Remotely operated aircraft successfully tested as tool for measuring changes in polar ice sheets

Scientists studying the behavior of the world's ice sheets--and the future implications of ice sheet behavior for global sea-level rise--may soon have a new airborne tool that will allow radar measurements that previously would have been prohibitively expensive or difficult to carry out with manned aircraft.

Siemens shows off electric hybrid aircraft in Paris

The world of electric airplanes continues to expand as more and more well known companies get in on the act of developing aircraft for this sector of the aerospace industry.

Android phones can hijack planes

Anyone who thought that airport security would allow smartphone use on a plane in the future might be a little worried to know that it is possible to hijack a plane with one.

Uber-mini Black Hornet drones cruise Afghani skies

Not all of the drone aircraft deployed by militaries are actually large flying machines. Case in point? The uber-mini Black Hornet, manufactured by Prox Dynamics, which is slightly reminiscent a military-style MeCam.

F-35A Joint Strike Fighter (JSA) training begins

The US Air Force has kicked off official flight training for the F-35 - despite a small fleet that  is years away from any sort of operational status.

Pentagon's X-51A eyes Mach 6

The Pentagon hopes its X-51A will manage to hit hypersonic velocity by next spring or summer.

Kamikaze drones expand kill zone

The Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System - or LMAMS - weighs less than 5 pounds. Ultimately, the US Army wants the kamikaze drone to be capable of attacking a target up to 6 miles away in 30 minutes or less.

Biofuel powered aircraft set to fly

Canada's Porter Airlines will become the first carrier in the country to conduct a biofuel-powered flight this month.

New type of aircraft flies like a UFO

Austrian research firm IAT21 has unveiled a radically new type of aircraft that could render the helicopter obsolete.

Tiny harvesters power intelligent aircraft bodies

Airplane designers have been working on sensor networks something like the human nervous system, which would run throughout the body shell and report directly to engineers when maintenance is required.

NASA shows off the aircraft of 2025

NASA's released images of three commercial aircraft designs that it says could be appearing in the skies by 2025.

Pedal-powered plane flaps wings to fly

A human-powered 'ornithopter' with flapping wings has become the first aircraft of its kind to achieve sustained flight.

Unmanned Boeing plane can stay in the air for 4 days

Boeing has unveiled a new hydrogen-powered plane that is not only one of the greenest and most lightweight aircraft the company has ever introduced, it also has the power to stay aloft for 4 days without a pilot.

BAE uncloaks unmanned combat aircraft

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has uncloaked an advanced unmanned combat aircraft prototype.

Chance observation solves mystery of 'hole-punch' clouds

Strange circular holes in clouds which have frequently led to speculation about UFOs are caused by nothing more mysterious than aircraft, a study has shown - and they can cause several inches of snow or rain too.