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Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets, as well as Airbus A350 and A380 aircraft, have Wi-Fi passenger networks that use the same network as the avionics systems of the planes, raising the possibility that a hacker could commandeer the plane through the in-plane network.
New jets have Wi-Fi passenger networks that use the same network as the avionics systems of the planes.
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An Airbus A350 has taken off successfully in Toulouse on the maiden flight of the European manufacturer's next generation jet.

http://news.sky.com/story/1103576/airbus-a350-takes-off-in-maiden-test-flight
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Live Now - Fantastic live stream of the Airbus A350 XWB first flight!
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* ... " The robotic X-37B space plane launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket today (May 20) at 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. You can see a video of the X-37B space plane's launch at http://bit.ly/1dmH4qA .

Most details about the space plane's orbital activities are classified, so it's unclear what exactly the X-37B will be doing as it zooms around Earth, or how long it will remain aloft. But Air Force officials have said that mission number four — known as Orbital Test Vehicle-4 (OTV-4) — will concentrate less on the X-37B itself and more on the gear the spacecraft is carrying to orbit.

... Also on board the Atlas V were 10 miniscule "cubesats," including the LightSail solar sail that was developed by the nonprofit Planetary Society. LightSail aims to prove out key solar-sailing technology ahead of a more ambitious orbital trial next year.

The Air Force owns two X-37B spacecraft, both of which were built by Boeing's Phantom Works division. Each space plane is just 29 feet long by 9.5 feet tall (8.8 by 2.9 meters), with a wingspan of 15 feet (4.6 m) and a payload bay the size of a pickup-truck bed. To put those dimensions into perspective, both X-37Bs could fit inside the payload bay of NASA's now-retired space shuttle orbiter.
The X-37B launches vertically and lands horizontally, on a runway, as the space shuttle did.
The secrecy surrounding X-37B missions has led to speculation in some quarters that the craft is some sort of space weapon — that it's designed to inspect and/or cripple hostile nations' satellites, for example. But Air Force officials have long refuted that notion, saying the X-37B is simply testing out technologies for reusable vehicles and future spacecraft. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29448-x37b-space-plane-launches-fourth-mission.html
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We are thrilled to be a partner with Airbus on the A350 XWB. For a complete look at the Honeywell components and their effect on board, check out our #A350firstflight  infographic and news story! http://hwll.co/A350PR #Airbus  
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SpinSat Deployment | International Space Station
The Special Purpose Inexpensive Satellite (SpinSat) moments before deployment from the Cyclops platform outside of the International Space Station. SpinSat is a 22-inch-diameter spherical satellite equipped with an array of electrically controlled solid propellant thrusters.

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Release Date: November 28, 2014

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See some of the most popular photos of Saturn taken by the Cassini spacecraft.
See some of the most popular photos of Saturn taken by the Cassini spacecraft.
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Data Science Seeds Smart Farming

Technology is enabling farmers to meet the world’s growing demand for food. One in five in the U.S. is using real-time data analysis to turn agriculture into a precise #science. Learn more: http://intel.ly/1ebcP5V
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A happy veteran of multiple Silicon Valley startups, focusing on design and deployment of critical systems in aerospace, defense, infrastructure, and security-sensitive programs. Currently Chairs the Future Airborne Capabilities Environment (FACE) Consortium Outreach team, managing the expansion and use of the FACE common operating environment (COE) standard to other companies, services, agencies, and programs.
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International sales and marketing, executive management, startup companies, Silicon Valley, business development, partner and alliance management, Internet-of-Things, IoT, Wind River, VxWorks, VxWorks 653,Linux, Android, Linux Secure, virtualization, hypervisors, ARINC 653, FAA Certification, Military, Aerospace.
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  • Wind River Systems
    Senior Director, Aerospace & Defense, 2005 - present
  • Esterel Technologies
    VP, Worldwide Sales, SCADE Design Products, 2004 - 2005
  • Validated Software Corporation
    VP of Business Development, 2002 - 2005
  • OnCore Systems Corporation
    Founder and VP of Business Development, 1998 - 2002
  • Mentor Graphics
    Director, Engineering Services Business Unit, 1996 - 1998
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