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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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Bell helicopter has four small tail fans instead of one big rotor

Bell helicopter has four small tail fans instead of one big rotor

Helicopters have always looked like the scariest way to fly, with not one but two large and menacing rotors spinning at deadly speeds. Although one of them is probably too high to chop your neck off, a helicopter's tail rotor may have caused more deaths than its bigger counterpart. That's why helicopter manufacturer Bell has been working new tail technology that splits a large rotor's job into four smaller and safer enclosed fans.

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Airbus MAVERIC blended wing body plane promises better efficiency

Airbus MAVERIC blended wing body plane promises better efficiency

Unlike their land-roving counterparts, airplanes haven't seen many innovative changes in the past decades. The scandal that continues to rock Boeing may have even the industry back a few years. That's not to say no one is trying to shake things up in radical ways and aerospace company Airbus has just unveiled a working version of its latest concept. Don't expect to ride on this MAVERIC any time soon, though, as there is still plenty of work to be done to bring this scale demo model to life.

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Wind just ruined the Boeing 777X’s majestic first flight

Wind just ruined the Boeing 777X’s majestic first flight

Boeing's brand new 777X failed to make its first test flight today, after inclement weather forced the 777X First Flight to be rescheduled. Strong winds left the plane waiting for several hours at the end of the runway in Everett, Washington on Friday, before Boeing admitted defeat.

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Boeing 737 Max won’t fly again until mid-2020, production halted

Boeing 737 Max won’t fly again until mid-2020, production halted

It may have been its best-selling model but the 737 Max could now become the plane that destroys Boeing. The plane has been grounded for almost a year now and it seems it will take more than a year before it can spread its wings again. But even if it finally gets the green light, Boeing might have some trouble restarting its pipelines now that it has put the production of the problematic plane on hold.

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Boeing finds yet another 737 MAX software issue

Boeing finds yet another 737 MAX software issue

Boeing has discovered another software issue with its 737 MAX aircraft that will need to be fixed before the planes can return to the sky. The company confirmed the glitch late last week, according to a recent report, which claims that this problem may impact the plane's ability to verify that its systems are ready for flight. Boeing is working with the FAA on getting this fix through the pipeline.

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Boeing 737 Max problems may go beyond MCAS software

Boeing 737 Max problems may go beyond MCAS software

Boeing may be setting its sights on space to be one of if not the first to carry humans back and forth the stars but it is currently facing almost insurmountable problems back here on earth. Its new 737 Max has been feared and loathed for the software problems that have cost lives. Even as the company scrambled to address those issues, it now appears that the plane may have other problems, including possible wiring and engine issues.

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Rolls-Royce ACCEL all-electric plane prepares to set a world record

Rolls-Royce ACCEL all-electric plane prepares to set a world record

Rolls-Royce wants to create the ‘fastest electric plane ever,’ a goal that falls under its Accelerating the Electrification of Flight (ACCEL) initiative. The project is part of Rolls-Royce’s mission to advance aviation with the electrification of flight, opening the door for green air travel. The company is backed by government funding in this effort.

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Boeing fires CEO, stays committed to 737 Max

Boeing fires CEO, stays committed to 737 Max

Boeing announced a change in leadership this morning amid ongoing crisis in the company. Hundreds of victims were killed earlier this year in a pair of crashes of the Boing 737 Max. The same airplane model crashed in two separate events, likely due to a single piece of anti-stall software placed on the craft. The CEO Dennis Muilenburg was not mentioned in the press release for this change in leadership.

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Porsche Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus is a Star Wars ship you won’t see in the film

Porsche Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus is a Star Wars ship you won’t see in the film

The Star Wars franchise is home to a number of vehicles, most of which will probably never become reality. But with cars becoming smarter and gaining wings, some manufacturers might want to give that idea a spin, even if only on a conceptual level. That is exactly what Porsche did with Lucasfilm's blessing, designing a new Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus that you will sadly not see in any official film or media.

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After Super Guppy dropoff, Orion reaches Plum Brook Station pre-Artemis I

After Super Guppy dropoff, Orion reaches Plum Brook Station pre-Artemis I

NASA's Super Guppy aircraft landed this week in Ohio to drop off NASA's newest Moon capsule. This Orion capsule is part of the Artemis I mission with an aim for the surface of our close lunar relative. This Orion spacecraft is currently arriving at NASA's Plum Brook Station where it'll be going through a series of tests before it reaches its next stage of preparedness for its flight to our Earth's Moon.

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Boeing 737 MAX return to service roadmap revealed

Boeing 737 MAX return to service roadmap revealed

Boeing aims to have the 737 MAX back in the air from January 2020, with the troubled jet expected to resume deliveries from December of this year. The 737 MAX was grounded earlier in 2019 after two separate crashes, one in October 2018 and another in March 2019, which together caused a total of 346 deaths.

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