Why Are the Windows on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner So Much Bigger Than Normal Airplanes?

The windows in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are awesome. You can electronically dim them for five different levels of sunlight and visibility. That’s so much better than the typical airplane window shade option of blinding or blocked out. But the coolest thing about Dreamliner windows are how huge they are, like vertical…

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‘Rocket League’ cars are the new hot wheels

In Rocket League you slam around a Thunderdome-style pitch in hot rally cars while trying to smash a gigantic "rocket ball" into a goal… Basically, it’s the perfect marriage of soccer and demolition derby. Now imagine bringing that into the real world with these new tiny replicas of the digital autos from the hit game itself.

Collectible toys that tie-in to video games are hot, with properties like Activision’s Skylanders, Nintendo’s Amiibo and Disney’s Infinity selling well with consumers.

The initial run of 12 digital racing cars from Rocket League will go on sale this spring, each packaged in a tiny little "rocket ball," which doubles as a soccer ball in the game.

The cute little toy line is based on the Original Minis series from Zag Toys, and some will come with special codes redeemable for in-game cosmetic upgrades for the digital autos. To play with one of these analog toy cars, you’ll just place it on the floor, pull back, and let fly — just like the little cars we all played with as kids.

Check out this gif to see for yourself.

Rocket League mini car

Cute, right? The first Rocket League racers coming to the toy line are named Octane, Dominus, Masamune, Hotshot, Grog, X-Devil, Merc, and Backfire, with four other as yet unnamed variants vying for your dollar. If you’re waiting for even more Rocket League mini car fun, VentureBeat says that Zag is on it.

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Boeing’s Starliner space taxi will have over 600 3D-printed parts

Boeing may have pushed the Starliner’s first trip to the ISS back to 2018, but we’re sure to get more details about the space taxi between now and then. Reuters reports the spacecraft will pack more than 600 3D-printed parts thanks to Boeing’s recent deal with Oxford Performance Materials. Printed with a plastic called PEKK, the parts are expected to perform well under the stress of spaceflight and extreme temperatures.

What’s more, the material offers both weight and cost savings for parts that are typically made out of metal and other plastics. Oxford says PEKK is strong as strong as aluminum, but it weighs "significantly" less. The company says its plastic is also fire and radiation resistant in addition to being able to withstand temperatures that range from minus 300 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Boeing will use the PEKK material for components in a number of areas, including brackets for the propulsion system and parts for the air revitalization system.

Boeing is currently constructing three Starliner capsules under a $4.2 billion contract from NASA. Elon Musk’s SpaceX is also building a space taxi capsule with its $2.6 contract with the US space agency. While Boeing expects to launch a test flight in June 2018 with a manned mission to follow in August, SpaceX also eyes a 2018 launch for its Dragon capsule. Of course, when Boeing sends a Starliner into space, its crew will be outfitted with fancy new spacesuits.

Source: Reuters

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Report: Congressional analysts worry SpaceX engines are prone to cracks

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A draft of a forthcoming GAO report raises concerns about turbopumps in the Falcon 9’s Merlin engines.


A draft of an Congressional report into NASA’s commercial crew program has found technical problems with both SpaceX and Boeing’s efforts to provide transport to the International Space Station. However, according to the Wall Street Journal, the forthcoming report from the US Government Accountability Office focuses most closely on issues with turbopumps in SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

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