Watch This Cloud Of Rusty Balls Shape-Shift Into an Airborne Labyrinth

The last time we checked in with Plebian Design and Hypersonic, the creative teams had installed an interactive map chandelier in Washington DC that glowed in time with different data sets. For their latest trick, they turned the lobby of a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotech company into a similarly mind-bending, » 8/26/14 7:05pm Tuesday 7:05pm

Watch Boeing's X-51A WaveRider Scramjet Blast Off to Mach 5.1

Boeing's X-51A WaveRider Scramjet has had its share of bad luck. While its first test flight in 2010 went fine, the two that followed ended with unsatisfactory plops. Now, the USAF has just completed the fourth and final test, and the result was a screaming 370 seconds of scramjet glory and literally hypersonic speeds. » 5/04/13 12:00pm 5/04/13 12:00pm

Mach 8 Hydrogen Hypersonic Airliner on the Drawing Board

It looks like that Boeing jet we showed you yesterday isn't going to be the only airplane using hydrogen if the European Union has its way. The European Space Agency just got $14.5 million in a second round of funding from the EU to study the idea of developing A2, a hydrogen-fueled hypersonic aircraft that might… » 10/25/07 9:51am 10/25/07 9:51am

NASA Getting a Little Sumthin'-Sumthin' from Virgin

NASA and Virgin Galactic (two companies that make for strange bedfellows) are loosely teaming up to develop hypersonic commercial planes that'll send common plebes like you and me out into space. You see, NASA has the brains to make these planes, whereas Virgin has the cash flow. Together they can make planes that'll… » 3/22/07 2:45pm 3/22/07 2:45pm

Hypersonic Cruise Missiles Hit Mach 5

Tomahawk Cruise missiles may be known for their pinpoint accuracy, but when it comes to speed, there's no topping the X-51. As part of the Pentagon's Prompt Global Strike project, the X-51 is a hypersonic cruise missile that can strike anywhere in the world in less than an hour. The new missile, which is designed to… » 12/20/06 11:35am 12/20/06 11:35am