Even DiVinci had concept drawings of his flying machines.December 24, 2016
They represent some of the most technologically sophisticated machines ever devised by humankind: reusable space planes. The U.S. Space Shuttle is undoubtedly the most famous example of this type of vehicle, but what else has been done in this direction? Here’s a look at space planes past and future.
There’s a new aerospace technology on the horizon—using plasma, the superheated “fourth state of matter,” to enhance the aerodynamic performance of aircraft. Here, we break down the mechanics and the uses of this exciting new technology that has the aeronautics and aerospace industries all abuzz.
The face of warfare is rapidly changing. Numerous advances in recent decades have made possible military technology that was formerly the stuff of science fiction. Hypersonic missiles, next-gen choppers, carrier-based drones, electromagnetic railguns, and even laser weapons. This isn’t Star Wars, folks—it’s the future of the US military.
The historic X-Plane program pioneered numerous aerospace firsts—supersonic and hypersonic flight, reusable spaceplanes, and unmanned vehicles. Now, NASA is resurrecting the famous program to push the limits of new aerospace technology. So we thought it’s a good time to explore the past and future of X-planes.