NASA is working hard to develop a quiet supersonic jet and an electric aircraft as part of the X-plane series. NASA’s X-57 Maxwell and X-59 QueSST aircraft are getting closer to their first test flights after completing ground tests.
Because of the extreme conditions on the planet, only one probe has lasted more than an hour or two on Venus. A new concept suggests that the body structure of the stingray may hold the key to discovering the body.
The air taxi is waiting for passengers on the ground, and if it is finally given permission to take off, it could redefine urban passenger transport in a way that we will no longer recognise. The technology deserves attention: start-ups for ever more efficient vehicles are proliferating, and a new NASA programme has already demonstrated their viability.
If the concept of EmDrive works, it would have redefined not only our view of space travel, but of physics as a whole. Except that the latest research shows that it really is impossible to drive anything with an “impossible drive”.