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Ben Heck’s Super Glue Gun: The final design

The time has finally come for Ben to put together the 3D-printed and laser-cut components of the Super Glue Gun prototype. While it has been a long and sticky road to completion, and though some features have been cut from the final design, we ha...

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Air Force “light attack” test aircraft crashes on bomb range, killing pilot

Enlarge / An Embraer A-29 Super Tucano similar to the one that crashed. (credit: Embraer / US Air Force) On June 22, an A-29 Super Tucano participating in the US Air Force's Light Attack Experiment (OA-X) program crashed while flying over the Red Rio Bombing Range—part of the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. US Navy Lt. Christopher Carey Short, from Canandaigua, New York, died in the crash. Another pilot ejected and suffered only minor injuries. The Super Tucano, a joint entry into the OA-X program by Brazil's Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corporation, is one of two aircraft designs being tested as part of the second phase of OA-X by pilots attached to the Air Force's 49th Wing at Holloman Air Force Base. The goal of the testing is to determine whether the aircraft matches the Air Force's needs for flying close air support and reconnaissance missions for combat and counterinsurgency in "uncontested environments" (that is, operational areas where the enemy lacks air defenses). Such a niche is currently occupied by the A-10 and other more advanced aircraft. Test flights The flight over the Red Rio range was one of multiple scenario test missions, including close air support, combat search and rescue, and "armed overwatch" (combat reconnaissance). Both the A-29 and the other aircraft being flown in the OA-X tests—the Textron Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine —are turboprop aircraft based on similar versions of Pratt & Whitney's PT6A-68 engine. Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Snag your super early-bird passes for Disrupt Berlin 2018

Der frühe vogel fängt den wurm! Yikes, if we’re trotting out our tortured German to say “the early bird catches the worm,” it can mean only one thing, folks. It’s time for all you European startup fans to go catch super early-bird tickets to TechCrunch  Disrupt Berlin 2018  on November 29-30. Our pricing tiers start at €595 + VAT. The value is real, and your time is limited, so go buy your conference passes today . Berlin’s the perfect city for a Disrupt event. It’s both affordable and an international hub — factors that have contributed to a vibrant and growing tech startup scene. Our Berlin Disrupt events have drawn participants from more than 50 countries across Europe, Asia and beyond. There’s no better place to introduce your pre-Series A startup to the international startup community. But not everyone who goes to Disrupt events goes to launch a business. Whether you’re a marketer, job seeker, founder or investor, you’ll find opportunity waiting for you in these two program-packed days. Take in Startup Battlefield , our premier startup pitch competition, to see which early-stage startup will reign supreme and take home the $50,000 grand prize.

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