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Washington airspace alert sparks White House lockdown

Nov 27, 2019 - 10:47 AM

The North American Aerospace Defense Command deploys a US Coast Guard helicopter to investigate what appeared to be an unidentified aircraft nearing tightly controlled Washington airspace but found nothing

De Lima wants Senate probe into P178-million loss of PH aerospace agency

Aug 03, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The Commission on Audit has also urged a review of whether the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation should continue to exist at all

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Senator Leila de Lima is escorted by cops as she leaves a Muntinlupa court on March 20, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Boeing reports $2.9 billion loss in Q2, biggest quarterly loss ever

Jul 24, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The loss follows an earlier announcement that Boeing will set aside $4.9 billion after taxes to compensate airlines for canceled flights and the delay in plane deliveries

BOEING. In this file photo taken on March 11, 2019, the Boeing Company logo is seen on a building in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Lufthansa Technik expansion brings PH closer to becoming regional aerospace hub – DTI

Jul 19, 2019 - 6:59 PM

The $40-million expansion project of Lufthansa Technik Philippines in Villamor Air Base is expected to create 300 new jobs

Japan's Hayabusa2 probe makes second touchdown on asteroid

Jul 11, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The touchdown is greeted with cheering and applause in the JAXA mission control room, with officials grinning and shaking hands

TEAM EFFORT. This handout photograph taken and released by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on July 11, 2019 shows researchers and employees celebrating after receiving confirmation of Hayabusa2's touchdown on the asteroid Ryugu. Photo by Yutaka Ijima/ISAS-JAXA/AFP

Japan's asteroid probe Hayabusa2 set for final touchdown

Jul 10, 2019 - 2:20 PM

JAXA says the probe had descended around 5 kilometers and is on track to touchdown Thursday on the Ryugu asteroid, some 300 million kilometers from Earth

HARD AT WORK. This handout photograph taken and released by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on July 10, 2019, shows researchers and employees working at a control room for the Hayabusa2 mission in Sagamihara city, Kanagawa prefecture. Photo by Yutaka Ijima/ISAS-JAXA/AFP

Boeing to give $100 million to 737 MAX crash victims' families, communities

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:14 AM

Boeing says it will work with local governments and non-profit organizations to provide 'hardship and living expenses' and boost economic development in regions affected by the two crashes

CONTROVERSIAL. File photo of a Boeing 737 MAX. Photo from Wikipedia

Japan creates first artificial crater on asteroid

Apr 26, 2019 - 9:32 AM

The Hayabusa2 probe fires an explosive device at the Ryugu asteroid early this month to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material, aiming to reveal more about the origins of life on Earth

This handout photograph received from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft and made available by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on March 6, 2019 shows stone and sand after bullets were fired into the surface to collect data by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft after landing on the asteroid Ryugu. Hayabusa2, the Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid 300 million kilometres from the Earth for clues about the origin of life and the solar system, landed successfully on February 22, scientists said. JAXA / AFP

Boeing puts cost of 737 MAX crisis at $1 billion

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:25 PM

The results are the first since the company entered crisis mode with the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet, which along with an October Lion Air crash claimed 346 lives

Moon shot: Toyota, Japan space agency plan lunar mission

Mar 06, 2019 - 3:17 PM

It will be the car manufacturer's first full-fledged entry into space exploration, after the company jointly developed a small robot sent to the International Space Station

Touchdown: Japan probe Hayabusa2 lands on distant asteroid

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(UPDATED) 'We made a successful touchdown, including firing a bullet' into the Ryugu asteroid, says Yuichi Tsuda, Hayabusa2 project manager

FALCON. An artists rendition of Hayabusa2, or Falcon in Japanese. Photo from Go Miyazaki under CC license

Japan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteors

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:34 PM

A start-up based in Tokyo says it developed the micro-satellite for a celestial show over Hiroshima early next year which it calls a 'shooting stars on demand'

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UT - AUGUST 13: A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above the hoodoos named Thor's Hammer (L) and the Three Sisters (R) early on August 13, 2016 in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. The annual display, known as the Perseid shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth's orbit passing through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Japan delays touchdown of Hayabusa2 probe on asteroid

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency project manager Yuichi Tsuda say they needed more time to prepare the landing as the latest data shows the asteroid surface was more rugged than expected

Artist's impression of Hayabusa-2 probe during a rendezvous with the 1999JU3 asteroid. Image courtesy JAXA

Touchdown! Japan space probe lands new robot on asteroid

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The French-German Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, lands safely on asteroid Ryugu and is in contact with its team

TOUCHDOWN. This photograph received from Hayabusa2 spacecraft and made available by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on October 3, 2018, shows the shadow of Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 (L) over the asteroid Ryugu. Photo from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)'s Hayabusa2 Twitter account

Japan's space robots start asteroid survey

Sep 24, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The rover mission marks the world's first moving, robotic observation of an asteroid surface, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

ASTEROID SURVEY. In this handout photograph taken and released by Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerosapace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on September 21, 2018, researchers and employees work at a control room to operate the Hayabusa2 mission in Sagamihara. Photo by Yutaka Iijima/ISAS-JAXA/AFP

US jets intercept Russian bombers off Alaskan coast

May 13, 2018 - 9:26 AM

The long-range Tupelev Tu-95 bombers are 'intercepted and visually identified' Friday morning by a pair of F-22 Raptors as the Russian aircraft flies just north of Alaska's Aleutian islands

NORAD. The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating 60 years of 'Keeping North America Safe'. Screenshot from the Norad web site

Japanese, U.S. astronauts on spacewalk to fix robotic arm

Feb 16, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The spacewalk is the first for Japanese Aerospace Agency (JAXA) astronaut Norishige Kanai, and the fourth for his US counterpart Mark Vande Hei

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. This NASA image obtained February 2, 2018 shows the International Space Station viewed in silhouette as it transits the moon at roughly five miles per second taken on January 30, 2018 from Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA/AFP

Where's Santa? U.S.-Canadian military command tracking St Nick

Dec 25, 2017 - 7:36 AM

(UPDATED) As it has done every year since 1955, a Canadian and American defense agency is tracking the jolly old man's path around the globe in his reindeer-powered sleigh

SANTA TRACKER. The North American Aerospace Defense Command tracks the route of Santa Claus. Screenshot from

The week in photos: October 14-20, 2017

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:29 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Inflight internet ready to take off

Jun 22, 2017 - 12:21 PM

By 2021 more than 17 000 airliners – or nearly half the global fleet of commercial aircraft – will be equipped for inflight internet according to a recent study by the Euroconsult firm That is close to triple the 6 500 planes equipped in 2016

PH set to acquire Pohang-class corvette from South Korea

Apr 27, 2017 - 3:50 PM

The Philippines will pay a token fee of 100 and shoulder the cost of refurbishing the decommissioned ship

DECOMMISSIONED WARSHIP. The Department of National Defense has written to South Korea to express intent to acquire one of the decommissioned ships of its navy. Photo from Wikicommons

Alphabet drops dream of drones providing internet

Jan 12, 2017 - 1:44 PM

Google s parent company says high altitude balloons may be the more feasible solution

Japan launching 'space junk' collector

Dec 09, 2016 - 10:40 PM

The launch is successful as the satellite was removed from the rocket and put into the planned orbit about 15 minutes after the liftoff JAXA spokesman Nobuyoshi Fujimoto on Tanegashima says

KOUNOTORI. This July 6, 2016 picture shows the HTV6, an unmanned cargo spacecraft, "Kounotori", or "stork" in Japanese, being assembled at the Tanegashima Space Center in Tanegashima island, Kagoshima prefecture. File photo from JAXA / AFP

PH Air Force gets 2 more fighter jets

Dec 01, 2016 - 11:04 PM

The fighter jets are given a water cannon salute at the Clark Airbase in Pampanga

NOW THERE ARE FOUR. Korea Aerospace Industries has delivered 4 of the 12 fighter jets acquired by the Philippine Air Force. PAF photo

10 gov’t firms fail to remit P68B in dividends – COA

Oct 31, 2016 - 7:09 PM

State auditors find that from 2004 to 2014 these GOCCs either did not declare failed to record failed to remit or under remitted their dividends

US relies on industry help to make 'giant leap' to Mars

Oct 11, 2016 - 9:47 PM

UPDATED These missions will teach us how humans can live far from Earth – something we ll need for the long journey to Mars US President Barack Obama says

RED PLANET. This computer-generated image depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater, beginning to catch morning light. NASA/JPL-Caltech

FACT CHECK: FA-50s criticized by Duterte are from S. Korea, not US

Sep 09, 2016 - 9:00 PM

A quick check shows the two FA 50s cited by the President were acquired under the previous administration as part of the military modernization program in the face of China s threat in the disputed South China Sea

BOUGHT FROM KOREA. The FA-50 fighter jets President Rodrigo Duterte referenced in his speech on September 9, 2016, were bought not from the US, but from South Korea. Photo from the Philippine Air Force

Head of CAAP resigns

Aug 29, 2016 - 2:33 PM

CAAP deputy director for operations Jim Sydiongco will act as officer in charge while the government looks for a replacement

RESIGNED. Buendia, who has 43 years of civil aviation experience, was also president of the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation. Logo from CAAP website

Japan satellite made 'surprise' find before failure

Jul 08, 2016 - 5:52 PM

A Japanese satellite that disappeared from contact managed to observe the Perseus galaxy cluster some 250 million light years from Earth with its X ray spectrometer

LOST CONTACT. The pricey ultra-high-tech "Hitomi" – or eye – was launched in February to find X-rays emanating from black holes and galaxy clusters. Photo from JAXA

Airbus presents 3D-printed mini aircraft

Jun 05, 2016 - 4:15 PM

The 46 pound Thor is a test of what s possible with 3D printing technology

The prototype of the 3D printed plane THOR aircraft is pictured at the boot of Airbus at the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) in Schoenefeld near Berlin, on June 01, 2016. The Aerospace Exhibition at Schoenefeld Airport near Berlin takes place from June 1 till 4. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

PH microsatellite Diwata-1 launched into space

Apr 27, 2016 - 2:23 PM

3rd UPDATE Diwata 1 the Philippines first microsatellite is deployed into space to start its mission to be the country s eye in the sky

The microsatellite Diwata-1 being deployed into space. Photo courtesy ESA/Astronaut Tim Peake/Twitter

Manila in 5 minutes? Businessmen turn to air travel to beat traffic jams

Apr 03, 2016 - 8:30 AM

As ground traffic in Manila continues to worsen traveling by helicopter has become an option for businessmen who don t mind the price tag to buy extra time for their business trips

APEC SERVICES. The company was tapped to provide support medical services during last year's APEC summit in Manila. Photo courtesy of Asian Aerospace

One giant leap: PH microsatellite a step closer to launch

Jan 13, 2016 - 4:02 PM

The Philippines Diwata micro satellite is formally handed to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA in preparation for a launch into space by April

HELLO, DIWATA! Diwata 1, the first Filipino-made microsatellite, is surrounded by Filipino and Japanese scientists in this photo during its turnover to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), January 13, 2016. Photo courtesy Department of Science and Technology

Manufacturer of crashed jet in Indonesia to join probe

Dec 22, 2015 - 11:12 AM

The crash of a T 50 Golden Eagle fighter jet during an air show in central Java marked the 3rd crash involving the South Korea developed supersonic training aircraft

SMOKE FROM CRASH. A plane was seen spiraling to the ground, followed by a dark plume of smoke. Photo from Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Aquino leads turnover of brand-new fighter jets

Dec 06, 2015 - 8:57 PM

The assets are assigned to the Air Defense Wing the unit of the Philippine Air Force responsible for territorial defense

CEREMONIAL POURING OF THE CHAMPAGNE. President Benigno Aquino III leads the turn over and blessing ceremonies for the newly arrived FA-50 fighter jets. All photos by the Philippine Air Force.

French aerospace firms eye stronger presence in PH

Jul 06, 2015 - 2:08 PM

2 US construction firms also plan to set up shop in the country Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo says

Meerkat on Android, Trusted Voice for Lollipop, Star Wars | SciTech4u

Apr 22, 2015 - 3:26 PM

Get your theories ready Star Wars fans Han Solo and Chewbacca are back This and more on this week s episode of SciTech4u

The shopping list: Status of PH military's modernization

Dec 23, 2014 - 12:36 PM

2015 is the year of the Philippine Air Force Fighter jets for the West Philippine Sea defense and more air assets are to be delivered

INSPECTION. President Benigno S. Aquino III tours the F-50 on Friday, December 12, 2014, before leaving Korea, at the sidelines of the 25th ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino confirms all 12 FA-50 fighter jets in by 2017

Dec 13, 2014 - 9:27 PM

What the Philippines has at present are very ancient planes like the Nomad which can do 8 9 hour round trips Aquino tells reporters in Busan South Korea

CATCHING UP. The Philippines will have 12 FA-50 fighter jets in 2017. Image from wikipedia

Japan launches rocket carrying asteroid probe

Dec 03, 2014 - 1:39 PM

The H IIA rocket blasts off from Tanegashima Space Center in the south of the country at 1:22 pm local time 0422 GMT after delays due to bad weather

Artist's impression of Hayabusa-2 probe during a rendezvous with the 1999JU3 asteroid. Image courtesy JAXA

Japan again delays launch of asteroid probe

Nov 30, 2014 - 3:18 PM

Japan delays the launch of a space probe for the second time due to forecast of bad weather

France to invest in PH aerospace industry

Nov 10, 2014 - 3:50 PM

The EU country is also keen on exploring more opportunities in infrastructure with several French firms already involved in PPP projects in the Philippines

China completes first mission to moon and back

Nov 01, 2014 - 12:09 PM

Beijing sees its multi billion dollar space program as a marker of its rising global stature and mounting technical expertise

The moon turns red and orange during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Wichita, Kansas, USA, 15 April 2014. Larry W. Smith/EPA

Russian fighters intercepted by US near Alaska

Sep 20, 2014 - 8:43 AM

Although Russian aircraft have entered the zone previously it was the first time in a long time that fighter jets passed through the area says a US defense official

Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Japan space agency unveils asteroid hunting probe

Sep 02, 2014 - 4:01 PM

The probe named Hayabusa 2 is expected to be flung into space on a rocket for a mammoth four year voyage to the unpoetically named 1999JU3 asteroid

Artist's impression of Hayabusa-2 probe during a rendezvous with the 1999JU3 asteroid. Image courtesy JAXA

Fighter jets escort Cuba-bound Canadian jet back to Canada

Aug 28, 2014 - 11:56 AM

Authorities at Pearson International Airport arrested 2 females after flight diverted back to Toronto for disruptive behavior onboard

In this file photo, a Sunwing Boeing 737-800 aircraft approaches Shannon airport in Shannon, Ireland, 20 September 2011. Paul Nelhams/Wikimedia Commons

Coming soon: Military space force

Aug 04, 2014 - 1:08 PM

Japan is planning to launch a military space force by 2019 that would initially be tasked with protecting satellites from dangerous debris orbiting the Earth

An illustration of the extent of space debris orbiting the Earth. Image courtesy NASA

Google buys satellite imaging firm for $500M

Jun 11, 2014 - 6:27 PM

The acquisition aims to improve the Internet giant’s mapping and other geospatial data based services

Japan launches new satellite to survey disasters

May 24, 2014 - 3:32 PM

The satellite will collect data related to deformation of the Earth s crust but also the impact of floods and landslides

JAPAN, Tanegashima : Japan's H-IIA rocket lifts off from the space centre on the southern island of Tanegashima on May 24, 2014. Japan successfully launched a new mapping satellite on May 24 that will be used to survey damage from natural disasters and changes affecting rainforests. Jiji Press JAPAN OUT/AFP