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EPS diesel advances

Article | Feb 03, 2016

Engineered Propulsion Systems reports no major issues with its clean-sheet, refined, pre-production Graflight V-8 diesel engine after 100-hours of ground testing. The engine is expected to surpass the 360 horsepower it has already produced in testing.

Racing to catch drones

Article | Jan 13, 2016

Airbus made a bit of a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, displaying a system made to capture and control rogue drones.

Carter pitches copter partners

Article | Jan 07, 2016

Carter Aviation Technologies is seeking joint venture partners to build small-scale versions of the CarterCopter as it talks with manufacturers about producing large machines.

Catch a drone for cash

Article | Dec 09, 2015

MITRE Corp. is offering up to $100,000 to any person or team who devises a way to detect and capture a drone.

Terrafugia takes unmanned turn

Article | Dec 02, 2015

Terrafugia, the Boston-area startup working to build flying cars (or “roadable aircraft”) will soon fly an unmanned version of its latest design.

Long days on Long Wings

Article | Nov 23, 2015

A select group of NASA pilots fly the WB-57, a Cold War holdover that operates (strictly for science) much like the more famous U-2.

Perlan 2, carefully shaken

Article | Nov 11, 2015

The Perlan 2 glider, built to reach the edge of space and unlock secrets of the upper atmosphere, was in California for ground vibration tests.

(Back to) the future aircraft battery

Article | Oct 29, 2015

Electric aircraft will need new batteries to realize their potential, and current research is revisiting the use of elements other than lithium.

Automating aviation

Article | Oct 07, 2015

The skilled aviator's mind will remain the primary safety device on aircraft for years to come.

New diesel engine gets first run

Article | Sep 24, 2015

Engineered Propulsion Systems started a new Graflight V-8 on a test stand near its New Richmond development facility on Sept. 20.

Test flight successful for 'edge of space' sailplane

Article | Sep 23, 2015

A pressurized glider designed to become the highest-flying winged aircraft ever has accomplished a successful first test flight from Roberts Field in Redmond, Oregon.

Preventing drone disaster

Article | Sep 16, 2015

Technology that will allow small drones to operate safely while beyond visual range is beginning to emerge.

The swarm of drones to come

Article | Sep 10, 2015

Thousands of drone enthusiasts (and yes, most embrace the word “drone”) gathered in Las Vegas for a glimpse at what’s to come.

A slow march to supersonic

Article | Aug 25, 2015

A dozen years after Concorde’s final commercial flight, civilians are still waiting for the return of supersonic speed.

A landmark delivery

Article | Jul 30, 2015

July may well prove to be a seminal month in the development of unmanned aircraft.

Drones edge into NAS: 'Sense and avoid' tech tested

Article | Jun 24, 2015

NASA continues to test technology giving large drones capability to detect and avoid other aircraft, and invites pilots to join a meeting of minds.

EPS building and hiring

Article | Jun 09, 2015

Engineered Propulsion Systems is moving forward toward the goal of bringing the first clean-sheet diesel aviation engine to market.

Printed jet passes test

Article | May 13, 2015

GE Aviation built a miniature jet engine with a 3-D printer, and ran it up to 33,000 rpm.

NASA to fly Tecnam twin in research project

Article | Mar 23, 2015

A modified Tecnam P2006T twin-engine airplane has been chosen to move NASA's Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology project from ground runs to flight testing.

Route set for Solar Impulse 2 round-the-world flight

Article | Jan 22, 2015

Twelve years of study, research, design, and testing will culminate in late February or early March when Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) launches on a solar-powered attempt to circumnavigate the world.

Top tech of 2014

Article | Dec 29, 2014

From laser guns to laser defenses, twisting wings and cameras that capture a propeller in action, 2014 was a busy year on the cutting edge.

Diesels on the cusp

Article | Dec 23, 2014

After years of waiting, 2015 may prove to be a very important year in the development of compression-ignition (diesel) aircraft engines.

Daher-Socata spearheads E-Fan project

Article | Dec 15, 2014

Daher-Socata has signed a contract with Airbus Group’s VoltAir subsidiary to design, develop, and certify the electrically powered E-Fan 2.0 aircraft.

Flight made simple

Article | Nov 21, 2014

Among the very first lessons a pilot learns is that a control yoke is not a steering wheel. Research underway in Europe could change that.

Airbus crafts 'disruptive' technology

Article | Nov 19, 2014

An electric two-seater, a glider made to soar above the stratosphere, and a supersonic business jet all have something in common: backing from Airbus.