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VSS Unity spaceplane completes second test flight

Watch Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company's VSS Unity complete its second successful, supersonic, rocket powered test flight to an altitude of 114,500ft and a speed of Mach 1.9.

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06 June, 2018

Space Launch System - in numbers

Discover how engineers are outfitting the world’s most powerful rocket with sensors, cables and other equipment in this 2:40 video.

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15 May, 2018

Blue Origin launches and lands New Shepard rocket

Watch Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' space tourism company Blue Origin successfully launch and land a used rocket and capsule.

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02 May, 2018


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TaxiBot performs A320 certification testing at Airbus’s Toulouse facilities

The Taxibot tests show an Airbus A320 being moved around the airport and taxiways and performing high speed turns and tighter ones at lower speeds. All this motion was controlled from the cockpit with safety drivers simply observing from the Taxibot cab.

December 19, 2016

Trent 1000 TEN powers Boeing 787 for first time

Trent 1000 TEN-powered Dreamliner flight takes place at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington.

December 13, 2016

New boundary layer engine design testing at NASA Glenn

Animation showing an engine fan and inlet ingesting boundary layer air in a wind tunnel.

December 13, 2016

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo makes first glide test flight

On December 3, 2016, Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, flew freely for the first time. This important test marks the first time that a vehicle built by the company’s manufacturing organization, The Spaceship Company, has flown fully under its own control.

December 07, 2016

First flight for the Stratos VLJ

Stratos 714 aircraft makes its first flight, during which the aircraft climbed to approximately 3,700ft above the ground and limited its speed to just 128kts.

December 07, 2016

Gripen E program update

A lot of milestones have been met in the Gripen E program lately. With the latest technology and know-how Saab engineers and pilots have made it possible to validate most of the avionics system already in the test rigs.

November 30, 2016

FMS corrections on the Cormorant’s first autonomous flight pattern

The Cormorant’s first autonomous pattern, during which the flight management system (FMS) corrected itself in response to unexpected events three times. Two of these were related to height above ground over the field (from inaccuracies in the laser beam return over uneven terrain), and the third is over the tarmac, caused by ‘poor judgement’ on the part of the FMS, causing the aircraft to descend too early in its landing approach.

November 16, 2016

Simulation of NASA out of sight drone tests

This video simulates testing performed on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, by a team from NASA’s Ames Research Center as they flew five drones using NASA’s UTM research platform. The ‘out of sight’ tests are the latest test in solving the challenge of drones flying beyond sight of their human operators without endangering other aircraft.

28 October 2016

Orion vibe test

A full-scale test version of the Orion service module undergoes vibration tests on the world’s most powerful spacecraft shaker system at NASA Glenn’s Plum Brook Station.

14 October 2016

Longitude makes first flight

Watch the first flight of the Citation Longitude super-midsize jet – less than a year after it was first unveiled by Cessna.

14 October 2016

New Shepard inflight escape test

Blue Origin tests the New Shepard crew capsule’s full-envelope escape system, designed to quickly propel the crew capsule to safety if a problem is detected with the booster.

6 October 2016

HY4 hydrogen fuel cell aircraft takes to the skies

Small hybrid electric passenger aircraft, such as the HY4, shown here, could soon be used in regional transport as electric air taxis, offering a more flexible and rapid alternative to existing means of transport.

6 October 2016

70 years of flight research at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, is celebrating seven decades of testing and research. See some of the original X-planes being put through their paces!

29 September 2016

Six Sukhoi PAK FAs undergo testing

A pair of Russian PAK FA (T-50) fifth generation fighters are shown in flight in this video released by the Russian Defense Ministry and filmed by Pavel Novikov.

23 September 2016

Cormorant UAV expands flight envelope

The footage of the Cormorant UAV was taken from two cameras on the ground and a third mounted on the fuselage and facing forward over the front duct.

23 September 2016

Laser wind tunnel testing on NASA BWB concept

A 6% scale model of a Boeing BWB is being tested for six weeks in the 14x22ft Subsonic Tunnel at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, as part of the agency’s development of a series of greener, quieter, faster X-planes.

9 September 2016

RAF Woodbridge hosts sand runway tests of the A400M

A specially constructed sand runway in RAF Woodbridge in the UK was used for testing the capabilities of the A400M to land and take-off, with test engineers pouring over the data results between trials.

26 August 2016

Hybrid aircraft Airlander 10 makes debut flight

The Airlander 10, which combines elements from airships and conventional aircraft, has made its first flight in the UK.

19 August 2016

Orbital ATK’s QM-2 solid rocket booster test

This is footage of Orbital ATK’s QM-2 solid rocket booster test taken by NASA’s High Dynamic Range Stereo X (HiDyRS-X) camera. HiDyRS-X records high speed, high dynamic range footage in multiple exposures simultaneously for use in analyzing rocket engine tests.

12 August 2016

Additive manufactured parts installed on Osprey V-22

The link and assembly with testing sensors attached is installed on the Osprey V-22.

5 August 2016

Osprey V-22 in flight after AM-parts installation

The Osprey V-22 is shown hovering and then flying in a conventional flight envelop with the AM parts installed.

5 August 2016

Recovered Space X Falcon 9 booster undergoes full power run

The refurbished booster from a Space X flight in May 2016 is given a full-power run at the company’s McGregor, Texas, test facility on July 28.

5 August 2016

Si2 completes successful round-the-world flight

Bertrand Piccard, piloting the Solar Impulse 2, films the aircraft in flight over Saudi Arabia with a selfie-stick, which he poked out of the cockpit door.

29 July 2016

Doc takes to the skies

For the first time since 1956, the B-29 known as Doc took to the sky on a sunny morning in Wichita, Kansas. More information, click here.

22 July 2016

First flight for Facebook’s Aquila

This Facebook video shows Aquila being launched from its cradle, which was towed by a pickup truck. Shots include inflight scenes from a chase plane and from onboard cameras.

22 July 2016

Raytheon SDB II tracks and destroys a moving target

This animation from 2012 depicts deployment of a Raytheon Small Diameter Bomb II. Using its advanced Tri-mode seeker, the SDB II targets and destroys a moving vehicle. The tri-mode seeker can peer through storm clouds or battlefield dust and debris to engage fixed or moving targets, and is unaffected by conditions on the ground or in the air.

15 July 2016

QinetiQ technology protects composite materials against impact threats

The latest generation of aircraft utilizes high strength lightweight composite material rather than metals to meet worldwide environmental targets for aerospace. Composite materials are particularly susceptible to impact threats and QinetiQ has developed a technology that provides greater protection against these threats.

15 July 2016

Extra Aircraft performs first public flight with Siemens electric powertrain

In a big leap for the electrification of aviation, an Extra Aircraft aerobatic plane performed its first public flight with an electric powertrain. The video shows the flight of the aerobatic aircraft with an electric propulsion motor from Siemens that weighs 50kg and produces 260kW.

15 July 2016

Flair LAR01 performs taxi tests at Metal Master headquarters

The Flair LAR01 prototype is seen carrying out taxiing tests at the manufacturer’s site in Podgórzyn, Poland, after installation of its Williams FJ33-5A engine.

8 July 2016

Second qualification ground test for Space Launch System's booster

A solid rocket booster for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) was successfully fired up on Tuesday, June 28 for its second qualification ground test at Orbital ATK's test facilities in Promontory, Utah. This was the last full-scale test for the booster before SLS’s first un-crewed test flight with NASA’s Orion spacecraft in late 2018.

1 July 2016

Blue Origin completes successful parachute test

Blue Origin flew its capsule atop the New Shepard rocket and returned both the booster and the capsule (simulating loss of a parachute) to a safe touchdown in the west Texas desert on June 19, 2016.

24 June 2016

nEUROn UAS performs public flight demonstration

The nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator performed a public flight at Istres-Le Tubé Air Base, France on Saturday 4 June. The event was organized by Dassault Aviation, along with the French defense procurement agency DGA and the French Air Force. The demonstration, which lasted around 15 minutes, marked the first time that a ground-controlled stealth aircraft has flown in public.

13 June 2016

Sikorsky S-76 completes 30-mile autonomous flight

Sikorsky has completed a 30-mile autonomous flight using a Sikorsky S-76 commercial helicopter to demonstrate completion of Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program.

09 June 2016

BEAM expansion time lapse

Timelapse video of the BEAM module inflating on the International Space Station.

09 June 2016

Starliner elements arrive for Spacecraft 1

The joining of sections of the Starliner test article at the NASA assembly facility in Florida. When complete, testing will take place at various locations in the USA.

09 June 2016

X-56A ground vibration testing

Researchers at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center are shown setting up, connecting sensors and conducting vibration testing on an X-56A flex wing.

26 May 2016

Starliner test article comes together

In an operation at Kennedy Space Center involving minute movements and precise placement, the pieces of the first CST-100 Starliner test article were joined to form a capsule. The test article will help verify the manufacturing method, the materials, and the parts being created by Boeing and the project’s suppliers, and will help the study of the Starliner’s design.

13 May 2016

NASA QM-2 readied for Utah tests in June

NASA's testing of QM-1 in 2015 shows what to expect during the test firing of QM-2 on June 28, 2016.

13 May 2016

High altitude testing milestone reached by Boeing MAX

The 737 MAX 8 takes off from El Alto International Airport in La Paz, Bolivia, where it was taken for high altitude flight testing.

28 April 2016

Solar Impulse flies over San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

Before landing in Mountain View, California, USA, Solar Impulse 2, flown by Bertrand Piccard, spent three hours flying over the San Francisco Bay Area. He made this flyover 54 hours after taking off from Hawaii.

28 April 2016

First manned Volocopter flight

The first piloted test flight of the Volocopter VC200 has been made at the Bruchsal Airfield near Karlsruhe, Germany. The pilot for the flight was Alexander Zosel, one of the founders of the e-Volo company.

22 April 2016

Lightning strikes for the first time

A 20% scale version of a concept ‘X-plane’ demonstrates flying and hovering. The DARPA-sponsored project is looking to improve hovering and flying capabilities in one aircraft through a more efficient design.

22 April 2016

GE Aviation begins ground testing on the GE9X

Ground testing has begun for the first GE9X development engine at GE Aviation’s Peebles, Ohio, USA testing facility.

15 April 2016

Martin jetpack flight demonstration

The Martin jetpack was demonstrated in Shenzhen, China, in December 2015, without the new engine which has been under development testing in the UK.

15 April 2016

Third test flight for Blue Origin New Shepard

Hardware for Blue Origin’s New Shepard flew for the third time on April 2, 2016. Testing a low-altitude restart on landing needed the engine to start fast and quickly ramp up to high thrust.

Bigelow tests inflatable space habitat

An animation of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module's (BEAM) extraction and installation on the International Space Station shows the Canadarm maneuvering the BEAM into position.

Second CH-53K enters testing program

CH-53K test flight prototype reaches 100kts during test flights over south Florida, USA.

Successful Airbus/NASA solar array test

The tested solar array involves one qualification wing, consisting of a yoke and three panels, plus three dummy wings. In the past month, the solar array was integrated with the test model of the Orion ESM, of which the series is being developed and built by Airbus Defence and Space on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Hybrid aircraft motor powers up

Hypstair has carried out the first successful start of its hybrid electric motor, mounted on a Pipestrel general aviation test aircraft, at its factory in Ajdovscina, Slovenia. Generator and battery power were tested, and power ratings of low and high were tested with a five-blade propeller.

Starliner water landing airbag system tested

Testing of the CST-100 Starliner at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, USA, on February 9, 2016, showed how a test article would perform in water drop tests to simulate the spacecraft landing on water.

DARPA drones undergo collision avoidance testing

Drones (UAVs) in DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program are tested inside a hangar converted to look like a warehouse, first at speed, and then to demonstrate their collision avoidance abilities.

MRJ protype first flight

The first flight of the MRJ shows the aircraft taxiing, taking off and in flight, as well as views of the cockpit and flight crew, and from some of the remote cameras installed for testing.

Japan unveils new fifth generation stealth fighter jet

The new Japanese X-2 fighter technology demonstrator aircraft was displayed under military guard at an airfield near Komaki, Japan. First flight is scheduled for February 2016.

SpaceX’s Dragon 2 propulsive hover test

Test of the SuperDraco engines on the Crew Dragon to demonstrate their ability to slow and hold the craft in position for a controlled touchdown on land.

Second Airbus Helicopters H160 test craft takes off

A second prototype of the Airbus Helicopters H160 took off on January 27, 2016, at Marseilles Provence Airport in France, commencing a busy flight test program in 2016 for the two helicopters.

Direct effects of lightning testing at NIAR

The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) Direct Effect of Lightning Generator is designed to replicate a 99th percentile lightning strike. When charged to the full capacity, the 24 capacitors (charged to more than 60,000V) and 72 car batteries produce more than 200,000A.

SpaceX booster landing fails

An unmanned mission, powered by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, accomplished its primary goal of carrying the Jason-3 satellite into low orbit. But the secondary goal — a test to land the booster section of the rocket upright on a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean — ended in a fiery explosion on Sunday, January 17, 2016.

SpaceX Falcon 9 booster completes safe vertical landing

The SpaceX Falcon 9 booster achieved a safe vertical landing on December 21 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, after lifting a payload of 11 satellites into orbit during a normal commercial launch. The critical landing test was achieved after new struts were fitted to the booster.

Fly-Bag proves its worth during live testing

As reported in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of Aerospace Testing International, the University of Sheffield and partners conducted a series of live tests on a bomb-proof cargo lining for use in commercial aircraft, at an airport near Gloucester, UK in August 2015. Under the direction of professor Andy Tyas, a very real field test saw the bag tested with explosives on decommissioned aircraft.

Easy-to-fly helicopter begins flight tests

In a remote test flight controlled from the ground, the pilot of e-volo’s easy-to-fly Volocopter VC200 lets go of the joystick with the vehicle remaining in the same place in the air. When the pilot presses down on the altitude control, the VC200 lands automatically.

Airbus Helicopters HCE demonstrator conducts first flight

Airbus Helicopters completed the first flight test of the high-compression engine demonstrator aircraft, Friday, November 6th, at Marignane Airport, France. The development and flight test of this new technology demonstrator is part of the European Clean Sky initiative’s Green Rotorcraft Integrated Technology Demonstrator (ITD) program.

SuperDraco engines complete development testing

The SuperDraco rocket engine has been successfully test fired by the SpaceX company at its facility in Texas. Testing has been conducted over 300 times on individual engines to refine the design. The engine will be part of a system of eight to carry a spacecraft away from the launch vehicle in case of a rocket malfunction.

World View completes 10% scale test flight of edge-of-space capsule

World View, the commercial spaceflight company, has successfully completed a major milestone test flight, keeping the company on track to meet its 2017 goal for manned private flights to the edge of space. This test flight carried a scaled down, replica spacecraft to a final altitude of 100,475ft (30,624m), successfully marking the transition from sub-scale testing to a historical next stage of development – full-scale testing.

World’s first test flight of a UAV incorporating graphene

A pioneering collaboration between two UK universities has resulted in a successful world-first aeronautic flight test. The research initiative, between the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC), and The University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute, has seen the first flight of a UAV part-constructed with graphene.

Gulfstream G500 exceeds 100 flight hours

Gulfstream has announced that the G500 has achieved several flight-test milestones, including surpassing more than 100 hours of flight. As of October 13, 2015, the G500 flight test aircraft had completed more than 45 missions – with the longest clocking 5 hours and 22 minutes – for a total aircraft flight time of more than 100 hours. View exclusive b-roll video of the test aircraft in flight.

F-35C Lightning boards Ike for developmental testing

The F-35 Lightning II Program is conducting its second developmental test (DT-II) at sea. While aboard USS Eisenhower (CVN 69) from October 2-15, the Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) will test F-35C carrier suitability and integration in the at-sea environment. The F-35C will perform a variety of operational maneuvers during DT-II — including catapult takeoffs and arrested landings — while simulating maintenance operations and conducting general maintenance and fit tests.

KC-46A Pegasus makes successful first test flight

Boeing and the US Air Force celebrated a much anticipated milestone September 25th when the KC-46A Pegasus Tanker aircraft took off on its inaugural flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, USA. Test pilots conducted a four-hour flight, during which they performed a series of system checks before landing at Boeing Field in Seattle.

CSIR electronic warfare test, evaluation and training pod takes to the skies

South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has completed the first flight test of its electronics testing, evaluation and training pod, also known as the Inundu pod. The pod is designed to provide an airborne 'laboratory environment' for electronics during flight on military type platforms without requiring electronic hardware hardening or ruggedisation.

First Italian-built F-35 makes first flight

Test pilot Bill 'Gigs' Gigliotti piloted the first flight of the F-35 outside the USA on September 7, 2015, near the Cameri, Italy, Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility.

C Series water ingestion tests

Bombardier has successfully completed the C Series aircraft’s water ingestion tests in Mirabel, Québec – the tests validate how the aircraft behaves on rain-soaked runways

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Successful flight test campaign for Neuron

The flight test campaign in Italy of the Neuron Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) has been concluded with the achievement of all established goals, representing an important step forward for the program. The Neuron is being developed by an industrial team led by Dassault Aviation, along with Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi, Saab, Airbus Defence and Space, RUAG and HAI.

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Engineers complete risky test of Orion's parachute system

NASA has successfully completed a dramatic test of the Orion spacecraft’s parachute system and its ability to perform in the event of a partial deployment on re-entry. On Wednesday, August 26, a test version of Orion touched down in the Arizona desert after engineers intentionally failed two different parachutes used in the sequence that stabilizes and slows the spacecraft for landing.

Boeing KC-46 program completes flutter tests

The Boeing KC-46 test program has completed flight flutter tests on EMD 1 – the first test aircraft of the tanker program, a 767-2C. Successful completion of flutter testing enables an expanded flight envelope and the ability to safely put more crew on board for further testing.

Smoke detection and evacuation test on the Bombardier C Series

Fifth CS100 flight test vehicle FTV5 is put through its paces during a recent fire safety test

BAE Systems discusses the value of simulation technology

Leading UK defence contractor discusses the potential for future, networked training and testing using the latest simulation technology

The oldest invention to the latest technology

One of humanity’s oldest technologies, the humble fishing net, may yet find a new role in space: bringing down dead satellites. See the European Space Agency test

Airbus A400M performs successful air-to-air refuelling test with two F-18s

In the course of four flights, the A400M performed 74 contacts and dispensed 27.2 metric tons of fuel to the Spanish Air Force aircraft. Refuelling was conducted at altitudes of 20,000 to 33,000ft.

Military transport KC-390 first flight

Embraer KC-390 military transport makes successful first flight.

650mph Desert Comms Test For BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car

Recording breaking comms check at 650mph. An L39 jet aircraft flew multiple passes down BLOODHOUND’s specially prepared South African desert track, synchronised with the new All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé driven by Project Director Richard Noble and a Jaguar XF saloon, at closing speeds of up to 650mph (1,046km/h). The cars carried the same equipment that will stream data, voice and imagery live from the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car during test runs and record attempts in September this year and again in 2016.

Lockheed Martin F-35 Integrated Test Force at Patuxent River Naval Air Station 2014 Highlights

The program has surpassed 25,000 combined flight hours in December with F-35 military fleet aircraft (16,200 hours) nearly doubling the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) test aircraft (8,950) hours.

F-35 weapons array

All three variants of the F-35 Lightning II continue on a path toward full weapons certification. Highlights included validating 2B weapons software and successfully executing several weapons separation and engagement tests at Edwards Air Force Base

First Joint Strike Fighter's (F-35C Lightning II) arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier

The event took place aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego

Boeing 787-9 takes to the skies over Farnborough

The test 787-9 performing maneuvers at Farnborough airshow. See the September 2014 issue of Aerospace Testing International for an exclusive article from John Bradford of Boeing Test & Evaluation's Flight Test Engineering Group on the 787-9 test program.

First images of maiden flight, A350 XWB

Target missile intercepted over the Pacific Ocean during missile defense exercise

A long-range ground-based interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California (June 2014), intercepts an intermediate-range ballistic missile target launched from the US Army’s Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll.

Exclusive Interview - World record for longest solar-powered flight

Watch an exclusive video interview patched through to Solar Impulse pilot and designer André Borschberg as he breaks the world record for longest solar-powered flight during the aircraft's trans-American journey

F-35C Formation Flight

For the first time, two Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant test aircraft launched together and conducted formation flying at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., April 18, 2012. More >>

Raw cockpit footage taken during a Blue Angels air show

F-35 First Weapons Test on August 8th 2012

On August 8th, an F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft completed the program's first aerial weapons release. The aircraft (BF-3) dropped an inert 1,000-pound GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition over an Atlantic test range from an internal weapons bay.

Stratos Very Light Personal Jet

Five days of tests in the University of Washington Kirsten Wind Tunnel has produced positive results for the Stratos Very Light Personal Jet (VLPJ). The one-fifth scale aluminum, polycarbonate, and composite model was subjected to more than 90 runs with focus on airflow over the fuselage, wings, and vertical tail.

Solar Impulse

At the end of June 2009 Solar Impulse will unveil its amazing first sun-powered prototype aircraft: HB-SIA, which will be able to fly day AND night. The June edition of Aerospace Testing International features an exclusive interview with company co-founder, pilot and CEO, André Borschberg who talks about the amazing test project.

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