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The new SLS rocket will launch each part of Artemis program's missions with the Orion spacecraft on top. (Photo: NASA)

Airbus Wins ESA Contract to Construct Space Module for NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded Airbus the contract to allow the aircraft manufacturer to construct the third European Service Module (ESM) for Orion, the American crewed spacecraft. The ESA’s order for this additional module ensures that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is able to continue its Artemis program.   Within the Artemis program, NASA will use the European built systems completed by Airbus for the first time to power and supply a human spacecraft mission to the…

Harrison Ford and Aircraft of Doom

Whether it’s piloting Air Force One after it’s been hijacked by terrorists or fighting TIE fighters "a long time ago in a galaxy far far away...," Harrison Ford and the characters he's played have had a thrilling and long history of operating flying machines. Both in his prolific professional life…

Textron Furloughs 7,000, Axes Production Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Textron Aviation is now the latest aerospace company to announce its plan for the next few months as the COVID-19 scenario continues to grab hold of the American economy. The company, which owns firms such as Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker and Bell Helicopter, announced that it will furlough roughly 7,000 employees…

A Look at NASA’s Contributions to Aviation

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, commonly known as NASA, celebrated the 50th anniversary of a major achievement last weekend. It marks 50 years since the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, the first time humans set foot on the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin being the first…

More than Just a Flying Billboard: Inside the Goodyear Blimp

If you were watching the PGA Golf Tournament at Bethpage Black on television this weekend, there’s a good chance that part of the live feed on your television came from the Goodyear Blimp. A frequent attendee at many of the country’s most notable sporting events, the massive airship with the…

Look Out Below: An Usual Way of Transporting Fish to…

Utah has an unusual and spectacular way of restocking it's more remote and difficult to access lakes: airdropping fish directly above the lakes. Although typically used to quickly insert military forces or supplies to recipients on the ground, fish are now finding themselves being dropped from airplanes. A video posted by…

Learning to Fly a Seaplane: A Personal Reflection (Part 3)

In the world of aviation, enthusiasts are often seen discussing aircraft that land on concrete runways rather than those that land over water. However, living in a state that has a large coastline, as well as needing to obtain my rating for my job, I wanted to share my story…

EASA Introduces a Roadmap to Simplify General Aviation

Declaring you’re a training organization as an individual or a flight club; no long processes of approval, extensive oversight, and complicated requirements; simply give an overview of your activities. According to EASA’s GA Roadmap, this should soon be possible. GA Roadmap is a EASA tool to take a step forward…

The Challenge of Single Pilot Instrument Flying

When a pilot receives their private pilot's license they are allowed to fly in VFR, or Visual Flight Rules. This means a pilot must fly outside of the clouds and have good visibility. This is because as a private pilot we are required to keep separation visually. Pilots flying in…

Consumers Discover Drones as FAA Scrambles to Regulate Them

Editor's Note: This piece originally appeared in the North Star Newsmagazine of the Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, MO and on FHNtoday.com, the digital media site of FHN Media. In what some would describe as a technological revolution, many companies are looking to expand their product lines into…