Test Flight

  • SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight 7 hours 49 minutes ago

    Washington: A SpaceX rocket exploded in midair during a test flight, though no one was injured, as the company seeks to develop a spacecraft that can return to Earth and be used again. The rocket was a three-engine version of the F9R test vehicle that succeeds SpaceX's Grasshopper prototype. "During...
  • Boeing completes 'uneventful' test flight of 787 Dreamliner February 11, 2013

    Chicago: Boeing Co completed what it called an uneventful flight on Saturday of a test 787 Dreamliner, its first since the airplanes were grounded more than three weeks ago after a series of battery-related problems. The test flight to gather detailed information on the airplane's lithium-ion batteries lasted two hours and...
  • NASA announces first private spacecraft flight December 12, 2011

    Houston: US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced the launch date for the first test flight of a commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission, which will test a vehicle intended to carry cargo and eventually crew to orbit represents an important step for...
  • Boeing's new 747 takes flight near Seattle February 9, 2010

    Chicago: Boeing Co flew its twice-delayed 747-8 Freighter for the first time on Monday, a significant milestone in the history of the legendary 747 family and a step that could bolster the credibility of the world's second-largest plane maker. The new plane -- the biggest commercial jet Boeing has ever...
  • And lift off! Boeing 787 jetliner takes to the skies December 16, 2009

    Everett, Washington: Boeing's new 787 jetliner finally got airborne on Tuesday, the long-delayed inaugural flight of the world's first commercial plane constructed with half its components made from lightweight composite materials. The sleek jet lifted off from Everett's Paine Field on a flight over Washington state, beginning an extensive testing program...