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EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK
Congress’s dynamic aerospace duo
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IN BRIEF
3D-printed drone; status change for Ames?;
smart repair manuals; subscale aircraft

CONVERSATION
Change agent for aerospace
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CASE STUDY
Preventing more MH370s

ENGINEERING NOTEBOOK
Making a money saver

OUT OF THE PAST
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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
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Bonus Content

NASA’s Asteroid-Sample Spacecraft OSIRIS-REx Taps Into Design History

6 May 2016
By Hannah Thoreson

Did you know that NASA is building a miniature robot bulldozer that will scoop up gravel from an asteroid? Workers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Colorado have been hard at work testing the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft that will be launched toward the asteroid Bennu in September. Read it







FEATURES


AMBITION: EUROPA
Jupiter’s moon Europa could have life in the ocean under its shell. NASA came up with a step-by-step plan to find out. Then, along came a congressman from Texas. Read it
by Debra Werner

DESIGNING A WINNER
AIAA’s Design/Build/Fly contest gives college students a chance to pit their engineering smarts against international competitors in a remote-controlled aircraft flyoff. This year’s event was arguably one of the most challenging. Read it
by Joe Stumpe

VIEWPOINT: STATISTICS MATTER NOW, MORE THAN EVER
University aerospace engineering curriculums are packed with foundational courses, but statistics is not typically one of them. It’s time to fix that.
by Dave Finkleman

SMART WEAPONS FOR FIGHTING FIRES
Massive wildfires have become almost a summer ritual in the U.S. But airtankers, the air cavalry of forest fires, are in short supply.
by Michael Peck

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