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The Space Tourism Race

In a competition reminiscent of the US vs. USSR “space race” of the 1950s and 1960s, “Blue Origin” and “Space X” are vying for future commercial space travel. Blue Origin struck the a blow with the November 23, 2015 launch and touchdown of its latest rocket in Van Horn, Texas. Blue Origin is the brainchild […]

Drones in Disaster Relief

Most recent news about drones centers on their aggressive military use. However, the technology is easily applied to several other arenas, one of which is disaster relief. The most notable application of drones to disaster relief is the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR). Founded by Texas A&M University professor Dr. Robin Murphy prior […]

Drones and Power Companies

Let’s face it: if you eliminate people, you save a lot of time and money. This is a lesson eagerly learned by U. S. utility companies who are itching to use drones for dangerous, time-consuming and expensive work. A futuristic-looking example of utility drones can be seen on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5sVcwBKLeU U. S. electrical companies, for example, […]

More Zero Frills Flying

Just when you thought air travel couldn’t get less comfortable, American Airlines announced in late 2015 that the Company will introduce “no frills” flights in 2016. Deemed an effort to compete with the no frills flights offered by Spirit and Frontier, the move by the world’s biggest air travel company is considered a “tipping point” […]

Some ID’s No Longer OK For Airline Travel

Drivers’ licenses are acceptable identification for many purposes across the United States. However, some uncertain time in 2016, drivers’ licenses from New York, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire and American Samoa will no longer be acceptable ID for commercial airline travel. In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act (Pub.L. 109–13, 119 Stat. 302), imposing certain […]

TSA To Toughen Airport Screening

In late July 2015, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) decided to toughen U. S. airport screening. The Agency recently decided that it is placing too much emphasis on speed to the detriment of security and is taking remedial steps. The terms “TSA” and “speed” might seem mutually exclusive if you’ve traveled on a commercial airline […]

FBI Surveillance Planes

In early June 2015, the Associated Press revealed that the FBI uses a fleet of at least 115 planes listed under at least 13 phony companies in a civilian air force that surveils humans, organizations and cellphone information in the United States. In fact, the FBI’s private air force is merely one of several, including […]

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