Nothing built by human hands has ever traveled faster than NASA's Parker Solar Probe. In late April, it smashed two wild space records. It was clocked at over 531,000 km/hour as it zipped through the sun's outer atmosphere.
Last week, Virgin Galactic, the space tourism firm owned by Richard Branson, revealed its newest design, SpaceShip III, with the first vehicle in this line dubbed “VSS Imagine.”
US-based firm Aevum has unveiled a massive drone called the Ravn X that is designed to act as an autonomous, airborne launch system for small satellites.
A U.S. company sends the largest zero-emissions airplane yet on its first flight. These electric commercial aircraft will enable the offering of flying services of people and packages in a way previously not possible.
Nasa astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley became the first to fly in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, carried on top of one of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets towards a planned rendezvous with the ISS.
Stratolaunch has revealed the designs of two hypersonic aircraft plus a reusable space plane that will be launched from its giant Carrier Aircraft launch plane. The company hopes to begin test flights of these vehicles by 2022.
Companies large and small are working on cleaning up the skies with electric airplanes, bringing back supersonic travel, and even flirting with the edge of space to transport passengers across the world.
The European Space Agency is developing its own reusable spacecraft. Space Rider will be an un-crewed vehicle with high-tech capabilities that will provide access to space for scientific and commercial enterprises.
The six-engine jet that will be used to launch rockets into space took off from Mojave Airport in California last Saturday. The first flight of Stratolaunch lasted 2 hours and 30 minutes and reached 5,180 meters.
UK startup Orbex has showed off its Prime Rocket's second stage. Inside the engineering prototype's shell is the "world's largest" 3D printed rocket engine, which is also designed to run on bio-propane, a renewable fuel source.
Instead of propellers or turbines, the light aircraft is powered by an 'ionic wind' - a silent but mighty flow of ions that is produced aboard the plane, and that generates enough thrust to propel the plane.
Google founder Larry Page’s new plane the ‘Kitty Hawk Flyer' is so small it fits one person and doesn’t need a license.
Though just a test, it’s an important milestone for the Richard Branson-led company, which aims to eventually offer suborbital flights to space tourists.