With everyone in such a rush to get the hell off this planet, we're gonna need some pretty sophisticated digs to ferry us to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Thankfully, Boeing's all over it: On April 3, the company revealed its concepts for a lunar outpost and a deep space explorer. I'm not one to dole out compliments, but damn do they look good.
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I can imagine quite a few horror scenarios onboard an aeroplane. Looking outside your window and seeing fighter jets is definitely at the very top of that list. That was the reality this week for passengers aboard an Indian Jet Airways flight bound for London that lost contact with air traffic controllers in Cologne, Germany, leading German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons to scramble and intercept the plane.
Video: Home improvement projects are rarely interesting, unless you're an astronaut. Right now NASA's Kate Rubins and Jeff Williams are installing the first of two new docking adaptors into the side of the International Space Station which will accommodate Boeing and SpaceX crafts.
Mother Teresa? Gandhi? It doesn't matter how nice or upstanding a human being you might be, the second you plunk yourself down in a chair made from the remains of a Boeing 737's massive jet engine, you'll immediately be mistaken for a comic book-calibre supervillain. Whether or not that's a bad thing is up to you.
Tim Morgan, a commercial pilot with years of experience, has created a ten minute video he claims will help anyone safely land a 737 in an emergency. The notion that someone could plop down in a cockpit, with zero experience, and pilot a 737 to a safe landing is ludicrous, but that doesn't make this video any less fascinating.
Video: The Boeing 747 is one of the world's most iconic airplanes. It's the Queen of the Skies, the Jumbo Jet, one of few planes that can lay claim to such an important role in connecting Australia's multicultural population to its roots in Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. Today, it celebrates its 47th year in operation.
Video: The beautiful, venerable Boeing 747 is reaching the end of its lifespan at many airlines across the world. Take-up of the new-generation 747-8 has been slow, with many carriers choosing the smaller Boeing 777 alongside the behemoth Airbus A380. Air France has just retired the last of its once-68-strong fleet of 747s, and it flew the final jumbo jet around France with an escort from the country's premier aerobatic team, the Patrouille de France.
The use of mood lighting on planes has almost become cliché — ahem, Virgin — but what if airlines could take that idea a bit further, actually using LEDs and projected imagery to wholly improve the flying experience? Boeing has a pretty great idea for what a well-lit plane of the future might feel like.
In 2013, the troubled Boeing 787 Dreamliner was grounded for nearly four months because the plane's lithium-ion batteries caught fire. It's had at least three more cell failures since the plane was allowed to resume flying. While the Federal Aviation Administration dismisses these new failures, the fact that these battery malfunctions continue to happen is a big deal.
When a jetliner's engine explodes moments before take off, people ask questions. Now, less than a week after that very thing happened to a British Airways 777, answers are starting to emerge — and they're scary.
NASA and Boeing have released a little teaser on their newest spacecraft, the CST-100 Starliner, which will be built and tested at Kennedy Space Center and hopefully, eventually, taxi people to space. Imagine touring space inside one of these awesome pods in the future. The video below highlights some features of the Starliner.