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NASA’s stealthy supersonic X-59 just got a schedule change

NASA’s stealthy supersonic X-59 just got a schedule change

NASA has pushed back the maiden flight of its experimental X-59 Quiet SuperSonic aircraft, confirming today that the sound-barrier-breaking jet won't be ready in time for the original 2021 launch plan. Currently in production and assembly, the X-59 will test a cutting-edge engine and body design that could eventually help remedy one of Concorde's most significant problems.

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Flying-V drone aircraft conducts its first successful test flight

Flying-V drone aircraft conducts its first successful test flight

The team of researchers and engineers from TU Delft went to an airbase in Germany over the summer, where they conducted the first real test flight of a scale flight model of an energy-efficient aircraft design called the Flying-V. The scale model is three meters wide and weighs 22.5 kilograms. Its test flight occurred at an airbase in Germany with help from a team from Airbus. The test flight's goal was to take off, fly test maneuvers and approaches, and land when the batteries were nearly empty.

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FAA gets serious about protecting airplanes from rogue drones

FAA gets serious about protecting airplanes from rogue drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced a new plan under its Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program that will evaluate new systems and various technologies intended to protect airplanes from drones. According to the agency, it will analyze at least 10 of these systems starting later this year.

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NASA just unboxed its beastly X-59 supersonic jet engine

NASA just unboxed its beastly X-59 supersonic jet engine

NASA's newest engine may not be destined for space, but that doesn't mean it's slow, with the F414-GE-100 promising to help the new supersonic plane hit its record-shattering speeds. Custom-made for the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology airplane, the jet engine will single-handedly be responsible for a whopping 22,000 pounds of thrust.

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DARPA virtual dogfight will include battle between AI and human pilot

DARPA virtual dogfight will include battle between AI and human pilot

DARPA has revealed its plans for the final of three AlphaDogfight Trials, a competition that will -- this time around -- take place entirely online. Anyone will be able to register and stream the competition, giving them a chance to see the latest and greatest artificial intelligence algorithms compete against each other in fighter jets, as well as against a human fighter pilot who will use a simulator.

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Virgin Galactic reveals its Mach 3 jet that’ll fly faster than Concorde

Virgin Galactic reveals its Mach 3 jet that’ll fly faster than Concorde

Virgin Galactic may be busy designing its tourist spacecraft, but that hasn't stopped it from working on more high-speed transportation, in the shape of its new Mach 3 aircraft. Revealed today, the super-fast delta-wing was developed with jet engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, which previously provided the grunt to take Concorde supersonic.

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FAA warns both Boeing 737 engines could shut down after takeoff

FAA warns both Boeing 737 engines could shut down after takeoff

Boeing's 737 is at risk of an engine failure that could potentially leave the jet powerless after takeoff, the FAA has warned airlines, after multiple incidents were observed as previously grounded fleets return to active service. The US Federal Aviation Administration says it has four recent reports of 737-series jets experiencing a stuck valve that, if unchecked, could lead to disastrous results.

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Looks are deceiving with this NASA X-57 all-electric plane

Looks are deceiving with this NASA X-57 all-electric plane

NASA's all-electric X-57 plane may not look like a grand departure from current small aircraft, but the experimental X-plane promises to be something special - assuming it gets past the next stage of testing. The first all-electric model in the X-plane series, the X-57 Maxwell looks much like its Tecnam P2006T donor aircraft for now, but the design is misleading.

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The largest electric plane in the world just aced its first flight

The largest electric plane in the world just aced its first flight

A plane billed as the largest all-electric commercial aircraft has set a new record, taking to the skies for the first time and making a zero-emissions flight. The all-electric Cessna 208B Grand Caravan - known as the eCaravan - took off from a runway in Washington on Thursday and flew for 28 minutes, with its creators suggesting it could fill an important gap in passenger and cargo transportation.

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Boeing 737 MAX production restarts, but will take time to ramp up

Boeing 737 MAX production restarts, but will take time to ramp up

In a brief statement on Wednesday, Boeing said that it has restarted production on its 737 MAX in Washington. This the first time Boeing has worked on producing these jets since it suspended production back in January. The company plans to slowly increase the production of the 737 MAX throughout this year, doing so with an "optimal build environment," Boeing said.

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Boeing Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft takes shape in Australia

Boeing Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft takes shape in Australia

Drones may be their commercial term but unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs have always had its roots in the airforce. The latter kind, of course, isn't meant for recreation or even content creation. Take for example the new UAV that a Boeing-led team has just presented in Australia, billed not just as a testament to Boeing's capabilities in aerospace technology but as well as Australia's first "in-house" aircraft in half a century.

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Airbus and Rolls Royce E-Fan X hybrid plane gets permanently grounded

Airbus and Rolls Royce E-Fan X hybrid plane gets permanently grounded

Airbus and Rolls Royce have shelved their hybrid-electric plane project, announcing that work on the E-Fan X will cease. Started back in 2017, the experimental plane was intended to explore potential ways to reduce traditional jet fuel use, by replacing one of the engines with an electric alternative.

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