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It’s an airship, it’s an aeroplane…no, it’s an Aeroscraft

DARPA may have cancelled its programme to develop a 500t-payload cargo transport, but airship maker Wordwide Aeros says it is going to build its partially bouyant Aeroscraft anyway – albeit on a smaller scale. And what is an Aeroscraft? It’s an air vehicle that dynamically controls a combination of helium bouyancy, aerodynamic lift and thrust […]

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A new Cat for carrier decks

Nice to see Northrop carrying on Grumman’s naval aviation legacy by winning the US Navy’s unmanned combat air system demonstrator programme. But it is only a first step. Now the X-47B UCAS-D has to convince the Navy that an unmanned aircraft can take the place of a manned aircraft on its precision-managed carrier decks – […]

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Has Boeing just flown the 797?

Boeing has flown the X-48B Blended Wing Body technology demonstrator at NASA Dryden in California. The company did not immediately announce the 21 July flight because its quarterly earnings release – including an extra $500 million in R&D expenses for the 787 – got in the way. The company might also be a little concerned […]

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SpaceShipOne to DropShipOne

The US Marine Corps is still working to gather support for its “troops from space” concept of using a spaceplane to rush a squad from the US to anywhere in the world within 2h, to head off a crisis or take out a bad guy. And the Marines think the nascent space tourism market could […]

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