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USAF taps Exosonic to develop supersonic combat training drone

USAF taps Exosonic to develop supersonic combat training drone

The US Air Force has awarded Exosonic a contract to develop a supersonic combat drone concept. The demonstrator vehicle will be used to demonstrate the technologies behind the quiet supersonic concept and to train pilots. The project will, among other things, help the USAF train its fighter pilots for potential future encounters with "near-peer adversaries."

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Tetra Mk-5 single-seat eVTOL is conducting test flights in California

Tetra Mk-5 single-seat eVTOL is conducting test flights in California

A Japanese company called Tetra Aviation is currently working on a single-seat eVTOL aircraft that uses multiple rotors to take off and land vertically. The aircraft is called the Mk-5, and currently, it's conducting flight tests in California. Tetra hopes to begin delivering the aircraft to customers by the end of 2022 and has shared a video of its test flights.

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World View will take passengers to the edge of space using balloons

World View will take passengers to the edge of space using balloons

Another company has stepped into the space tourism market called World View. World View describes itself as the leading stratospheric ballooning company, and it announced an expansion of its services that includes the global launch of an edge-of-space experience. The company calls its offering the most affordable and longest-duration accessible space experience on the planet.

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USAF taps Rolls-Royce to build new engines for classic B-52 bomber

USAF taps Rolls-Royce to build new engines for classic B-52 bomber

The United States Air Force has awarded Rolls-Royce North America with the coveted Commercial Engine Replacement Program (CERP) contract to build the replacement engines for the B-52 bombers. Rolls-Royce beat out competitors like Pratt & Whitney and General Electric, scoring a $2.6 billion contract to build more than 600 engines for the classic aircraft.

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CityAirbus NextGen is the Urban Air Mobility vehicle of the future

CityAirbus NextGen is the Urban Air Mobility vehicle of the future

One of the biggest manufacturers of commercial aircraft in the world is Airbus. The company has revealed its plans for the emerging Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market with a helicopter called CityAirbus. The next generation of the flying vehicle is fully electric and has fixed wings and a V-shaped tail. It's powered by eight electric propellers and is designed to carry up to four passengers.

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F-18 jet engines quietened with new nozzle design

F-18 jet engines quietened with new nozzle design

Jet aircraft are all loud, but few are as loud as the F-18 fighter jet. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati have created a new engine nozzle designed for F-18 fighter planes. According to the team, the new nozzle reduces the sound created by the jet engine without impacting its performance. Researchers tested their new designs on 1/28th scale jet engines inside the UC aeroacoustics laboratory.

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Watch Rolls-Royce’s all-electric plane ace its first test flight

Watch Rolls-Royce’s all-electric plane ace its first test flight

Rolls-Royce's experimental all-electric plane, Spirit of Innovation, has successfully flown for the first time, taking the zero-emissions project one step closer to powering "air taxis" in future. Though the single-propeller aircraft may have relatively classic looks, its powertrain is thoroughly modern.

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NASA tests 4K cockpit screen to replace X-59 supersonic jet’s window

NASA tests 4K cockpit screen to replace X-59 supersonic jet’s window

NASA's X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology aircraft may be futuristic in more ways than one. In addition to offering supersonic travel without the loud booms typical to these aircraft, the X-59 may also swap out the cockpit window in favor of a large 4K display. The screen would overcome the issue presented by the plane's design, which reduces visibility out of a traditional cockpit window.

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NASA Joby eVTOL testing paves way for electric air taxis in cities

NASA Joby eVTOL testing paves way for electric air taxis in cities

NASA revealed in an announcement today that it recently began testing an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, a first for the space agency and a move toward bringing 'air taxis' to big cities. According to NASA, it will conduct its eVTOL tests through September 10, gathering data on the use of these all-electric aircraft as a potential future transportation option.

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Boeing unveils F-15QA fighter jets with advanced next-gen systems

Boeing unveils F-15QA fighter jets with advanced next-gen systems

On Wednesday, Boeing and the US Air Force teamed with the Qatar Emiri Air Force to unveil the F-15QA, a version of the F-15 fighter jet that features advanced technologies, including a digital cockpit made entirely of glass. These fighter jets will be shipped to Qatar for use by its air force in partnership with the US military.

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Wing drones mark two years of deliveries in one Australian town

Wing drones mark two years of deliveries in one Australian town

Wing is a drone company that uses flying drones to deliver packages. The company has announced that September will mark its second anniversary operating in Logan, Australia. Logan is a small town most people outside of Australia have likely never heard of that is a neighbor of Brisbane and home to about 300,000 people.

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Samsung Galaxy A21 fire on a plane: Should you worry? [UPDATE: Comment from airport authority]

Samsung Galaxy A21 fire on a plane: Should you worry? [UPDATE: Comment from airport authority]

A Samsung Galaxy A21 "caught on fire" in the cabin of an airplane that'd landed in Seattle this week. The Alaska Airlines flight took off from New Orleans and landed at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in the evening of August 24, 2021. The smartphone model in question has not had any previously reported incidents of this sort.

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