Law of physics governs airplane evolution
Researchers believe they now know why the supersonic trans-Atlantic Concorde aircraft went the way of the dodo—it hit an evolutionary cul-de-sac.
Puffin: the one-person electric aircraft (w/ Video)
USAF vehicle breaks record for hypersonic flight
An experimental aircraft has set a record for hypersonic flight, flying more than 3 minutes at Mach 6 - six times the speed of sound.
Road-worthy plane? Or sky-worthy car?
(PhysOrg.com) -- What began as an MIT student project has evolved into a working prototype of a two-seater airplane that can be quickly converted into a road-worthy car. The car-plane has begun test flights ...
Need it, print it
Imagine being able to design a new aircraft engine part on a computer, and then being able to print it. Not the design the actual part. And not just a lightweight, nonfunctional model, but an actual ...
Airplanes finally go hybrid-electric
An aircraft with a parallel hybrid engine – the first ever to be able to recharge its batteries in flight – has been successfully tested in the UK, an important early step towards cleaner, low-carbon ...
Southampton engineers fly the world's first 'printed' aircraft
Engineers at the University of Southampton have designed and flown the world's first 'printed' aircraft, which could revolutionise the economics of aircraft design.
Experimental Air Force aircraft goes hypersonic
An experimental unmanned aircraft developed for the U.S. Air Force has flown at more than five times the speed of sound in a test off California.
The rocket that thinks it's a jet
(PhysOrg.com) -- A reusable spaceplane that can take off from a conventional aircraft runway, carry over twelve tonnes to orbit and then return to land on the same runway could be less than a decade away thanks ...
CU team's efficient unmanned aircraft jetting toward commercialization
Propulsion by a novel jet engine is the crux of the innovation behind a University of Colorado Boulder-developed aircraft thats accelerating toward commercialization.
Research in aircraft control systems and robotics helps improve flight safety
(PhysOrg.com) -- At first blush, it may not seem like robots and aircraft control systems have anything in common. When you put them together, however, you arrive at the core of Guangjun Liu’s unique research ...
Continuous Descent: Saving Fuel and Reducing Noise for Airliners
(PhysOrg.com) -- Airline passengers arriving in Atlanta on early morning “redeye” flights during the past few months may have noticed something different during their descent to the runway. Instead of ...
Superfast airplanes through super tiny technology
An interdisciplinary team of scientists led by Princeton engineers has been awarded a $3 million grant to study how fuel additives made of tiny particles known as nanocatalysts can help supersonic jets fly ...
Researchers build the world's smallest autopilot for micro aircraft (w/ Video)
Researcher Bart Remes and his team of the Micro Aerial Vehicle Laboratory at the TU Delft faculty of Aerospace Engineering have designed, built and tested the world's smallest open source autopilot for small ...