Old Gyrocopters Could Be the Funky Flying Cars of the Future

Old Gyrocopters Could Be the Funky Flying Cars of the Future

Jaunt's 21st century gyrocopter uses a free-spinning rotor in forward flight, a wing, and rear-facing propellers—and has been selected as one of six official development aircraft for Uber's flying taxi program.

A Boeing 737 MAX Test Flight Had Its Ups and Downs

A Boeing 737 MAX Test Flight Had Its Ups and Downs

The two MAX jet crashes—on Lion Air in October and Ethiopian Airlines in March, which together killed 346 people—happened just minutes into each flight, while the planes were climbing to their cruising altitude.

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

Late on Thursday night, at a launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas, SpaceX performed the first flight test of its next-generation Starship rocket , which may one day carry humans to Mars.

How Loon's Balloons Find Their Way to Deliver the Internet

How Loon's Balloons Find Their Way to Deliver the Internet

Since Loon spun out of X last summer, the company’s balloons have logged 1 million hours of flight time and found some novel ways to navigate the stratosphere.

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.

What Could Possibly Be Cooler Than RoboBee? RoboBee X-Wing

What Could Possibly Be Cooler Than RoboBee? RoboBee X-Wing

Now, though, RoboBee becomes RoboBee X-Wing, as Harvard researchers have added solar cells and an extra pair of wings, freeing the robot to blast off to a galaxy far, far away.

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.

A Rocket Built by Students Reached Space for the First Time

A Rocket Built by Students Reached Space for the First Time

The USC team is one of several groups of college students across the United States and Europe that have been racing to send a rocket above the Kármán line, the imaginary boundary that separates Earth’s atmosphere and space.

A Stunning Quest to Photograph Australia's 10 Deserts

A Stunning Quest to Photograph Australia's 10 Deserts

When aerial photographer Joshua Smith flew over the Simpson Desert for the first time four years ago, on his way to visit a friend in a remote town, he couldn't stop snapping.

A Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash, Rising Methane Levels, and More News

A Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash, Rising Methane Levels, and More News

A Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash, Rising Methane Levels, and More News. A cruise in a self-driving Tesla turned deadly, the air taxi of the future has taken flight, and climate change is speeding up. A new report on a fatal Tesla crash looks grim.

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.

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.

SpaceX Lands All 3 Boosters of the World's Most Powerful Rocket

SpaceX Lands All 3 Boosters of the World's Most Powerful Rocket

During the Falcon Heavy’s demo flight last year, the center core landed in the water and the resulting explosion damaged the drone ship. Although the Falcon Heavy had flown a demo mission once before, this rocket used new block 5 boosters, which are seven percent more powerful than the ones used for the demo flight.

Are Humans Fit for Space? A ‘Herculean’ Study Says Maybe Not

Are Humans Fit for Space? A ‘Herculean’ Study Says Maybe Not

A human mission to Mars could last as long as three years, and in the laconic tones of the twins study, “genetic, immune system, and metabolic functions are of particular concern given exposure to space radiations, restricted diets … disrupted circadian rhythms, and weightlessness.”.

The Impressionistic Tracings of Airplane Lights at Night

The Impressionistic Tracings of Airplane Lights at Night

Now he photographs airplanes in the middle of winter, when fireflies are hibernating and there's an extra hour of darkness, letting him squeeze in a few more shots before the last flights of the day touch ground.

Watch SpaceX Launch a Falcon Heavy on Its First Real Mission

Watch SpaceX Launch a Falcon Heavy on Its First Real Mission

Indeed, a perusal of the launch manifest for the Delta IV heavy shows that the majority of its flights over the past 15 years have hosted military payloads, and the ability to snag some of these lucrative contracts in the future would represent a major windfall for SpaceX.The Air Force will undoubtedly be paying close attention to the Arabsat launch today, which will help prove that the rocket can safely deliver its sensitive payloads to orbit.

UPS Drones Are Now Moving Blood Samples Over North Carolina

UPS Drones Are Now Moving Blood Samples Over North Carolina

Matternet's drones will conduct about 10 daily flights to start, with more possible if the service takes off. The drones, operating from specially designated pads at each location, will conduct about 10 daily flights to start, with more possible if the service takes off.

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off The blue and white chopper is the testbed for Sikorsky’s Matrix Technology, a suite of systems to boost helicopter safety by reducing pilot workload to the point where the crew can focus on what they need to do rather than how to do it.

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week The crash of Ethiopian Flight 302 outside Addis Ababa has focused the aviation world's attention on the safety of Boeing's 737 MAX jets.

How Investigators Pull Data off a Boeing 737’s Black Boxes

How Investigators Pull Data off a Boeing 737’s Black Boxes

The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder from Ethiopian Flight 302 arrived in Paris on Thursday, where investigators will examine the data that could reveal what brought down the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet.

Boeing Plans to Fix the 737 MAX Jet With a Software Update

Boeing Plans to Fix the 737 MAX Jet With a Software Update

The solution, then, is twofold: Boeing started by warning airlines that the MAX’s angle of attack sensors had malfunctioned before, that such a failure could lead the MCAS to push the plane’s nose down, and that pilots could safely defuse the problem by cutting off the trim system and working the plane manually.

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.

Crashed Ethiopian Air Jet Is Same Model as Lion Air Accident

Crashed Ethiopian Air Jet Is Same Model as Lion Air Accident

Altrendo Travel/Getty Images An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 MAX crashed into the ground Sunday morning after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people aboard.

Boeing Issues Safety Warning After a Fatal 737 MAX Nosedive

Boeing Issues Safety Warning After a Fatal 737 MAX Nosedive

Boeing Issues Safety Warning After a Fatal 737 MAX Nosedive U.S. investigators examine recovered parts of the Lion Air jet that crashed into the sea at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia.

SpaceX Is Sending Its First Crew-Ready Capsule to the ISS

SpaceX Is Sending Its First Crew-Ready Capsule to the ISS

SpaceX says Dragon will carry supplies for the crew currently on the space station, a radiation experiment, and a mannequin similar to the Starman that flew on board the first Falcon Heavy mission.

How Chris Evans Became Twitter's Avatar of Male Decency

How Chris Evans Became Twitter's Avatar of Male Decency

Regina King, making her way onstage to accept an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk , was struggling with her long white dress, so Chris Evans offered her his forearm for stability.

A 'Multicultural Toilet' and Other Innovations to Fix Flying

A 'Multicultural Toilet' and Other Innovations to Fix Flying

Collins Aerospace's M-Flex Duet is a self-service snack bar that can fold out of the way for landing and takeoff. Rockwell Collins Industry supplier Collins Aerospace wants to reclaim the eight feet or more of open space in front of the emergency exit doors on widebody, twin-aisle jets.

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