Unmanned plane for launching satellites goes to Phase 2

The Pentagon’s dream of cheap satellite launches using a reusable hypersonic aircraft that would get satellite payloads into the neighborhood of space before launching them is getting a little closer to reality. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Experimental Spaceplane, or XS-1, program is heading into Phase 2 of the development of an unmanned aircraft […]

The Pentagon Wants Autonomous Fighter Jets to Join the F-35 in Combat

The pilotless aircraft could take to the skies before driverless vehicles hit the road. The U.S. Air Force Research Lab is moving ahead with an initiative to turn aging F-16 fighter jets into unmanned, autonomous combat aircraft. The pilotless planes will fly alongside the newer aircraft like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Speaking at a […]