Recent breakthroughs in scramjet engines could mean two-hour flights from New York to Tokyo. They could also mean missiles capable of striking any continent in a moment's notice. No wonder the race to develop them is as fierce as ever
By Michael BelfiorePosted 12.10.2007 at 2:00 am 6 Comments
by Nick Kaloterakis
See more pictures of the test program in action, launch the gallery here.
The Air Force fast approaches its dream invention:
An airplane wing that radically changes shape midflight
By Jonathon KeatsPosted 07.19.2005 at 6:00 pm 0 Comments
Flying an F-16 fighter jet on a long reconnaissance mission is about as efficient as driving a Formula One racecar to the grocery store. Its swept wings have great maneuverability at high speeds, but to stay aloft for hours at a time, you’d be better off with a slower, straight-wing craft such as the U.S. Air Force’s unmanned reconnaissance vehicle Global Hawk. But what if you need to monitor vast tracts of land and respond at a moment’s notice to enemy activity?
The flying limousines of the future, as envisioned by student designers.
By Eric AdamsPosted 09.16.2002 at 12:49 pm 0 Comments
Aviation experts are brewing an aggressive plan to create a new generation of small planes that would be guided by a computerized flight control network and provide inexpensive air taxi service among the nation's more than 5,000 rural and suburban airports. These planes would have to be cheaper, possess simpler avionics, and fly faster than comparable aircraft available today. Eager to jump-start these revolutionary designs, NASA's Langley Research Center held a student competition. Shown here are the first- and second-place winners in the Technology Innovation category.