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EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK
Hard questions for fast weapons
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Visiting other stars; fewer acronyms, please
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IN BRIEF
Getting a grip; new details about 2011 drone collision

CONVERSATION
Seeing the future in the past
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VIEW FROM HERE
Living lunar

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


ÜBER DRONES
The Pentagon likes the idea of Prompt Global Strike and wants to boost spending on the technologies. Read it
by Michael Peck

FLYING ON ELECTRONS
NASA and European researchers are testing electric-propulsion technologies on small planes in hopes of having a big impact on the kinds of planes we fly in the next 10 to 15 years.
by Keith Button

10 QUESTIONS FOR THE CANDIDATES
We posed questions about aerospace to the presidential candidates. Did they rise to the challenge? You be the judge. Read it
by Debra Werner

CLEAR FOR TAKEOFF
In Europe, air traffic controllers are beginning to direct planes in virtual control towers located far away from crowded airports. The trend has now come to the U.S. Read it
by Jim Hodges

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