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 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.
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