Stratolaunch starts building Talon hypersonic plane for Mach 6 flights

Stratolaunch has started construction on a prototype hypersonic vehicle designed to launch from the world’s biggest airplane. Recent pictures the company shared on Twitter show a prelude of the sleek Stratolaunch Talon-A reusable hypersonic vehicle coming together in a manufacturing facility. “The upper skin layup tool and prototype upper skin are giving us a peek […]

The world’s longest commercial flights, by the numbers

The airline uses an A350-900 for its trips between Singapore and New York City. (Singapore Airlines/) Last week, Singapore Airlines launched what is the longest regularly scheduled flight in the world—at least for the moment. The ultra-long-haul trip is a nonstop connection between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Singapore’s Changi Airport. It […]

Dinosaurs may have evolved into birds, but early flights didn’t go so well

A reconstruction of Ambopteryx in a glide. (Gabriel Ugueto /) About 160 million years ago, two tiny dinosaurs known as Yi qi and Ambopteryx longibrachium glided through the trees in present-day China. Unfortunately for Yi and Ambopteryx, these aerial abilities were pretty underwhelming, scientists reported on October 22 in the journal iScience. The researchers examined […]