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.
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.
This electric plane startup has just received its first order from a California-based jet charter company – and critics believe that it may usher in a whole new era of sustainable air travel in the United States.
In 2011, Stratolaunch Systems was founded with a simple goal: to reduce the costs of rocket launches by creating the world’s largest air-launch-to-orbit system. Recently, their aircraft reached a major milestone.
The E-Fan X will offer partially electric powered flights that are cheaper, quieter, and more sustainable.
Creating lighter yet powerful engines is just one way the aviation industry is trying to reduce its environmental impact.
Inspired by evolution in nature, Danish engineers used supercomputing to design a wing structure that resembles the interior of a bird’s wing or beak.
Dreams of hypersonic air travel might come true courtesy of a new material.
China's largest unmanned solar-powered aircraft just set a domestic record by reaching an altitude of more than 20,000 meters during a test flight.
Major aerospace companies are now moving to develop the future of flight with electric planes, self-driving taxis and personal flying vehicles.
Sir Richard Branson has raised the prospect of planes being made entirely from the so-called wonder material graphene within 10 years, as the airline industry battles a 50pc increase in fuel in the last 12 months, sparking a desperate need for ever lighter fleets.