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Oct 5 Wed – 2022

– Landing a helicopter in low visibility environments has US Navy team working on advancing capability and operational readiness for pilots flying legacy rotorcraft across the DOD. Engineering team has two prototype systems that will be integrated into aircraft to help pilots with landings. Adaptive Shipboard Guidance and Recovery Display (ASGaRD) software system designed for pilots landing on ships at sea. Low Speed Precision Control (LSPC) software and hardware system that helps pilots make land-based landings in low-visibility environments with dust, sand or snow. (Oct.4,2022) navy.mil
– NASA and US Geological Survey (USGS) will map portions of the southwest US States for critical minerals using advanced airborne imaging. Geological Earth Mapping Experiment (GEMx) will use Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) and Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer (HyTES) instruments flown on ER-2 and Gulfstream V aircraft to collect the measurements over arid and semi-arid regions, including parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. (Sept.30,2022) jpl.nasa.gov
– Sikorsky (Connecticut) awarded US Navy modification to order against previously issued basic ordering agreement to add scope for initial and final technical directive to install the data transfer unit and Defensive Electronic Countermeasure System Replacement Phase III ARC-210 components into CH-53K helicopter. (Contracts For Oct.4,2022) defense.gov
– US Army awarded Lockheed Martin contract for M299 Launchers. M299 Launcher integrated on to AH-64D, AH-64E, Seahawk, Cobra, Tigre and numerous other platforms for US and international customers. (Oct.5,2022) lockheedmartin.com

– SpaceX Crew-5 mission updates Launch Oct.5,2022 blogs.nasa.gov Commercial Crew

– Northrop in partnership with US Air Force plan unveil B-21 Raider during first week of December at Palmdale, California. (Sept.20,2022) northropgrumman.com

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– NTSB Aviation Accident Final Report - Eurocopter EC130 helicopter descend until it impacted river short of intended landing area. NTSB determines probable cause of accident to be pilot entry into vortex ring state and inability to arrest descent while maneuvering for landing. Tennessee (August 3, 2020) ntsb.gov pdf
– NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - Bell Helicopter Textron Canada 429 substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Elba, New York on April 26, 2022. A section of the tail boom and carbon fiber tail rotor shaft was discovered 1,620ft from main wreckage it exhibited an angled fracture line consistent with main rotor blade contact. ntsb.gov pdf

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– US Helicopter Safety Team "56 Seconds to Live" Unintended Flight into Instrument Meteorological Conditions (UIMC) Awareness and Prevention Course available for pilots ushst.org

– NASA and SpaceX latest blogs.nasa.gov
– Updates Commercial Crew blogs.nasa.gov
– SpaceX launch missions spacex.com

- Mars 2020 mission - Perseverance rover 2021 mars.nasa.gov
- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.gov

Oct 4 Tue – 2022

– US Marine MV-22s and one KC-130J Refueler on 6,100 mile transpacific from Australia to Hawaii. Land in Fiji, American Samoa, Republic of Kiribati. (Oct.3,2022) marines.mil
– US Navy rotor blades for CH-53K King Stallion helicopter will be balanced on new system. (Oct.3,2022) navy.mil
– Actualized Business Solutions Inc. (California,Maryland) awarded USAF contract to support curriculum development and execution for USAF Test Pilot School. (Contracts For Oct. 3, 2022) defense.gov

– US Army continuing to modernize heavy-lift helicopter fleet with order for two more Boeing CH-47F Block II Chinooks and long lead funding for additional aircraft. (Oct.3,2022) boeing.mediaroom.com

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– FAA Airman Knowledge Test changes faa.gov

– Mars Images mars.nasa.gov

– United Airlines news united.mediaroom.com
– Aviate program provides route to job offer with United Airlines UnitedAviate.com

– Rotorcraft Design Approvals - Helicopter Occupant Safety Toolkit faa.gov
– News Nellis AFB, Nevada nellis.af.mil
– FAA monthly Business Jet Reports faa.gov
– US National Archives and Records Administration - Nationwide Events archives.gov
– NASA Commercial Crew Program blogs.nasa.gov

Oct 3 Mon – 2022

– Flight Path Flyers relaunch Flight Path Museum LAX re-launch of program, introduction to flight training taught by commercial airline pilots (Oct.2,2022) flightpathlax.com
– Helicopter down in Fresno yard, crew ok, Calif (Oct.2.2022) cnn.com
 •Bell 206 helicopter EXPERIENCED MECHANICAL ISSUE AND MADE A HARD LANDING IN A RESIDENCE YARD, FRESNO, CALIFORNIA Record 1 (Oct.3.2022) asias.faa.gov

– Bell 47G helicopter MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING DUE TO ENGINE ISSUES, MESA, ARIZONA Record 2 (Oct.3.2022) asias.faa.gov
– Sikorsky S-64F helicopter DURING HOVER OVER ROUGE RIVER, TAIL ROTOR TRUCK WATER, MEDFORD, OREGON (Oct.3.2022) asias.faa.gov
– R44 helicopter MAIN ROTOR STRUCK TAIL BOOM, CEDAR CITY, UTAH (Oct.3.2022) asias.faa.gov

– United Launch Alliance (ULA) commercial launch of SES-20 and SES-21 mission, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. Atlas V 531 rocket will launch SES-20 and SES-21 satellites into near-geosynchronous orbit to provide television broadcasting services across United States. Launch Date and Time Oct.4 at 5:36pm EDT ulalaunch.com

– Updates Moon program. Artemis I updates nasa.gov Artemis

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– NTSB Accident Preliminary Report - On July 16, 2022 Bell UH-1H substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Chapelle, New Mexico. The pilot, two tactical flight observers, and the rescue specialist sustained fatal injuries. Two witnesses on a ridge about 0.5 mile east of the accident site were observing the sunset and reported the helicopter flew past their location westbound, then rapidly descended without making any turns. ntsb.gov pdf

– Flying in a Brain Fog, Risk Management Magazine (May 29, 2022) safety.army.mil
– NASA Ames TechEdSat nasa.gov

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History – Kaman HH-43B Huskie at National Museum of USAF. HH-43 Huskie primarily for local base rescue (LBR) and fighting aircraft fires. Kaman delivered first USAF H-43As in November 1958, and B series followed in June 1959, photos NationalMuseum.af.mil

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– NASA, SpaceX, Boeing, United Launch Alliance updates to International Space Station blogs.nasa.gov
   Atlas V rocket, Starliner ulalaunch.com

– SpaceX launch updates spacex.com

– FAA Aeronautical Raster Chart is a digital image of FAA VFR Chart faa.gov

– Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Flying Operations nellis.af.mil
– USAF Week in Photos af.mil
– USAF F35A Demo Team 2022 Airshow Season, All USAF Aerial Events acc.af.mil

– FAA Practical Test Standards faa.gov

– FAA Safety Alerts SAFO
21005 – Risks Associated with Visual Approaches, Date 7.27.21
19006 – Crash Resistant Fuel System (CRFS) Safety Standards
18013 – Updated Rotorcraft External Load Attaching Means and Quick Release Devices for Human External Cargo (HEC).
18010 – Procedures for Avoiding Obstacles Lighted with Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Obstruction Lights While Utilizing Night Vision Goggles (NVG) faa.gov

– NTSB Safety Alerts
Flight Helmet Cords Can Impede Egress, Understand cord connections (SA-068)
Loss of Tail Rotor Effectiveness in Helicopters, Be alert for uncommanded yaw (SA-062).
Helicopter Landing Sites Free from Debris, Foreign object debris can foul rotor systems and cause damage (SA-057).
Flying on Empty, Prevent the Preventable with Careful Fuel Management (SA-067) ntsb.gov

– Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Tours CommemorativeAirForce.org
– B-29 Doc Tours b29doc.com

– Space Weather for Aviation Service Provider swpc.noaa.gov

Oct 1 Sat – 2022

– Boeing (Pennsylvania) awarded US Army 63m fixed-price-incentive contract for CH-47F Block II helicopters. Lockheed (Texas) with US Navy order for F-35 retrofit with Technical Refresh 3. (Contracts For Sept.30,2022) defense.gov
– WestJet airline with Boeing order for 42 737-10s and options for additional 22 jets (Sept.29,2022) boeing.mediaroom.com
– NASA will provide coverage of upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for SpaceX Crew-5 mission with astronauts to International Space Station. Launch targeted for Oct.5 from Launch Complex 39A at KSC Florida. (Sept.30,2022) nasa.gov

– Northrop (California) awarded US Navy basic ordering agreement that provides for engineering data analysis and model correlation of MQ-4C test flight data in support of efforts to enable fleet flight clearance for the MQ-4C Triton to transition through icing conditions (Contracts For Sept.29,2022) defense.gov

B-29 "Doc" Inyokern Calif B-29 Doc History Restored Tour Sept.30-Oct.2 b29doc.com

– U.S. European Command eucom.mil   NATO nato.int

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– James Webb Space Telescope updates. blogs.nasa.gov
– NOAA satellites news events nesdis.noaa.gov

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– NTSB Preliminary Report - UH-60A helicopter destroyed in accident near Leesburg International Airport, Leesburg, Florida. Helicopter operated on post-maintenance test flight, new water tank and snorkel installed, snorkel violently swinging, snorkel contacting main rotor blades or tailboom. May 25, 2021 ntsb.gov pdf

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– GAMA Publishes Aircraft Shipments and Billings Reports gama.aero

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– Monterey Bay Aquarium MontereyBayAquarium.org
– Asilomar State Beach on Monterey Peninsula in city of Pacific Grove parks.ca.gov
– Tin City industrial makers market for craft wine, beer, spirits, Paso Robles TinCityPasoRobles.com Calif

– California fall color guide CaliforniaFallColor.com Northern Calif Bay Area kqed.org
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– Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California parks.ca.gov
– Mineral King Campgrounds, tent camping only, Sequoia National Park California nps.gov
– Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument parks.ca.gov

– US Army University Press Archives 2022 Jan-Feb 100th Anniversary, 2021, 2020 armyupress.army.mil
US Army Military Review July-Aug 2022, Ukraine Geopolitical Consequences armyupress.army.mil

– Robinson Helicopter Newsletters, Torrance, Calif robinsonheli.com

– Santa Monica Mountains, Southern California. Historical and cultural sites, from old movie ranches to Native American centers nps.gov
– Anza-Borrego Desert Calif State Park wildflower locations and directions, parks.ca.gov
– Angeles National Forest special places, Southern Calif fs.usda.gov

– Pismo Beach, Calif PismoBeach.org    Pismo State Beach parks.ca.gov

– Santa Barbara County Day Use Parks CountyOfSB.org
– USAF Schedule F-22 Demonstration Team acc.af.mil

Sept 30 Fri – 2022

– Bell Textron Inc. (Textron) signed purchase agreement for two SUBARU Bell 412EPX helicopters to Republic of Croatia Ministry of Interior. Expected delivery date October 2023 (Sept.28,2022) bellflight.com
– Lockheed and Verizon flew 5G enabled drones to capture and securely transfer high-speed, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data from aircraft in flight to geolocate military targets (Sept.28,2022) lockheedmartin.com

– R22 helicopter WHILE HOVERING ROLLED ON ITS SIDE FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE asias.faa.gov

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– US Army Flightfax July 2022 edition. Mishap Review AH-64E Break Turn. safety.army.mil
– NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - Robinson R44 helicopter was destroyed when it was involved in accident near Rowlett, Texas (March 25, 2022). Accident flight was lesson 11, which included pre-solo maneuvers, introduction/simulation of emergency procedures, equipment malfunctions, and vortex ring state recognition and recovery. Main rotor blade impact marks adjacent to the separated section of the tail boom were consistent with main rotor blade contact of the tailboom in flight. ntsb.gov pdf
– NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report. Eurocopter AS332L1 helicopter substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near, Azusa, California. During the approach and about 5 feet above the ground, the PIC heard the crew chief call out "hold". While the PIC slowed the helicopter, it became engulfed in dust. Shortly afterwards, the helicopter contacted a tree, descended to the ground, and rolled over onto its left side. (March 19, 2022) ntsb.gov pdf
– NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report – Bell 407 helicopter was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near LaPlace, Louisiana. Dec.14,2021. Helicopter collided with western guy wire suspended between two tall trusses. ntsb.gov pdf
– Calif Moffett Field is one of three homes for US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center Design, Simulation & Experimentation group, partnership between NASA and Army, Jan.10,2022 army.mil

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– Sikorsky-Boeing SB1 DeFIANT helicopter demonstrated cargo capacity by lifting 5,300lbs Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System training load during test flight at Sikorsky Development Flight Center, Florida LockheedMartin.com

– FAA Safety Briefing, September-October 2022 Practicing What We Preach faa.gov
– Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Flying Operation nellis.af.mil
– Eielson AFB, Alaska, Red Flag eielson.af.mil

– NASA Rotorcraft Publications 2022. Rotor Performance Predictions for UAM-Single vs Coaxial Rigid Rotors Jan 2022 rotorcraft.arc.nasa.gov
– NASA Rotorcraft Publications 2021. Hazard Analysis Failure Modes, Effects, and Criticality Analysis for NASA Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Concept Vehicles, May 2021 rotorcraft.arc.nasa.gov

– US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update faaSafety.gov
   more helicopter Reports ushst.org
– US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules blueangels.navy.mil
– US Navy Community Outreach - Week Schedule navy.mil
– Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil

– US coast Guard MH-65 helicopter program uscg.mil

Sept 29 Thu – 2022

– Boeing (Missouri) awarded US Navy advance acquisition contract for production and delivery of MQ-25 Stingray low-rate initial production lot 1. (Contracts For Sept.28,2022) defense.gov
– US Air Force Special Operations Command CV-22 Osprey lifted onto barge at Senja island, Norway. Was on remote island after crew made emergency landing. (Sept.28,2022) stripes.com
– Boeing and China Airlines finalized order for up to 24 787 Dreamliners (Sept.28,2022) boeing.mediaroom.com

– FAA adopting new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Helicopters Model AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, AS355NP helicopters. AD prompted by identification of certain parts needing maintenance actions, including life limits and maintenance tasks. AD requires incorporating into existing maintenance records requirements (airworthiness limitations), as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. FAA issuing AD to address unsafe condition on these products. AD effective October 27, 2022. (Publication Date 09.22.2022) federalregister.gov

– Status Updates for Ingenuity Mars helicopter Flight number 33 No earlier than Sol 567, Saturday, Sept. 24 (Sept.22,2022) mars.nasa.gov

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– Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. Mission goal updates mars.nasa.gov
– US Army, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Industry partners will fly pilotless UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying up to 3,000 pounds on supply runs as part of annual Project Convergence experiments (PC 22) this fall. Range of tests will expand significantly across the Pacific. (Sept.21,2022) army.mil
– F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF News jsf.mil

– NTSB Accident Preliminary Report - On July 26, 2022 Eurocopter AS365N3 substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Hamilton, Ohio. Pilot made an approach for the south and was looking out for the powerlines but could not locate the wires. Pilot used the landing light and moved it up and down to try and find the wires but could not locate them. He thought the wires were further out from the landing zone and not below the helicopter. As the helicopter descended, the main rotor blades contacted the wires and the helicopter fell approximately 30 to 50 ft. ntsb.gov pdf
– NTSB Preliminary Report - Piper PA-28-181 airplane and a Robinson R22 helicopter were involved in midair collision near Chandler, Arizona, on Oct.1,2021. The airplane sustained minor damage and the helicopter was destroyed. Figure 1 view of helicopter and airplane ADS-B flight track data ntsb.gov pdf

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– FAA, Dates of Latest Editions, Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Charts, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Charts, 2021 Dec faa.gov

– NASA Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center. nasa.gov

– NASA Updates - SpaceX, Boeing CST-100 Starliner. blogs.nasa.gov

– US Army CH-47F Block II Chinook helicopter
   Projected Activities, 1QFY21 (1)Limited User Test
   4QFY21 (1)Milestone C, (2)Low Rate Initial Production army.mil

NASA CallBACK monthly safety newsletter • September 2022 What Would You Have Done nasa.gov

– US Army Aviation Digest -
   Talk About Flying - April-June 2022 army.mil

– Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) federalregister.gov
– USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Schedule acc.af.mil
– Airline passengers can obtain updated information on how to Fly Healthy flyhealthy.gov

– DoD Artificial Intelligence ai.mil
   National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence nscai.gov news

– Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast tour. eaa.org

Using novel polymerization process MIT chemical engineers created new material that is stronger than steel and as light as plastic, and can be easily manufactured in large quantities. New material is two-dimensional polymer that self-assembles into sheets, unlike all other polymers, which form one-dimensional, spaghetti-like chains. Feb.2, 2022 mit.edu

HH-60G Pave Hawk prepares for takeoff at Moody AFB as a part of Heritage Flight with HH-60W Jolly Green II, photos moody.af.mil

CH-53K performs Degraded Visual Environment flight testing in Yuma, Az navair.navy.mil navair.navy.mil CH-53K

Sikorsky (Lockheed) and Boeing released details of DeFIANT X advanced helicopter for US Army Future Long Range Assault Aircraft competition (FLRAA). Fastest, most maneuverable and most survivable assault helicopter Jan2021 boeing.mediaroom.com LockheedMartin.com

Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials - Events - News nano.gov

Going West on the Lincoln Highway map LincolnHighwayAssoc.org

Calendar Grand Canyon NP nps.gov

August 1, 1943 - "Hell's Wench" B-24 badly damaged by anti-aircraft artillery fire, led 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) in daring low level attack on oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, photo 142fw.ang.af.mil

History of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, photos SanLuisObispo.com
Friends of the Inyo exploring new places, Calif FriendsOfTheInyo.org
Death Valley National Park - Scotty Castle nps.gov
   Road Information nps.gov
California Fall Color, scenic drives and hikes LAtimes.com
SAFO - Helicopter Stabilized Hover Checks Before Departure faa.gov pdf
GE tested Advanced Turboprop Engine with 3D-Printed parts. Civilian turboprop engine to combine 855 separate components into just 12, photo ge.com
FAA Administrator Fact Book returned on-line faa.gov    pdf faa.gov
Top 10 Martin Gardner Scientific American Articles, Mathematical Games column began January 1957 scientificamerican.com
B-17F Memphis Belle(tm) to be placed on public display on May 17, 2018 at National Museum USAF, photo nationalmuseum.af.mil
   Fact Sheet nationalmuseum.af.mil
   1944 movie Director Lt. Col. William Wyler afi.com American Film Institute
2017 Ladies Love Taildraggers 5 scholarships ladieslovetaildraggers.com
Robinson Helicopter Safety Alerts -- Low-G Mast Bumping Accidents Dec2016 robinsonheli.com

Mars Spirit Opportunity rovers. jplNasa
US Navy helicopter San Diego Calif training 2007. Photo courtesy of Jim Pratt "flybum" opens new window. USN2007helicopter
  Events
Monthy Van Nuys Propeller Aircraft Association, Historical Aircraft Display Day. vnyprop.org
Blue Angels Show Schedule navy.mil
EAA B-17 Tour b17.org
USAF Thunderbirds Show Schedule. thunderbirds
Collings Foundation B-17 B-24 collingsfoundation.org
Reno NV Air Races airrace.org
Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, Ashland, NE SACmuseum.org
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From 2022
Dangerous laser strikes topped all previous records in 2021. FAA received 9,723 reports 2021 from pilots, 41 percent increase over 2020. release Feb.4,2022 faa.gov
ADS-B Exchange Serving the Flight Tracking Enthusiast adsbexchange.com

From 2021
US Army Center of Military History released Modern War in an Ancient Land. US Army in Afghanistan 2001-2014 two-volume history. These volumes include fifty maps, wide range of campaign photography and artwork. Nov.17,2021 army.mil
Sikorsky S-97 RAIDer helicopter flew two demonstrations before US Army officials at Redstone Arsenal, photo LockheedMartin.com
NTSB determined probable cause of accident was pilot failure to properly manage B17G. Pilot failure to properly manage airplane configuration and airspeed after he shutdown No.4 engine following its partial loss of power during the initial climb. Contributing to the accident was the pilot/maintenance director inadequate maintenance while the airplane was on tour, which resulted in the partial loss of power to Nos.3 and 4 engines; Collings Foundation ineffective safety management system (SMS), which failed to identify and mitigate safety risks; and FAA inadequate oversight of Collings Foundation SMS ntsb.gov pdf

From 2020
Video images from NASA Juno mission nasa.gov
Boeing delivering new technologies and performance improvements to US Special Operations Command with Block II Chinook helicopter. Boeing Philadelphia team recently delivered first MH-47G Block II Chinook to SOCOM boeing.mediaroom.com


From 2019
Sikorsky Boeing SB1 DEFIANT(tm) helicopter first flight, photos LockheedMartin.com
DoD USAF plan to buy 80 F-15X and slow rollout of the F-35 bloomberg.com SeattleTimes.com

From 2018
SureFly eVTOL, hybrid-electric eVTOL multi-copter workhorse.com
Lockheed new digital curriculum for high-school students, parents and educators as part of Generation Beyond, free, online STEM education program used in US classrooms LockheedMartin.com

From 2017
Sikorsky R-4 helicopter display, photo army.mil
Engineering Development Model UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter, photo army.mil
Researchers at MIT designed one of the strongest lightweight materials known, by 3-D printing flakes of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon. The new material, a sponge-like configuration with a density of just 5 percent, can have a strength 10 times that of steel. mit.edu

From 2016
NASA aeronautics news nasa.gov
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