In testing performed in a simulator, Boeing test pilots recreated the conditions aboard Lion Air Flight 610 when it went down in the Java Sea in October, killing 189 people.The tests showed that the crew of the 737 MAX 8 would have only had 40 seconds to respond to the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System’s (MCAS’s) attempts to correct a stall that wasn’t happening before the aircraft went into an unrecoverable dive, according to a report by The New York Times.While the test pilots were able to correct the issue with the flip of three switches, their training on the systems far exceeded that of the Lion Air crew—and that of the similarly doomed Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which crashed earlier this month.The Lion Air crew was heard on cockpit voice recorders checking flight manuals in an attempt to diagnose what was going on moments before they died.One of the controls—the electric stabilizer trim thumbswitch on the pilot’s control yoke—could temporarily reset MCAS’s control over stabilizers.The Lion Air pilots hit this switch over 24 times, buying them some time—but MCAS’ stall prevention software kicked in afterwards each time because of faulty data coming from the aircraft’s primary angle of attack sensor.
United States Vice President Mike Pence today said that President Donald Trump is directing NASA to commit to sending American astronauts to the moon by 2024.Provided that this is carried out successfully, it will be the first time that people have walked on the moon since Eugene “Gene” Cernan and Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, the crew of Apollo 17, in December 1972.In total, 12 people have walked on the moon between the years 1969 and 1972.“It is the stated policy of this administration and the United States of America to return American astronauts to the moon, within the next five years,” Pence said in a speech delivered in Huntsville, Alabama.“Let me be clear, the first woman and the next man on the moon will both be American astronauts launched by American rockets from American soil.”Pence’s announcement was given at a meeting of the U.S. National Space Council.
Meanwhile American Airlines cancels 90 flights a dayThe Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 that crashed this month, killing all 157 passengers and crew, was actively using Boeing's Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) that is thought to have brought down a similar 737 five months earlier.If the MCAS software detects the aircraft is rising too steeply, it automatically moves the elevators at the back for the aircraft to bring the nose back down.It's thought an angle-of-attack sensor on-board Lion Air flight 610 in October sent faulty signals to MCAS, leading the system to activate and pitch the 737 Max 8 aircraft nose down, and restarting such attempts after pilots repeatedly tried to override it.It eventually crashed into the sea, killing all 189 passengers and crew.It is possible to disable MCAS.
International shipping concerns are worried about a wave of major nautical blazes that have resulted in death and injury among crew as well as damage to ships and cargo running in the hundreds of millions of dollars, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.Per the Journal, major fires at sea have included the loss of the Italian carrier Grande America, which sunk in the Atlantic in the Bay of Biscay with 2,000 cars on board, causing a massive oil slick and necessitating the rescue of dozens of crew members by a British naval frigate.The blaze started on 10 March and ended two days later with the loss of the vessel; afterwards, Porsche was forced to renew production of its limited run of 911 GT2 RS cars, of which four were on board.Le navire présente une inclinaison sur son côté droit qui s’aggrave au fil du temps.Plus d'information : https://t.co/GFt6RNXscl @SGMer @MarineNationale @OuestFrance @LeTelegramme @sudouest pic.twitter.com/JYm6n9bhNhIt was the fourth such incident in the last four months, according to the Journal:
It appears North Korean revolutionaries Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD) are indeed selling their “post-liberation blockchain visas.” More than 60 have been distributed so far – and now, there’s even a black market for the Ethereum-based visas.The CCD (also known as “Free Joseon”) is a crew of dissidents intent on overthrowing their dictator, Kim Jong-un.In order to raise funds for the coup, it’s selling 200,000 tokenized visas (G-VISAs) via the Ethereum blockchain, with each one said to allow holders entry to North Korea once it’s been “liberated.”CCD officially began the sale this morning.“We are experiencing unforeseen heavy traffic on servers hosting the G-Visa registration and will delay by 12 hours to 9:00AM KST, 8:00PM EST in order to give the staff time to deploy additional infrastructure.The group is said to be a suspect in last month’s alleged raid on a Pyongyang embassy in Madrid which involved certain items taken and staff members attacked.
The two tragic crashes of Boeing’s best-selling 737 Max planes increasingly look to be caused in part by a malfunctioning automated system—and the pilots’ lack of training around how to deal with it—that was designed to keep the aircraft from stalling out.The final reports aren’t in yet, but the similarities between the crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that together killed 346 people, and the log of complaints from other pilots about the system, all point to trouble with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS.In short, a combination of an unfamiliar, potentially faulty automation system and a crew that was not adequately informed in how to operate or override that system probably led to both crashes, according to preliminary finds.In 2004, the Future Aviation Safety Team (FAST), a group first convened in 1999 by a consortium of international flight regulators and co-chaired by Brian E. Smith of NASA Ames Research Center, published a report on “Increasing Reliance on Flight Deck Automation”—a trend that was already underway.The report termed this “automation surprise,” and it accurately describes what appears to have happened to the pilots attempting to overcome the MCAS system to keep their Boeing Max planes from going down.(‘Automation surprise’ is such a potent and useful term, it’s one that can be applied to how we get confounded and overwhelmed by unfamiliar automated systems more generally.)
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An investigation of the cruise ship that happened to be in distress on the coast of Norway in the weekend starts today.the Police shall take a position on the motorhaveriet will be investigated as a criminal.it is Hoped that the study will show how it came to pass that the ship Viking Sky was hit by engine failure on Saturday.so Far, the police have not been in contact with neither the company, the company, the crew or the passengers. " We have spent the weekend rescue work and all our energy has gone into it.What we do then we take position on Monday, said police chief Ingar Olav Bøen in Møre and Romsdal police district.
Following Boeing’s announcement earlier this month that it planned to release a series of updates to its operational training and 737 Max jets no later than next month, the Wall Street Journal reported that those changes have been “tentatively” greenlit by US Federal Aviation Administration officials, though further checks and ground tests are needed prior to rollout.Citing government sources familiar with the matter, the Journal reported Saturday that an expected software update to Boeing’s Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) feature on 737 Max aircraft will make the anti-stall system “less aggressive and more controllable by pilots.” Per the Journal:The modifications, officials said, create a gentler stall-prevention feature, redesigned so it won’t overpower other cockpit commands or misfire based on faulty readings from a single sensor.It is devised to automatically push the nose down only once—for no longer than 10 seconds—if the aircraft is in danger of stalling and losing lift.Also part of anticipated forthcoming changes is better training for crew operating the planes, which the Journal reported will involve interactive computer courses as well as more information about how the MCAS function works and how to disable it.The changes may arrive in the coming weeks, the paper said.
The International Space Station (ISS) was treated to some new batteries on Friday, thanks to the NASA astronauts who took a spacewalk for nearly seven hours in order to complete the upgrades.This was the first spacewalk for both of the two astronauts, Nick Hague and Anne McClain, who are members of the Expedition 59 crew.They spent a total of six hours and 39 minutes on their mission to replace the older nickel-hydrogen batteries used for the ISS’s power system, starting at 8:01 a.m. EDT.The batteries were replaced with newer lithium-ion batteries which have improved power capacity as well as a smaller size and lighter mass.In order to perform the upgrade, adapter plates had to be installed and electrical connections for three of the six new batteries had to be hooked up.In addition to upgrading the power system, the astronauts also took the opportunity to spruce up the exterior of the space station by removing debris, securing fabric restraints, and documenting the tools available for contingency repairs.
Boeing has delayed its first uncrewed test flight under the NASA Commercial Crew program, at least according to sources claiming to have knowledge of the matter.The delay would be the latest in a long number of setbacks impacting the space agency’s program.In contrast, competitor SpaceX successfully conducted its first uncrewed test flight in early March, putting it a full milestone ahead of Boeing.The NASA Commercial Crew program has tapped two private aerospace companies, Boeing and SpaceX, to develop crewed spacecraft systems for transporting astronauts to the International Space Station.The resulting vehicles will represent America’s return to manned spaceflight and remove its reliance on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft.However, the program has repeatedly suffered delays, eventually prompting NASA to seek additional seats on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to avoid a possible interruption to its ISS presence.
MillerCoors is suing Anheuser-Busch, alleging that the latter misguided consumers about the makeup of MillerCoors’ products with its recent campaign in the Big Game.Set in the Bud Light “Dilly Dilly” universe, one of Anheuser-Busch’s Super Bowl ads this year featured the Bud Knight arriving at the Miller Lite and Coors castles with a massive barrel of corn syrup, which he claimed had been mistakenly delivered to the Bud Light castle.The Bud Knight and the rest of his medieval crew then venture to their competitors’s castles, who both confirm that yes, they brew their respective beers with corn syrup.The spot set off a beer battle of sorts.MillerCoors ran a full-page ad in the New York Times addressing the spot within days of the Big Game.(It also drew ire from other sectors: One of the vice presidents of the National Corn Growers Association, Kevin Ross, shared a video of himself pouring Bud Light down the drain.)
“Weather Rescue” sounds like it could be a Baywatch-style TV show about the adventures of an emergency response team.The UK Met Office has an incredible trove of historical weather data in its archives that is trapped on paper.The collection goes all the way back to 1860 and includes the first weather forecasts coordinated by Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy—the same Robert FitzRoy who captained the HMS Beagle on Charles Darwin’s historic trip.After a storm sunk 200 ships off the coast of Wales (including the Royal Charter and its crew of 450), FitzRoy set about creating a network of UK weather stations that could telegraph daily observations to him in London.After some of the fishermen who ignored this new-fangled sorcery sank in the storm, the forecasts encountered an increasingly attentive audience.The Weather Rescue project uses volunteers—a group you could join by visiting the website—to read the scanned paper records of the daily measurements from the network Fitzroy created, which span a century.
Ford has announced that the 2019 F-150 truck has earned top ratings in every category for IIHS vehicle crash standards.The truck scored the best among all light-duty crew cab pickups in the IIHS small overlap front crash test for both driver and passengers.The F-150 earned a “good” rating in all categories, which is the top rating.IIHS has tested eleven trucks and ford was the best performer in all the tests.Ford is particularly proud of the test results for the challenging small overlap front crash test.Specifically for this test, Ford created several innovations.
But he did get a $50 cheque, a piece of acrylic and a fuzzy glow that lasted for yearsOn Call Reading On Call, El Reg's weekly instalment of readers' tale of support triumphs large and small, is the best way to start your Friday.This reader, who we'll call "Simon", shared what is either a cautionary tale for those considering speaking truth to power or a celebratory tale of getting one over on the people who think they're better than you.This was at a time, Simon said, "when my beard was dark, DOS was king, and Sun Microsystems was still a thing".He worked as desktop support for one of the tech giants in Silicon Valley."They would bounce us around the campus, except for the 'A-Team' that worked in the HQ building – they were the manager's favourites, and supposed to be the best techs on the crew."
The two crashed Boeing airplanes may have lacked safety features that were only available as expensive add-ons, according to The New York Times.Airlines like Indonesia’s Lion Air skimped on the upgrades, hampering crew members who were trying to pull the plane out of its fatal nose dive.Last October, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed in Indonesia, killing all 189 passengers and crew members on board.Five months later, on March 10th, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, and all 157 people on the plane were killed.Both plane crashes involved the Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner, a popular airplane that has since been grounded by airline regulators pending further investigation.It’s still not known what led the two planes to crash, but preliminary reports indicate that the Lion Air 610 may have crashed due to a faulty sensor that gave the impression that the plane was stalling.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its latest round of crash-test findings, and the non-profit organization has determined that most pickup trucks lack top-shelf protection for passengers.However, some models definitely perform far better than others.Of 11 crew-cab trucks tested, only the 2019 Ford F-150 earned the top available score of "Good" across all crash tests, yet even it failed to win the organization's coveted "Top Safety Pick" award.Those laurels went solely to the 2019 Honda Ridgeline, the quirky midsize unibody pickup, despite the fact that it only earned a passenger-side score of "Acceptable."The availability of headlights that earn a "Good" rating on the IIHS' tests.The Toyota Tacoma would've managed the same feat as its Honda rival, but it was undone by its illumination.
The crashed Lion Air 737 MAX and the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX aircraft had more in common than aircraft design and the apparently malfunctioning flight system that led to their demises.Both of the planes lacked optional safety features that would have alerted the pilots to problems with their angle of attack (AOA) sensors—the input suspected of causing the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) software to put both aircraft into a fatal dive.The New York Times reports that both vehicles lacked an "AOA disagree" light—a warning light that indicates when the aircraft's two AOA sensors provide different readings—and an angle of attack indicator.Since the MCAS system relied only on one of the aircraft's AOA sensors, the disagree light and AOA indicator would have given the flight crew visible evidence of a sensor failure and prompted them to disable the MCAS.But both of these features were sold by Boeing as expensive add-ons.Boeing downplayed 737 MAX software risks, self-certified much of plane’s safety
Game studio Rovio Entertainment just dropped a trailer for its upcoming iOS game, _Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs_.The clip, which you can watch below, shows how you can catapult your crew of feathered friends into droves of evil pigs, with the game’s visual elements overlaid on top of real-world objects around you, like a table at a cafe.This is Rovio’s second attempt at making an AR-enabled Angry Birds title after it released a demo version for Magic Leap headset last year.Looking at the trailer, I feel that this installment might make the Angry Birds franchise exciting again with the infusion of augmented reality, thanks to Apple’s ARKit.Today, I learned from this Kotaku story that there are a whopping 22 Angry Birds titles.I’ve played and liked some popular ones like the classic Angry Birds, Angry Birds 2, Angry Birds Rio, and Angry Birds Space.
the Pilots on board Lionairplanet Boeing 737 Max 8 tried desperately to understand why the plane dived down, and how they were able to stop it.But time was running out and the plane crashed in the water in Indonesia last fall.There is of an audio recording that people with transparency in the investigation of the crash taken part of, reports Reuters.the Day before the crash, which took 189 people's lives, arose a similar problem, the magazine writes Bloomberg and also refers to sources in the investigation of the crash.A third pilot, who flew with the plane in the cockpit, managed to instruct the others in the crew how they would do in order to get control of the plane again.the Day after, when it crashed, it was a new crew with other pilots on the flight.