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EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK
Keeping audience analytics in perspective
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
No fault found; Tom Swift
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INTERNATIONAL BEAT
Copters for commuters; the growth of Aussie aerospace

IN BRIEF
Crowdfunding; dust-busting tech; aerospace hacking; bouncing ’bots

ENGINEERING NOTEBOOK
Distorting airflows on purpose
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CONVERSATION
Telescope Maker
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OUT OF THE PAST
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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
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Features

REIMAGINING SATELLITE CONSTRUCTION
Satellite manufacturers are beginning to equip spacecraft with metal parts made on 3-D printers. Someday, those manufactured parts might be assembled into spacecraft by robots operating in clean rooms.
by Debra Werner
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RUSSIA SHOOTS FOR THE MOON
Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, has developed a program that sets the stage for building a permanent base on the moon.
by Anatoly Zak

ANALYSIS: THE MANNED-UNMANNED DEBATE
Planning a future mix of manned and unmanned combat aircraft poses the daunting task of comparing the cost effectiveness of competing airframes.
by Robert Haffa and Anand Datla
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BEYOND THE RD-180
The Air Force is funding research into domestic alternatives to the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine, which has been a mechanically reliable but politically volatile workhorse for U.S. government satellite launches.
by Marc Selinger

GETTING CREATIVE ABOUT AIRLINER TRACKING
Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared a year ago, and aviation authorities say the coming months could be a turning point in the effort to get some kind of airliner tracking system in place quickly, while longer-term technical questions are sorted.
by Debra Werner

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