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In orbit, it’s all about connections.
March 2011 | By Michael Klesius
The new, supersonic face of e-warfare.
March 2011 | By D.C. Agle
The Navy's first pilot and 10 more milestones.
March 2011 | By The Editors
CANCELLED: Israel's Arieh Fighter
March 2011 | By Gary Rashba
Adventures in Navy ballooning.
March 2011 | By Captain Marion Eppes, U.S. Navy (ret.)
A fleet of winged spacecraft, the likes of which we'll never see again.
March 01, 2011 | By Michael Klesius
Shuttle crews from the 1980s recall how their new vehicle took some getting used to.
February 28, 2011 | By The Editors
Highlights from 30 years of astronaut videos, filmed on location in Earth orbit.
February 28, 2011 | By The Editors
A seemingly trivial event has revealed some schadenfreude about NASA, along with a lot of irritation. Apparently (as is their wont) the fertile minds running our national space agency decided that the time has come (once again) for a new and improved vision statement – out with the old and in with...
February 23, 2011 | By Paul D. Spudis
"Those who have never seen a living Martian can scarcely imagine the strange horror of its appearance.... Even at this first encounter, this first glimpse, I was overcome with disgust and dread." —H.G. Wells, War of the Worlds, 1898.Wells wasn't alone in thinking Red Planet Dwellers would be a comp...
February 10, 2011 | By Rebecca Maksel
A recently published science paper presented results of a re-analysis of seismic (moonquake) data sent to the Earth from a network emplaced by the Apollo astronauts 40 years ago. The scientists processing the old data found that the Moon may have more than a simple core – it may have a layered, pa...
February 04, 2011 | By Paul D. Spudis
When a veteran planet hunter like Debra Fischer calls it the most momentous discovery since 51 Peg, you know it must be big.In 1995, scientists found the first planet circling a normal star outside our solar system—an unassuming yellow dwarf called 51 Pegasi. In the 16 years since, they've identifi...
February 02, 2011 | By Tony Reichhardt
Pretty cool video here of Sikorsky's latest whirlybird, the X2 demonstrator, which has hit 262 knots, or 300 miles an hour, a record for a helo. Nice acceleration too. The coaxial rotors spin in opposite directions to keep the aircraft from stalling at high speeds. It's no easy feat, as this articl...
February 01, 2011 | By Mike Klesius
Once you get used to the slightly overcaffeinated host, this is a pretty cool project —to drop a bunch of paper airplanes from a high-altitude balloon and see where they land. The team launched their balloon earlier this month, as the video shows. But, from what I can tell on their website and Twit...
January 31, 2011 | By Tony Reichhardt
The only flight of the Osprey's fifth prototype lasted less than two minutes, and it was one wild ride.
January 25, 2011 | By Richard Whittle
A new "untold history" of the V-22 asks: Is the Osprey safe?
January 24, 2011 | By The Editors
A real comedy of errors and misunderstandings collided this week between the new NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and the agency’s Human Exploration Framework Team (HEFT) Congressionally mandated 90-day report (their initial findings on how to implement agency direction). Though flush with the usua...
January 14, 2011 | By Paul D. Spudis
In civil engineering, one of the most important material resources on Earth is “construction aggregate” – the sand, gravel and cement building materials that make up the infrastructure of modern industrial life. Aggregate is easily one of the biggest, most valuable economic resources of all mined ...
January 05, 2011 | By Paul D. Spudis
After the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 200 aircraft took up the fight to save the coast.
January 2011 | By Mark Huber
Man cannot zoom by blended wing alone; he must have an engine that, well, works.
January 2011 | By Stephan Wilkinson