Watch the Airbus Project Vahana prototype autonomous air taxi take flight

Airbus recently had the first ever successful flight of its Vahana autonomous air vehicle, and now it’s released video of that pivotal moment in the aircraft’s development. The flight took

Relativity Space wants to launch rockets for 90% less with 3D printing

A new startup called Relativity Space founded by two aerospace engineers wants to use massive 3D printers to produce rockets without humans required on the factory floor, with the ultimate aim of driv

High-speed camera rig captures 3D images of birds’ wings in flight

You don't have to be an ornithologist to know that birds are pretty good at flying. But while we know how they do it in general, the millimeter- and microsecond-level details are difficult to pin down

Seatfrog’s auction app lets you grab a last-minute flight upgrade on the cheap

From time-to-time here at TechCrunch, we see companies tackling problems or painpoints in a way that makes you wonder why it wasn't done long ago. Seatfrog from Australia is one that gives me that fee

German Researchers Build A Plane Controlled By Your Brain

While the more pedantic among us would argue that every plane is controlled by our brains, German researchers at the Technische Universität München and the TU Berlin have created a plane that eschew

AirPooler Is Lyft For Private Planes

Pilots want to fly, but it's expensive. People want to travel but it's a hassle. AirPooler brings them together on its site where pilots can sell empty seats on private plane flights. This bootstrappe

Book Now Or Wait? Kayak Adds Price Forecasting To Its Flight Search Results

It was just over two months ago that <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kayak.com/">Kayak</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.priceline.com/">Priceline</a> sent ripples through the online tra

Watch Felix Baumgartner Live: This Scientific Discovery Brought To You By Mentos, The Freshmaker

As I watch today's jump by Felix Baumgartner - it's been running non-stop on most major news channels, the same channels that gave a Space Shuttle launch about two minutes between video of a talking d

Flying Green: The Possibilities And Challenges Of Electric Aircraft

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/electricplane.jpg"> Airplanes release greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere and require enormous amounts of fuel to fly. A Boeing 747 can

Self Launching Sailplane Uses Jet Engine To Get Off The Ground

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/bonusjet_600X399.jpg" />Sailplanes are fun and all, but they are gliders at heart and for the most part, you have to tow a glider up int

Nuclear aircraft add one more horror to the litany of air travel fears

As if flying weren’t scary enough now we could have giant airplanes full of nuclear power plants that could transport “millions” across the stratosphere. Actually, this does make a l

Carbon fiber used in wings of new Airbus A400M

Owners of super-light laptops can appreciate the miracle of carbon fiber, a strong but light material being used more and more in high-end notebooks. Airbus is now using the same carbon fiber material

Rocketman jumps from plane with jet-pack wings

There are only a few things more exciting than being a technology blogger, like jumping out of an airplane at 7,500 feet above the Swiss Alps strapped into rocket-powered jet wings. That’s what

Atair's EXO-Wing and AeroSuit on display at The Met

Brooklyn defense contractor Atair Aerospace has two of its futuristic (and working) designs on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of a superhero exhibit that’ll be runnin

Another airline to consider when making your suborbital space travel plans

Here’s the Lynx, from XCOR Aerospace out of California. It’s a cute little two-seater that’s capable of taking off from a standard runway and flying you up almost 40 miles into space

Virgin 747 to go from London to Amsterdam on biofuel

  Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline will conduct a test flight at the end of the month wherein a Boeing 747 will fly from London to Amsterdam using an 80/20 blend of conventiona

FAA sez no chatting on the plane anytime soon

For many people, myself included, airplane time is quiet time. Time for a nap, time to listen to some music, time to tell whoever’s on the other end of your phone that you have to let them go be

Death from Above: WowWee Dragonfly

Holy crap this looks cool. WowWee, makers of the popular Robosapien, are preparing to take to the air with the Dragonfly . The Dragonfly is a radio controlled device doesn’t seem to have any AI,

Boeing Drops Connexion

Citing financial problems with the program, Boeing announced today that it would be discontinuing its Connexion broadband service. Company chief Jim McNerney said, “Regrettably, the market for t