“Order for First All-Electric Passenger Airplane Placed by Massachusetts Carrier”: Cape Air recently ordered the Eviation “Alice” battery-powered, 9-seat regional aircraft—pointing toward aviation's e-future. For IEEE Spectrum on July 23, 2019
“Startup Aims to 3D Print Cheaper, Lighter Rockets”: Relativity Space has signed a lease with NASA and plans to test its first 3D-printed rocket in a flight next year. An article for IEEE Spectrum on June 12, 2019
“Can Electric Air Racing Bolster the Quest for the Perfect E-Plane?” Air Race E organizer looks to field inaugural race by late 2020, an article for IEEE Spectrum on May 7, 2019.
“NASA Wants to Place Calls to Deep Space With X-Rays”: The U.S. space program is developing gigabit-per-second deep-space comms. China is on the hunt too. A story for IEEE Spectrum on March 25, 2019.
“Super Stuff”: More than 99 percent air and able to withstand forces thousands of times its weight. A story for Smithsonian Air & Space magazine, June 2018.
"The Future of Flight," a cover story for Delta Sky magazine, July 2016.
UK: Let's Make a Spaceport!, for IEEE Spectrum on July 16, 2014
"The Gravity Probe-B Bailout," a feature article for IEEE Spectrum in Oct. 2008 print issue: Perhaps the most sophisticated satellite ever flown was nearly doomed by a tiny error, and NASA planned to end the experiment. But with a little creative fund-raising, the project may have bought enough time to prove its worth.
This feature story, for IEEE Spectrum magazine (Oct. 2008), provides an insider perspective on a latter day Apollo 13-style success story at NASA, over the troubled satellite Gravity Probe B, one that puts Einstein's theory of General Relativity to experimental test. The relativistic effects GP-B tested required marshaling the latest in cutting edge electronics, cryogenics, nanotechnology and aerospace technologies. All the more challenging, then, when they went awry and mission scientists had to wring the most out of the orbiting craft's faulty instruments without ever leaving the ground.
Postscript: In 2011, the NASA investigators behind GP-B held a press conference announcing that Einstein had once again stood up to experimental challenge. GP-B was a success, and a hard-earned one at that.
* "One Asteroid Can Ruin Your Day," an article for Wired.com on Dec. 14, 2001.