FAA and Xcel Using Drones to Inspect Power Lines

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has teamed up with the Minneapolis-based power company Xcel Energy to inspect power lines and electrical infrastructure using drones. Power lines pose a serious threat to aircraft. In 2011, a Russian Tu-134 struck a power … Read More

Taking a Closer Look at Boeing’s 737 MAX-9

Boeing’s highly anticipated 737 MAX 9 jet is just weeks away from its debut. The MAX 9 is the successor to the 737-900. Among other things, it features a longer fuselage than the MAX 8, which Boeing hopes will increase … Read More

The Three Stages of Aircraft Design

Whether it’s a small single-engine husky or a massive Airbus A300-600ST , aircraft are designed in a three-stage process. This consists of the conceptual design phase, the preliminary design phase, and finally the detail design phase. To learn more about … Read More

Are Self-Piloting Planes the Future?

Some of the world’s biggest tech companies are working to develop self-driving cars, including Google, Apple and Tesla. Self-driving cars would revolutionize the way in which we commute, reducing collisions and traffic congestion. But self-driving technology isn’t limited strictly to … Read More

Boeing and NanoRacks to Build Commercial Space Lock

Boeing has teamed up with NanoRacks to produce the world’s first commercial space lock. Founded in 2009 by Jeffrey Manber, Mike Johnson and Charles Miller, NanoRacks is a private company that develops products and services for commercial space applications. Some … Read More

Aircraft Design: 6 Things Companies Must Consider

Boeing alone manufactured approximately 700 airplanes per year — and that’s only from one company! There are dozens of other airplane manufacturers, all of whom produce aircraft. When these companies design aircraft, however, they must consider several things, some of … Read More

Google Announces Moon Shot Competition Finalists

Earlier this month, Eugene A. Cernan, retired United States Navy captain and the last astronaut to walk on the moon, died at the age of 82. He left behind a message encouraging the world to continue exploring the lunar surface … Read More

Boeing Creates New Metal, Stronger than Titanium

Using the right metal is critical when designing and manufacturing aircraft or spacecraft. If the metal is too heavy, it will force the engines to work extra hard during takeoff. But if the metal is too light, it may lack … Read More

FAA Considers Lifting Ban on Cellphone Usage

If you’ve ever flown on a commercial airliner, you’re probably well aware of the current ban on the use of cellphones during flight. Many airlines request passengers turn off their mobile phones and other electronic devices during the take-off and … Read More