Saturday Departure Planned For Final Leg Of Its ‘Across America’ Journey
The solar-powered airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will fly to New York for the fifth and last leg of its Across America mission flights on Saturday, July 6. It is the culmination of an epic which began on May 3rd in San Francisco. Piccard and Borschberg have taken turns in the single seat cockpit with stopovers in Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis and Cincinnati.
Unmanned aircraft systems will have a significant impact on Kansas' precision agriculture industry and overall economy, according to elected officials, academics and industry leaders speaking at a UAS flight demonstration at Crisis City in Salina, July 2.
A Spirit Airlines A319 and a skydiving plane came within 1.6 miles of horizontal separation and 400 feet of vertical separation late Monday, forcing the airliner into an emergency descent to avoid a collision.
Has Raised Over $1.5 Million To Launch World's First Crowdfunded Space Telescope
Asteroid mining company Planetary Resource successfully completed its crowdfunding campaign Saturday to launch ARKYD – the world's first public space telescope. Over the course of the 33-day campaign, the company generated support from more than 17,600 backers who pledged $1,505,366 for the cause. This marks the most successful crowdfunding effort for a space project and ranks the ARKYD campaign among the top 25 projects in Kickstarter history.
"As the aerospace industry grows and looks to take on new UAS ventures and industries, there is real potential for this platform to be used responsibly and safely in an industry already booming in Kansas: agriculture." Source: U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS).