The Dream Chaser Space Plane Just Successfully Completed A Flight Test

The Dream Chaser Space Plane Just Successfully Completed A Flight Test

00 The spacecraft called Dream Chaser lived up to its name this week, after successfully completing a milestone in its development. The space plane passed a challenging approach and landing test with flying colors. It was dropped from a helicopter and flew back to a landing strip at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Sierra Nevada Corporation, the company behind the spacecraft, said in a tweet after the test, “The Dream Chaser had a beautiful…

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Stratolaunch: The Rocket-Launching Aircraft Longer Than a Football Field Unveiled!

Stratolaunch: The Rocket-Launching Aircraft Longer Than a Football Field Unveiled!

00 Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has rolled out the phenomenal Stratolaunch aircraft, the world’s largest plane by wingspan, to begin its fuel tests, which marks the completion of the initial construction phase. This is a key milestone for the aircraft as it aims to provide convenient, reliable, and routine access to low Earth orbit. Stratolaunch aircraft Weighing at a whopping 500,000 lbs, the aircraft is 385 ft in length making it wider than a National Football…

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Russia Is Making a Super-Heavy Ground-Effect Transportation Vehicle

Russia Is Making a Super-Heavy Ground-Effect Transportation Vehicle

00 Researchers at TsGI are developing a ground effect transportation vehicle to carry Most aircraft that take off do not lift straight into the air once their wheels come off the ground. Instead, for just a moment, they float just barely above the ground. The reason being is to make use of ground effect.  An aircraft flies by generating lift and directing airflow towards the ground. In open space (higher in the atmosphere) the high pressure from…

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Boeing’s Future Blended Wing Body Aircraft Back in the Tunnel

Boeing’s Future Blended Wing Body Aircraft Back in the Tunnel

00     [Image Source: NASA]With NASA’s initiative to provide quieter, greener aircraft for the aerospace industry also comes emerging technologies that enable engineers to through examine the functionality of the aircraft in unprecedented detail.   One of their newest additions to their future fleet includes a futuristic blended wing body (BWB) design. The design in comparison resembles the shape of a diving hawk, however, tends more towards a triangular design. The model is currently…

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Solar Impulse II Successfully Completes Trip Around the World

Solar Impulse II Successfully Completes Trip Around the World

00 Solar Impulse II makes a mark in history by becoming the first solar powered plane to completely circle the Earth. The journey began with a vision in 2004 to write the next chapter in aviation history and make the seemingly impossible a reality. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg dreamt up the idea to fly around the world using only solar power- a world first. “Our ambition for Solar Impulse is for the worlds of exploration…

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The Engineering Behind the Russian KA-52 Attack Helicopter

00 The Russian KA-52 “Alligator” helicopter was designed in the 1990s for the Russian army, and it is currently still in use.  Designing an attack helicopter for some of the world’s top militaries is a little different process than designing a commercial vehicle. The alligator is a 2 seat variant to the Kamov KA-50 “Black Shark” designed in the 1980s. Designed to destroy enemy tanks and armored vehicles, this helicopter has the highest thrust to weight…

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