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The architect of NASA’s aeronautics rennaissance is leaving

Interesting news: NASA’s associate administrator for aeronautics Lisa Porter is leaving the research agency to become the first director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) – a DARPA for the spooks. It’s a great move for the striking Porter, who came to NASA from DARPA in 2005 to head the agency’s new aeronautics […]

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Quietly does it – NASA’s new steps to supersonics

A look at the direction of NASA’s supersonic research under its Fundamental Aeronautics programme makes an interesting comparison with its High-Speed Research programme, cancelled in 1999. The focus of HSR was the High-Speed Civil Transport, a 300-seat, Mach 2.4 airliner intended to fly at supersonic speeds only over the oceans. NASA’s HSCT – a 1998 […]

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NASA to fly F-16XL again?

Fingers firmly crossed, but it looks like NASA will put the unique and beautiful F-16XL back in the air to support supersonic sonic-boom research. The cranked-arrow wing fighter last flew at NASA Dryden 10 years ago, but both aircraft – the only F-16XLs built – have since been kept in flyable storage. Taxi tests could […]

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Cirrus or Salamander – the people’s jet?

Cirrus Design, maker of the popular SR22 piston single, has taken the wraps off its first jet – which it calls simply “the-jet” – and Flight correspondent Jeff Decker was there. We have all been wondering where the single Williams turbofan would be located – in the fuselage, like Diamond’s D-Jet, or at the base […]

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What is it about winglets?

Business jets have them, more airliners are getting them, now the US National Research Council says the US Air Force’s KC-135 and KC-10 tankers would benefit from them. Developed by NASA in the 1970s, winglets are becoming a hot item in the hunt for fuel savings. An NRC committee was asked by the USAF to […]

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