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Paul Allen’s Plan: Airplanes as Launching Pads for Rockets

Paul Allen’s Plan: Airplanes as Launching Pads for Rockets | electronics, world issues | Scoop.it

One of the richest men in the world is going to build the biggest airplane ever.

 

And then he is going to use it to launch rockets.

 

Paul G. Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, said Tuesday that he was entering the rocket business with a concept seldom used until now: a plane that can take off the conventional way and then, at 30,000 feet, launch a rocket to orbit, carrying with it satellites, supplies and — eventually — people. The first rocket launching could be as soon as 2016.


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Airbus unveils its 2050 vision for ‘Smarter Skies’

Airbus unveils its 2050 vision for ‘Smarter Skies’ | electronics, world issues | Scoop.it

Global aircraft manufacturer Airbus today releases the latest instalment of the Future by Airbus, its vision for sustainable aviation in 2050 and beyond. For the first time the vision looks beyond aircraft design to how the aircraft is operated both on the ground and in the air in order to meet the expected growth in air travel in a sustainable way.


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American Airlines Issues 11,000 Layoff Notices, Cuts Flight Schedule

American Airlines Issues 11,000 Layoff Notices, Cuts Flight Schedule | electronics, world issues | Scoop.it

American Airlines (AMR) said on Tuesday it has notified more than 11,000 workers they could lose their jobs as part of its bankruptcy reorganization, and said it was cutting flights by one to two percent for the rest of September and October.
The U.S. carrier expects fewer than 40 percent of those it sent notices to, or 4,400 people, will actually be laid off in November and December, spokesman Bruce Hicks said.
The layoff notices were required under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires employees to be informed 60 days before major layoffs or plant closures.

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