21st Century AviationAviation innovations, milestones and developments from 2001 to the present
A Swiss-built solar-powered airplane made its first short "flea hop" flight yesterday, in anticipation of initial test flights next year. The Solar Impulse HB-S1A, a project of Swiss aeronautical adventurer Bertrand Piccard, flew 1,150 feet, skimming along a military runway in Zurich just a meter a...
December 04, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Size matters. (Well, at least in the surveillance world.)And three projects under way take dimensions to whole new lengths. The LEMV (it stands for Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle) is a mammoth hybrid airship championed by the U.S. Army as part of a future fleet of reconnaissance vehicles...
November 17, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
NASA's Mars rover prepares to escape the worst trouble of its life.
November 09, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
November 2009 | By Major Jonathan Knaul
Blinding us with science: the next generation of stealth.
November 2009 | By Damond Benningfield
The grandson of Amelia Earhart's photographer will carry her scarf higher than she ever did—into orbit.
October 23, 2009 | By Jill Michaels
What was hot—and what was not—at the 2009 National Championship Air Races.
September 28, 2009 | By Linda Shiner
The 11-17 August issue of Flight International, a global aerospace weekly published in the United Kingdom, noted the results of a poll that asked if the Boeing 787, Airbus 400M, or another slowly evolving work in progress would be the first to make a maiden flight:
August 18, 2009 | By Pat Trenner
There's little that scares George Muellner, who has bragging rights to 690 combat missions in Vietnam. During three decades in the U.S. Air Force, he accumulated 5,300 hours in the F-4, A-7, F-15, and F-16 as a fighter pilot, fighter weapons instructor, and test pilot. He even flew 50 combat sortie...
March 17, 2009 | By Mike Klesius
A spacecraft bites the lunar dust.
March 2009 | By Mohi Kumar
The masters of time are about to give us a little extra. Use it wisely.
January 2009 | By James R. Chiles
How a fighter-bomber-recon-attack superstar ended up as fodder for
January 2009 | By Ralph Wetterhahn
Red Whittaker’s rovers have already gone where no robot has gone before. Will one of them make it to the moon?
January 2009 | By Geoffrey Little
A new fitness machine on the space station brings astronaut exercise into the 21st century
December 31, 2008 | By airspacemag.com
Presidential airplanes, past and present.
November 06, 2008 | By Rebecca Maksel
A small malfunction lands three astronauts on Russia’s version of the Red Planet.
November 2008 | By Don Pettit
Think of a shipboard chess game with airplanes instead of pawns.
November 2008 | By Mark Wolverton
The next lunar explorers will soon report to Houston. Are some already there?
November 2008 | By Michael Cassutt
A veteran space scientist discusses the challenges of the 21st Century.
November 2008 | By Elizabeth Howell
Three more people will soon move into the International Space Station—and they’ll be drinking, um….
October 30, 2008 | By Michael Klesius