The U.S. Air Force’s Project Pluto sought to create nuclear-powered cruise missiles, but was terminated decades ago after second thoughts over the dangers
General Jay Raymond, Commander of Air Force Space Command, talks about keeping watch over space and cyber.
Researchers have found that engineered sugarcane could yield more than 2,500 liters of bio-jet fuel per acre of land
Quadcopter crashes with a helicopter and plane—the first-ever in the U.S. and Canada, respectively—show that such encounters are no longer hypothetical
SETI pioneer Jill Tarter and Berkeley researcher Dan Werthimer talk about how the discovery of nearby exoplanets is inspiring new efforts to gain info about these galactic neighbors.
Drone pilots say they can save lives, but emergency responders want them grounded
This fixed wing drone copies a bird to land on vertical surfaces and lift off again.
Major airports will see more frequent takeoff weight restrictions in the coming decades due to increasingly common hot temperatures
The F-35 was billed as a fighter jet that could do almost everything the U.S. military desired but has turned out to be one of the greatest boondoggles in recent military purchasing history
This past April business traveler Tom Stuker became the world’s most frequent flyer, logging 18 million miles of air travel on United Airlines over the last 14 years
Industry is working on new aircraft fuels that reduce greenhouse gas emissions
A new air traffic control system could ensure that you spend less time flying the crowded skies
Self-piloting quadcopters make more sense than an airplane–automobile hybrid—but safety and logistics problems remain
If anything's alive on the ice-covered ocean world of Europa, a future NASA mission hopes to find it.
This week powerful radio waves will disturb the ionosphere to probe satellite disruptions and create strange glows
A movement to privatize Earth-observing satellites is gaining ground
Scientific American executive editor Fred Guterl talks with Pres. Obama’s science advisor, John Holdren, about climate science, space travel, the issue of reproducibility in science, the brain initiative and more.
Time flows slightly faster on the Global Positioning System satellites than it does on the ground, so Einstein's relativity theory comes into play when figuring out where on Earth you are.