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May 12, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Boeing gets laser contract, raygun next?

A news release from Boeing today sounds like it came from a video game. The company said it received a $4.2 million contract to develop a 25-kilowatt “high-brightness” laser as part of a larger Pentagon effort to build a high-power, solid-state energy weapon. A Boeing team in Albuquerque will tweak off-the-shelf, industrial lasers used for cutting…


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February 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Microsoft, Boeing, UW engineers tapped by national academy

The National Academy of Engineering today announced that it’s adding 68 new members, including three from the Seattle area. Altogether the academy now has 2,290 members chosen for outstanding contributons to engineering research, practice or education and “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative…


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December 3, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Boeing’s X-37 robotic space shuttle ends maiden voyage

One of the coolest and most mysterious high-tech gadgets around has to be Boeing’s X-37B rocket ship. The robotic mini-space shuttle completed its first flight today after more than a decade of secretive development. Its landing came after more than 220 days in space on an “experimental test mission.” Boeing announced “the successful de-orbit and landing” but…


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