trails of debris left behind by an ancient comet.