In March 2017, junior Brynne Hunt was informed that she got the Blue Origin internship.   “I feel really excited.” said Hunt, “I didn’t really expect to get it and I was really nervous with the whole interview process.”   Many things happen during internships.   “Interns participate in real engineering design projects related to the development and construction of human spaceflight systems.” according to the Blue Origin website. “Working directly with our team, students gain real-life experience that allows them to apply classroom learning to real aerospace challenges.”   Hunt has been no specified on the specifics on her internship due to Blue Origin’s regulations but she was allowed to say the general portion of what she will do[…]

A group of sophomores has created a company called Advanced Flight Modeling Simulation [AFM Simulation] that specializes in the development of aircraft for X-Plane, the same flight simulator used by science teacher Scott McComb’s freshmen during their Flight Test Project. Sophomore Cooper LeComp is the CEO of the company.   “I first started this making our aircraft for X-Plane, and I started with the role of pretty much everything,” said LeComp. “[My role] morphed now to being in charge of the day-to-day operations, getting stuff done, and contacting external resources.”   Cooper also leads the development of the code for each aircraft model.   “There’s some significant development that I do,” said LeComp. “I’m in charge of all the code[…]

On 30 Mar. 2017, SpaceX reused a rocket first stage, the largest bottom portion used to initially launch the payload off the ground. The Falcon 9 lifted off from pad 39 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, with the first stage landing on a barge 8 minutes after launch.   The Falcon 9 rocket launched on 30 March 2017 had been previously flown-lofting the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station on 8 April 2016. Following the landing, the rocket was refurbished and re-tested to ensure the reliability of all systems. The Falcon 9 was then integrated with a new second stage, test fired once more, and then had the SES 10 satellite installed and prepared for launch.   For Junior[…]

RAHS junior Jake Welty has started his own company, Aviation Northwest (ANW), which specializes in reporting on aviation news.   “Aviation Northwest started back in January 2015,” said Welty, “with a few revamps and restructuring of the company, I officially restarted ANW [after a few setbacks] back in January of 2017.”   Welty has always had a strong passion for aviation, and he wanted to be able to share that passion with others and get ahead in his aviation career.   “I’ve always been inspired by business and aviation as well as having a strong passion for aviation photography,” said Welty, “so I just put it all together.”   Welty hopes to expand his company by hiring more people and[…]

In the past month, Boeing had its ups and downs economically. The company is looking forward to some new orders from prospective business partners, and have also dealt with situations involving backlash from the President concerning Air Force One, and with their current buyouts and layoffs of engineers.   Starting on the positive side, Boeing delivered their 500th 787 Dreamliner on 22 Dec. 2016, a remarkable achievement on the company’s part.   “Achieving 500 deliveries – the fastest to 500 for twin aisles – is a great accomplishment, made possible by the hard work and dedication of our employees and global suppliers,” said 787 Program Vice President Mark Jenks.   On 8 Dec. 2016, Boeing announced that the final assembly[…]

While Space-X was conducting an engine test-fire in early September, an explosion obliterated one of their Falcon 9 rockets on the launchpad. The iconic commercial space organization and the private space industry as a whole are beginning to take stock of the long-term ramifications of the accident.   Since the incident, investigators from SpaceX, the FAA, the US Air Force, and experts from other government and private organizations have been working through all possible causes of the explosion which ripped through the second stage of the rocket. In addition, Elon Musk’s space company must reacquire a license from the Federal Aviation Administration before it can conduct a launch again.   “The investigation team has made significant progress on the fault[…]

Late last year the aviation industry decided to put carbon emission restrictions on airliners, this restriction was courtesy of Arnold Franck, the director of air transport for Haiti. Haiti and a few other countries pushed for such a restriction because global warming and other environmental disasters could mean devastation for small countries.   Retired Boeing engineer Benjamin Drinkwater thinks that, while global warming and the effect aircraft have on the environment is very important, a restriction on carbon emissions may lack standing.   “My personal opinion is that global warming is slightly oversold,” said Drinkwater. “Since the beginning of time there have been changes in climate and even now [when] we are coming out of an ice age.”   Raisbeck[…]

New Horizons is flying towards the Kuiper belt after passing Pluto, while the OSIRIS-REx is launched and headed to an asteroid named Bennu.   On 8 Sept. 2016, NASA launched a brand new satellite named OSIRIS-REx, which is currently heading to the asteroid Bennu to collect samples and information about the origin of the solar system. Dante Lauretta, the OSIRIS-REX Principal Investigator at the University of Arizona, has worked for NASA since 2001 and sees exciting prospects for her mission.   “With today’s successful launch, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft embarks on a journey of exploration to Bennu,” said Lauretta. “I can’t wait to see what we will discover.”   OSIRIS-REx will be flying for two years to get to Bennu in[…]

On 1 Sept. 2016, the SpaceX rocket Falcon 9 went up in a blaze of flames. This was a gruesome day that lost a lot of money for SpaceX, and the crash could have long term effects on many other entities such as the RAHS Satellite team.   During the 2017-18 school year, the RAHS Satellite team’s mission is to launch a 3D printed satellite into space, using a SpaceX rocket for their mission. Should this succeed, RAHS will be the first high school to send a satellite into space.   Satellite’s Team Program Manager Eli Mackley was not phased by the SpaceX accident.   “As our planned launch date is still a couple years out it is possible we[…]

1988 marked the first flight of the Boeing 747-400: the workhorse of the 747 family. After flying a total of 61 million miles, the very first 747-400 made its final flight to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. It was  then pulled across the street to the Delta Air Museum with whom it served. Delta News contributor Elizabeth Caminiti published a report on the future of the remaining aircraft in Delta’s 747 family as aircraft technology changes. “As Delta continues to modernize its fleet and improve its Pacific network, the airline plans to retire the remaining twelve 747s in its fleet by 2017,” said Caminiti. “They [will be] replaced with smaller, more fuel-efficient aircraft that will enable the airline to operate[…]

Since April, the Switzerland based aircraft, Solar Impulse has been making its way across the United States as it approaches the Atlantic. Once home, it will become the world’s first around the world flight done by a fully solar powered aircraft. According to a Press Release from Solar Impulse, the aircraft began its journey across the mainland United States after making a stop in Hawaii. “[Solar Impulse] The first solar airplane capable of flying day and night without using a drop of fuel – left Hawaii on 21 April at 6:15 am local time (UTC-10) and landed at the Moffett Airfield on 23 April at 11:44 pm local time (UTC-7),” said Solar Impulse. “[It] completed the first crossing of the[…]