Japan to resume commercial whaling in 2019, defying decades-old intl moratorium

Following years of “scientific” whaling, Japan’s whalers will resume commercial operations in 2019, according to a government decision. It defies a 1986 international moratorium on hunting endangered species. Tokyo has decided to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC), meaning that Japanese whalers will be able to resume commercial hunting for the first time in over […]

Waymo has launched its commercial self-driving service in Phoenix — and it’s called ‘Waymo One’ (GOOGL)

Waymo has officially launched in commercial self-driving service in Phoenix. The service is called “Waymo One.” It will be opening initially just to early riders who have been testing the service. Waymo drivers will continue to supervise the Chrysler Pacifica minivans as Waymo One is rolled out. Waymo is finally hitting the road for real. […]

NASA takes a tangible step back toward the Moon with commercial program

Enlarge / NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, and Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen, right, are shown with the representatives of the nine US companies that are eligible to bid on NASA delivery services to the lunar surface. (credit: NASA) NASA announced Thursday that it has partnered with nine companies to enable the delivery of small scientific […]

Orkney Islands routes are front-runners for first commercial electric flights

Enlarge / A Britten Norman Islander plane, similar to the kind used in the Orkney Islands to shuttle people short distances. (credit: Britten Norman) Up in the remote northeast of Scotland, residents of the Orkney Islands use small island-hopping aircraft to commute around the archipelago. The longest flight in the area is 15 minutes, traveling […]

Commercial Flights In a 9-Seat Piston-Engine Cessna Launching Next Week at New York’s JFK

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Virgin to use eco-friendly jet fuel on commercial flight this October

Virgin Atlantic is about conduct a real-world test of its greener jet fuel. The airline plans to use LanzaTech’s sustainable fuel for the first time in a commercial flight this October, with a Boeing 747 relying on the low-carbon liquid for a trip from Orlando to London’s Gatwick airport. The journey will both “raise awareness” […]

The theft of an empty plane from Sea-Tac Airport highlights one of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel — airline or airport employees causing mayhem

Associated Press/Elaine Thompson Richard Russell, an airline ground agent at Sea-Tac International Airport, stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane and fatally crashed into a small island on Friday night.  Officials said Saturday that the 29-year-old was a 3.5-year Horizon employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn’t a […]

Here’s what SpaceX must do to win the commercial crew race

SpaceX On Friday, when NASA announced the nine astronauts who would fly aboard the first commercial crew missions, Kathy Lueders sat among the audience clapping. Certainly for the manager of the space agency’s commercial crew program, this was a happy day. But much hard work remains before the flights actually take place, and Lueders knows […]

Powerful new Gatorade commercial reminds the world that Serena Williams is awesome because she ‘plays like a mother’ not because she overcame giving birth

Gatorade Gatorade has released a powerful new commercial featuring Serena Williams on the eve of the 2018 Wimbledon final. Williams is being celebrated for dominating her Wimbledon opponents so soon after giving birth to her daughter and the health complications she went through. The commercial reminds the world that Williams is awesome because she “plays […]

New report suggests commercial crew program likely faces further delays

Enlarge / An artist’s view of the Starliner spacecraft en route to the International Space Station. (credit: Boeing) A new report provides some insight into the challenges that SpaceX and Boeing are facing when it comes to flying commercial crew missions, and it also suggests both companies may be nearly two years away from reaching operational […]