Peter Beck, chief executive  RocketLab: “The biggest thing to be done in space has yet to be thought of”

The man behind one of the world’s first rocket launches from a private site has called on Irish spacetech firms to focus on small satellites if they w(...)

Search for missing Coast Guard helicopter crew in  Co Mayo: mechanical failure is the peril most feared by helicopter crews because of its severity. While a twin-engined passenger jet can fly on one engine, the failure of a key helicopter component  often proves fatal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The three most common causes of helicopters crashing are pilot error, lack of fuel, and mechanical failure. The probability of pilot error being a fa(...)

Bjorn Kjos, chief executive of Norwegian Air Shuttle, parent company of Norwegian Air International which  has been attempting to  launch a transatlantic flights service from Ireland since 2014.

The row over Irish-registered Norwegian Air International’s bid for a US foreign carrier’s permit intensified last week when the European Union moved (...)

The ARJ-21 was cleared to fly in China at the end of 2014

China has been one of the biggest buyers of Airbus and Boeing aircraft for many years but, just like in the auto or smartphone industries, the priorit(...)

Honda’s first jet plane completed  its maiden flight today as the company seeks to boost its technological reputation. Photograph: Reuters.

Honda’s first jet plane made its maiden Japanese flight as the company seeks to boost its reputation for cutting-edge technology. The seven-seat aircr(...)

An MQ-1 Predator drone: the lifting of sales restriction is likely to lead to a flood of request for purchases. Photograph: Lt Col Leslie Pratt

The United States government has agreed to sell to more allies armed unmanned aircraft or drones, controversially used in the wars in Iraq and Afghan(...)

Employees work at Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou. The company is making its first trial drone deliveries in China over the coming days. Photo: Bloomberg

Alibaba is making its first trial drone deliveries in China, as e-commerce rival Amazon. com struggles to start a similar program in the US. Asia’s la(...)

Viva is understood to be eyeing opportunities in Costa Rica, Peru and Ecuador

Viva, the airline brand backed by the family of the late Tony Ryan is embarking on a major expansion drive in Central and South America. The group, w(...)

 Royal Australian Air Force Loadmasters,  launch a Self Locating Data Marker Buoy from a C-130J Hercules aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean as part of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Photograph: Leading Seaman Justin Brown/Royal Australian Air Force/EPA

Airlines routinely use satellites to provide Wi-Fi for passengers. But for years they have failed to use a similar technology for a far more b(...)

File photo of the Air Ethiopian Boeing 787 Dreamliner ‘Queen of Sheba’ airplane near Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport, London. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The emergency locator beacons in Boeing Dreamliners should be switched off after being identified as the most likely origin of a recent fire on a park(...)

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