Japanese inventor develops flying sphere drone
A Japanese defence researcher has invented a spherical observation drone that can fly down narrow alleys, hover on the spot, take off vertically and bounce along the ground.
Mass tourism threatening Venice lagoon, say ecologists
An Italian environmental group warned on Monday that mass tourism is slowly eroding the Venice lagoon, which it said is also threatened by major real estate development and an inadequate transport network.
VoltAir shows off electricity powered plane concept at Paris Air Show that is slated for 2035
Solar-powered plane's second cross-border flight cut short (Update)
Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse Saturday took off for its second international flight from Brussels for Paris but turned back for the Belgian capital after a series of glitches.
Japanese Ministry of Self-Defense shows off a flying sphere robot (w/ video)
Eurocopter X3: The world's fastest copter
Propeller turbulence may affect marine food webs
A new study by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that turbulence from boat propellers can and does kill large numbers of copepodstiny crustaceans that are an important part of marine food ...
NASA's new ion engine ready for missions in space
(PhysOrg.com) -- A small robotic surveyor arrives to explore a near-Earth asteroid. Another robotic spacecraft is returning to Earth with a pristine comet surface sample. Meanwhile, a robotic explorer is approaching ...
Beaming rockets into space
Space launches have evoked the same image for decades: bright orange flames exploding beneath a rocket as it lifts, hovers and takes off into the sky. But an alternative propulsion system proposed by some ...
Review: iPhone-controlled drone fun but expensive
(AP) -- You can pretty much do anything with your iPhone these days - control your digital video recorder from afar, unlock your car, and now, fly a drone.
New long-range undersea robot goes the distance
Over the past decade, the undersea robots known as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) have become increasingly important in oceanographic research. Today's AUVs fall into two groups: 1) propeller-driven ...
NASA thruster test aids future robotic lander's ability to land safely
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., collaborated with NASAs White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, N.M., and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, Calif., to successfully ...
NASA and ATK successfully test five-segment solid rocket motor (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- With a loud roar and mighty column of flame, NASA and ATK Aerospace Systems successfully completed a two-minute, full-scale test of the largest and most powerful solid rocket motor designed ...
NASA Glenn tests alternative green rocket engine
An extensive series of tests has been completed on a new rocket engine that will use a non-toxic propellant combination at NASA's Glenn Research Center. The reaction control engine that was tested provides 100 pounds of thrust ...