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Northrop's F-23 Stealth Fighter: The Plane That Could Have Replaced the F-22

The Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) competition, staged at the end of the Cold War, yielded a pair of remarkable fighter designs. The United States …

Airbus Will Make Flying Taxis a Reality by 2020

Even as self-driving cars become more and more ubiquitous, there’s one problem that Silicon Valley hasn’t solved: the traffic jam. But Airbus Group, …

Autonomous Cars

A New Marketplace For Pilots: Make Money Flying Drones

Last month, in Southern California’s San Bernardino National Forest, a massive wildfire grew thanks to drones. Firefighters, carrying out an aerial attack, had to land because drones were occupying their air space and posed the threat of a midair collision. The three tankers that dispense water …

We finally know why Virgin Galactic's spacecraft disintegrated in mid-air

Pilot error.<p>Investigators blamed the crash on a premature deployment of the craft's "feather" air brakes by the co-pilot, Michael Alsbury, who tragically died in the crash.<p>Pilot Peter Siebold was seriously injured, but survived.<p>Scaled Composites — the company that built SpaceShipTwo— was also …

'Impossible' rocket drive works and could get to Moon in four hours

The British designed EM Drive actually works and would dramatically speed up space travel, scientists have confirmed<p>Interplanetary travel could be a step closer after scientists confirmed that an electromagnetic propulsion drive, which is fast enough to get to the Moon in four hours, actually works.<p>…

Pilot Error is Never Root Cause

<i>Most accidents originate in actions committed by reasonable, rational individuals who were acting to achieve an assigned task in what they perceived</i> …

Solar Impulse 2 ABANDONED until 2016 after suffering battery damage

Solar Impulse 2 ABANDONED until 2016: Round-the-world trip will stay grounded until April after suffering battery damage<p><b>Solar Impulse 2 suffered</b> …

NASA releases mind-blowing flyover video of Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is sending back reams of data after its close Pluto flyby on Tuesday, including new details on what comprises its …

Solar System

Asteroid-mining Company’s 1st Spacecraft Deploys

WASHINGTON — The International Space Station deployed a three-unit cubesat from its satellite dispenser for a 90-day mission meant help an aspiring …

Should we build a village on the Moon?

The new head of the European Space Agency has a plan – for humanity to build a ‘village on the Moon’. Richard Hollingham asks him why.<p>Professor Johann-Dietrich Woerner has been in his new job as Director General of the European Space Agency (Esa) for a week. In charge of a €4.4 billion annual …

With Pluto Encounter a Generation Passes the Torch

Image: iStockphotoThose of us now into retirement age are—among holding other distinctions—the generation that the late Carl Sagan modestly described …

Meet the woman from Mars, Vandi Verma on driving Curiosity rover

Born to an Indian Air Force officer, Vandana ‘Vandi’ Verma darted from one city to another in her childhood. Before she left for Carnegie Mellon …

Associated Press News

2015 July 11 - Geology on Pluto

<b>Geology on Pluto</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ./APL, Southwest Research Inst.<p><b>Explanation:</b> Pluto is coming into focus. As the robotic New …

As New Horizons Speeds Toward Pluto, We Revisit Its Gorgeous Jupiter Pics

Pluto won’t be the only world the New Horizons spacecraft gets a good look at.<p>In 2007, New Horizons caught an angry volcano in the act of exploding. Blasting plumes of material 180 miles into the sky, the volcano is called Tvashtar — and it’s located on Io, one of Jupiter’s four largest …

Solar System

New Horizons: Latest Pluto image offers glimpses of geology

At last! After spending 9.5 years traveling 3 billion miles to reach Pluto,<p>NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has snapped an image of the dwarf planet that bears tantalizing hints of geologic features that will become clearer in the coming days.<p>Until now, little has been known about what the …

With NASA's New Horizons, it's finally Pluto's time to shine

We're all on the cusp of something big.<p>For the first time in history, a spacecraft will be able to see the possible cliffs and crags of Pluto up …

Solar System

Switzerland will send 'giant Pac-Man' into orbit to gobble up space junk and destroy it

A giant Pac-Man-style satellite is to be sent into space to capture and destroy debris orbiting Earth.<p>Space debris pose a huge risk to satellites and …

What’s after Webb? Maybe a 12-meter space telescope

A true Hubble successor will stare at exoplanets, do surveys.<p>NEW YORK—On Monday, a group of astronomers revealed a new report that lays the …

Elon Musk talks Tesla, SpaceX setback

Among the billionaires, tech titans and media moguls who have arrived for the Allen & Co conference in Sun Valley, Elon Musk is a first-time …

Drones to deliver medicine to rural Virginia field hospital

RICHMOND — The sprawling field hospital that springs up in rural southwest Virginia every summer has been called the largest health-care outreach operation of its kind.<p>This year, the event may have another first.<p>Unmanned aerial vehicles — drones — are supposed to deliver medicine to the Wise County …

Magnets Attract: From Deep Space to Your Desktop

<i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. The publication contributed this article to Space.com's</i> Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.<p>I …

How NASA’s “Mohawk Guy” Will Search For Life On Europa

Europa mission planner Bobak Ferdowsi on Star Trek, haircuts, and NASA’s search for life.<p>On August 6, 2012, NASA’s control room was gripped by seven minutes of terror as the Curiosity Rover descended through the Martian atmosphere. In the midst of all the excitement, one young staffer sporting a …

Deep Space Industries shares its sympathies after the SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Failure

Deep Space Industries is saddened by the failure of the SpaceX launch. We are confident the SpaceX team will determine what went wrong, correct the …

How Serious a Setback Is the SpaceX Rocket Explosion?

There are uncountable laws of physics and engineering that govern the launch of a rocket. But there’s one that supersedes them all: Ultimately, stuff …

With SpaceX Rocket Explosion, NASA's Now Had Three Cargo Failures From Three Providers

The astronauts on board the International Space Station have enough food, water and other supplies to last them until the end of October, according to NASA.<p>Hopefully, they don’t need to wait that long, but I’m sure somebody is starting to sweat a little bit about it. After all, today’s failure of …

Elon Musk: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded because of ‘an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank’

Houston, we have a SpaceX problem. Again.<p>The privately held company today attempted to send its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station to deliver cargo from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. But three minutes after launch, the rocket blew up.<p>Just …