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DEPARTMENTS
 
EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK
The value of being specific
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
C-17s for firefighting
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INTERNATIONAL BEAT
Mideast states nurture their aerospace

WASHINGTON WATCH
NASA hones its crowdsourcing

ENGINEERING NOTEBOOK
Going hypersonic
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CASE STUDY
Shaping the things to come

CONVERSATION {Online Only}
Retiring Air Force chief, Gen. William L. Shelton, talks RD-180, deterrence and sequestration
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OUT OF THE PAST
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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
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2013 Worldwide UAV Roundup

     2013 UAV Supplement







FEATURES
LEARNING FAST FROM MH370
The international aviation community wants to accelerate efforts to put an airliner tracking system in place to prevent more mysteries like that of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
by Natalia Mironova and Philip Butterworth-Hayes
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RD-180: LEARNING TO LET GO
There is mounting pressure for the U.S. to end its dependence on the Russian-built RD-180 for launching Atlas 5 rockets.
by Marc Selinger

ATMOSPHERIC SATELLITES
Atmospheric satellites — aerostats and planes that would fly for months at a time — are getting a new lease on life as Google and Facebook eye their use for making broadband accessible throughout the world.
by Debra Werner

WANTED: MARS BRAKING TECH
NASA has entered the test phase of an ambitious program to develop inflatable drag devices and mammoth parachutes for landing heavier things on Mars.
by Leonard David

 

Bonus Content

ICAO official: Airliner tracking not so hard
by Ben Iannotta, Aerospace America editor-in-chief

In a world of few easy solutions, a senior official from the U.N.'s International Civil Aviation Organization said there’s a straightforward answer to the question of how to track aircraft as they cross the world’s oceans.

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