Outtakes

The United Kingdom’s Birmingham Airport is so famous for its crazy crosswinds that people often gather just to watch the planes attempt to land. Many a pilot have been sent rocking and swaying down the airport’s already uneven landing strips. Check out the video for a compilation of some of the difficult landings.
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After an amazing Super Bowl LI which saw the New England Patriots defeat the Atlanta Falcons, one of the real stars of the game might not have been the players on the field but the 300 Intel drones in the sky. As halftime performer Lady Gaga began her first number, the foot-long drones danced in the sky behind her, forming the American flag. The drones, fresh off a three-week show at Walt Disney World, each are about a foot long square, weigh just over eight ounces, and are made of simply plastic and foam body to soften any accidental impact. And for those wondering how the NFL was able to fly the drones over the Houston’s NRG Stadium and the 80,000 people inside with current FAA regulations prohibiting either? The answer is two-fold: The NFL got a temporary dispensation from the feds, oh and the opening number was filmed earlier in the week with no audience. You can check out the full performance here.
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A Japanese spacecraft sent back photos recently of what appears to be the largest wave of its kind known in the solar system. The Akatsuki craft spotted the wave which stretched for more than 6,000 miles and remained fixed above the surface for four days. Researchers believe that the occurrence was a “gravity wave,” a “disturbance in the winds caused by the underlying topography that propagated upward.”  
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Amazon has been granted on a patent on what it is calling an “airborne fulfillment center,” an aircraft that appears to be a giant mothership for retail products and the company’s new drone delivery system. The patent, which was granted in April, calls for “a floating command center delivering goods from eight and a half miles above the ground.” Orders could be received and delivered from the command center within minutes. Amazon's filing explains that the blimp would remain in the air and be refueled and replenished using a shuttle.  Click here to read more about Amazon’s latest patent.
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YouTuber and comedian Tom Mabe has gotten into the Halloween spirit and he's used a drone to do it.  This classic video shows Mabe's "flying reaper" terrifying unsuspecting victims in the park as his skeleton-faced figure dangles from an invisible thread from a drone above. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
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A driverless Uber truck recently made a 120-mile trip across Colorado in what is the first commercial shipment by a self-driving truck. San Francisco start-up Otto, which is owned by Uber, successfully made the trip to deliver 2,000 cases of beer for Anheuser Busch. "If we work to perfect technology, we can shift a lot of these freight hauls to the dead of night and take advantage of our Interstate system when it's underused," said Shailen Bhatt, executive director of Colorado's department of transportation. Otto says the truck did have a driver on board in case of an emergency but the truck drove down Colorado’s Interstate 25 without issue.
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Amazon recently opened a store in Seattle to test a new concept for a grocery store without something you might think is pretty important: the checkout line. Customers can walk in,  grab what they need and walk out without ever having to wait and it’s all thanks to what the company is calling “Just Walk Out Technology.” The store, which is being called Amazon Go, uses machine learning, sensors and artificial intelligence to track the customer’s activity. You simply tap your cellphone on a turnstile when you enter, grab what you need and leave. Sensors on your items will be placed in a virtual cart and charged to your card on your way out. The store is currently only open to Amazon employees but they are hoping for a public opening in early 2017.
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Enterprise In Space, an international initiative of the non­profit National Space Society, is teaming with the Kepler Space Institute and tech firms like Made In Space, 3D Hubs, Sketchfab and Prairie Nanotechnology to present Print the Future, a contest that will allow student teams the chance to have something 3D-printed aboard the International Space Station.
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Deep inside a 14-by 22 foot subsonic tunnel, engineers at the Langley Research Center in Virginia are using lasers to map the air flow around the new Boeing Blended Wing Body aircraft. The process used by NASA to test airflow is called particle image velocimetry. During the process, cameras can record the movement of particles as the laser light bounces off them. The engineers can then determine the flow once the images are processed. The craft, which Boeing says is a greener and quieter airplane, is currently in development.
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SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk recently announced his company’s plans to colonize Mars with one million people. The plan, which SpaceX hopes to begin in 2024, would be undertaken by a new spacecraft that could send up to 100 people at a time leading to what Musk says could be a million-strong civilization within a century. "What I really want to do here is to make Mars seem possible — make it seem as though it's something that we could do in our lifetimes, and that you can go," said Musk. "The objective is to become a spacefaring civilization and a multiplanet species.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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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."
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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.
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Records are meant to be broken and recently in a China another one fell as the Ever Win Company became the owner of the Guinness World Record for Most Robots Dancing Simultaneously. The record was broken by an army of 1007 robots all named QRC-2. The previous record was set in April by a Chinese company who had only used 540 dancing robots.   The company said that the all robots were operated by one single smartphone and that the event was done to publicize their advancement in encryption technology which they say reduces interference from Bluetooth and wireless devices.
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The Boeing 737 MAX made its public debut last week at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in and aviation enthusiasts were pretty excited. Featuring cutting edge turbofan engines and a redesigned wing to support the extra weight, the 737 MAX is said to burn up to 20 percent less fuel than previous models the more efficient turbofans create enough thrust to allow the craft to pull off some pretty incredible moves, most of which will probably not be used during a commercial flight. The 737 MAX is slated to begin service in 2017 with Southwest Airlines.
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Check out this amazing 360-degree view from inside the cockpit of airshow pilot Matt Chapman at his first performance of the EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2016 fly-in convention. His plane, the Embry-Riddle Eagle II, is a two-seat, tandem arrangement, low-wing aerobatic monoplane.  Learn more about the plane and Matt Chapman at his website.
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It was 10:56 p.m. on July 20, 1969 when NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong prepared to become the first human to step foot on another world.  With the world watching, Armstrong climbed down the ladder of Apollo 11 onto the surface of the moon and uttered the most famous words in space history: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong, along with fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins would splash down in Hawaii four days later. The only things they would leave behind would be an American flag, a patch honoring the crew of the fallen Apollo 1 and a plaque that read: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind."
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While the dark dunes found on the surface of mars might look like a message sent from an alien in Morse code, they are actually created by an influence of wind and local topography. The image was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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Bell Helicopter gave its new 412EPI helicopter a tough test recently near Mount Everest in Nepal demonstrating takeoffs and landings at 15,200 feet and hovering in ground effect at nearly 18,000 feet density altitude, then climbing nearly 20,000 feet in the new 14-passenger craft. “The Bell 412EPI received praise for its smooth ride, maneuverability and increased performance in high altitudes, proving that our products are built to perform in the highest terrain on the planet,” said Sameer Rehman, Bell’s managing director, Asia Pacific.
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The folks at NASA have designed a computer program that will enable them to hear the sound profiles of their planned experimental aircraft in real-world scenarios. According to NASA, this sample video is “an ‘auralization’ — a visual representation of a complex set of noise data and predictions — that shows the noise differences between one of today’s typical aircraft and a possible future hybrid wing body aircraft.” Take a listen.
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The NASA Juno spacecraft took this color photo of Jupiter from a distance of 6.8 million miles recently as it continues its journey to the planet. It is expected to arrive on July 4. The shot was taken by JunoCam, the mission's imaging camera. In addition to Jupiter, the photo also highlight's the planet's four moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.
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In 1936, British mathematician Alan Turing would publish one of the most important papers in the history of technology. Now recognized as the foundation of computer science, Turing invented the idea of a ‘Universal Machine’ which could decode and perform any set of instructions it was given. Ten years later, he would turn those plans into a plan for an actual electronic computer. In 1950, he developed the Turing Test, designed to test a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior in comparison to that of a human. It would become one of the foundations in the philosophy of artificial intelligence. Turing, who was born on this day in 1912, would go on to pioneer ideas in other areas such as mathematics and theoretical biology, is also known for aiding the British government to help break the codes of the famous German Enigma machine during World War II. To learn more about Turing, check out these eight things you didn’t know about him.
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The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Bridge, the world's highest and longest glass bridge, is set to open in Hunan, China, in July. To assuage the fears of any tourists who may attempt to walk across the bridge which stands nearly 1,000 feet off the ground, the operators invited reporters to test its glass panels with a sledgehammer. BBC reporter Dan Simmons can be seen in this video carrying out the safety test, hitting a glass panel more than a dozen times with a sledgehammer. While the top level of glass is shattered, the panel itself remained intact, even holding 25 people in a single pane, while they jumped on it. The bridge, which stretches more than 1,400 feet across two cliffs and can hold 800 people at once, was designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan.
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A team of aerospace engineers and product designers from Germany’s Technical University of Munich have been dreaming up an idea for the world’s first vertical takeoff and landing electric jet. Named the “Lilium Jet,” the two-passenger craft is able to lift off and land on any level space at least 49 feet by 49 feet. According to the team, the craft will be easy to operate due to a fully computer-assisted control system, with already-licensed pilots required to undergo only 20 hours of training before sliding into the flier’s seat. The Lilium Aviation craft will hold a top speed of 250 mph and can travel up to 300 miles on a single charge. The project is partly funded by the European Union and is backed by the European Space Agency and expect the vessel to roll out in 2018.
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Luca Iaconi-Stewart, a San Francisco-based designer, was in an architecture class when he was inspired to begin a massive project: constructing a 1:60 scale model Boeing 777 out of manila folders. It’s taken him more than eight years to complete thanks to distractions like work and college, but after discovering a schematic of an Air India 777-300ER online, the project is now nearing completion. To see more of his work, check out his YouTube channel.
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On June 2, 1954, the Convair XFY-1 Pogo aircraft marked a milestone in aviation as the first aircraft to achieve a vertical takeoff and landing (VOTL). Using plans captured from the Germans in World War II, the Navy and Air Force began designing the aircraft in 1947 with the goal being a fighter that could protect convoys but not require a large landing area. After giving contracts to Convair, for the Navy, and Lockheed, for the Air Force, the finished planes would earn the nickname “Tail Sitter” due to the fact that resembles fighter  planes standing on their tails. But despite all the effort, the VTOL movement wouldn’t last long with the Pentagon deciding on crafting faster jets and more powerful helicopters instead.
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Ingredients thought to be the building blocks of life have been found on a comet by the Rosetta spacecraft. Rosetta detected the amino acid glycine, along with the essential element phosphorus in the cloud of gas and dust that surrounds Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta has been orbiting the comet since 2014. The discovery of those building blocks around a comet supports the idea that comets could have played an essential role in the development of life on early Earth, according to researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland, the principal investigator for the Rosetta mission's ROSINA instrument. Learn more here.
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Associate Professor of Operations Management Dr. Ahmed Abdelghany, of the Daytona Beach Campus College of Business, was interviewed in an Orlando Sentinel story titled "Orlando Airport Reports Longer Security Lines as TSA Weathers National Scrutiny." For more information, email Technology Manager Patrick Herlehy at herlec10@erau.edu. Read the Story.
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A fisherman and his friend used some cool drone tech to catch a 44-pound tuna off the coast of New South Wales in Australia. Jaiden Maclean and his friend Byron Leal located the tuna using a drone and dropping a baited hook directly into the school. Once the tuna would bite, the line would break away from the drone and be able to be reeled in. “My mate Jaiden has a drone and he was flying it around out the back of our house trying to film turtles,” Leal told Newsweek. “We stumbled across a school of tuna and wondered how we could get our bait out to the tuna and catch them. We were having a few beers and we made up this breakaway rig on the drone and flew the bait out. We dropped it next to the tuna and we got one at the first try.”
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On May 5, 1961, America launched its first man into space as Alan Shepard rode the Freedom 7 capsule on a 15-minute suborbital flight to 116.5 miles in altitude and 303 miles downrange to splashdown. Ten years later, at age 47 and the oldest astronaut in the program, Shepard would command the Apollo 14 mission.
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We’ve seen 3D printing come a long way in the last few years from tools and parts to prosthetics and even medicine. But 3D printing doesn’t always have to be serious, sometimes it can just be fun. Andrey Rudenko, who founded Total Kustom, a company that aims to develop robotic systems to create affordable housing showed just how fun 3D printing can be when he designed and created this pretty cool concrete castle in his backyard. Fast forward to 2:00 to watch his machines at work.
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Check out this vintage ad from the Saturday Evening Post from Feb. 19, 1949 featuring one of the TWA Skyliner fleet. The plane shown in the ad is a Lockheed Constellation, a propeller-driven, four-engined airliner built by Lockheed Corporation between 1943 and 1958.
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NASA paid its respects to the late Prince recently with this photo of the Crab Nebula as seen by the Hubble and Herschel space telescopes. “A purple nebula, in honor of Prince, who passed away today,” NASA officials tweeted. The Crab Nebula, which lies about 6,500 light-years from Earth, is a supernova remnant — a structure shaped by the explosive death of a massive star.
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A tourist taking photos of a small aircraft got up close and personal with the plane as it tried to land at Gustaf III Airport on the island of St. Barts in the Caribbean. Plane spotter Sebastian Politano, who took the video, called the airport “one of the most dangerous airports in the world, renowned for its difficult landing strip.”
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College of Business students at Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach Campus were featured in a Daytona Beach News-Journal story titled "What Airlines, Destinations Should Daytona Airport Add Next?" The students conducted a poll of locals for suggestions on how to best expand air service. Read the story.
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GE Aviation has fired up the world’s largest commercial aircraft engine for the first time at its Peebles Test Operation in Ohio. According to the company, “ground testing of the GE9X development engine will enable data to be gathered on the engine’s overall and aerodynamic performance, mechanical verification, and aero-thermal system validation leading up to flight testing and certification before entering service at the end the decade.” For more info, check out the GE Aviation release.
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SpaceX landed its Falcon 9 rocket on drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean after sending its Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station. It’s the first time SpaceX had been able to achieve the landing after four previous attempts. Watch the full video of the landing.
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The folks at Alaska Airlines recently adjusted Flight #870 from Anchorage to Honolulu on March 8, 2016 so passengers could catch the solar eclipse from 35,000 feet. Read more on their blog.  
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This awesome photo of the moon was taken by Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency from the International Space Station on March 28, 2016.
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Associate Professor of Operations Management Dr. Ahmed Abdelghany, of the Daytona Beach Campus College of Business, was interviewed in an Orlando Sentinel story titled “Low-Frequency Air Carriers Come with Cheap Seats, Some Risks.” For more information, email Technology Manager Patrick Herlehy at herlec10@erau.edu. Full story at Orlando Sentinel
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Any pilot who has ever flown an F/A-18 Super Hornet is aware of Leslie Shook, whether they know her name or not. Most known by the alias “Bitchin’ Betty,” Shook has served as the voice of the cockpit warning system for 20 years. This year, Shook made the decision to retire. Recently Boeing employees and Navy pilots gathered to celebrate Shook on her last day. “As soon as she started talking, we all grinned and said ‘oh yeah, that’s her!’” said Lt. Cmdr. Doug Crane, a DCMA Weapons Systems Officer on EA-18G and F/A-18F aircraft.
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For the first time in the U.S., a fully autonomous drone has made a delivery in the urban setting of a Nevada town according to the maker of the drone and Nevada governor Brian Sandoval. Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeney said the six-rotor drone flew about a half-mile on March 10 along a pre-programmed route dropping off the package at a vacant house in Hawthorne, just southeast of Reno. The company said that a pilot other support staff were ready in an emergency but were not needed. According to Flirtey, the package contained bottled water, food and a first-aid kit. You can learn more about the fast-growing world of Unmanned Systems at Embry-Riddle.
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Dr. Richard Bloom, chief academic officer and director of Terrorism, Intelligence and Security Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus, recently spoke to NBC News Las Vegas regarding local airport security in the wake of the terrorist attacks at the Brussels Airport. Watch the NBC story More about the College of Security and Intelligence
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Global watch maker Seiko recently took more than 1200 individual mechanical watch parts – some as small as 0.7 mm across – and created one of the world’s smallest Rube Goldberg devices. A Rube Goldberg machine is a device that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task, which generally includes a chain reaction of the unbelievable variety. Seiko’s recent Japanese ad “Art of Time” used three watchmakers, a song written by Seiko employees and an incredibly complex design to create one the super stunning visual piece.
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The full-flight simulator at the Daytona Beach Campus was featured center stage in a recent episode of PBS’ “The Aviators,” used to explore pilots’ emergency-landing options during engine failure. Watch Part I of Embry-Riddle’s segment in the episode Watch Part II of the segment.
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According to a NASA press release, the return of supersonic passenger travel is one step closer to reality with NASA’s award of a contract for the preliminary design of a low boom flight demonstrator aircraft. This is the first in a series of X-planes in NASA’s New Aviation Horizons initiative, introduced in the agency’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget. “NASA is working hard to make flight greener, safer and quieter – all while developing aircraft that travel faster, and building an aviation system that operates more efficiently,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “To that end, it’s worth noting that it's been almost 70 years since Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 as part of our predecessor agency's high speed research. Now we’re continuing that supersonic X-plane legacy with this preliminary design award for a quieter supersonic jet with an aim toward passenger flight.” The aircraft could cut cross-country travel times to two hours or less and making a trans-Atlantic trip a matter of just a few hours. For more, check out this story from Wired.
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NASA’s Mars Trek tool is a pretty amazing interactive map you can use to explore Mars. Featuring data collected by NASA at various landing sites, the map acts much like Google Earth does but for the Red Planet. You can search the map and alter it using tools such as elevation profiles, sun angle calculations and Sun and Earth position. If you were a fan of the book/movie “The Martian,” the map also includes bookmarks set to locations traveled by fictional astronaut Mark Watney. It also includes the paths taken by real life missions run by Curiosity, Spirit, Opportunity, Phoenix and Pathfinder. Check out the interactive Mars Trek here.
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On March 10, 1986 the U.S. Navy announced that the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet would be the new official aircraft of the Blue Angels flight exhibition team, replacing the A-4 Skyhawk. The Blue Angels fly the Hornets in more than 70 shows across the country every year. They estimate that since 1946, the Blue Angels have flown in front of more than 260 million people.
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In honor of International Women’s Day, this week we are highlighting Katherine Johnson, a pioneer scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). A physicist and mathematician who calculated rocket flight trajectories, Johnson was considered a human computer who was involved with determining the trajectories for America’s first manned space flights in 1961 and 1962 and in 1969, was instrumental in landing men on the moon. She also helped craft the plan that brought Apollo 13 safely back to Earth. According to legend, Johnson’s work was so accurate that when NASA switched to computers, they would call Johnson to double check their computations.
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NBC 12 News: NASA recently released a statement saying that it has received a record-breaking 18,300 applications from people who want to enter the astronaut candidate program. This is the program every astronaut who flies into space has to complete. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott is working to train the next generation of astronauts, and the growing attention to space flight has a lot of students and faculty excited. Read the Full Story and Watch the Video.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Mobile Space Habitat at the Daytona Beach Campus was profiled in an America Space story titled “Embry-Riddle Mobile Space Habitat Enables Students to Conduct Research and Experiments in Extreme Environments.” An excerpt of the story is copied below. A student-run project at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), in Daytona Beach, is in the early stages of becoming an advanced space habitat simulator and mobile laboratory designed to study human behavior and new space technologies in extreme environments. Made out of a 31-foot 1976 Airstream trailer, Mobile Extreme Environment Research Station (MEERS) will serve as a testbed that will enable students and faculty to test their experiments and study human factors in a simulated environment similar to Mars and other planets. Important engineering research focused on habitat design will take place on MEERS and evaluate the issues humans may encounter in isolation and confinement. Read the Full Story.
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Alan Bender, chair of the Social Sciences and Economics Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus, was interviewed for a USA Today story titled “Will $99 Fares to Europe Become the New Normal?” “It’s all about the Internet,” Bender says. “(But) currently, fares are much higher than they need to be.” Read the Full Story. For more, email bendef64@erau.edu.
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Strong demand for commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians is on the horizon, according to an international industry forecast released last week. Boeing’s 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook projects the world will need 558,000 new commercial airline pilots and 609,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians between 2015 and 2034.
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While the Federal Aviation Administration continues to revise and introduce regulations permitting domestic commercial UAS use, state governments are putting laws on the books that prohibit UAS use for activities such as voyeurism, hunting and photography. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 45 states have considered 151 bills related to drones. At the end of June, 25 states have enacted laws addressing UAS issues and an additional six have adopted resolutions.
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For the most part, modern society relies on technology to help make our everyday lives easier. But when it comes to aviation, can almost-daily advances in technology help or hurt avionics? Two incidents in early 2015 illustrate that potential conundrum and underscore the fact that “like any form of technology, there are growing pains,” according to David Ison, assistant professor in the College of Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide.
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There was a time when engineers, technical analysts and other aviation-related job-seekers were limited in their career options. With the explosion of interest in building and operating unmanned aircraft systems over the past several years, however, colleges and universities across the U.S. are racing to educate and train students in areas such as manufacturing and analysis.
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These days, preparation and response to public crises like natural disasters, civil unrest and terrorist acts is a measured and coordinated event among crews of emergency services teams that may involve several jurisdictions and government agencies. When riots broke out last month in the streets of Baltimore, Md., Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency, and state agencies began coordinating at the State Emergency Operations Center.
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Love or hate them, drones in commercial and civilian life are here to stay. We’re in the beginning stages of an exciting time with this new technology, with the introduction and adoption of drone service just starting to take off. Until recently, the Federal Government limited the use of commercial drones, or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), to oil exploration in remote quadrants of Arctic waters.
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The US payment system provides one the greatest challenges within cybersecurity. This vast operational network of laws, rules and standards act as a conduit system that unites bank accounts in order to provide an exchange of funds from a payer to a payee. Like any other network, this system of networks has to be protected.
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Business and government leaders recently joined academics to discuss the latest in cyber threats at CYBERWEST, the Southwest’s Cybersecurity Summit. Among the topics discussed was “Unmanned Aerial Insecurity: The Liability, Security and Policy Issues of Hostile Third Party Takeovers of Unmanned Aerial Systems.”
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The Airport Watch program is a new program designed to make the skies a safer place which has been developed by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Transportation Security Administration. Aviation is big business in the U.S. and that’s why keeping the skies safe is more important than ever.
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Recently, President Obama identified cybersecurity as one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation. Within the same statement he also admitted that this challenge, whether from the perspective of the government or from perspective of the country, finds us at time when we are inadequately prepared.
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Researchers like Clint Balog strive to understand how pilots make decisions when encountering emergencies. Balog, assistant professor in the College of Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, has discovered that pilots use a methodical, logical and disciplined approach to successfully overcome extreme, extended emergencies during flight. His research analyzes pilot risk assessment, problem-solving and decision-making skills in eight extended, extreme in-flight emergencies that ended successfully. Learn more about aviation psychology from Balog by listening to the playback of a recent free webinar. You will receive access to the webinar after submitting your email address. Presentation slides from the webinar are available on SlideShare, and a white paper on Balog’s research can be downloaded under the Aviation Psychology heading.
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As technology becomes more sophisticated, so do the criminals who work to attack information security. “As long as code is written and it can be studied for means of misuse, attempts will be made and some will be successful,” said Jon Haass, program director of Cyber Intelligence and Security at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
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You’ve decided to become an engineer, or maybe you’re an engineer already. Finding the right personal and professional environment is key to your success. Forbes and NerdWallet have made finding the best U.S. cities for engineers easier for you.
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To say cybersecurity issues have created new management challenges in today’s business world is an understatement. Not only do companies need to ensure their own networks and information are secure – they’re also tasked with keeping track of the security of others. High-profile incidents involving companies like Target and Lenovo have brought these issues to the forefront. Millions of consumers were affected by a 2013 credit card breach that has been linked to a refrigeration systems vendor. 
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Net Neutrality — under the FCC’s new Open Internet rules — ensures that data delivered to consumers will not be blocked or groomed based on content or origin. With the increasing competition for available bandwidth on service provider networks, this will put a premium on the ability of carriers to understand their traffic and manage their networks without crossing the “bright lines” established by regulators.
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Astronauts and pilots have long felt the desire to document their adventures in the skies, and modern technology has made this an even simpler task. But much like texting and driving, the distraction of a handheld device can prove dangerous. In 1966, astronaut Buzz Aldrin stepped out of the Gemini 12 for a routine spacewalk. But first, he took a selfie.
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Ron Garan, former astronaut and Embry-Riddle graduate, shares his experiences from his 71 million mile journey through in his new book, “The Orbital Perspective: Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles.” While clamped to a robotic arm during a spacewalk to replace a 500-pound nitrogen tank, NASA astronaut Ron Garan peered down at the International Space Station and the swirling hues of the Earth spinning 240 miles below him.
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