A Senate Panel Just Set Aside $100 Million To Build a Putin-Free Rocket

Could the budgetary shot in the arm our space program so desperately needs come from rising tensions between Russia and the US? In the latest development in the New Cold War™, a Senate panel has budgeted $100 million to fund a state-of-the-art rocket engine designed and built right here in Amurica. » 5/23/14 12:02pm 5/23/14 12:02pm

Hear the shocking difference between 2013 and 2014 F1 racing engines

The rules done changed in F1 racing from last year to now and the most obvious difference between 2013 and 2014 is the sound of the engine in F1 racing cars. Before they used to be so screaming loud that they sounded like the manifestation of space laser warfare on the road. Now in 2014? It's like hearing weak go… » 3/17/14 10:11pm 3/17/14 10:11pm

It's Not Broken, The Open Rotor Turbine Is Supposed to Look Like That

This is not a broken turboprop engine. It's a new radical new aircraft engine design by French engine manufacturer Snecma, one that will forgo the traditional bypass system and remove the engine ducting altogether while reducing fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and engine noise. » 1/02/14 1:00pm 1/02/14 1:00pm

The World's Biggest Jet Engine Is Brawnier Than Alan Shepard's Rocket

The Wright Flyer took off in 1903 powered by a measly 12 horsepower straight-four. Little did Orville and Wilbur know that just 110 years later, their pokey engines would eventually lead to a power plant with more horsepower than The Titanic and Shepard's Mercury-Redstone 3—combined. » 11/25/13 11:40am 11/25/13 11:40am

The Next F-35 Lightning's Engine Adapts for Flight, Fight, and Beyond

Unlike commercial airliners, modern military aircraft are subjected to ever-changing flying conditions—from high-thrust takeoffs to flying at altitude to combat maneuvers. So why are they outfitted with engines that perform optimally in only one of those flight envelopes? For the next iteration of the F-35 Lightning… » 11/07/13 11:40am 11/07/13 11:40am

These Charts Show How Much Better Engines Are Today

We all know that engines have been steadily improving for years. I mean, they better, right? What with all the researchers poking at them in their development cages and whatnot. But it's easy to forget just how much better they are until you see them in context with their ancestors. Which is exactly what we're trying… » 10/11/13 3:40pm 10/11/13 3:40pm

NASA's Next Rocket Engine Could Be A Blast From the Past

Jeff Bezos isn't the only person interested in vintage NASA technology. Public and private entities alike are actively taking a second look at the Rocketdyne F-1 engines that helped notch Saturn V rockets as the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever operated—even today, forty years after the demise of the… » 4/17/13 11:30am 4/17/13 11:30am

If a Jet Engine Can Survive GE's Winnipeg Wind Tunnel, It Can Survive…

Even though today's largest airplane engines are capable of producing more than 100,000 pounds of thrust, they are still susceptible to ice build-up in the sub-zero temperatures at cruising altitude. To ensure the next generation of mega-engines can withstand the worst that Old Man Winter can throw at them, GE has… » 3/21/13 11:30am 3/21/13 11:30am

Queen Elizabeth Will Float the Biggest Marine Turbine Engine in History

The 109,000 HP Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C diesel engine is the largest and most powerful, but at 2,300 tons, any warship it's attached to is going to have trouble outmaneuvering jellyfish, much less torpedoes. Instead, the British Navy is relying on a new gas turbine engine that, while only half as powerful as the RTA96,… » 1/31/13 11:30am 1/31/13 11:30am

US Warships Could Soon Run on Detonated Waves

Every one of the modern US Navy's 129 ships, and its entire fleet of aircraft, relies on gas turbines for either basic propulsion or to generate electricity for their critical systems—typically both. But as fuel costs continue to rise, these turbines now burn through nearly $2 billion of fuel annually. That's why… » 11/07/12 12:00pm 11/07/12 12:00pm