Articles | Air & Space Magazinehttp://www.airspacemag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenThu, 30 Jul 2015 18:18:33 +0000Google’s Future Air Forcehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/googles-future-air-force-180956113/Before the Internet giant starts flying delivery drones, it has to solve another problem: cheap position tracking.Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:18:33 +0000SpaceShipTwo Crash Was Due to Pilot Error, and a Lapse in Safety Culturehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/spaceshiptwo-crash-was-due-pilot-error-and-lapse-safety-culture-180956096/The company running the suborbital vehicle’s test program failed to pay enough attention to the possibility of human error.Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:41:51 +0000Nanotechnology + Small Satellites = Big Returnshttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/nanotechnology-small-satellites-big-returns-180956082/A NASA study group hopes to build powerful science instruments for the next generation of CubeSats.Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:05:02 +0000In Rural Virginia, a Drone Makes the First Legal U.S. Package Deliveryhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/rural-virginia-drone-makes-first-legal-us-package-delivery-180956053/Advocates call it a “Kitty Hawk moment” for the flying package business.Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:58:42 +0000Seven Thousand Kilometers on No Gashttp://www.airspacemag.com/as-interview/seven-thousand-kilometers-no-gas-180956016/After their longest leg, the sun-powered Solar Impulse crew tells how they did it.Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000Enter our Third Annual Photo Contest!http://www.airspacemag.com/multimedia/enter-our-third-annual-photo-contest-180956009/Send us your best shots by November 15 and win cash prizes.Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:59:06 +0000How to Start a Hurricanehttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/how-start-hurricane-180955982/What makes one small eddy fizzle out, and another turn into the planet’s most destructive storm?Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000Crowdsourcing Saves D-Day’s First Airplanehttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/crowdsourcing-saves-ddays-first-airplane-180955983/The C-47 that led the Normandy invasion gets a reprieve.Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000Delivery by Dronehttp://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/delivery-by-drone-180955988/Around the world, quadcopters are turning into mail carriers.Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Jumbo Flies an Airshowhttp://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/jumbo-flies-airshow-180955990/The Boeing 747, like you’ve never seen it fly.Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Last American Aceshttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/last-american-aces-180955991/Members of an exclusive club tell what it takes to make ace.Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000China Needs Pilotshttp://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/china-needs-pilots-180955992/A boom in Chinese air travel is sending hundreds of novices to flight school in Arizona.Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000Advice for Airship Builders: Think Smallerhttp://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/advice-airships-think-smaller-180955993/Grandiosity has been the ruin of many a dirigible design.Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000This Drone Can Save Your Lifehttp://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/this-drone-can-save-your-life-180955994/Just ask the hiker it helped rescue in 2013.Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000A Ghanaian Woman’s Quest to Work---and Flyhttp://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/ghanaian-womans-quest-work-fly-180955995/How Patricia Mawuli beat the odds to become an airplane builder and airport manager.Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000Confessions of a Station Astronauthttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/confessions-station-astronaut-180955996/Clayton Anderson talks about his new book, <i>The Ordinary Spaceman.</i>Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000In 1942, the Army Built a Decoy Airfield in Virginia to Fool the Luftwaffehttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/army-built-decoy-airfield-virginia-180955980/Henrico County residents came to call it “The Lost City”Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000Space $ouvenirshttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/space-souvenirs-180955981/Collectors compete for artifacts from the Apollo program.Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000Bad Day in Spacehttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/bad-day-space-180956004/Patience and frustration on the ISSWed, 22 Jul 2015 18:01:53 +0000The Birdman of Topekahttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/birdman-topeka-180956005/By 1912, Albin Longren was building better airplanes than the Wrights and Curtiss.Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:18:17 +0000The Next World Speed Recordhttp://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/next-world-speed-record-180956002/Has a young Brazilian professor created the fastest raceplane in its class?Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:02:13 +0000Pilots vs. Poachershttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/pilots-vs-poachers-180955764/The future of elephant survival may depend, in part, on aerial patrols.Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:14:52 +0000The Tale of Whitey Feightnerhttp://www.airspacemag.com/as-interview/tale-whitey-feightner-180955989/An interview with biographer Peter Mersky, who chronicles the long career of an American ace.Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:48:53 +0000About That F-18 Photohttp://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/about-f-18-photo-180955971/Nope, it’s not a fake.Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:47:46 +0000Even Neil Armstrong Gets a Kickstarter Campaignhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/even-neil-armstrong-gets-kickstarter-campaign-180955957/Smithsonian’s first crowdsourcing project will help digitize the famous Apollo 11 spacesuit. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:00:00 +0000Selecting a Landing Site for Humans on Marshttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/selecting-landing-site-humans-mars-180955948/NASA takes a small step toward a big decision.Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Seventy Years After the Trinity Test, There Are 16,000 Nuclear Weapons in the Worldhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/70th-anniversary-trinity-test-there-are-16000-nuclear-weapons-world-180955944/And it all started with three explosions in the summer of 1945.Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:21:19 +0000Swirling Controversyhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/swirling-controversy-180955939/The origins of strange swirl-like markings on the lunar surface are still mysterious.Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:59:18 +0000Stowaways on New Horizonshttp://www.airspacemag.com/blogs/stowaways-new-horizons-180955932/Three not-so-official plaques made it all the way to Pluto.Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:49:16 +0000Are These 1909 Photos the Oldest Pictures of Pluto?http://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/are-these-1909-photos-oldest-known-pictures-pluto-180955930/Maybe.Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:07:49 +0000Hello Again, Comrades! (Здравствуйте еще раз, товарищи!)http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/hello-again-comrades-zdravstvujte-eshe-raz-tovarishi-180955876/The U.S. and Russia share a long flight to commemorate a long history.Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:45:29 +0000Any More Big Planets Out There?http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/are-there-other-big-planets-out-there-180955913/Pluto is not the only large object beyond Neptune.Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:54:59 +0000Pluto’s Naming Gamehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/plutos-naming-game-180955892/New Horizons is about to discover a mess of new planetary features. What will we call them?Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:44:04 +0000Taking Pluto’s Portraithttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/taking-plutos-portrait-180955882/Even the mighty Hubble Space Telescope has to strain to see this tiny, distant planet.Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:24:44 +0000New Horizons at Plutohttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/new-horizons-pluto-180955859/A close encounter with the last of the “classical” planets.Wed, 08 Jul 2015 18:11:22 +0000James Salter, the Fighter Pilot’s Writerhttp://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/james-salter-fighter-pilots-writer-180955844/An excerpt from the novelist’s memoir, <i>Burning the Days.</i>Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:35:11 +0000SETI and the Rise of the Machineshttp://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/seti-and-rise-machines-180955834/Non-biological intelligence offers another possible solution to the Fermi Paradox.Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:06:57 +0000Sample Return May Not Be the Best Way to Find Martian Lifehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/sample-return-may-not-be-best-way-find-martian-life-180955788/NASA’s Mars 2020 will be a great technology demonstrator, but is it right for astrobiology?Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:46:20 +0000A Spyplane in 1914http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/a-spyplane-in-1914-180955597/Its mission included two pit stops and an “excellent lunch.”Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:59:41 +0000SpaceX Loses Dragon Cargo Ship in Launch Explosionhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/spacex-loses-dragon-cargo-ship-launch-explosion-180955748/NASA says space station logistics may have to be shuffled, but there’s no emergency.Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:16:34 +0000What Is the Space Program Good For?http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/what-value-space-program-180955720/In 1968, on the eve of the first Apollo launch, rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun gave his answer.Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:24:49 +0000Lindbergh’s 1927 Flight Set Off a Mini-Craze of Board Games http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/lindberghs-1927-flight-games-180955607/“Lindy Hop-Off” and “Captain Hop Across Junior” were just two of the titles inspired by the first transatlantic solo flight.Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:46:25 +0000Video: The F-35 Goes Skiinghttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/video-f-35-goes-skiing-180955687/The Lightning II practices a British-style carrier takeoff at Patuxent River.Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:31:46 +0000Life May Need to Take Charge of a Planet to Survivehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/life-may-need-take-charge-planet-survive-180955675/A sobering solution to Fermi’s Paradox Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:13:50 +0000You, Too, Can Own A Hypersonic Flying Laboratoryhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/you-too-can-own-a-scramjet-180955621/For a mere $60,000 or so. Plus shipping and handling.Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:07:32 +0000Encore!http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/encore-180955666/Watch how this four-year-old reacts to her first aerobatic flight.Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:23:41 +0000Here’s What Moving Traffic Looks Like From 250 Miles Uphttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/heres-what-traffic-looks-250-miles-180955657/Urthecast releases its first high-res video from the space station.Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:22:11 +0000A Dust Cloud Around the Moonhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/dust-cloud-around-moon-180955624/Who ever said that space is empty?Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:26:57 +00003,200 Miles Over Cereshttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/3200-miles-over-ceres-180955614/ A JPL composite video simulates a flyover of a dwarf planet.Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:05:35 +0000Stateside Reservists Exposed to Agent Orange Will Get Benefits After Allhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/air-force-reservists-exposed-agent-orange-while-stateside-180955598/The Veterans Administration follows up on a finding by the Institute of Medicine.Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:57:16 +0000Bringing Inflight Movies to Airlines Was Harder Than It Soundshttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/when-did-inflight-movies-become-standard-on-airlines-180955566/Starting in 1961, passengers battled boredom with Hollywood films.Fri, 12 Jun 2015 17:20:19 +0000 CubeSats to the Rescue?http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/cubesats-rescue-180955544/Small spacecraft will have an impact on astrobiology, although their use may be limited.Tue, 09 Jun 2015 18:26:45 +0000The First U.S. Air Law Was In a Town Without Airplaneshttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/first-us-air-law-was-town-without-airplanes-180955524/In 1908, a nervous Florida town prepared for an aerial onslaught.Mon, 08 Jun 2015 17:32:04 +0000The Right Time to Search for Martian Lifehttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/right-time-search-martian-life-180955476/After decades of geology-focused Mars missions, should we send one dedicated to biology? Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:34:42 +0000The First U.S. Spacewalkhttp://www.airspacemag.com/multimedia/first-us-spacewalk-180955457/Ed White’s trip outside, 50 years ago, was exhilarating, improvised, and at times scary.Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:00:10 +0000