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Virgin Galactic debuts design of future Mach 3 high-speed aircraft, signs deal with Rolls-Royce

Virgin Galactic debuts design of future Mach 3 high-speed aircraft, signs deal with Rolls-Royce Virgin Galactic is making strides towards its goal of creating high-speed commercial aircraft that operates a little closer to Earth than its existing passenger spacecraft. The company revealed the initial design of the commercial passenger airplane it’s creating […]

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Boom Supersonic enlists Rolls-Royce to help build the engines for world’s fastest commercial aircraft

Boom Supersonic enlists Rolls-Royce to help build the engines for world’s fastest commercial aircraft Boom Supersonic, the Colorado -based startup working on creating a supersonic passenger jet to continue and dramatically advance the legacy of the original Concorde, has signed on Rolls-Royce to build the propulsion system for its Overture commercial aircraft. […]

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Virgin Orbit provides more details about what went right with its first launch demo

Virgin Orbit provides more details about what went right with its first launch demo Virgin Orbit performed a demonstration of its full launch system on Monday, and while it didn’t go quite as planned, with the mission cut short just a few seconds after Virgin’s LauncherOne separated from its Cosmic Girl carrier […]

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Virgin Orbit completes key final test prior to first orbital demo launch

Virgin Orbit completes key final test prior to first orbital demo launch Virgin Orbit is closer than ever to its goal of launching orbital satellites from a platform carried aboard a modified 747 aircraft. The company flew a successful cryogenic captive carry test of its LauncherOne rocket, carried by the Cosmic Girl […]

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Stratolaunch reveals updated fleet, including two hypersonic aircraft and a space plane

Stratolaunch reveals updated fleet, including two hypersonic aircraft and a space plane High-altitude launch startup Stratolaunch has gone through some changes, but on Monday it revealed design details of two hypersonic aircraft, along with a space plane, all designed to take-off from its flying carrier plane launch platform. If all goes to […]

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft completes testing ahead of Artemis 1 Moon mission

NASA’s Orion spacecraft completes testing ahead of Artemis 1 Moon mission NASA has completed the testing process meant to simulate performance in in-space conditions for its Orion crew spacecraft, developed by Lockheed Martin and designed to carry crew on the agency’s Artemis missions, which aim to return the next American man and […]

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Volocopter extends Series C funding to $94M with backing from logistics giant DB Schenker and others

Volocopter extends Series C funding to M with backing from logistics giant DB Schenker and others Autonomous air mobility company Volocopter has added to the Series C funding round it announced in September 2019. The German electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft maker announced €50 million ($54 million at today’s exchange […]

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Loon and SoftBank’s HAPSMobile team with Airbus, China Telecom and more on stratospheric cell networks

Loon and SoftBank’s HAPSMobile team with Airbus, China Telecom and more on stratospheric cell networks A new industry alliance led by Alphabet’s Loon high-altitude balloon technology company and SoftBank’s HAPSMobile stratospheric glider subsidiary aims to work together on standards and tech related to deploying network connectivity using high-altitude delivery mechanisms. This extends […]

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Volocopter and Grab to study the feasibility of deploying air taxi services in Southeast Asia

Volocopter and Grab to study the feasibility of deploying air taxi services in Southeast Asia Air mobility startup Volocopter will be working together with on-demand transportation, food delivery and payments company Grab on a feasibility study around air mobility in Southeast Asia. The joint study is part of a Memorandum of Understanding […]

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Alphabet’s Loon and SoftBank’s HAPSMobile turn solar-powered drones into flying cell towers

Alphabet’s Loon and SoftBank’s HAPSMobile turn solar-powered drones into flying cell towers Alphabet-owned Loon, the company that had been focused on delivering internet communications to remote areas via stratospheric balloons, has completed development work on a new payload for partner HAPSMobile, a subsidiary of SoftBank that’s building high-altitude solar-powered uncrewed aircraft. The […]

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