SpaceX’s BFR has Washington connection.

SpaceX is moving full speed ahead with its massive BFR rocket system, capable of ferrying 100 explorers to the Moon or Mars and back. The company has turned to Janicki Industries for testing of the new carbon-fiber fuel tank used in the spacecraft. A pressure test of...

A real wonder down under.

Designed to dive to 13,000 feet to give researchers greater access to the unexplored depths of the world’s oceans, OceanGate is putting the finishing touches to its new submersible, Titan. The five-person sub is the only privately-owned submersible in the world...

Traditional map making in a digital world.

Google Maps doesn’t have anything on John Loacker. His company has been making Washington State maps for more than century now, a craft that has not only stood the test of time, but has also changed with the times. Today, much of the work is done on computers,...

A high-tech tunnel? Hey, it’s Washington!

Finally, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. After years of work and a few setbacks, the new tunnel that cuts under downtown Seattle to connect the southern and northern parts of the city is finally slated to open by the end of the year. Not only is it a...

10,000 and counting!

It took Boeing’s 737 nearly 40 years to hit the magic 5,000 mark in production. It took just another 12 years to build 5,000 more. Boeing employees celebrated this amazing milestone at the Renton factory recently. Turning out 47 Boeing 737s a month, the factory...

A concrete idea for recycling carbon fiber.

Carbon fiber can be found in airplanes, cars and wind turbine blades these days. Unfortunately, about 30% of this miracle material is waste product. Figuring out what to do with much waste carbon fiber has been a problem for the industry, as many of the most popular...

We’re more artsy than New York? Really?

When it comes to being artistic and boasting a rich culture of creativity, Washington State is hard to beat. The other Washington with all its museums took top honors in the U.S. Commerce Department’s annual report on arts and culture economies, but Washington...

The birthplace of the electric bass.

Washington invents a lot of stuff. But some of our inventions are could-haves instead of should-haves. Such is the case with the electric bass guitar. While Fender likes to claim all the fame for inventing the bass guitar, the credit really goes to Paul Tutmarc, a...

Wine industry drinks in its success.

In Washington, wine is as much a family affair as it is a business. There are more than 900 wineries in the state, making it #2 in the U.S. in wine production and a leader in the premium wine category. Wine aficionados can thank families like the Sauers for...
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