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SpaceX Rocket Blows Up During Test Flight

MCGREGOR, Texas (AP) — An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after launch on a test flight at the company’s Central Texas development site.

A SpaceX statement said nobody was injured in the Friday afternoon explosion at its test site in McGregor, Texas, 23 miles southeast of Waco. 37 more words

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Hybrid airship flight test campaign to begin next year

Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) is to launch a flight test campaign for its Airlander 10 hybrid airship around May of next year. Once the first flight test has been conducted, the aircraft will carry out some 200 flight hours over 1-2 months to prove its capabilities, after which customer demonstrations are planned to take place. 36 more words

FAA Model Aircraft, Drone and FPV Ban?

A message from our friends and FLYSAFE partners at The Roswell Flight Test Crew about the upcoming proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and laws for model aircraft, drones, unmanned aerial systems and other unmanned aerial vehicles. 96 more words

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NASA Launches Flying Saucer for Tests of Mars Entry Technology

For CBS Space News, William Harwood writes: A giant helium balloon lifted a 3.5-ton flying saucer-shaped research vehicle to an altitude of more than 23 miles Saturday and released it for a dramatic rocket-powered boost through the extreme upper atmosphere to test an inflatable doughnut-like braking system and a huge supersonic parachute needed for future missions to Mars. 463 more words

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