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nasa engineers stare at the sun to see shockwaves from supersonic flight


 before the eclipse this summer, nasa warned us over and over again not to stare directly at the sun — but now they’re doing just that. its researchers have reinvented a photography technique more than a century old, using the sun itself as a backdrop in order to capture the shockwave produced by a new supersonic jet. read more






bringing back supersonic flight, with quieter sonic booms


70 years after chuck yeager broke the sound barrier, nasa researchers are working to reintroduce supersonic flight to commercial aviation






boom! supersonic passenger jet coming by 2020


a supersonic passenger jet could change commercial flight.






nasa's predawn rocket launch will test a supersonic parachute


nasa will launch a small rocket from virginia's eastern shore early wednesday (oct. 4) to test a supersonic parachute system for future spacecraft bound for mars. the launch may be visible to observers along the u.s. east coast, weather permitting.






watch a nasa rocket launch a supersonic parachute for mars landings


nasa will launch a small rocket from virginia's eastern shore early wednesday (oct. 4) to test a supersonic parachute system for future spacecraft bound for mars. the launch may be visible to observers along the u.s. east coast, weather permitting.






nasa nixes crew for test flight of new megarocket in 2019


cape canaveral, fla. (ap) — nasa says the test flight of its new megarocket will fly without a crew. in february at the request of the white house, nasa began studying the feasibility of putting astronauts on the first flight. after evaluating the cost and risk, the space agency decided against it. nasa acting administrator […]






boom partners with japan airlines on supersonic commercial flight


 boom supersonic wants to revitalize and improve the world of supersonic passenger flight, and it now has a new partner on board in its mission – japan airlines (jal), one of the world’s leading passenger flight providers. jal is putting $10 million into boom via a strategic investment, and is also going to help boom with aircraft design and with aspects of the in-flight… read more






centennial-based boom supersonic unveils new airplane expected to travel at 2 ti


affordable supersonic travel moved a step forward tuesday as boom supersonic unveiled the completed design of its aircraft prototype, which is scheduled to take off from centennial airport in 2018.






nasa won't fly astronauts on 1st orion-sls test flight around the moon


the first flight of nasa's next-generation heavy lift rocket, the space launch system (sls), is now scheduled for 2019 and will not include a human crew, agency officials said today (may 12).






nasa won't fly astronauts on 1st orion-sls test flight around the moon


the first flight of nasa's next-generation heavy-lift rocket, the space launch system (sls), is now scheduled for 2019 and will not include a human crew, agency officials said today (may 12).






entrepreneurs eye new generation of supersonic jets


the beak-nosed, supersonic concorde was once described by a british amb ador as the “flower of the aerospace industry.”






space webcasts: nasa debates adding crew to first orion flight


nasa hosted a teleconference today (feb. 24) to discuss the option of adding crew to the first flight of nasa's space launch system and the orion spacecraft. listen live here.






rant & rave: interesting engineers


readers rave about engineers’ program at museum of flight, rant about too much tv snow coverage






listen live now: nasa debates adding crew to first orion flight


nasa is hosting a teleconference today (feb. 24) to discuss the option of adding crew to the first flight of nasa's space launch system and the orion spacecraft. listen live here.






listen live @ 1 pm et: nasa debates adding crew to first orion flight


nasa is hosting a teleconference today (feb. 24) to discuss the option of adding crew to the first flight of nasa's space launch system and the orion spacecraft. listen live here.






nasa is building an interplanetary internet out of lasers


engineers at nasa's space technology mission directorate are developing light-speed communications systems.






planned supersonic business jet gets a lift from lockheed martin


lockheed martin has joined the team developing a supersonic business jet, the aerion as2, which already had backing from airbus and engine-maker ge aviation. the 12-passenger jet is due to enter service by 2025 and aerion sees it as the forerunner to larger supersonic airliners.






listen live @ 3 pm et: nasa telecon on orion/sls test flight


nasa will hold a teleconference today at 3 p.m. edt (1900 gmt) to give a status update on exploration mission 1 (em-1), the first combined test flight around the moon of the orion spacecraft and its space launch system megarocket.






the jet age is over – here comes supersonic, hyper-mach travel


70 years after the sound barrier was broken, supersonic air travel could be making a return.






listen live now: nasa delays 1st orion/sls test flight to 2019, no crew


nasa will hold a teleconference today at 3 p.m. edt (1900 gmt) to give a status update on exploration mission 1 (em-1), the first combined test flight around the moon of the orion spacecraft and its space launch system megarocket.






nasa weighing risk of adding crew to megarocket’s 1st flight


cape canaveral, fla. (ap) — nasa is weighing the risk of adding astronauts to the first flight of its new megarocket. nasa’s human exploration chief said friday that his boss and the trump administration requested the feasibility study. the space launch system will be the most powerful rocket ever built when it flies. it’s intended […]






space webcasts: nasa delays 1st orion/sls test flight to 2019, no crew


nasa will hold a teleconference today at 3 p.m. edt (1900 gmt) to give a status update on exploration mission 1 (em-1), the first combined test flight around the moon of the orion spacecraft and its space launch system megarocket.






next drop, mars: super bowl fans lift off to space on nasa 'future flight' ride


as football fans make their way to houston for the super bowl, nasa is offering a quick way to reach the 50 yard line at the game — by "dropping in" from mars. nasa partnered with the houston host committee to present future flight, a vr-enhanced ride.






nasa will give a status update today on 1st orion-sls megarocket test flight


nasa apparently has some news to share about the first test flight of its new orion spacecraft and its megarocket booster, the space launch system. the space agency will hold a press conference this afternoon (may 12).






u.s. flies supersonic bombers over korean peninsula


u.s. flew two supersonic bombers in a show of force against north korea, south korean officials said






image of the day


an astronaut balloon floats in the sky above an inflatable model of nasa's f/a-18 supersonic jet at the 46th annual albuquerque international balloon fiesta in new mexico.






centennial-based boom supersonic’s new airplane and other cool, quirky things at


there are flying cars and concorde's would-be supersonic successor, a company offering to deliver cargo to the moon — for a mere $1.2 million per kilogram — and the latest in funky futuristic aviation ideas, both big and small.






trump asks nasa to explore putting crew on rocket’s debut flight


the trump administration has directed nasa to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on friday. the study marks the republican president’s first step in sha...






how vintage rocket tech could be nasa's ticket to mars and beyond


nasa could sidestep many of the impediments to a mars mission if they could just get there faster. but sluggish chemical rockets aren't cutting it — and one group of engineers is rebooting research into an engine last fired in 1972.






nasa's cassini probe is preparing to plunge between saturn and its rings


engineers at nasa are readying the cassini probe for its most daring mission yet.






inside boom’s efforts to build a new generation of supersonic commercial jets


 boom has set itself with arguably one of the most ambitious tasks taken on by a startup: to restore the age of the concorde, but bigger, better, and more sustainable than ever. we took a trip to colorado and visited boom’s airport hq to find out exactly what it looks like to be a company with fewer than fifty employees trying to make supersonic consumer flight a practical reality. we got… read more






duluth cop's cellphone pic captures his windshield stare-down with owl


just before the bird flew off his squad car, a duluth officer grabbed his cellphone and took a p o showing the stoic owl giving him a wide-eyed stare that is now making the rounds on social media.






trump asks nasa to explore putting crew on rocket’s debut flight


the trump administration has directed nasa to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on friday. the study marks the republican president’s first step in shaping a vision for the national aeronautics and space […]






centennial’s boom tech gets a $33 million fuel boost for its supersonic jet


so many investors wanted in on the supersonic jet in development in centennial that boom technology decided to accept more funding than it set out to attract. it raised $33 million, the company plans to announce wednesday.






aerosols eddy and spiral over earth in mesmerizing nasa simulation


scientists at nasa's goddard space flight center have released this gorgeous visualization of one of their weather models.