AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets

AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets

AI could allow multiple aircraft to “swarm” together in ways that could change the dynamics of air combat.“One of the things that really stands out is the ability to enable what you would call swarm warfare—rapidly overwhelming opponents,” says Chris Gentile, an ex–Air Force fighter pilot who is a program manager at EpiSci, a military contractor that is developing the technology for the contest, dubbed Air Combat Evolution.

How Planes Keep Flying After an Engine Catches Fire

How Planes Keep Flying After an Engine Catches Fire

It feels like a nightmare scenario for airplane passengers: You take a look out the window in between mini-pretzel bites to see an engine cloaked in flames, shedding pieces of metal mid-flight from 10,000 feet in the air.

A New Air Taxi Model Takes Design Cues From a Far-Flying Bird

A New Air Taxi Model Takes Design Cues From a Far-Flying Bird

Code-named Alia, the electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) airplane is the successor to Ava, a smaller prototype the company used to experiment with propulsion strategies and learn about the tricky aerodynamics of small, electrified, vertical-lift flight.

China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns

China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns

Google's Chrome, too, is adding privacy and security features , like enhanced "safe browsing" designed to warn users about phishing sites, and a password manager that automatically checks your passwords against collections of leaked user credentials.

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

These algorithms, which capture the physics of cloud formation, tropical storms, and polar winds, among other things, are then populated with temperature data from satellites and surface observations to generate a three- or 10-day forecast.

All Aboard Air Koryo, North Korea’s Fleet of Ancient Soviet Planes

All Aboard Air Koryo, North Korea’s Fleet of Ancient Soviet Planes

That said, the Air Koryo fleet is pretty cool in a retro kind of way, and a passionate band of aviation buffs happily spend their days taking joyrides.All told, Mebius has made 24 flights aboard 10 different kinds of aircraft, most of which were all but empty.

A Rest Stop Where Flying Cars Can Recharge

A Rest Stop Where Flying Cars Can Recharge

Clark says the stations can be set up in tight urban spaces, where the 20-foot-high landing platform would help ensure safe approaches and departures for all types of rotorcraft, whether full-sized passenger-carrying air taxis or small delivery drones.

Scientists Chase Snowflakes During the Warmest Winter Ever

Scientists Chase Snowflakes During the Warmest Winter Ever

“One of the main things we are investigating is why some winter storms are very snowy and some are not,” she says.“You can tell by the shape of the snowflake at which temperature and how high in the atmosphere the snow is developing,” says Sova.

In Planes and Trains, Mini-Mops and Fog Machines Battle Coronavirus

In Planes and Trains, Mini-Mops and Fog Machines Battle Coronavirus

“Unless you’re really a super shooter,” says Vicki Stover Hertzberg, “gravity takes over.” Hertzberg, who studies how disease moves through planes at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, says you can confine your wary looks to your immediate neighbors in your row, the one in front of you, and the one behind.

Airbus' Blended Wing Maveric Hits the Skies

Airbus' Blended Wing Maveric Hits the Skies

Airbus launched the design program in 2017, and the Maveric, which is 6.5 feet long with a 10.5-foot wingspan, first took flight last year.The interior of a Maveric-like plane would have fewer window seats but would allow for new seating configurations.

A 747 Set a New Record for Crossing the Atlantic

A 747 Set a New Record for Crossing the Atlantic

It landed at London's Heathrow Airport (LHR) at 4:43 am local time—a crossing time of just 4 hours and 56 minutes, and a new record for subsonic aircraft.

Bell and Hyundai Soar Into the Air Taxi Race

Bell and Hyundai Soar Into the Air Taxi Race

Hyundai’s partnership with Uber, announced formally at CES, will facilitate the carmaker’s transition to aircraft manufacturing, says Nikhil Goel, Uber’s head of product in its aviation efforts.

Elon Musk's ‘Pedo Guy’ Trial, Uber’s Crime Report, and More Car News This Week

Elon Musk's ‘Pedo Guy’ Trial, Uber’s Crime Report, and More Car News This Week

How physics prevented a man in a panic attack from opening an aircraft door in midair .Elon Musk wins his defamation trial , which may have turned on what “pedo guy” means .Researchers say they’ve taught self-driving car software to distinguish between selfish and considerate human drivers in the space of two seconds.

3D Printing Can Keep Aging Air Force Aircraft Flying

3D Printing Can Keep Aging Air Force Aircraft Flying

Every quarter, the military branch sees 10,000 part requests go unfilled, despite its readiness to pay an exorbitant amount of money to replace bits and bobs that once cost pennies—try $10,000 for a toilet seat cover in a C-17 Globemaster III.“We’re gonna have to find better ways to keep old things flying,” says Will Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition technology and logistics.

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

It will also be the centerpiece of SFO’s plan to protect itself from the steady rise of San Francisco Bay. Since the 1980s, SFO has installed a variety of features to protect itself from the risk of flood associated with rising waters, including berms, concrete walls, and the kind of sheet piling construction projects use to keep water out of building sites.

Cirrus' $2 Million Vision Jet Now Lands Itself, No Pilot Needed

Cirrus' $2 Million Vision Jet Now Lands Itself, No Pilot Needed

That red button is easily accessible from both the front seats and the passenger seats behind them, and Safe Return is hardwired into the $2 million Vision Jet’s controls, using autopilot functionality and the small jet’s simplified engine management system to steer the aircraft to a smooth landing and brake to a stop.

Your Brain Cleans Itself, This Jet Lands Itself, and More News

Your Brain Cleans Itself, This Jet Lands Itself, and More News

Brains are cleaning and planes are intervening, but first: a deadly Halloween cartoon .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Scientists now know how sleep cleans toxins from the brain.

The Plan to Boost Drone Batteries With a Teensy Jet Engine

The Plan to Boost Drone Batteries With a Teensy Jet Engine

The smallest of small turbines could power a light business jet or serve as auxiliary power units in larger aircraft, starting the bigger engines and supplying electricity when parked at the gate.

Kitty Hawk’s New Flying Car Promises a (Near) Silent Flight

Kitty Hawk’s New Flying Car Promises a (Near) Silent Flight

Based on the altitude and flight characteristics demonstrated in a short video, Kitty Hawk appears to be relatively far along with the aircraft, compared with other electric vertical-lift aircraft (aka flying car ) efforts, many of which have showed concepts and prototypes but haven’t flown much.

The Air Force's New Rescue Chopper Flies Farther Than Ever

The Air Force's New Rescue Chopper Flies Farther Than Ever

Carrying improvements like seats that swivel between patient-bearing stretchers and enemy-facing machine guns, the Combat Rescue Helicopter could enter service next year. The new Combat Rescue Helicopter, as the Air Force dubs it, comes with a suite of improvements over the HH-60 Pave Hawk it’s replacing, some of them long needed.

The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy

The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy

Sikorsky is pitching the funky, fast S-97 Raider as a replacement for today’s light attack and scout helicopters, via the Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program.

An Aviation Pioneer Goes All In on Electric Planes

An Aviation Pioneer Goes All In on Electric Planes

It has been three years since Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard completed an around-the-world journey in Solar Impulse 2 , the sun-powered plane that could stay aloft for days at a time.

Flying Car Startup Alaka'i Bets Hydrogen Can Outdo Batteries

Flying Car Startup Alaka'i Bets Hydrogen Can Outdo Batteries

New aviation startup Alaka’i says its Skai aircraft will be able to fly for up to four hours and cover 400 miles on a single load of fuel, which can be replenished in 10 minutes at a hydrogen fueling station.

Lilium's 36-Motor Flying Taxi Takes Off for the First Time

Lilium's 36-Motor Flying Taxi Takes Off for the First Time

The aircraft would pitch the fan assemblies vertically for takeoff, then transition them 90 degrees for horizontal flight, with the aerodynamic wing and fuselage providing most of the lift at cruising speed.

Why the Air Force Is Embedding Airmen at Carnegie Mellon

Why the Air Force Is Embedding Airmen at Carnegie Mellon

So Pittsburgh will be one of the places where the Air Force puts a cell of airmen, based on our long partnership with Carnegie Mellon, focused on autonomy and robotics.

How to Land a Plane in 'Non-Normal' Situations

How to Land a Plane in 'Non-Normal' Situations

Now it’s time to navigate a safe flight path (in relation to mountains, storms, air traffic zones, and other aircraft) and communicate with the folks who need to know what you’re doing, or who can help you to achieve a safe outcome.

Boeing 737 Crashes May Make It Harder for Air Taxis to Take Off

Boeing 737 Crashes May Make It Harder for Air Taxis to Take Off

Now, in the wake of the dual MAX 8 crashes, the FAA could be far less eager to sign off on new technologies, agency watchers say.

Stratolaunch, the World's Biggest Airplane, Takes Flight

Stratolaunch, the World's Biggest Airplane, Takes Flight

A company spokesperson could not immediately say when Stratolaunch planned to complete additional flights, and the aircraft will need certification from the Federal Aviation Administration before it can begin to carry rockets and satellites into space.

How Self-Driving Has Changed Since Uber's Crash and More Car News

How Self-Driving Has Changed Since Uber's Crash and More Car News

One year after a self-driving Uber struck and killed an Arizona woman, the industry is taking a more circumspect approach to the tech —including tamping down its predictions about when and where it will show up.

How the FAA Decides When to Ground a Jet Like Boeing’s 737 MAX 8

How the FAA Decides When to Ground a Jet Like Boeing’s 737 MAX 8

“The FAA looks at all of this information and decides, ‘OK, if it’s just likely that there's a significant problem here, it doesn’t matter what the cost to the traveling public is—we have to put safety first and ground this aircraft,’” Balog says.