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airplaneVirgin Galactic Flies First Passenger in Suborbital Test

Virgin Galactic had a suborbital test flight with a passenger. SpaceShipTwo reached an apogee of: 55.87miles 295,007ft 89.9km Virgin Galactic flew at three times the speed of sound. Three people were on the test flight that flew to edge of …

airplaneSpaceX Super Heavy Booster Will Have a Welded Support Structure

Elon Musk indicated that the SpaceX Super Heavy Booster will use welded, internal, longitudinal hat stringers . To the degree it may need hoop stiffness (probably not), combine with slosh baffles. Elon provided a general description of the internal structure …

airplaneChina Completing More Copies of the World Largest Cargo Plane

Ukraine Antonov and Aerospace Industry Corporation of China (AICC) set up a joint venture for series assembly of the AN-225 plane (world’s largest cargo plane) in China. It also includes completing the second An-225 prototype. the second AN-225 prototype should …

airplaneWill the Rotating Detonation Engines Enable Hypersonic Planes?

Disk rotating detonation engines could provide engines that are 10% more efficient, which could enable hypersonic planes. The USA, China, and Russia will be ramping up hypersonic weapon and hypersonic plane spending over ten billions per year each. Combustion can …

airplaneHybrid Blimp Plane Has Reliable Speed, Greater Safety and Lower Operating Cost

A hybrid airship combines a blimp with plane for reliable speed and performance and greater safety. It can carry up to 8 passengers or 2000 lbs in its spacious cabin, which can easily be reconfigured to enable any number of …

airplane100 Special Planes and $2.5 Billion per year for Sulphate Geoengineering

Researchers reviewed all lofting technologies that seem plausible as methods to put 100,000 tons per year of sulphur to an altitude of up to ~20 km in 2033. The program then scales to 5 million tons per year. Their main …

airplaneDemonstration supersonic plane will fly at mach 2.2 by the end of 2019

XB-1 is the first independently developed supersonic jet. It is a one-third scale version of 55 passenger jet. If all goes well $6 billion will be raised to build commercial supersonic passenger jets. Boom Aerospace wants the 55 passenger versions …

air pollutionPlans for Regional Hydrogen-Electric Passenger Aircraft

HES Energy Systems revealed its plans for Element One, the world’s first regional hydrogen-electric passenger aircraft. They have been developing hydrogen propulsion systems for drones for the last 12 years. Element One merges HES’ ultra-light hydrogen fuel cell technologies with …