'Ford Shield' Looks Like A Next-Generation Hardcore Bedliner

This clip doesn't give us a lot of clues about what makes the "Built Ford Tough Shield" special, but based on the name and these shots my money's on new bedliner tech. Whether it ends up being "effective tool" or "sales gimmick" remains to be seen, but we'll have our eyes open. » 12/19/14 6:00pm 12/19/14 6:00pm

The First 3D-Printed Object In Space Was Just Made On The ISS

If we're going to venture out into space in a serious way, at some point we're going to need to be able to manufacture stuff. Replacement parts, tools based on needs we don't yet know, novelty Pez dispensers, etc. 3D printing is probably the best way to do this, and a major first milestone was reached on Tuesday. » 11/27/14 9:00am 11/27/14 9:00am

Deployable Recorders Can Help Locate Crashed Aircraft

After the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 this March, the biggest hinderance to the investigation has been the lack of data from the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, presumedly submerged with the rest of the wreckage. But now Airbus will implement a solution for future… » 10/08/14 4:45pm 10/08/14 4:45pm

Embrace Of Technology Can Also Be An Airline's PR Nightmare

It was Thursday morning that jetBlue flight 1416 from Long Beach to Austin had an emergency fifteen minutes into the flight and returned to its origin airport. All the while, passengers took photos and filmed videos of the incident. As with any other event, airlines are at the mercy of their passengers, when peril… » 9/21/14 12:00pm 9/21/14 12:00pm

The New Airbus A350 Will Be Ready For All Your Streaming Needs

Honeywell Aerospace and Thales In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity announced today at APEX 2014 that they will provide "the same connectivity experience in-flight as they would have at home or work" by integrating Honeywell's JetWave hardware with Thales' cabin network solutions on the new Airbus A350. » 9/16/14 11:26pm 9/16/14 11:26pm

Now You Can Personalize Your Flying Experience With Just Your Phone

Just announced this morning at the 2014 Airline Passenger Experience Expo in Anaheim, California, Panasonic Avionics Corporation is introducing Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology to its in-flight entertainment systems. This means wallet-free on board purchases for flyers, plus benefits for airlines. » 9/16/14 3:34pm 9/16/14 3:34pm

Here's What Yesterday's Successful Missile Defense Test Really Means

On Sunday, a ground-based interceptor fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base destroyed a mock enemy warhead launched from the Marshall Islands. The Pentagon hailed it as a major success for the troubled national missile defense system, which has cost $40 billion since 2004. But, in truth, it changes little. » 6/23/14 2:34pm 6/23/14 2:34pm