Tag Archives: Aerospace and defense industry

FAA to boost Florida air traffic controllers, work with airlines to avoid disruptions

American Airline planes sit on the tarmac at Miami International Airport (MIA) in Miami, Florida, on February 2, 2022. Daniel Slim | AFP | Getty Images The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that it will “immediately” increase staffing at a major air traffic control center in Florida to handle airlines’ …

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SpaceX expanding solar farm at Boca Chica, Texas launch facility

SpaceX’s Starbase facility in Boca Chica, Texas. Michael Sheetz | CNBC SpaceX is expanding the solar farm at its Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas, according to documents obtained by CNBC from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The FWS documents, known as a draft biological conference and opinion (BCO), reveal …

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Rocket Lab CEO touts helicopter catch of rocket as key toward reusable goals

The Electron booster comes into view of the company’s helicopter for the catch. Rocket Lab Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck heralded the company’s first attempt on Monday to catch its Electron rocket booster using a helicopter after launch as “phenomenal,” telling CNBC that the test “achieved 99%” of the company’s …

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Competitive contracts are making space exploration cheaper

The Artemis 1 mission Space Launch System (SLS) rocket Frank Michaux / NASA The head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Tuesday discussed a dramatic shift in how the agency plans to issue contracts for its space exploration programs, citing success with cost-saving competitive bids. NASA administrator Bill …

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Southwest offers free Wi-Fi on some flights to test service upgrades

OntheRunPhoto | iStock Editorial | Getty Images Southwest Airlines will temporarily offer travelers free Wi-Fi on certain flights starting this week, part of a test to bring faster internet to more customers. The carrier has outfitted 40 of its Boeing 737s with upgraded hardware for its Wi-Fi service, according to …

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Rocket Lab attempt rocket booster catch with helicopter

The Electron booster comes into view of the company’s helicopter for the catch. Rocket Lab Space company Rocket Lab briefly caught its Electron rocket using a helicopter after a launch for the first time on Monday, but released the booster and dropped it into the ocean before recovering it. “After …

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150,000 using SpaceX’s Starlink daily

A shipment of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite antennas, also known as terminals, arriving in Ukraine. Fedorov Mykhailo on Twitter Elon Musk’s SpaceX continues to expand its Starlink satellite internet network in besieged Ukraine, with a government official saying that about 150,000 people use the service in the country each day. Ukraine …

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Airlines face big rebooking challenges this summer

Airline passengers, some not wearing face masks following the end of Covid-19 public transportation rules, sit during a American Airlines flight operated by SkyWest Airlines from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California to Denver, Colorado on April 19, 2022. Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images Airlines that …

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FAA delays environmental decision on SpaceX’s Starship launches to May

SpaceX’s Starbase facility in Boca Chica, Texas. Michael Sheetz | CNBC The Federal Aviation Administration for a fourth time delayed its environmental review of SpaceX’s Starship rocket program in Texas, pushing a decision to the end of May. SpaceX needs a license from the FAA to conduct further Starship flight tests …

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Southwest Airlines 2022 profit forecast sees bookings, fares outpacing costs

A Southwest Airlines jet lands at Midway International Airport on January 28, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson | Getty Images Southwest Airlines reiterated its forecast for second-quarter and 2022 profits as bookings and fares outpace a jump in labor, fuel and airport costs. The Dallas-based carrier expects second-quarter revenue …

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