SpaceX, Boeing win $900 million to develop spacecraft for human space flight

NASA has awarded Boeing (not to be confused with "Boing Boing," you guys), SpaceX, and a Colorado-based systems integration firm more than a billion in contracts to develop spacecraft capable of carrying astronauts. The Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing gets $460 million. Elon Musk's space transportation startup SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, CA, gets $440 million. And Sierra Nevada Corp. in Colorado gets $212.5 milion. NASA's press release is here.

Above: NASA Astronaut Rex Walheim stands inside the Dragon Crew Engineering Model at SpaceX headquarters, during a day-long review of the Dragon crew vehicle layout. (Photo: SpaceX)

13-day Boeing 747 repaint in under 4 minutes

Manchester-based Vivid Photo Visual created this piece for Boing Boing's aviation friends at Virgin. It shows the remarkable amount of work it takes to repaint a Boeing 747 with new Virgin Atlantic livery. Like any good repaint, preparation takes most of the time. Those enormous stencils must be fun to wrestle with, too! Video link. (via Johnson Banks)