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X-40A third free flight successful
The X-40A vehicle successfully performed a third free flight test today at Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif. (2001-04-25)

Study shows flight limitations of earliest feathered dinosaurs
Anchiornis, one of the earliest feathered dinosaurs ever discovered, was found to have the ability to fly. However, could it fly like birds today? A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by researchers from China and the U.S. says no. (2019-01-28)

X-37 completes structural tests in preparation for atmospheric flight test program
An approach and landing test version of the X-37, a spacecraft designed to demonstrate technologies for NASA's Orbital Space Plane Program, successfully completed structural testing in Huntington Beach, Calif. The series of ground-based, proof tests are intended to verify the structural integrity of the X-37 Approach and Landing Test Vehicle. The tests apply pressure to the vehicle, simulating flight stresses and loads the X-37 may encounter in flight. (2003-07-25)

IRVE-3 flight hardware test sounding rocket
NASA will launch an inflatable aeroshell/heat shield technology demonstrator on a Black Brant XI sounding rocket July 22 from the agency's launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) is the third in a series of suborbital flight tests of this new technology. (2012-07-19)

NASA lightning study completes first flight of uninhabited aerial vehicle
A NASA team studying the causes of electrical storms and their effects on our home planet launched their first research flight Sunday, Aug. 4, using an uninhabited aerial vehicle to overfly the Florida Everglades. (2002-08-06)

New study says to look at more than just price to find the best travel bargains
If you're looking for bargain air travel, a new study finds that you should look at more than just the ticket price. Instead, a researcher at North Carolina State University who co-authored the study says that consumers need to consider the quality of the flights being offered in order to get the best (2009-02-16)

A small vortex on the wing makes the elegance of birds' flight
A recent study shows that the birds use a thumb-like structure on the wing to create a small vortex which makes their turns and landings smooth. (2015-06-04)

Flappy robot mimics the aerial acrobatics of agile flying insects
An agile flapping-wing robot designed to better illuminate the full range of movement associated with free flight reveals new insights into how flying insects like the fruit fly perform rapid banked turns, often used for escaping predators. (2018-09-13)

NRL's Ion Tiger sets 26-hour flight endurance record
The Naval Research Laboratory's Ion Tiger, a hydrogen-powered fuel cell unmanned air vehicle, has flown 26 hours and 1 minute carrying a 5-pound payload, setting another unofficial flight endurance record for a fuel-cell powered flight. (2009-11-30)

Noncoding DNA drives the convergent loss of flight in flightless birds
Tucked away in the noncoding regions of bird DNA, researchers have discovered molecular roots of the loss of flight seen in so many disparate paleognathous birds. (2019-04-04)

Major milestone reached in X-37 space plane project
Marking a major milestone in the X-37 project, an 85 percent scale test vehicle of the experimental space plane was delivered to NASA Friday for flight testing. (2000-05-21)

Nonlinear flight control
A comparison of intelligent, adaptive, and nonlinear flight control laws is the topic of a paper recently published in proceedings of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). (1999-09-09)

TU Delft demonstrates new control techniques for preventing aircraft crashes
On Wednesday Nov. 21, TU Delft will demonstrate how improved control techniques can reduce the risk of aircraft crashes. The demonstration involves reconstructing troubled flights -- such as the El Al flight which crashed in the Bijlmer area of Amsterdam in 1992 -- in a flight simulator and adding the newly developed technology. (2007-11-16)

Flying without wings: Losing feathers has a detrimental effect on migrating birds
Birds that molt at the wrong time of the year could be disadvantaged, according to a study by scientists at Lund University, Sweden. Birds depend on a full set of feathers for maximum efficiency when flying long distances, but the study shows that moulting has a detrimental effect on their flight performance. (2015-07-01)

Airport screening unlikely to prevent spread of SARS or influenza
Screening passengers as they arrive at UK airports is unlikely to prevent the importation of either SARS or influenza, finds a study published online by the BMJ today. (2005-09-22)

SwRI hypersonic research spotlights future flight challenges
Southwest Research Institute engineers are advancing what researchers know about hypersonic flight. A new study presented at the 2019 Joint Army-Navy-NASA-Air Force (JANNAF) Propulsion Meeting describes a series of tests conducted at SwRI's San Antonio headquarters that elucidate the conditions a future aircraft may experience traveling faster than 10 times the speed of sound. (2019-10-08)

Evacuation flight lands safely at South Pole
A twin-engine plane has successfully completed an historic 1,300-mile Antarctic flight to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, bringing a new physician to replace Dr. Ronald Shemenski. (2001-04-24)

Flight ability of birds affects the shape of their eggs
Many different theories exist as to why the shape of bird eggs varies so much across species, and now, new research yields evidence that variable egg shape is driven by unique flight adaptations. (2017-06-22)

Cardiac arrest on plane journeys: New guidelines proposed
New guidelines to deal with the in-flight emergency of cardiac arrest in a passenger or crew member are being proposed at this year's Euroanaesthesia meeting in Geneva (June 3-5). The task force that has created the guidelines is led by Professor Jochen Hinkelbein, University of Cologne, Germany and President of the German Society for Aerospace Medicine. (2017-06-04)

Helicopter Pilots Face Virtual Reality
A flight simulator developed at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., is giving helicopter pilots valuable cockpit time while still on the ground. (1999-01-21)

Research ties persistence of 'white flight' to race, not socioeconomic factors
Examining population trends in racially mixed suburbs, Indiana University sociologist Samuel Kye finds that white flight occurs when nonwhite residents move in, regardless of socioeconomic factors. (2018-04-09)

Why the Galapagos cormorant lost its ability to fly
A new study points to a number of genes that may underlie the loss of flight in the Galapagos cormorant. Intriguingly, the genes are analogous to those associated with some bone disorders in humans. (2017-06-01)

NASA's successful test flight of X-40A is major accomplishment for its X-37 program
This first successful test of the X-40A by NASA was a big step forward for the X-37 program. The X-40A's free flight and landing was conducted as part of the X-37 program, intended to reduce the risk of flight testing the X-37, not from 15,000 feet (about 4.6 kilometers) like the X-40A, but from low Earth orbit. (2001-03-20)

Dandelion seeds reveal newly discovered form of natural flight
A study of dandelion seeds in motion has revealed a form of flight not seen before, and explains why the plant is among nature's best fliers. (2018-10-17)

Trading energy for safety, bees extend legs to stay stable in wind
New research shows some bees brace themselves against wind and turbulence by extending their sturdy hind legs while flying. But this approach comes at a steep cost, increasing aerodynamic drag and the power required for flight by roughly 30 percent, and cutting into the bees' flight performance. (2009-06-02)

Experience with vehicles does not help birds avoid collisions
Researchers suspected that experience with passing vehicles may cause birds to adjust their avoidance responses -- specifically, to increase their flight initiation distances -- to keep from being hit. Instead, though, they recently found that inexperienced birds have longer flight initiation distances in response to oncoming vehicles than birds that have repeatedly observed passing, fast-moving vehicles. (2016-10-26)

NRL shatters endurance record for small electric UAV
Using liquid hydrogen fuel stored in a new NRL-developed cryogenic fuel storage tank, the flight shatters the previous 26-hour record set by the UAV in 2009. (2013-05-10)

Carbon dioxide levels on flight deck affect airline pilot performance
Commercial airline pilots were significantly better at performing advanced maneuvers in a flight simulator when carbon dioxide levels on the flight deck were 700 ppm and 1500 ppm than when they were 2,500 ppm, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. School of Public Health. The study indicates that CO2 levels directly affect pilots' flight performance. (2018-08-08)

University of Leicester engineering modifications enhance aircraft safety
Leicester modifications effectively compensate for an inherent design limitation that has led to several disastrous crashes. (2007-02-23)

Qualification testing on X-33 flight engines now underway
Twin linear aerospike engines have passed their first hot- fire ignition test at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss. The engines fired Tuesday evening for a scheduled 1.12 seconds. The ignition test is the first of nine planned test-firings for the two linear aerospike engines. The test series is scheduled to run through spring 2001. (2001-02-06)

Experts advise doctors on how to clear patients for space travel
With the prospect of space travel for tourists looming, clinicians could soon be asked to advise on medical clearance for their patients, says a paper published in the BMJ Christmas edition and appearing online today. (2012-12-13)

What determines the speed at which birds fly?
Measurement of flight speeds of 138 species of bird reveals that mass and wing loading do not scale according to aerodynamic theory but vary significantly depending on phylogeny. (2007-07-16)

Charles Darwin was right about why insects are losing the ability to fly
Most insects can fly. Yet scores of species have lost that extraordinary ability, particularly on islands. (2020-12-09)

Successful Huygens test: last before separation
ESA's Huygens probe, now orbiting Saturn on board the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini spacecraft, is in good health and successfully passed its sixteenth 'In-Flight Checkout' on 23 November 2004. (2004-11-23)

SwRI selected as payload integrator for NASA suborbital flight opportunities research providers
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been selected to provide payload flight integration services as part of three suborbital flight provider contracts recently announced by NASA to Virgin Galactic, XCOR and Masten Space Systems. These contracts are an important step forward for the NASA Flight Opportunities Program, funded by NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist and managed by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., and affirm the need for commercial space access for a range of research and educational applications. (2011-08-30)

NRL demonstrates fuel cell-powered unmanned aerial system
The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), in collaboration with industrial partners, demonstrated an unmanned aerial system (UAS) flight solely powered by fuel cell technology. The flight of the 5.6-pound 'Spider-Lion (2005-11-22)

It's not a bird! It's not a plane! It's the fastest flying mammal, says UT study
When most people think of animals moving at high speed, they envision cheetahs or swiftly diving raptors. They can now add the Brazilian free-tailed bat -- a tiny nocturnal mammal -- to the list. A new study from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, shows that the Brazilian free-tailed bat can achieve flight speeds faster than those previously documented for any bat or bird. (2016-11-09)

New research from Alkema lab shows how stress can weaken defenses
Research from the lab of Mark Alkema, Ph.D., at UMass Medical School, shows how a dynamic regulation of a stress neurohormone regulates the trade-off between acute and long-term stress responses. (2019-09-09)

Wing structure helps female monarch butterflies outperform males in flight
In a study comparing physical traits of female and male monarchs, University of Georgia found that although female monarchs have smaller wings and smaller flight muscles than males, their wings are thicker and also bear less weight per square inch, making them both sturdier and more efficient in flight. (2015-11-03)

Unique new MAV operates with high aerodynamic efficiency
A French researcher, funded by the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development, in London, England and the French DoD has designed a rugged micro air vehicle (MAV) that is attractive to the US Air Force because of its high aerodynamic efficiency, even in adverse conditions. (2009-10-14)

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