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NASA’s Supersonic X-59 QueSST Coming Together at Famed Factory

October 10, 2019

In the high desert of California, where some of the most important aircraft in aviation history have been…
Airplane Contrails are Contributing to Global Warming Too

July 3, 2019

To the scientifically uninitiated, it might seem like a frivolous idea: That those slight, wispy clouds that trail…
The Basic Parts of an Airplane and Their Functions

June 24, 2019

The airplane is a unique man-made creation that has allowed us to not only travel traverse ground quicker…
Why seats in airplanes are not lined up with windows? Sometimes it hurts your neck

May 25, 2019

Long flights can be quite boring. However, there are ways to entertain yourself. For example, you could spend…
Sukhoi Su-34 is much bigger than you think – pilots can enjoy some comfort features

May 21, 2019

If you‘re not that into planes, Sukhoi Su-34 may look like an ordinary jet fighter for you. However,…
B-2 Spirit is probably the most advanced airplane in the world, but what comfort features does it have?

May 6, 2019

Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit first flew back in 1989 and it still is the most advanced strategic bomber…
Engineering an accurate, affordable model for turbulence in air and space travel

April 1, 2019

The future of space travel could hinge on the management of tiny swirls of air turbulence. But first,…
Here’s why you crave tomato juice on a plane

December 31, 2018

I’m writing this seated on a plane heading to San Francisco. We’ve been in the air for under…
We Have a Technology to Battle Climate Change. But Should We?

November 29, 2018

If climate change models are correct, humanity is working itself—and dragging the rest of life on Earth with…
Daniel Richardson, left, a mechanical engineer in Sandia National Laboratories’ diagnostic sciences, and Yibin Zhang, a postdoctoral fellow, observe a laser that records measurements in the hypersonic wind tunnel. (Photo by Randy Montoya)
Wind tunnel and lasers provide hypersonic proving ground at Sandia National Laboratories

November 9, 2018

It’s about speed, and Sandia National Laboratories, with a hypersonic wind tunnel and advanced laser diagnostic technology, is…
Why runways aren’t built on hills? Going downhill planes would take off easier!

November 5, 2018

You know that airplanes are able to fly because air quickly moves around the wings, creating a difference…
Can Boeing 747 fly on one engine only? Three dead engines could cause trouble

September 29, 2018

Airliners are incredibly safe. They have been engineered through decades of hard work and are not going down…
The EU Is Developing New Aviation Concepts to Reduce CO2 Emissions

September 16, 2018

The European Union (EU) set what could be seen as a lofty goal. But, if successful, it’ll have…
NASA Technologies Significantly Reduce Aircraft Noise

June 27, 2018

A series of NASA flight tests has successfully demonstrated technologies that achieve a significant reduction in the noise…
Can a big airliner perform an emergency landing on a public highway?

March 29, 2018

Flying has a good reputation in terms of safety – it is one of the safest ways to…
Why seats in most airplanes are blue? It is not a coincidence – blue is chosen for a reason

March 28, 2018

Have you ever noticed that seats in most airplanes are blue? Of course, they are typically a representation…
NASA Armstrong Successfully Flies a New Subscale Aircraft

February 27, 2018

The Subscale Research Lab at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California recently introduced a new addition to…
Why airliners don’t have parachutes for emergency landings?

February 25, 2018

Ultralight planes have quite simple yet effective parachute systems that can be deployed during an emergency. One big…
NASA Tests New Alloy to Fold Wings in Flight

January 20, 2018

NASA has successfully applied a new technology in flight that allows aircraft to fold their wings to different…
NASA, Boeing Testing Synthetic Vision Technologies

November 2, 2017

NASA and Boeing are working together under a new Space Act Agreement to improve flight training and aviation…
Highly Flexible Wings Tested

October 21, 2017

The subscale X-56A is scheduled for a series of research flights in November to prove enabling technology for…
NASA Technology May Reduce Airframe Noise During Landing

October 19, 2017

NASA has concluded a flight test series to investigate technologies that may significantly reduce airframe noise for communities…
Craziest Aircraft Design Ever?

June 29, 2017

This aircraft has been designed by a German company called IAT 21 Innovative Aeronautics. The aircraft essentially consists…
Understanding The Aircraft Spark Plug

May 30, 2017

The mighty Aircraft Spark Plug gets a lot of blame for many things that can go wrong in…
Satellite service boosting special flight operations

April 19, 2017

Thanks to ESA, aircraft are using satcoms to share realtime information with other aircraft and ground stations to…
NASA Runs First-Ever Test of New Jet Engine Tech

December 8, 2016

Car, truck, train and aircraft manufacturers have made great strides in recent years to reduce fuel consumption, resulting…
Wingboard – next generation of extreme sports

October 5, 2016

Have you ever tried wakeboarding and then thought that it is just too boring for you? Well, for…
Singing in the flight lane

September 9, 2016

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen have determined that birds near Berlin’s Tegel airport,…
Students Fly Prototype of Potential Mars Airplane

August 22, 2016

Some interns get coffee. Others might make copies. Not at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, where…
Carbon nanotube “stitches” strengthen composites

August 4, 2016

The newest Airbus and Boeing passenger jets flying today are made primarily from advanced composite materials such as…
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