The Return of the Airship

Despite the disastrous Hindenburg crash in 1937, airships today prove greener and equally as fast as maritime travel—even if using them seems ambitious and unlikely. Plenty of companies are surveying the prospects of airships once again. To reduce the carbon emissions of the transportation sector (23% of worldwide greenhouse gas production comes from the industry), airships, particularly solar-powered ones, could be replacements and carry the …

Airbus Unveils “Bird of Prey” Hybrid Plane Concept

One component of Airbus’ goal of cutting aerospace emissions in half by 2050, the “Bird of Prey” concept debuted at the Royal International Air Tattoo airshow. This hybrid-electric engine passenger plane aims to mimic birds in various ways. Not only does it have a long tail and sprawling wings, it will arch like an eagle, have individual “feathers” that can be controlled on their own …

NASA and MIT’s Shape-Shifting Wing

Hundreds of identical polyethylene resin components form a new airplane wing developed by NASA and MIT. These shape-shifting pieces can morph during flight to form the most efficient wing for the existing conditions. The entire aircraft is within one lightweight, flexible wing surface. Researchers have already tested one hand-constructed model in the wind tunnel of NASA’s Langley Research Center. Read more about the wing and …