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'Gouty' cockatoo at center of court case

A cockatoo has been made to fly in front of an Austrian judge to try to identify whether it is lopsided in flight and not worth the $16,100 its owner paid for it, media reports. Full story

Swiss team postpones solar plane night flight

Preparations for the world's first solar-powered round-the-world flight hit a major snag Thursday when the Swiss team behind the project was forced to postpone a 24-hour test flight because of an equipment problem. Full story

Shuttle successor succeeds in first test flight

After one aborted countdown, a privately developed rocket that could take on many of the jobs now done by NASA's space shuttles lifted off on a successful orbital flight Friday. Full story

Cosmic Log: Biggest airship gets blown up

Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: The world's biggest airship in existence gets its first full-up inflation test inside a coliseum, opening the way for its first flight test later this year.

NASA test launches rocket escape system

Space.com:  NASA launched a powerful emergency escape system for its new Orion spacecraft on a successful test flight Thursday, even as plans for the crew capsule are still being restructured. Full story

Air Force to launch unmanned space plane

The Air Force is poised to launch an unmanned winged spacecraft resembling a miniature space shuttle this week and it probably won't be a one-time shot. Full story

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NASA puts rocket on launch pad for test flight

NASA delays Nov. shuttle launch for test flight

Reusable rocket plane soars in test flight

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