SpaceX successfully launches more Starlink satellites from Kennedy Space Center
ORLANDO, Fla. — SpaceX on Sunday morning launched another batch of 60 Starlink satellites, as part of its long-term mission to deliver fast, affordable internet to the entire planet.Liftoff from Kennedy Space Center’s 39A launchpad happened at 8:25 a.m. under blue skies. A Falcon 9 rocket carried the small Starlink satellites into orbit.About eight minutes into the flight, the first stage of the rocket successfully landed on the drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” off the coast of Florida. It was the sixth time this stage and the 62nd time any first stage had been recovered.SpaceX said the...
Airline contractors received CARES Act funding, but still cut jobs
The CARES Act funding approved by Congress for the aviation industry was meant to preserve jobs, but didn’t prevent some layoffs and furloughs by airline contractors, an investigation found.While lawmakers consider another round of federal pandemic aid, they are asking the companies awarded money to stop cutting workers.Atlanta-based DAL Global Services, which does contract work for Delta Air Lines and other carriers, is one of 15 companies that got federal stimulus funding but still furloughed or laid off workers, according to a U.S. House subcommittee investigation of the Payroll Support Pro...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Zero new Boeing orders in September as 737 Max backlog continues to shrink
As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to depress the aviation market, neither Boeing nor Airbus booked a single new jet order in September.With airlines still parking many airplanes and demand low for new jets — and with its 737 Max still grounded — Boeing delivered just 11 airplanes in the month; Airbus delivered 57.In addition, the number of Max orders that so far this year have been either canceled outright or removed from the official backlog as doubtful rose past 1,000 aircraft.Greg Smith, Boeing executive vice president of enterprise operations and chief financial officer, in a state...
The Seattle Times
Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot: How the FBI spent months tracking down the case
DETROIT — They planned and schemed for months — 13 domestic terrorists hell-bent on terrorizing politicians and police, authorities said.Among their missions was to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer from her vacation home, blow up a bridge, storm the state Capitol and target police, court records show.But the plots were foiled as the FBI was on their track, with the help of social media, paid informants and undercover agents who embedded themselves in the groups and secretly recorded what they saw and heard.On Thursday, seven members of the so-called Wolverine Watchmen militia group were c...
Detroit Free Press
Boeing forecasts 11% fewer jet deliveries over next 10 years because of coronavirus impact
SEATTLE — Boeing projects that the global coronavirus pandemic will result in 11% fewer new jets being delivered in the next decade compared to previous forecasts.That’s about 2,200 fewer large aircraft built by all manufacturers, or 220 fewer per year on average. Those are mostly projected to be Airbus and Boeing jets but also include smaller regional jets and some built by up-and-coming competition in China.The projection, part of Boeing’s annual 20-year forecast of total commercial jet industry demand, indicates the severity of the downturn in the aviation business, the challenges still ahe...
The Seattle Times
Boeing makes it official: Washington state will lose 787 production next year
Boeing told employees Thursday morning it will consolidate 787 Dreamliner production in South Carolina, abandoning the original final assembly line in Everett.The formal announcement that Washington state loses the airplane it worked so hard to secure 17 years ago was no surprise, after the news broke Tuesday.In a message to employees, Seattle-based Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal said the move to consolidate the work in North Charleston, S.C., will be done by “mid-2021, according to our best estimate.”As he shared the news, Deal acknowledged that “the 787 is the tremendous success it is to...
The Seattle Times
Boeing will move all production of 787 Dreamliner to South Carolina, report says
A Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal said Boeing is planning to move its production of the 787 Dreamliner exclusively to its South Carolina plant.The massive jetliner has been manufactured at Boeing’s production facilities in North Charleston as well as in Everett, Wash.But during a July 29 call about the company’s earnings, Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun said the airline manufacturer was studying whether to shift all of the production to one of site while dealing a blow to the other facility.Sources told the Wall Street Journal that Boeing has made the decision to consolidate ma...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
NASA, SpaceX pick the wee hours of Halloween for next launch of astronauts to the space station
NASA and SpaceX are planning to launch another crew of astronauts to the International Space Station from Florida on Halloween morning, following a successful round-trip test mission to the ISS with Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley earlier this year.Currently scheduled for 2:40 a.m., the historic launch known as Crew-1 will include four passengers, NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, the first woman to fly on a commercial flight, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.The four of them will lift off from Cape Canaveral inside a Crew Dragon capsule...
Trump ban on 'divisive' and 'anti-American' training for federal contractors has workplace diversity experts worried
Diversity and inclusion training providers are concerned recent strides in corporate America to address racial and gender disparities will take a back seat after President Donald Trump ordered restrictions on racial sensitivity training for federal contractors.Many companies expanded their workplace diversity training programs earlier this year following the civil unrest resulting from George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police in May.The topics of white privilege, systemic racism and unconscious bias have become focal points in those programs, consultants say. Now, they’re the ta...
Jamaica's surging COVID crisis just got help: US donates field hospital
With concerns growing in Jamaica that more people will require hospitalizations amid a worrying surge in coronavirus cases, the Caribbean nation is getting help from the U.S. Southern Command.Adm. Craig Faller, head of the U.S. Southern Command, headquartered in Doral, Florida, arrived in Kingston Thursday to officially hand over a large mobile field hospital for COVID-19 patients. The $753,000 hospital, which can care for 70 patients, will add to Jamaica’s 350-COVID-19 bed capacity.Purchased by Southcom with humanitarian funds, it was transported to the island last week, ahead of Faller’s vis...