A Rocket-Catchin' Copter, a Radioactive Russian Cloud, and More News

A Rocket-Catchin' Copter, a Radioactive Russian Cloud, and More News

Rocket Lab. A helicopter may soon catch a rocket, a radioactive cloud from 2017 has been pinned to Russia, and porn made a surprise appearance on a livestream. Rocket Lab. A strange radioactive cloud likely came from Russia.

Catch Rockets With a Helicopter? Yep, That's the Plan

Catch Rockets With a Helicopter? Yep, That's the Plan

Deel says the company plans to use HIAD technology and helicopter recovery to catch the powerful BE-4 engines from its next generation Vulcan Centaur rocket as soon as 2024.So far, SpaceX remains the only rocket company to have successfully recovered and reflown a booster from an orbital rocket.

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.

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.

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Or that after breaking up with self-driving developer Aurora earlier this year, Volkswagen on Friday invested $2.6 billion in Argo AI , with plans to use its tech to launch an autonomous service (likely meaning robo-taxis or trucking, somewhere, sometime).

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.

How Red Bull's Aerobatic Helicopter Flies Wild Stunts Over NYC

How Red Bull's Aerobatic Helicopter Flies Wild Stunts Over NYC

The Red Bull Aerobatic Helicopter is an MBB BO-105, a multipurpose light-twin-engine German model introduced in 1970 and known for a “hingeless” rotor design that gives it high maneuverability, fast climb performance, and the ability to pull some crazy tricks.

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.

Drones Drop Poison Bombs to Fight One Island’s Rat Invasion

Drones Drop Poison Bombs to Fight One Island’s Rat Invasion

On Seymour Norte, officials and conservationists are once again banishing the rats, but the war against invasive species for the purity of the world’s islands has only just begun. Fighting invasive species demands constant vigilance, as the return of rats to Seymour Norte shows.

Boeing’s Flying Taxi Prototype Takes to the Air (Briefly)

Boeing’s Flying Taxi Prototype Takes to the Air (Briefly)

Replace the wheels with heavy-duty helicopter skids, add four buzzing dronelike electric fans to each one, and you’ll have something like Boeing’s prototype flying taxi.

Watch 2 Helicopter Pilots Pull Off A Daring Wildfire Rescue

Watch 2 Helicopter Pilots Pull Off A Daring Wildfire Rescue

But it’s a no-go when you’re on atop a narrow ridge cluttered with bushes with barely enough room for the aircraft, and when you can only get one skid down safely: You can’t rely on the ground to support you.“That means he’s still flying the helicopter,” Brevik says.