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NASA wants to build this cutting-edge, electric-powered airplane
Jun 20, 2016

Along with trying to get us into space, NASA is looking to refocus back on the aeronautical piece of its mandate with a cutting-edge electrical airplane that could prove to be one of the most efficient modes of transportation once it’s built.

NASA launching ambitious research initiative to create new era of X-Planes
Apr 25, 2016

Creating something that changes the game typically involves a certain level of risk, so as NASA looks to kickstart a new generation of experimental aircraft, the space agency is launching a new initiative to rethink the ways we fly.

Why NASA thinks this old school wing design could be the future of flight
Apr 5, 2016

Many early aircraft utilized a truss in the wings to provide extra support (and some small planes still use them), though many modern designs have moved to different wing concepts. Turns out, NASA thinks circling back to that early discovery could be the future of flight.

Have a look at the massive Airlander 10, the world's largest aircraft
Mar 23, 2016

Check out the curvy fuselage on this impressive new Airlander hybrid aircraft!!

DARPA's experimental, vertical takeoff X-Plane looks like a cutting-edge UFO
Mar 7, 2016

It might be a few years until they’re zipping through the sky, but DARPA is developing a radical new X-Plane capable of vertical flight. Oh, and it looks like something straight out of science fiction.

DARPA developing reusable military space plane codenamed XS-1
Mar 2, 2016

With most of the focus on NASA’s development of the Orion crew capsule, it’s worth noting the U.S. government is also looking to create a new reusable space plane in the same vein as the space shuttle — but (hopefully) a whole lot better.

Check out the high-tech, supersonic 'X-plane' NASA wants to build
Mar 1, 2016

We could be looking at the start of a renaissance in super-fast, supersonic jet travel, thanks to a new NASA initiative to potentially build a cutting-edge fleet of “X-planes.”

Take a time-lapse peek at the U-2 Dragon Lady spyplane broken down for inspection
Dec 7, 2015

Watch the top secret U-2 spyplane getting a proper shakedown after a mission.

Watch a Navy SEAL break the world wing suit flight record at 18+ miles
Nov 10, 2015

Wing suits are both extremely dangerous and extremely cool, and a guy just strapped on one of those flying squirrel outfits and flew an astounding 18.2 miles.

Stunning design for vertical launch plane looks like something straight out of science fiction
Sep 2, 2015

We’ve been flying airplanes for more than 100 years, and we’re still waiting for something like the retro future of our dreams. Well, the aviation firm XTI hopes to change that.

Lockheed Martin aims to build new version of 1950s Cold War spy plane U-2
Aug 21, 2015

Researchers at military contractor Lockheed Martin are looking to the past for inspiration about the future of spying. To be specific, they want to make a modern-day version of the 1950s U-2 spy plane, which played a key role in some of the biggest crises of the past few decades.