Top-Secret Space Plane Lands After Almost 2 Years In Orbit

The U.S. Air Force's top secret X-37B Space Plane made a not-so-secret return to Earth this morning, landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after an impressive 674 days in orbit. » 10/17/14 4:08pm 10/17/14 4:08pm

Sierra Nevada Challenges NASA's Crew Transport Contracts

When NASA awarded crew transport contracts to Boeing CST-100 and the SpaceX Dragon v2, a lot of you asked, "What about Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser?" Sierra Nevada is asking the same question, filing a legal challenge claiming their craft was ranked equally proficient and a hefty $900 million cheaper than Boeing. » 10/04/14 1:37pm 10/04/14 1:37pm

What's Happening With Crew Transport To The Space Station?

Today NASA announced new commercial partners to take over crew-transport to the International Space Station. Following in the wake of Russia playing hardball with astronaut training in Crimea, human spaceflight launches will finally be returning to the United States by 2017. » 9/16/14 3:58pm 9/16/14 3:58pm

The Pentagon Takes Its Next Major Step Towards A Reusable Spaceplane

In an effort to reduce satellite launch costs, DARPA has awarded three companies with a $4 million preliminary design contract to develop the XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane — a reusable, unoccupied booster that functions similar to modern aircraft. » 7/16/14 6:00pm 7/16/14 6:00pm

Boeing Fuselages Make A Splash In Montana River

A trio of Boeing fuselages wound up in the Clark Fork River this week, when a train carrying the aircraft derailed near Superior, Montana. Thankfully, no one was injured – but we can't help but wonder what Boeing intends to do with these castoff parts. See more photos of the aftermath by Kyle Massick at King 5 News. » 7/05/14 1:00pm 7/05/14 1:00pm

The Stunning Factory Porn Of Aircraft Assembly Lines

Airplanes let us witness the majesty of the world above the clouds, but the places where these vessels are born and serviced have a beauty all their own—efficient, complex, and remarkably clean. » 6/18/14 3:12pm 6/18/14 3:12pm

Boeing's New "Space Taxi" Will Launch Astronauts To Space From US Soil

Earlier this week, Boeing unveiled a full scale mockup of its CST-100 commercial "space taxi" at the new home of its future manufacturing site at the Kennedy Space Center — the same facility that was used to prepare NASA's space shuttle orbiters for missions. » 6/12/14 6:40am 6/12/14 6:40am

The Most Detailed Saturn V Cutaway We've Ever Seen

NASA's Saturn V remains the only launch vehicle in history to catapult humans beyond low-Earth orbit. In this beautiful cutaway – what appears to be an original diagram from Boeing's Space Division – the legendary rocket's internal workings are laid bare in captivating detail. » 2/19/14 7:50am 2/19/14 7:50am

We now have drones equipped with EMP beams — and that could be lethal

If you're worried about surveillance drones cruising over your neighborhood, then this new technology from Boeing will have you running for your microwave shielded shelter. Last week, defense company Boeing conducted the first successful test of a drone called the Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile… » 10/25/12 5:45pm 10/25/12 5:45pm

SpaceX Takes Flight

After experiencing its fair share of setbacks, SpaceX has finally done it. At 3:44 a.m. EDT, the company successfully launched its Dragon capsule into low Earth orbit atop its towering Falcon 9 rocket. In doing so, it has become the first private company in history to send a spacecraft to the International Space… » 5/22/12 7:25am 5/22/12 7:25am

SpaceX clears Falcon 9 rocket for Tuesday morning launch

Its first launch attempt was cut short less than a second before liftoff on Saturday morning, but private space transportation company SpaceX will be trying once again to send its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station early tomorrow morning. » 5/21/12 11:57am 5/21/12 11:57am

All systems are go for Saturday's historic SpaceX launch

It's official. According to Elon Musk, CEO of private space-transport company SpaceX, NASA has given the final go-ahead on a launch that, if successful, will mark the dawn of a new era in spaceflight: the era of commercial spacecraft. Liftoff is scheduled for Saturday morning. » 5/18/12 9:20am 5/18/12 9:20am

America's X-37B spaceplane is "probably" spying on China

The US Air Force's high-tech, unmanned X-37B spaceplane launched on March 5, 2011, entering low Earth orbit with the mission designation USA-226 and a set of tantalizingly vague mission parameters: to "demonstrate a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the United States Air Force." » 1/05/12 2:59pm 1/05/12 2:59pm

The aircraft of 2025 can go up to 85 percent of the speed of sound…

Check out Boeing's concept drawings of a super-advanced aircraft in 2025. NASA gave Boeing, plus Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, contracts to study cleaner, safer, and more fuel-efficient aircraft designs for 14 years hence, and here's the first look. [NASA] » 1/14/11 3:00pm 1/14/11 3:00pm

Blackswift Will Be the First War Machine In Space

Development of the U.S.'s first hypersonic military space plane, the HTV-3X Blackswift, is zooming forward, with plans for Boeing and Lockheed to work together on the project. When it's ready to fly (possibly as soon as 2010), the Blackswift will give the U.S. the ability to send a missile to any spot on Earth within… » 7/31/08 8:00am 7/31/08 8:00am

Boeing Developing Planes with Frickin Laser Beams

As far as air-to-ground weapons go, bombs are effective but not known for their precision. That's why Boeing is hard at work on a project the U.S. military has long lusted after: plane-mounted lasers. Once we get these things operational, putting your munitions factories next to your day-care centers isn't going to… » 5/30/08 8:00am 5/30/08 8:00am