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Stratolaunch Roc completes its second successful test flight

Stratolaunch Roc completes its second successful test flight

Stratolaunch is a company that plans to launch hypersonic vehicles not from a runway on the ground but from beneath an airplane soaring high into the Earth's atmosphere. The aircraft that will launch the hypersonic vehicles is called the Stratolaunch Roc, and yesterday the company completed its second-ever test flight of the massive aircraft. The Roc is the largest aircraft ever built.

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USAF Reaper drones will get a big update to deal with new type of threat

USAF Reaper drones will get a big update to deal with new type of threat

The United States Air Force (USAF) has announced plans to update its Reaper drones in a way that makes them more capable against 'near-peer' threats. The plan comes from the USAF's Life Cycle Management Center, specifically its MQ-9 Program Office, which explains that the mission behind the drone platform is 'shifting' from one aimed at addressing extremist groups to one that may need to address near-peer threats.

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Airbus taps Luminar LIDAR for its autonomous aircraft’s eyes

Airbus taps Luminar LIDAR for its autonomous aircraft’s eyes

LIDAR manufacturer Luminar has inked a new deal with Airbus, to provide its laser scanners for Airbus UpNext's next-generation aircraft. The agreement could see Luminar sensors featuring on future VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft, as Airbus explores potential routes to autonomous flight and pilotless airtaxis.

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Software glitch causes Tui aircraft to be involved in a “serious incident”

Software glitch causes Tui aircraft to be involved in a “serious incident”

Tui is a company in the UK that operates commercial airline services. Recently, a flight departing Birmingham airport and heading to Majproca with 187 people on board was in what the Air Accidents Investigation Branch classifies as a "serious incident." The incident wasn't because of a failure of some sort aboard the aircraft or an error made by the pilots in charge.

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Some Boeing 737 MAX grounded again after another fault spotted

Some Boeing 737 MAX grounded again after another fault spotted

The beleaguered Boeing 737 MAX has run into another issue, with the plane-maker recommending that some of tis jets be grounded after identifying more safety problems. A "potential electrical issue" has been blamed for the sudden announcement, which could force some airlines to cancel flights after aircraft are benched.

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Aerion AS3TM is a supersonic passenger aircraft capable of over Mach 4

Aerion AS3TM is a supersonic passenger aircraft capable of over Mach 4

Aerion plans to launch a supersonic business jet for the wealthy in 2027 called the AS2. After the launch of the business jet, the company plans to turn its hand to something meant more for the masses. It's currently planning a supersonic passenger aircraft called the AS3TM that would carry 50 passengers at speeds over Mach 4.

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NASA is testing a new quiet wing designed to mitigate noise pollution from aircraft

NASA is testing a new quiet wing designed to mitigate noise pollution from aircraft

Many people who live close to airports consistently complain about the noise created by aircraft flying around. Researchers at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, completed a round of testing in late January 2021 on a new experimental wing design intended to make aircraft quieter. The improvements involved a new leading-edge wing designed specifically to mitigate noise.

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NASA’s all-electric X-57 Maxwell aircraft is ready for some power

NASA’s all-electric X-57 Maxwell aircraft is ready for some power

NASA has begun the next stage of testing for its all-electric plane, with the X-57 Maxwell another step closer to setting a potential blueprint for zero-emissions aircraft in the future. Designed to demonstrate how commuter aircraft could switch from traditional combustion engines to electric motors instead, the final X-57 Maxwell design is expected to feature 14 propellers.

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Joby Aviation unveils its eVTOL air taxi flight video for the first time

Joby Aviation unveils its eVTOL air taxi flight video for the first time

Joby Aviation certainly isn't a household name today, but that could change the future. Joby is one of the companies trying to bring affordable and efficient air travel to the masses for short distances. Joby has spent more than a decade developing piloted, all-electric vertical takeoff and landing passenger aircraft and has conducted more than 1000 test flights so far.

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Boeing 777 planes in the US, Japan grounded after engine failure

Boeing 777 planes in the US, Japan grounded after engine failure

Boeing's almost cursed 737 MAX is slowly starting to return to service but it seems that the aircraft maker has another headache coming. Fortunately, there were no lives lost before Boeing learned about what could be another faulty component that could have just as deadly consequences if left unchecked. Dozens of Boeing 777 planes have been temporarily put out of service after a flight from Denver had one of its engines failed in a rather dramatic way just after takeoff.

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Terrafugia Transition flying car granted a Light-Sport Airworthiness certificate by the FAA

Terrafugia Transition flying car granted a Light-Sport Airworthiness certificate by the FAA

Terrafugia Inc. announced this week that it reached a milestone in its road to bringing the Transition roadable aircraft to market. The FAA granted Terrafugia a FAA Special Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) airworthiness certificate for the Transition aircraft. The flying car is a combination of two-seat aircraft and an automobile designed to meet both the FAA and NHTSA's safety standards.

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UK government backs the first electric Urban Air Port in the world

UK government backs the first electric Urban Air Port in the world

A "Pop-up" airport and charging hub for future electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, including air taxis and autonomous delivery drones has received backing from the UK government. eVTOL aircraft are expected to be widely used in the future for transporting people and cargo across cities. The new pop up airport is a partnership between Hyundai Motor Group, Coventry City Council, and the UK government.

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