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air forceReports that China’s WS15 Jet Engines Are More Powerful Than US F135 Jet Engine

There are reports that a third batch of China’s WS-15 turbofans has been delivered with performance better than US F135. This would mean that China has achieved the goal of about 197 kilonewtons (44,000 lbf) of thrust with an afterburner.

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 …