Aeronautics

Ion Engines Could Work on Earth too, to Make Silent, Solid-State Aircraft

Ion engines are the best technology for sending spacecraft on long missions. They're not suitable for launching spacecraft against powerful…

7 months ago

Glowing Helicopters on Mars

If the Ingenuity helicopter would fly at night on Mars, its very possible the whirring rotors would create enough static…

8 months ago

Aircraft Could fly at Mach 17 on Shockwaves From Continuous Detonations

Ever felt the need to get somewhere really, really quickly?  Would Mach 17 work?  That’s the speed a new prototype…

1 year ago

Chuck Yeager, the First Man to Break the Sound Barrier has Died. He was 97

On Dec. 7th, 2020, legendary aviator Chuck Yeager died in hospital at the age of 97. He leaves behind a…

2 years ago

What Would a Realistic Space Battle Look Like?

Science fiction space movies can do a poor job of educating people about space. In the movies, hot-shot pilots direct…

2 years ago

This is What an Air-Breathing Electric Thruster’s Intake Would Look Like

Like all other technologies, satellite technology has grown in leaps and bounds in the past couple decades. Satellites can monitor…

2 years ago

NASA Will Be Building a Quiet, Supersonic Aircraft: the X-59

NASA's X-Plane Program has been around for 70 years. Over the course of those decades, the agency has developed a…

3 years ago

X-37B Lands After 780 Days in Orbit Doing ???

The X-37B, the US Air Force's experimental, Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) has come back down to Earth after 780 days.…

3 years ago

NASA Has a New, All-Electric Airplane

NASA's first all-electric aircraft - the X-57 Maxwell - was recently delivered to the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC)…

3 years ago

Airplane Contrails are Contributing to Global Warming Too

To the scientifically uninitiated, it might seem like a frivolous idea: That those slight, wispy clouds that trail behind jet…

3 years ago