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London to NYC in an hour with this Airbus rocket jet concept (Tomorrow Daily 221)

A new Airbus patent recently approved by the USPTO describes a jetliner that could travel at hypersonic speeds without disturbances from sonic booms, thanks to rocket-powered vertical acceleration. It's faster than the Concorde was, which means future flights won't likely be cheap.

By August 5, 2015


Airbus patents hypersonic, rocket-powered jetliner (Tomorrow Daily 221)

Khail and Ashley discuss a new patent for a hypersonic jet that could reach speeds up to Mach 4.5, explain why Destiny is removing Peter Dinklage's voiceover work from the entire game and watch a robotic arm do a scientific ribbon dance. #TDHypersonic

By August 5, 2015


Own a historic NASA manual featuring 'the worm'

It won't teach you how to build a rocket or fly to Pluto, but this manual is a fascinating part of NASA's history, and it's seeking funding on Kickstarter now.

By September 2, 2015


'Close but no cigar' for SpaceX's try at historic rocket landing

The private space-exploration company successfully sends a cargo capsule off to the International Space Station, but its "reusable" rocket crashes into its floating landing pad in the Atlantic Ocean.

By January 10, 2015


Secretive X-37B space plane returns to Earth, two years on

The Air Force says that the almost one-of-a-kind spacecraft "conducted on-orbit experiments" in the the longest-ever mission for the X-37B program.

By October 17, 2014


Futuristic X-51A fails in hypersonic bid

Trouble with a control fin on the sleek, scramjet-powered aircraft puts an abrupt and early end to the Air Force's attempt at a Mach 6 flight.

By August 15, 2012


Flying at hypersonic speeds of 3,600 mph

One day we might be able to fly from Los Angeles to New York in 45 minutes. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is developing technology that could make hypersonic flight possible.

August 14, 2012


Lockheed envisions Mach 6 successor to SR-71 Blackbird

Over at the Skunk Works, aircraft designers are hard at work cooking up a hypersonic scion to the legendary SR-71, the superspeedy recon jet of the Cold War.

By November 1, 2013


Sigma takes on Canon with image-stabilized 24-105mm f4 lens

The new lens, part of Sigma's high-end "art" product line, will ship in November, but its true competitiveness won't be known until Sigma reveals its price.

By October 15, 2013


DARPA fires up XS-1 space plane quest

The new XS-1 program wants designs for satellite-toting flying machines that are fast (hypersonic, even), cheap, and reusable -- on a one-day turnaround, no less.

By September 18, 2013