The First American Rocket Pilot

The Bell X-1 in which Chuck Yeager shattered the sound barrier or the fabulous X-15, perhaps the world’s first spaceship, hardly sprang into being from nothing. They were the products of a long evolution of rocket-propelled aircraft that had its roots as far back as the seventeenth century, when legend tells (in… » 6/15/14 11:43am 6/15/14 11:43am

Elon Musk: SpaceX Will File Suit Against the U.S. Government


Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, announced Friday that SpaceX is filing suit against the Federal Government to protest and break the US Air Force's awarding of lucrative launch contracts for high priority national security satellites to a sole rocket provider – United Launch Alliance (ULA) – on a non competitive… » 4/26/14 12:13pm 4/26/14 12:13pm

This meticulously crafted 777-replica is made of manila folders

This is genuinely incredible. Luca Iaconi-Stewart may just be the world's greatest paper-airplane-maker. Seriously – this guy's work makes your crease-and-fold creations look like utter child's play. » 1/18/14 2:51pm 1/18/14 2:51pm

Beautiful footage of SpaceShipTwo's latest supersonic test flight

Virgin Galactic's space plane, SpaceShipTwo, finished its third rocket-powered test flight yesterday, breaking the sound barrier and reaching an altitude of 71,000 feet – the loftiest in a spate of recent test-runs. Here for your enjoyment is a highlight reel of yesterday's flight. » 1/11/14 5:27pm 1/11/14 5:27pm

Real-Life Flying Saucers Prove That the Truth Is Right Here

We introduced you some of the weirdest aircraft of the 20th century before, but now it's time to talk about Earth's fleets of flying saucers. Check out these vehicles and concepts that show how we've been building UFOs all along. » 6/19/13 7:33pm 6/19/13 7:33pm

10 James Bond Gadgets That Actually Exist—And One That Needs To

There have been 23 Bond movies made In the past 50 years—full of lethal, handy, futuristic, awesome, and sometimes funny gadgets. Most are still too fantastic to be real, but some have transcended the silver screen to become naturalized residents of the Real World. These are our favorites. » 12/17/12 1:20pm 12/17/12 1:20pm

In Soviet Russia, Tank Flies YOU!

Sweet Mother of Marshal Zhukov! If there was ever a definition of Crazy Ivan, this thing is it. Oleg Antonov, answering a mandate from Uncle Joe's Flying Squad to come up with a method of airborne self-propelled armor delivery, invented this thing: the Antonov A-40 Tank Wings. Designed to be towed to an LZ by a… » 12/22/06 8:00am 12/22/06 8:00am