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Quieter supersonic flight: NASA X-59 chief pilot's insights

Lead pilot David Nils Larson talks to Mark Broadbent about NASA’s latest X-plane, the X-59 Quesst

A 737 replacement? Boeing and NASA partner on new airliner

NASA has announced a partnership with Boeing to design, build and fly a brand-new large-scale airliner.

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Space debris: the risks and the remedies

Tens of thousands of pieces of debris are ricocheting around space. While many are tiny, they have the potential to add up to a very big problem

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Flying onboard a Boeing 747SP: Stargazing with SOFIA

NASA’s iconic Boeing 747SP made significant contributions to our study of the cosmos, but budgetary constraints have brought its mission to a premature end. In part two of this feature, Bernd Sturm recounts his recent experience stargazing with SOFIA.

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NASA Boeing 747SP retires after stellar career

NASA’s Boeing 747SP, N747NA (c/n 21441), which was adapted to carry a large telescope and was referred to as the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), flew its last mission yesterday (September 29).

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Why the SOFIA Boeing 747SP is so unique

NASA’s SOFIA airborne laboratory is set to retire more than a decade earlier than originally planned. In the first of a two-part feature, Bernd Sturm shines the spotlight on this unique aircraft and explores its unrivalled capabilities.

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NASA's Space Launch System - what next?

NASA’s Space Launch System will be the most powerful rocket ever, but where do the latest setbacks leave the mission?

Four Super Guppy aircraft proved invaluable for Airbus, ferrying large sections of airliners between its productions sites.  Key Collection Feature Premium

Guppy Giants – Outsize Airlifters

In the April 2015 issue of ‘Aviation News’ Charles Kennedy detailed the extraordinary Guppy aircraft based on the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser and military C-97s, which as well as hauling outsize cargo, once played an important role in NASA’s quest to get a man on the Moon

New Zealand and US sign space deal

The New Zealand and United States governments have signed a framework agreement that they hope will drive further opportunities in space and enable closer collaboration with NASA

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Why NASA’s $1bn 747 SOFIA flying observatory is being axed after just 8 years

It’s no ordinary jumbo, but despite its unique capability of providing a window to the cosmos and beyond, NASA will shortly retire its unique Boeing 747 SOFIA flying observatory. Mark Broadbent reports