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Solar Race Team Gets Help from a Superforecast

IBM’s forecasting system will assist University of Michigan solar race competitors<p>The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge turns 25 this week, when 50 race teams head across the Australian outback for 1800 miles in solar cars of their own designs beginning October 28. The University of Michigan team …

Boeing has made a metal structure light enough to sit on top of a dandelion

If there were a metal as light as a feather, would you fly in a plane made out of it? Airplane manufacturer Boeing announced last week that it’s working on a new type of metal structure, called a microlattice, so light that it can be displaced with a breath of air.<p>Responding to a curious YouTube …

Engineering

Airbus Wants To Literally Seat Plane Passengers On Top Of Each Other

The future of air travel is cheap misery<p>Forget complaining about not enough legroom on an airliner and be thankful that there’s still headroom. A new patent filed by European aviation giant Airbus takes advantage of that little-used space above where people sit to offer a flying experience that’s …

Someone published thousands of photos of historic US space missions — here are some amazing ones

The 9,200 high-resolution images posted to the Project Apollo Archive were taken during every manned mission to the moon, both on the way there and back.<p>These aren't just photos of the moon's surface either. The entire film reels were uploaded so you can see the blurry outtakes along with some …

Boeing and Lockheed just got $882 million to keep launching satellites

A joint venture between Boeing (BA) and Lockheed Martin (LMT) has won a contract worth $882 million to continue their satellite-launching program for …

Military

How did you get that job: deputy administrator of NASA

<b>Sean O'Kane: Your first job was polishing shoes in front of a department store when you were 15?</b><p>Dava Newman: You’ve definitely done some back work. [<i>Laughs.</i>] Back then I was an aspiring basketball player, and also a little entrepreneur, and frankly thinking about how I could make money to afford …

Space Science

NASA’s new app helps airlines cut flight times and fuel consumption

NASA is<p>sky-testing a new app that could help airlines cut down on flight times and fuel consumption.<p>Virgin America and Alaska Airlines have signed up for a three-year program to use NASA’s Traffic Aware Planner (TAP) app to make “traffic aware strategic aircrew requests (TASAR).” The software is …

Why use a whole plane when you can fly one wing?

Flying wings<p>Sleek. Efficient. Wildly unstable.<p>1946<p>Since the days of the Wright Brothers, aviation engineers have experimented with the concept of a …

Inside NASA's Giant Flying Laboratory

NASA takes a 36-year-old plane to some of the most dangerous skies on Earth, but ex-military pilots say they're careful not to "commit suicide by science."<p>I'm flying in the cockpit of one of the world's largest flying laboratories, looking out at some storm clouds illuminated by the lights of …

Solar Wind

British hydrogen fuel cell pioneer develops cars and iPhones of the future

Apple-linked Intelligent Energy poised for first major commercial deployment of technology in India<p>Intelligent Energy has the technological know-how to power your iPhone for a week without recharging. First however, it must prove it can deliver a more reliable mobile signal to rural Indians.<p>In the …

NASA astronaut captured footage of the northern lights from the International Space Station

Modeling social media maven and astronaut Chris Hadfield, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has been wooing space enthusiasts with tweets of his cosmic adventures. Kelly’s latest is a time-lapse of the aurora borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights, taken just before sunrise from the …

Northern Lights

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NASA tests super-engine that will one day take us to Mars (PHOTO, VIDEO)

NASA has just tested its next-generation, RS-25 super-engine that promises to take humans to Mars. Designed for the agency’s 70-ton Space Launch …

How SpaceX and Boeing plan to keep NASA astronauts safe

The companies must demonstrate that 99.6 percent of their Commercial Crew flights will make it to space<p>Nearly a month after SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket disintegrated en route to the International Space Station, CEO Elon Musk announced what brought the vehicle down: a faulty steel strut, just 2 feet …

Hypersonic spaceplane could fly at 10 times the speed of sound

US research agency Darpa awards Virgin Galactic and two others contracts to investigate how spaceplane could slash cost of putting satellites into space<p>Airbus’s plans for a Mach 4 passenger jet have been left in the slow lane by US researchers’ hopes of building a spaceplane capable of flying at …

How Sci-fi Ships...

<b>The Fastest Ship in the Universe: How Sci-fi Ships Stack Up</b><p>From the Millennium Falcon to the USS Enterprise, science fiction has shown us a vast …

Science Fiction

10 beloved planes that have been retired | CNN Travel

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Electric aircraft prepares to make landmark English Channel flight

Didier Esteyne's groundbreaking cross-Channel journey could herald a new era of electric aviation<p>It is more than 100 years since Louis Bleriot made the first cross Channel flight from Calais to Dover ushering in a new era of aviation.<p>But next week Airbus will take the next giant leap in air travel …

'Wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle' - TransAsia pilot admitted mistake

Cockpit transcript reveals pilot's error, shutting down working engine by mistake, shortly before TransAsia plane crashed in Taiwan in February with the loss of 43 lives<p>The captain of a TransAsia Airways ATR plane that crashed in Taiwan in February, killing 43 people, had switched off the working …

Tunisia beach attack: bodies of eight British victims are flown home

The first bodies to be repatriated after Friday’s massacre arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire in front of family members<p>The bodies of eight Britons killed by a gunman in Friday’s beach attack in Tunisia have been flown back to the UK.<p>In a sombre ceremony, the bodies – the first from the …

Who Will Save This Gloriously Strange One-Eyed Aircraft?

The creator of the Optica pitches the lost spy plane at Paris Air Show<p>No, it's not a prop from a James Bond movie. But the Edgley Optica is undeniably one strange, beautiful bird. First flown in 1979, the British-made aircraft looks like an eyeball stuck on the end of a plane. With a giant ducted …

Boeing 737 MAX gets off the drawing board

Assembly is underway on Boeing's first 737 MAX. Due to enter service in 2017, the new single-aisle airplane promises to deliver reduced operating …

Aviation

Ken Ham Pushes Back Against Christian NASA Astronauts' Claims That Believers Can Accept Evolution; Argues Billions-Years-Old Universe Is 'Incompatible With Bible'

The Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham has responded to separate claims by two former Christian NASA astronauts who said that it's possible …

How To Build A Hovercraft From Styrofoam Plates

Just in time for Marty McFly's arrival in the future<p>If you believe the old Hollywood prophecies, Marty McFly will be hopping out of Doc Brown’s DeLorean on October 21st. And when he gets to the future, he’ll need a hoverboard. You can do your part to prevent a time paradox--just slap together this …

Solar Impulse takes off for six-day, six-night Pacific flight

Zero-fuel, solar-powered plane leaves China for Hawaii on seventh leg of quest to circumnavigate the globe<p>The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has taken off early on Sunday for a six-day, six-night flight over the Pacific Ocean, the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe …

Lightweight High-Energy Liquid Laser (HELLADS) prepared for live fire tests

A high-power laser weapon light enough to be carried by tactical aircraft has moved out of the laboratory and onto the testing ground. General …

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Air Force Wants Airplanes With Laser Cannons By 2022

Gunships and fighters and lasers, oh my<p>According to the Air Force, the future of war in the sky is lasers. Lasers on new jet fighters are a future goal, but there’s lower-hanging fruit in the world of science fiction weapons that the Air Force hopes to reach first: why not mount the lasers on …

These Paper Airplanes Will Blow Your Mind

They fly in circles, flip, twirl, and more<p>John Collins, also known as The Paper Airplane Guy, holds the world record for longest-distance paper airplane flight. Not content with distance, he also folds craft that soar in circles, flip in midair to return to his hand, and stay aloft in the breeze …

Meet the young women trying to revolutionise the way we fly

A team of three female students has come up with an energy-efficient way for aeroplanes to move - one that could change air travel. They tell Radhika Sanghani how it works and what their success can teach young women<p>Studying for a PhD in aerodynamics is essentially a full-time job. But three female …