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Spike Aerospace to Fly Scaled Demonstrator of Supersonic Jet

The supersonic hopeful is planning to fly progressively larger demonstrators as they develop a Mach 1.6 business jet.<p>Spike Aerospace, a Boston-based firm working on a supersonic business jet, recently announced that it will soon begin flight testing an unmanned scaled demonstrator of its planned …

The Air Force Is Sending Its Light Attack Plane Competition to War

Two of the aircraft involved in the service's OA-X light attack plane competition are headed to a war zone.<p>The U.S. Air Force is sending two of the four aircraft involved in its OA-X light attack aircraft competition to the battlefield. The move, likely unprecedented, will allow the service to …

SpaceX Announces 'Big F*cking Rocket' To Take On the Airlines and Carry Humans to Mars

Elon Musk's "BFR" is designed for launching satellites, landing on the moon, and taking humans to Mars. Along the way, he may just come up with a way to travel anywhere on Earth within one hour.<p>Elon Musk has revealed his new grand vision for the colonization of other planets.<p>Musk has been saying …

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Bell's Blackhawk Replacement Turns Its Rotors for the First Time

It's the first military tiltrotor since the V-22 Osprey.<p>A brand new tiltrotor aircraft turned on its engines and twirled its oversized rotors this week. The Bell V-280 Valor is the first new American tiltrotor since the MV-22 Osprey and a candidate to replace the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. First …

DARPA Picks Aerojet Rocketdyne to Build Hypersonic Jet Engine

The turbine-based combined cycle engine will combine elements of a turbojet for low speeds and a dual-mode ramjet and scramjet from supersonic and hypersonic flight.<p><i>(Image: Concept image of Lockheed Martin's planned SR-72 hypersonic strike aircraft to serve as a replacement for the SR-71 Blackbird.)</i><p>…

Could Hypersonic Weapons Make Nuclear War More Likely?

The weapons are designed to give enemies little time to react. That's the problem.<p>A new class of high-tech weapons is under development among the world's major powers, and some observers worry the exact qualities that make them desirable could make wars more likely—particularly nuclear wars. The …

Virgin Galactic Aims to Fly SpaceShipTwo to Space This Year

The spaceflight company is almost ready to fire up the rocket engine on the VSS Unity and fly above the atmosphere.<p>Virgin Galactic has been making steady progress flight testing its new SpaceShipTwo, the VSS Unity. The Unity has now conducted six air-launched glide tests after being dropped from …

Airbus is working on a self-flying taxi, and the prototype could fly as early as 2018

Airbus plans to put a self-flying electric vehicle in the sky next year, with the aim of eventually launching a an automated flying taxi service.<p>The …

By 2022, you could be flying aboard Zunum Aero's hybrid-electric airliner

Fresh Air<p>Two major airlines have taken a startup under their wings in pursuit of cleaner air travel. Boeing and JetBlue were revealed to be backing …

Aviation

Supersonic or Even Hypersonic Flights Could Be Aviation's Next Frontier

For years, Elon Musk has used the analogy of destroying a commercial jet after just one flight to explain his view that rockets must be reusable if …

Boeing just took a major step toward autonomous electric flights

Aeronautics giant Boeing is acquiring Aurora Flight Sciences, a company focused on the development of autonomous electric aircraft. The move confirms …

Aviation

What Will Airplanes Look Like in Ten Years?

Midsize aircraft and electric planes are poised to make big changes in aviation.<p>There are a number of exciting future technologies on the horizon in aviation, from self-flying airliners to VTOL flying taxis. These concepts are still years off, however, as they are just entering early research and …

No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car

CLEARLAKE, Calif. — On a recent afternoon, an aerospace engineer working for a small Silicon Valley company called Kitty Hawk piloted a flying car above a scenic lake about 100 miles north of San Francisco.<p>Kitty Hawk’s flying car, if you insisted on calling it a “car,” looked like something Luke …

A look at China's most exciting hypersonic aerospace programs

The latest scramjets, near-space planes, and super wind tunnels.<p>Hypersonic technology has the potential to revolutionize both military and civilian aerospace, so it's no surprise that China is showing off its program.<p>At the 21st International Space Plane and Hypersonic Systems and Technology in …

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The British airliner that changed the world

When the de Havilland Comet flew into the sky in 1949, it changed aviation for good. BBC Future examines the legacy of a flawed but far-reaching design.<p>On 7 April 1954, Peter Duffey co-piloted the sleek, four-engined de Havilland Comet G-ALYY into Heathrow Airport. It was the last leg of the new …

SpaceX to fly two space tourists around the moon in 2018

Two thrill seekers are paying SpaceX to make a trip around the moon next year.<p>SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced Monday afternoon that the space tourists had already placed a significant deposit for the trip. The travelers will undergo fitness tests and begin training later this year.<p>"Like the Apollo …

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Why tiny electric planes and $25 tickets could be the future of regional air travel

By Amy B Wang<p>, Reporter<p>Imagine taking your next trip of a couple hundred miles. New York City to Boston, for example. Or Houston to Dallas. Tampa to Miami.<p>The obvious choice now might be to drive. But what if you could show up at an airport at one of those cities, bypass security checkpoints, board …

Aviation

More Signs That The U.S. Air Force's A-10 Will Be Operating For A Long Time

An A-10 Thunderbolt II undergoes pre-flight inspections at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. on March 23, 2006. The retirement of the A-10 is being …

Could this be the first nuclear-powered airliner?

A supersonic airliner that flies at three times the speed of sound – and runs on nuclear fusion. Stephen Dowling investigates the challenges of making airliners run on atomic power.<p>It could whisk you from London Heathrow and have you stepping onto the air bridge at New York’s John F Kennedy airport …

A hypersonic commercial plane that goes into space for insanely fast travel

The concept<p>The Paradoxal is a commercial supersonic/hypersonic passenger aircraft concept capable of flying on a sub-orbital parabolic trajectory between distant parts of the globe within hours. It uses a Rotary Ramjet engine as the air-breathing engine and then converts to a rocket to reach a …

Yo Air Force: Don't You Dare Kill Off Our Toughest Warplane

The Air Force wants to kill off the A-10 Thunderbolt II. You can see why: The plane was designed to fight Russians in the Cold War. It's old. It's …

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Secures Customer for New Glenn, Releases Video of Rocket

Blue Origin, billionaire Jeff Bezos' spaceflight company, has secured its first satellite customer for its orbital rocket, named New Glenn. The …

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Airbus reveals a modular, self-piloting flying car concept

Airbus has been talking about its Vahana flying autonomous vehicle project for a while now, but at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, it’s showing off a concept design created in partnership with Italdesign. The demonstration vehicle offers modular functionality, meaning it an operate both on the …

How SpaceX's 2018 Moon Flight Will Work

Photo Credit: SpaceX<p>Slide 1 of 20<p>A return to the moon<p>Nearly 45 years after NASA astronauts last embarked on a lunar mission, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has …

Manned Orbiting Laboratory Declassified: Inside a US Military Space Station

Photo Credit: NRO<p>Slide 1 of 43<p>Meet the Manned Orbiting Laboratory<p>At the peak of the space race – when the Soviet Union was considered a threat, and …

Airbus intends to test autonomous airborne taxis by the end of 2017

Airbus last year formed a division called Urban Air Mobility that is exploring concepts such as a vehicle to transport individuals or a helicopter-style vehicle that can carry multiple riders. The aim would be for people to book the vehicle using an app, similar to car-sharing schemes.<p>"One hundred …

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Dramatic Video of the SpaceX Successful Falcon 9 Rocket Landing

Over the weekend—on Saturday—SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 into space, successfully completing its primary mission of deploying 10 Iridium communication …

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