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EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK
More aviation cybersecurity, please
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Fighting wildfires with drones
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INTERNATIONAL BEAT
Antonov looks for partners; India’s space programs

IN BRIEF
Moon missions; radiation damage; HondaJet; connected aircraft

ENGINEERING NOTEBOOK
Breakthrough material
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CONVERSATION
FAA opens the skies to unmanned aircraft
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BOOKS
Nixon’s space shuttle decision — and its consequences

OUT OF THE PAST
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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
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Features

UPPING THE STATION’S UPMASS
Five aerospace teams are vying for up to $14 billion in NASA contracts to boost the amount of cargo delivered to and from the International Space Station.
by Debra Werner
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PREDICT TROUBLE; AVOID TROUBLE
Airliners are safe but expensive to maintain. One way to put a dent in those costs would be to know in advance which parts are likely to require maintenance — and when.
by Henry Canaday
        

AIRBUS VS. BOEING: WHOSE AUTOMATION PHILOSOPHY IS BEST?
Airbus and Boeing each uses automation to make flying safer and easier. But the world’s two dominant manufacturers of large passenger jets have different ideas about how computers and pilots should interact.
by Clint R. Balog
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ALL-SEEING AIRCRAFT
Before aircraft can fly without pilots at the controls, they’ll need to be equipped with sensors and computers capable of performing like the human eyes and brain.
by Keith Button

TRUST: 3-D MANUFACTURING’S HOLY GRAIL
Additively made parts are being incorporated into spacecraft, but engineers are cautious about using the technique for propellant tanks on vehicles that must carry people or expensive scientific equipment.
by Henry Kenyon
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