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Supersonic revival: NASA developing quieter, more fuel-efficient supersonic commercial jet

By April Gocha / March 8, 2016

NASA recently announced that it is spending $20 million to push supersonic jet travel back into commercial reality. The funding is going to a team led by Lockheed Martin for preliminary design work on a reimagined supersonic jet that could take to the skies by 2020.

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Solar-powered plane plots route for round-the-world flight

By Jessica McMathis / February 6, 2015

The Solar Impulse 2 is the “first solar airplane to fly through the night, between two continents, and across the United States,” but will it make it ‘round the world?

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Solar-powered plane plans to circle the globe without gas

By Jessica McMathis / August 18, 2014

A plane powered only by the sun is set to become the first to complete an around-the-world solar flight.

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Monday materials fun: Robotic flying ‘maple seed’ vehicle with two moving parts

By / August 22, 2011

I used to imagine a lot of the bio-inspired ideas, such as flying maple seed pods (above) and artificial jellyfish arose on Thursday or Friday afternoons around happy hour time by brain-fried engineers. You know: It’s easy to imagine sensor, battery, propulsion and aeronautics wonks knocking down a few IPAs and hatching a new scheme…

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