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Shape-shifting flap takes flight

Article | Nov 17, 2014

Wing flaps that can bend and twist instead of extending and retracting have passed initial flight tests and continue to show significant promise

Lockheed envisions nuclear aircraft

Article | Oct 23, 2014

Aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin stirred the pot with an Oct. 15 announcement that compact fusion could power vehicles, even aircraft, within a decade. Skeptics were quick to speak up, while Lockheed filed for patents and hopes to find partners in government, academia, and industry.

Second crash for science

Article | Oct 06, 2014

High-speed cameras captured minute details like the shearing of the cabin floor as a retired Sea Knight helicopter was dropped 30 feet onto dirt.

Bizjet tests laser turret

Article | Oct 02, 2014

A Falcon 10 donated to the University of Notre Dame has been put to work testing a laser turret for the military.

Satellite closes coverage gaps

Article | Sep 17, 2014

A satellite-based transceiver has shown promise to enable worldwide Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast coverage.

Solar aircraft rounds the clock

Article | Aug 12, 2014

A Boston-area startup led by an aeronautical engineer (and private pilot) is working toward an unmanned, solar-powered aircraft capable of staying aloft for two years.

DeltaHawk flies diesel-powered Cirrus SR20 to Oshkosh

Article | Jul 29, 2014

After six hours of cruise flight from Florida to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, DeltaHawk Diesel Engines' 180-horsepower diesel-powered Cirrus SR20 still had one hour of reserve on board, pilot Nate Zucker said, despite having a 55-knot headwind part of the way.

Airbus Group joins Perlan Project to soar to 90,000 feet

Article | Jul 28, 2014

The Perlan Project announced Airbus Group as a partner in Perlan Mission II, an effort to soar to 90,000 feet and explore the edges of space.

In-flight Charger

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Chip Yates, who set five electric aircraft world records in 2012, now aims to cross the Atlantic on battery power.

Sikorsky aims for smooth ride

Article | Jun 18, 2014

Helicopter engineers are developing new systems with promise to significantly reduce or eliminate main rotor vibration.