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From Past to Future: Battery-Electric Aircraft Are on the Rise

Traditional aerospace engine makers are known to modify existing aircraft to test future propulsion technologies. The start-ups follow the giant's steps to prove their designs on various platforms. Here's a look at what technology demonstrators are flying and the potential technologies that'll come to an airplane near you. Electric propulsion…

Inside Look: Boeing Concludes EcoDemonstrator SAF Emission Test with NASA

Boeing has concluded a series of flight tests with NASA studying emissions from Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and its effect on the formation of contrails. The duo performed 10 test flights using the Boeing 737-10 EcoDemonstrator airplane and NASA's Douglas DC-8 jetliner Airborne Science Laboratory. Each flight lasts from three…

DC-8, 737 MAX to Fly Side-by-Side

Airlines and manufacturers across the globe are pouring resources and time into finding a fuel solution that will reduce the impact aviation has on the environment. Boeing, the German Aerospace Center, NASA and United Airlines are continuing the search in a rather interesting way. Using a Boeing 737 MAX 10…

Merlin Completes Autonomous Cessna Caravan Flights

Merlin Labs announced on July 6 that it completed 25 autonomous test flights in Alaska. The Boston-based company conducted the tests under a $1 million contract with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to demonstrate a highly-automated flight control system with a safety pilot onboard.  The company operated these test flights…

NASA Awards Ampaire for Hybrid Powerplant

Hybrid aircraft developer Ampaire has been awarded $150,000 in funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for Innovative Hybrid Powerplant System Research. With Ampaire having made the announcement on Dec. 9, the award is the first of a multi-phase Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program, adding to Ampaire's…

Rollin’ to Your Runway Gets Faster and Greener

Does this airline experience sound familiar? Pushing back from the gate on time, you excitedly text family or friends that your flight will soon depart as scheduled. And then it happens. Long minutes pass as your jet sits idle on the ramp until receiving taxi clearance, or stuck awaiting takeoff…

NASA Awards Funding to GE Aviation and MagniX for the…

GE Aviation and MagniX are the two U.S. companies awarded a combined $253 million from NASA for the development of electric aircraft propulsion (EAP) technologies for aircraft. The technology developed through this funding intends to reach consumers by 2035 and has the potential to be a major contributor to the…

Airbus Wins ESA Contract to Construct Space Module for NASA’s…

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded Airbus the contract to allow the aircraft manufacturer to construct the third European Service Module (ESM) for Orion, the American crewed spacecraft. The ESA’s order for this additional module ensures that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is able to continue its…

A Look at NASA’s Contributions to Aviation

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, commonly known as NASA, celebrated the 50th anniversary of a major achievement last weekend. It marks 50 years since the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, the first time humans set foot on the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin being the first…