Experimental aircraft
An experimental aircraft is an aircraft that has not yet been fully proven in flight. Often, this implies that new aerospace technologies are being tested on the aircraft, though the label is more br...
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The US Air Force's top secret space plane lands after 2 years in orbit — and no one knows why
On May 7, the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida got a loud surprise. One of the Air Force's two secret X-37B space planes announced its re-entr...
Ehang 184 Drone Could Carry You Away One Day
As might be expected, there are a lot of drones on display this week at CES. Almost all of them have one thing in common, however: people can't ride in them. We say "almost all," as there is one excep...
Airbus Patents Mach 4.5 Passenger Jet. Could Fly London To NY In One Hour
The invention concerns an ultra-rapid air vehicle together with a method of aerial locomotion by means of an ultra-rapid air vehicle, where the air vehicle is propelled by a system of motors formed o...
Could This Become The First Mars Airplane?
A prototype of the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-m, which is a flying wing aircraft with a twist, is planned to be ready for launch from a high altitude balloon l...
China confirms test of new hypersonic strike vehicle 'Wu-14'
The Chinese Defense Ministry confirmed the fourth test of a hypersonic nuclear delivery vehicle, which the US called an “extreme maneuver,” amid rising tensions between the two powers in the South Chi...
Top Secret Space Plane X-37B To Blast Off But We Don't Know When It Will Come Back
The U.S. Air Force's unmanned X-37B space plane has flown three secret missions to date. Each time it has carried a mystery payload on long-duration flights in Earth orbit. The spacecraft looks simila...
X-37B: Super-Secret Spaceship Comes Back to Earth After Two Years in Space
The U.S. Air Force has kept an unmanned space shuttle in orbit for the past two years, and it seems no one without security clearance knows what it’s been doing up there. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicl...
US Air Force's Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Passes 1 Year in Orbit
The U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane program has passed another milestone: Its latest mission marked one year in orbit this week.
Hypersonic aircraft - US Navy achieves '100 mile' hypersonic railgun test shot
... with unstoppable Mach 5 hypersonic hammerblows, lesser hypersonic cannon might also sweep the skies of pesky, merely-supersonic aircraft and missiles. ...
Boeing A160 Hummingbird
A160 Hummingbird Unmanned Helicopter featured on a special commemorating DARPA's 50th anniversary.
A/MH-6X Mission Enhanced Little Bird
The Boeing AH-6 is a series of light helicopter gunships based on the MH-6 Little Bird and MD 500 family. Developed by Boeing Rotorcraft Systems, these include the Unmanned Little Bird (ULB) demonstra...
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Boeing A160 Hummingbird
The Boeing A160 Hummingbird (military designation: YMQ-18A) is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) helicopter. Its design incorporates many new technologies never before used in helicopters, allowing for...
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Adam A500
The Adam A500 is an American six-seat civil utility aircraft that was produced by Adam Aircraft Industries. The aircraft is of pod-and-boom, push-pull configuration with its two Continental TSIO-550-E...
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American Blimp MZ-3
The MZ-3A is a blimp owned by the United States Navy since 2006. It is a modified American Blimp Corporation A-170 series commercial blimp and given the USN type/model/series (T/M/S) designation MZ-3A...
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Blue Origin Goddard
Blue Origin Goddard is the name of the first development vehicle in the Blue Origin New Shepard program, which flew for the first time on November 13, 2006. Named after rocketry pioneer Robert Goddard...
CarterCopter
The CarterCopter is an experimental compound autogyro developed by Carter Aviation Technologies in the United States to demonstrate slowed rotor technology. On 17 June 2005, the CarterCopter became th...
Boeing YAL-1
The Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser Testbed (formerly Airborne Laser) weapons system was a megawatt-class chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL) mounted inside a modified Boeing 747-400F. It is primarily des...
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Lockheed Martin Cormorant
The Cormorant was a project under development at Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works research facility until 2008 when its contract for development was cancelled. It is named after a species of bird.
Th...
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Quiet Supersonic Transport
The SAI Quiet Supersonic Transport (QSST) was a project by Supersonic Aerospace International (SAI) to develop a "virtually boomless" commercial supersonic business jet.
The Lockheed Martin Skunk ...
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Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne
The SpaceShipOne is a suborbital air-launched spaceplane that completed the first manned private spaceflight in 2004. That same year, it won the US$10 million Ansari X Prize and was immediately retire...
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Scaled Composites White Knight
The Scaled Composites Model 318 White Knight (now also called White Knight One) is a jet-powered carrier aircraft used to launch the Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne experimental spacecraft. It was deve...
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Sikorsky X2
The Sikorsky X2 is an experimental high-speed compound helicopter with coaxial rotors developed by Sikorsky Aircraft.
Sikorsky developed the X2 helicopter on a $50 million budget. The design inclu...
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Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer
The Scaled Composites Model 311 Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer (registered N277SF) is an aircraft designed by Burt Rutan in which Steve Fossett flew a solo nonstop airplane flight around the world in 2 d...
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Wingless Electromagnetic Air Vehicle
The Wingless Electromagnetic Air Vehicle (WEAV) is a heavier than air flight system in development for NASA at the University of Florida. The WEAV has been a subject of several patents. The aircraft ...
Boeing X-32
The Boeing X-32 was a concept demonstrator aircraft in the Joint Strike Fighter contest. It lost to the Lockheed Martin X-35 demonstrator which was further developed into the Lockheed Martin F-35 Ligh...
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Orbital Sciences X-34
The Orbital Sciences X-34 was intended as a low-cost testbed to demonstrate "key technologies" integratable to the Reusable Launch Vehicle program. It was intended to be an autonomous pilotless craft...
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Boeing X-37
The Boeing X-37, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), is an American reusable unmanned spacecraft. It is boosted into space by a launch vehicle, then re-enters Earth's atmosphere and lands a...
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