Tag: NASA

NASA Continues Sonic Boom Research With F-18s

This month, a research program called SonicBAT II (short for Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence), is set to begin to help understand sonic booms and how to reduce the noise associated with supersonic flight. The program is a partnership between NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, Langley Research Center […]

NASA Completes Milestone Toward Quieter Supersonic X-Plane

NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real possibility by completing the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport or QueSST aircraft design. QueSST is the initial design stage of NASA’s planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane, otherwise known as […]

Supersonic X-plane Takes Next Step

NASA has issued a draft request for proposals for development of its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) low-boom flight demonstrator, starting the clock ticking toward first flight of the new X-plane in early 2021. The program calls for the development, building and flight testing of a clean-sheet X-plane that will be used to support the potential […]

The Helmet That Gives Air Force Pilots X-Ray Vision

When Major Will Andreotta began flying for the Air Force in 2006, he had to do a lot of work. He was training on the F-16, a fighter jet first deployed in 1978, and almost everything was analog. “I would tell my wingman to target something, then call over: ‘Confirm your this, because I’m seeing […]

Airbus Offers a Peek at Its Flying Taxi

European aerospace giant Airbus has quietly lifted the curtain on an ambitious Silicon Valley project called Vahana. It’s a pilotless passenger aircraft that aims to someday add a vertical component to your commute. Think of Uber-like air taxis that can beat the traffic on Highway 101 by flying over it. Airbus has shared few details […]

Siemens And Airbus To Push Electric Aviation Engines

Companies want to jointly develop engine prototypes with power classes ranging from a few 100 kilowatts up to 10 and more megawatts, for short, local trips. Siemens and Airbus teamed up today to develop electric and hybrid electric/combustion engines for commercial and private aircraft. The companies said they would amass a joint development team of […]

Richard Branson Backed Startup To Build Next-Gen Supersonic Airplane

A company called Boom Technology Inc. has unveiled plans for a supersonic airplane of the same name, which is being developed as a replacement for Concorde. Boom airplanes are predicted to fly 2.6 times faster than any other aircraft (and faster than Concorde Mach 2.0), and hit speeds of Mach 2.2 or 1,451 miles per […]

NASA: Green Aviation Technology Could Save Industry $255 Billion

A six-year NASA mission to advance green aviation has wrapped up and the results are in: If U.S. airlines embrace certain technologies to reduce fuel burn, noise and air pollution, they could save $255 billion over 25 years. That’s the upshot of the Environmentally Responsible Aviation project that was led out of NASA Langley Research […]

Air Traffic System Update at American’s Charlotte Airport

FAA and NASA will try to fix antiquated air traffic system at American’s Charlotte Hub. Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the second busiest hub for the world’s biggest airline, has been designated as the site for a unique effort by NASA to update the country’s antiquated air traffic management system. NASA’s effort, called ATD2 for airspace […]