Imagine sitting on a flight to Europe and sitting next to you is a woman playing a flight simulator game. You would probably not worry about her actions. It’s a game. Right?
There’s an application “developed by Hugo Teso, a security researcher for a German IT consultant firm, and presented at the Hack In The Box security conference yesterday in Amsterdam, which exploits bugs in both a protocol that sends data to planes and the flight management software used in many commercial flights.”
What this means is that the woman who is “playing” with the flight simulator game might have taken control of your aircraft. She can use this system to modify approximately everything related to the navigation of the plane. In other words…there might be an app to hijack a plane.
- ‘Mayday’ is a Neat Twist on Flight Simulators (toucharcade.com)
Nebula W50 will now be known as the Manatee Nebula
By: Clara Moskowitz
Published: 01/19/2013 09:45 AM EST on SPACE.com
A watery-looking nebula in deep space is being renamed after the sea creature it strongly resembles: a manatee.
The nebula is the leftovers from a star that died in a supernova explosion about 20,000 years ago. Before it died, the giant star puffed out its outer gaseous layers, which now swirl in green-and-blue clouds around the dead hulk of the star, which has collapsed into a black hole.
Known officially as W50, the celestial object is being dubbed the Manatee Nebula by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), during a ceremony today (Jan. 19) at the Florida Manatee Festival in Crystal River, Fla. The NRAO will also unveil a new photo of the nebula taken by the Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope network in New Mexico.
See live Internet stream of this accomplishment delayed by 20 seconds just in case of an accident at: http://www.foxnews.com/science/index.html
Launch has been cancelled due to technical difficulties.
Update: On Sunday October 14, 2012 Felix Baumgartner jumped from the stratosphere. Read more about his achievements below.
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See all 122 pictures taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during their moonwalk in 1969.
‘”Magnificent desolation” was how Buzz Aldrin described the lunar landscape moments before he stepped onto the surface.”
Click below to see the pictures.
- Astronauts, family mourn humble hero Armstrong (cnsnews.com)
This new Airbus 340-600, the largest passenger airplane ever built, was sitting outside its hangar in Toulouse, France without a single hour of airtime.
The flight crew of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) entered the aircraft to conduct pre-delivery tests on the ground, such as engine run-ups.
Prior to delivery to Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi, the ADAT crew taxied the A340-600 to the run-up area.
Then they took all four engines to
takeoff power with a virtually empty aircraft. Not having read the run-up manuals, they had no clue just how light an empty A340-600 really is. The takeoff warning horn was blaring away in the cockpit because they had all 4 engines at full power.
The aircraft computers thought they were trying to take off, but it had not been configured properly for takeoff.
Then one of the ADAT crew decided to pull the circuit breaker on the Ground Proximity Sensor to silence the alarm. This fools the aircraft into thinking it is in the air. The ADAT crew had no idea that this is a safety feature so that pilots don’t land with the brakes on.
The computers automatically released all the brakes and set the aircraft rocketing forward.
Not one member of the seven-man ADAT crew was smart enough to throttle back the engines from their maximun power setting, so the $200 million brand-new aircraft crashed into a blast barrier, totaling it.
The extent of injuries to the crew is unknown due to the news blackout in France and elsewhere, because coverage of the story was deemed insulting to Arabs.
Finally, the photos are starting to leak out.
One French Airbus: $200 million dollars
One ADAT Flight Crew Annual Salary: $300,000 dollars
One unread Operating Manual: $300 dollars
Aircraft meets retaining wall.