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18 Jun 2019 | 4:27 PM

NASA boss says 'no doubt' SpaceX explosion delays flight programme

LE BOURGET, France (Reuters) - The explosion that destroyed a SpaceX astronaut taxi in April "no doubt" delays NASA's drive to return Americans to the International Space Station from U.S. soil later this year, the U.S. space agency's chief said on Tuesday.

8 Jun 2019 | 1:36 AM

Got $50 million for a vacation? NASA to open space station to private citizens

WASHINGTON/SEATTLE (Reuters) - NASA will allow private citizens to stay at the International Space Station (ISS) for month-long getaways at a cost of about $35,000 per night, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.

5 Apr 2019 | 3:52 AM

Ethiopian crash report highlights sensors, software, leaves questions

ADDIS ABABA/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Faulty sensor readings and multiple automatic commands to push down the nose of a Boeing plane contributed to last month's fatal crash in Ethiopia, leaving the crew struggling to regain control, according to a preliminary accident report.

5 Apr 2019 | 12:41 AM

Boeing says software fix to always allow override of anti-stall system

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing Co said on Thursday that a new software fix for its anti-stall system, at the centre of investigations into two deadly plane crashes, will give pilots the authority to always override the system if activated by faulty sensor data.

3 Apr 2019 | 11:21 PM

Boeing software under scrutiny as Ethiopia prepares crash report

SEATTLE/PARIS/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Boeing anti-stall software forced down the nose of a doomed Ethiopian jet even after pilots had turned it off, sources told Reuters on Wednesday, as investigators scrutinise the role played by technology and crew in the fatal March 10 crash.

23 Mar 2019 | 12:05 AM

Explainer: Change to 737 MAX controls may have imperiled planes, experts say

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Much like tapping the brake pedal in a car to disengage cruise control, a sharp tug on the controls of older models of Boeing Co's 737 used to shut off an automatic trim system that keeps the plane flying level, giving the pilot control.

20 Mar 2019 | 9:58 AM

Boeing reshuffles top engineers amid 737 MAX crisis

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing Co's commercial airplane division, facing its biggest crisis in years following deadly crashes of its flagship 737 MAX aircraft, has brought in a new vice president of engineering while dedicating another top executive to the aircraft investigations, a company email showed on Tuesday.

15 Mar 2019 | 6:10 AM

Boeing prepares for MAX 737 jets sitting outside factory as deliveries halted

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing Co confirmed suspension of deliveries of 737 MAX aircraft on Thursday but continues to produce its single-aisle jets at full speed while dealing with the worldwide 737 MAX fleet's grounding following a deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash.

14 Mar 2019 | 1:36 PM

Boeing 737 MAX deliveries in limbo after deadly crash - sources

DUBLIN/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Deliveries of Boeing's best-selling 737 MAX jets were effectively frozen on Wednesday, though production continued, after the United States joined a global grounding of the narrowbody model over safety concerns, industry sources said.

12 Mar 2019 | 6:59 AM

Boeing CEO confident in 737 MAX safety after 2nd deadly crash

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing Co's top executive told employees on Monday he was confident in the safety of the U.S. manufacturer's fastest-selling 737 MAX aircraft in the wake of two deadly crashes since October.