To date, the agency has accommodated seven private citizens. In History. In the U.S., the Aviation Safety Network's database shows only two fatal commercial airline accidents last year, resulting in two deaths. On Wednesday, 16 April 2008, Peggy breaks Mike Foale's record for cumulative time in space for a U.S. astronaut of 374 days in space. History of Flight Timeline. October 26, 2011 – First Commercial Flight of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner – All Nippon Airways flies the first commercial flight of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, from Tokyo to Hong Kong. November 2, 2000 - Soyuz Commander Yuri Gidzenko, Expedition 1 Commander Bill Shepherd and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev dock with the International Space Station and become the first residents to live on board. On Sunday, a six–wheeled rover named Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, was scheduled to emerge from the landing vehicle and begin a three–month–long country will also invest in the James Webb Space Telescope. On 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder of the Apollo 11 lunar lander November 16, 2004 - NASA's X-43A hypersonic test vehicle breaks record as its scramjet engine propels it to nearly 10 times the speed of sound. June 22–July 4, 1896 - Octave Chanute and his team, consisting of William Avery, Augustus Herring, and William Butusov set up camp in the dunes along Lake Michigan to experiment with flying machines: the improved Lilienthal-type glider and the multi-wing Katydid. The flight takes place at Payerne Airport outside Payerne, Switzerland. Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says a similar policy went into effect immediately for passenger flights there. constellation, now comprising 31 active spacecraft. May 8, 1945 - The War in Europe ends with the collapse of Germany. in Washington, DC, and will be exhibited in its Future of Spaceflight gallery, due to open in 2024. February 6, 2020 – Record-Setting NASA Astronaut Christina Koch Returns to Earth – NASA astronaut Christina Koch, who spent nearly 11 months in orbit on the longest spaceflight by a woman, lands safely in Kazakhstan along with two of her Together, the two modules form the new, 70,000-pound, 76-foot long International Space Station. The Airlock provides astronauts living aboard the space station access to and from space wearing space suits without the need of a docked August 12, 2016 – First Class of Pilots Graduate from General Atomics UAV Training Academy – The first class of UAV pilots graduates from the General Atomics Unmanned Aircraft System Flight Training Academy in Grand Forks, ND, which March 20, 2015 – FAA Approves Amazon’s Request for Experimental Use of Drones Outdoors – The Federal Aviation Administration gives Amazon a green light to begin testing drones, allowing the company to conduct test flights of said that such UAVs, compared to manned aircraft, cost less, can be used more frequently, and can be used sooner when spotting fires. It marks the first time that a rocket made by SpaceX launched from California. services with operational F-35 squadrons, marking the first F-35 IOC for an Indo-Pacific region customer. September 8, 1944 - The V-2 became the first combat ballistic missile used by Germany against England. At 110 feet in diameter, the parachute is twice as big as the one that carried the Curiosity rover through the Martian atmosphere in 2011. April 6, 2015 – Reaper Takes Out Sea Target In Test – A MQ–9 Reaper UAV sinks a “sea–going target” for the first time during tests in the Gulf of Mexico. Leonardo da Vinci made the first real studies of flight in the 1480's. He falls to his death when the spring breaks, 1488-1514 - In Italy, Leonardo de Vinci makes the first design of flying machines, using bird wings for models, 1300s - Marco Polo witnesses kites carrying humans in China. The retailer and its partner, independent drone Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully launches its Antares rocket at 5 p.m. EDT, Sunday, April 21, 2013, from the Mid–Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. to help improve forecasts and climate models. Europe is still years behind U.S. capabilities, as evidenced by the 100+ flights the X–47B has already made. October 16, 2014 – After 674 Days In Space, X–37B Space Plane Lands – The U.S. Air Force’s X–37B “top secret” space plane lands safely at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday, October 16, 2014, after spending The final leg of the flight, while short on distance, took the longest time because of the need to avoid air traffic. orbital distances where liquid water could be stable on a world’s surface, researchers announce. June 23, 2017 – F-35A Demonstrates Full Flight Ability At Paris Air Show – Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn wows spectators at the Paris Air Show with the stealthy F-35A’s impressive thrust and low-speed maneuverability, into sub–orbit later this year. September 25, 2017 – Dubai Begins “Flying Taxi” Test Flights – Dubai stages a test flight for the world’s first drone taxi service. carbonfibre–re–inforced polymer. legs of the first ever fuel-less flight around the world. June 3, 2019 – Dragon Capsule Returns To Port With 2.1 Tons Of Cargo – SpaceX’s Dragon cargo craft returns to Earth with more than 4,200 pounds (1,900 kilograms) of equipment. September 7, 2014 – SpaceX Launches AsiaSat 6 Satellite – SpaceX successfully launches the AsiaSat 6 communications satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, its second launch in just over a month. UAV with the hopes of developing a system that can spot oil spills and wildfire hotspots, monitor hurricanes, and count cattle for ranchers. the “agonizing mystery” of MH370, as the country marks the second anniversary of the aircraft’s disappearance. In order for us to really open up access to space we have to have full and rapid reusability.”. November 16, 2018 – X-59 Supersonic Jet Enters Production – Virgin Orbit successfully performs the first captive carry flight of its LauncherOne air-launch system, moving the company closer to first flight. March 1, 1904 - The first scientific accounts of the Wright Brothers' machine and successful flight appear in A.I. high at supersonic speeds. May 3, 2018 – Boeing’s Insitu Debuts ScanEagle3 UAV – Boeing subsidiary Insitu debuts its ScanEagle3 UAV, promoting the UAV as a primarily commercial product that is free of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) May 22, 2013 – Triton Completes First Flight. June 14-15, 1919 - Vickers Vimy: First nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by British Capt. wants to be able to use the drones to expedite insurance claims from customers following natural disasters.” State Farm is the first insurer to gain FAA approval to use a UAV. During the test, Orion is scheduled to go 15 times further away than the International Space Station before returning to Earth. 1929 - A survey by an aviation magazine reports that 1,400 aeroengineering students were enrolled in more than a dozen schools across the United States. January 14, 2015 – Navy Chooses V–22 Osprey for Future COD – The U.S. Navy decides to replace its C–2A Greyhound turboprop aircraft with V–22 Osprey tiltrotors for carrier on board delivery missions. In that first set of flights, a Draganflyer X4ES UAV will fly at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center to examine the ways UAVs The Virginia sinks in 4 minutes. other missions in low Earth orbit, including the International Space Station. VA. April 16, 2014 – Pentagon Document Provides Look at Drone Fleet’s Future – In a strategic document known as the. May 9, 2014 – Sikorsky Unveils King Stallion Helicopter – Sikorsky unveils the King Stallion, the third evolution of its Stallion helicopter. Kelly says, “Having the ability for us to grow our own food is a big step” toward sending people to Mars. groups to require audits of airlines around the world to comply with safety standards. Researchers studied the impact of time spent in space by comparing astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent 340 days in space on the ISS, with his identical twin brother, Mark Kelly. July 30, 2002 - The first successful flight test of a hypersonic scramjet engine in Australia. they plan to contribute to research supporting the return of humans to the moon in the near future. accidents, and new weather warning systems. demonstrates the chaotic nature of the debris population. January 31, 2010 – Northwest Merges Into Delta – American airline Northwest Airlines officially merges into Delta Air Lines. of 20,000 feet. April 9, 2015 – AIG Becomes the Third Insurer to Gain FAA Approval for UAV Use – American International Group (AIG) has becomes the third insurer to gain the FAA’s approval to use a UAV for inspections. another injured, according to the California Highway Patrol. Overall, Whitson spends more time in space than any other American: 665 days over three space station December 8, 2015 – Honda Business Jet Receives FAA Approval – Honda announces that its recently unveiled business aircraft, the HondaJet, received type certification from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday. Musk is reportedly “encouraged” that the booster was able to fly back to the barge even though it landed too hard. The first having eclipsed the 674-day mark set by its predecessor, OTV-3, in October 2014.. March 14, 2017 – DJI Releases Study Showing UAVs Have Saved 59 Lives – DJI. As the vehicle prepared to drop back to Earth, a tube around it expanded, creating atmospheric drag to dramatically slow it down from Mach 4, or four times the speed of sound. Fall – Albert F. Zahm builds a glider at Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana, flying it on a zip-line. January 10, 2016 – “Starman” David Bowie Is Mourned by Astronauts, Scientists, Celebrities – The. January 2, 2015 – FAA Fails to Meet 2014 Goal for UAV Regulations – the FAA misses a self–imposed year–end deadline for releasing rules for commercial UAVs, much to the chagrin of a multi–billion–dollar industry June 1994 - The Boeing 777, the world's largest long-range widebody twinjet, makes its maiden flight. This interactive timeline shows the amazing history of human flight, from 1783 to innovations of the 20th century. The FAA sent a draft of the rules to the White House on Oct. 23, but the Office of Management and Budget has not released them yet. The MQ–4C Triton is being produced for U.S. Navy high–altitude maritime surveillance missions, and is designed to fly up to 24 hours and 11,500 miles without refueling. to clear out the storied plant with an online auction of manufacturing gear. During its 11-year mission, the Jason 2 satellite outlives its design life and continues collecting precise sea level measurements through the launch of a replacement spacecraft. In his testimony, Carlisle explained that “remote piloted aircraft enterprise is It is the first known accident involving either a Predator or an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle near a civilian airport. June 20, 2019 – USAF Demonstrates New Counter-UAV Microwave Weapon – The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland AFB in New Mexico demonstrates a new high-powered microwave weapon that can instantaneously down swarms of enemy of drones. replace the Russian–made RD–180, which powers ULA’s Atlas V rocket. March 26, 2019 – VP Pence Says US Is In A New Space Race With China And Russia – In remarks during the fifth meeting of the National Space Council (NSC) at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Vice President Mike The first real studies of flight were produced by the famous inventor Leonardo da Vinci in the 1480s. February 27, 2015 – Bombardier CSeries 300 Makes Its First Flight –Bombardier’s CSeries 300 makes its first flight after being delayed a day because of frigid winter weather. July 5, 2016 – NASA Super Pressure Balloon Sets Flight Duration Record – NASA sets “a new flight duration record for its Super Pressure Balloon,” used to perform scientific experiments in the upper atmosphere. officially enters production, as part of a $250 million NASA contract. June 13, 1983 - Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the solar system. flight took place in April, and that it has made 60 flights since then. May 22, 1906 - Patent No. September 25, 2014 – FAA Grants Film Companies Exemption On Commercial UAV Ban – The FAA cracked open the door Thursday, September 25, 2014, to commercial drones in the continental USA by granting six movie companies exemptions to January 7, 1944 - The U.S. Army Air Forces announces development and production of its first jet-propelled fighter airplane, the Bell P-59 "Airacomet". According to the article, the study found that the military will still account for 72% of the market, with consumer UAVs at 23%, and 5% from the civil/commercial sector. Airplane Timeline : Efforts to tackle the engineering problems associated with powered flight began well before the Wright brothers' famous trials at Kitty Hawk. rocket. April 18, 2017 – Malaysia Airlines Signs Agreement For Satellite Tracking Of Aircraft – Malaysia Airlines becomes the first airline to sign an agreement for space-based flight tracking of its aircraft, reaching a deal with Aireon, October 10, 2013 – Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter Passes Away – Legendary Mercury astronaut, and American pioneer, Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth, passes away at the age of 88, leaving John Glenn as the November 20, 1953 - A. Scott Crossfield reached the aviation milestone of Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound) or more than 1,320 miles per hour in the D-558-II Skyrocket. July 10, 1962 - Telstar 1: NASA launched first privately built satellite for communications which relays the first live television pictures between the US and Europe. November 26, 1942 - A water-injection device, developed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, gives added "bursts of power" to engines installed in fighter aircraft. News of the test is announced June 3 by Elon Musk, SpaceX’s October 29, 2018 – NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Sets Record For Closest Approach To Sun – NASA’s Parker Solar Probe moves closer to the sun than any spacecraft before, passing the previous record of 26.6 million miles (43 May 25, 2010 – Boeing X–51A Waverider Makes Longest Scramjet-Powered Hypersonnic Flight – A Boeing X–51A Waverider flight–test vehicle makes the longest scramjet–powered hypersonic flight off the southern California January 5, 1939 - Amelia Earhart Putnam is declared legally dead. February 7, 2014 – Canada Releases New Space Policy – Industry Minister James Moore unveils Canada’s new space policy at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, although he does not say how much money will be put toward it. September 28, 1930 - Daniel Guggenheim dies at his home in Port Washington, Long Island. The drawings illustrated the wings and tails of birds, ideas for man carrying machines and devices for the testing of wings. The unmanned aerial vehicle July 3, 2017 – SpaceX Dragon’s Splashdown Monday A Historic First – The splashdown of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule on July 3, 2017 marks a historic first, as it is the first spacecraft of its kind to return to Earth from space May 6, 1896 - Samuel P. Langley, the third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, succeeds in launching the first reasonably large, steam-powered model aircraft on flights of up to three quarters of a mile over the Potomac River. November 24, 2015 – Blue Origin Launches, Lands Fully Reusable Rocket In Industry Milestone – Spaceflight company Blue Origin, backed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, announces that it has successfully launched its automated, fully reusable April 22, 2015 – X–47B Becomes First Unmanned Aircraft To Undergo Aerial Refueling – The Northrop Grumman X–47B test aircraft became the first unmanned aircraft to undergo and successfully execute an aerial refueling. Simon Marriott, chief executive of The 777X touches down at 2:00 pm at Boeing Field outside Seattle Skies by 2020 – According to an annual aviation forecast report released on Thursday, March 24, 2016 by the FAA, annual UAV sales in the U.S. will reach a total of 2.5 million June 16, 1963 - Russian Cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, becomes the first woman to solo in space. Date Event; 1804: The first winged aircraft was made Sir George Cayley, in England, made the first winged aircraft. November 17, 2015 – DJI Introduces Geo–Fencing Technology for Drones – Chinese drone maker DJI introduces new software that automatically prevents drones from flying over restricted areas, including airports, prisons, and power June 3, 2014 – Lockheed Chosen to Construct Space Fence – Lockheed Martin is chosen by the U.S. Air Force to develop the Space Fence, which will detect smaller orbital debris than currently done under an Air Force system installed June 27, 2018 – AeroVironment, JPL Announce Collaboration To Build NASA’s Mars Helicopter – AeroVironment announces it will collaborate with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to build the agency’s Mars Helicopter October 2, 2019 – UPS Wins FAA Approval for Drone Deliveries Nationwide – UPS announces it is the first to receive approval from the FAA to operate a nationwide fleet of drones. It was the longest open-sea flight to that date. was likely caused by a “a large breach in the cryogenic helium system of the second stage liquid oxygen tank.”. April 11, 2020 – 50th Anniversary of the Launch of Apollo 13 – On this date 50 years ago, NASA’s Apollo 13 mission launches on an unexpectedly difficult journey around the moon, which becomes known as the mission that fails to reach January 28, 2014 – Challenger Tragedy Remembered – Twenty–eight years ago, on January 28, 1986, NASA and the world watched as space shuttle Challenger and its crew of seven were lost shortly after liftoff in a catastrophic launch reported only 23 accidents resulting in 475 fatalities last year, compared with the 10–year average of 34 accidents and 773 fatalities per year. After taking off at 11:40 a.m. from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, the balloon boosted the disc–shaped vehicle over the Pacific, where its rocket motor ignited, carrying the vehicle 34 miles The flight lasted only 12 seconds and covered a distance of just 121 feet (37 m). July 4, 1997 - NASA's Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner Rover land on Mars. in 1961. The test is part of DARPA’s fast lightweight autonomy program, which intends to develop and test algorithms that can reduce human intervention needed to fly small unmanned September 23, 2016 – SpaceX Determines “Large Breach” In Helium System Caused Falcon 9 Launchpad Explosion – SpaceX announces that the September 1 explosion of one of its Falcon 9 rockets on the Launchpad at Cape Canaveral, October 4, 2019 – Oceanography Satellite Mission Ends After 11 Years – A joint U.S.-European satellite mission measuring rising sea levels for 11 years ends due to the deteriorating condition of the spacecraft’s power system. Randall L. Bose and Pvt. to function. The lab’s goal is Find the Resources You Need! June 1981 - February 1983 - NASA's Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility flight tested and evaluated the digitally controlled engine of the F-15. to final assembly lines. genetic mutations. It’s an exciting time for NASA and our nation.". October 11, 2019 – Boeing, Porsche Partner On Prototype Personal Air Vehicle – The Boeing Company and Porsche sign a memorandum of understanding to study product development for the premium market for personal air vehicles. 1976 - The E3A Airborne Warning and Control System, an electronic surveillance system capable of detecting any airborne vehicles, was inaugurated. The test lasts about 10 seconds and includes nine Merlin 1–D engines. Researchers April 25, 2017 – DJI Unveils Goggles Enabling First-Person View For UAV Operation – DJI unveils a set of goggles designed to provide operators of its Mavic Pro with a seamless bird’s eye view of the world in full HD. December 21, 2018 – Rockets Launch At Highest Rate In Two Decades In 2018 – Across the globe, more than 100 orbital launches take place in 2018, the highest rate in two decades. November 23, 2014 – Italy’s First Female Astronaut Arrives at ISS – NASA astronaut Terry Virts, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency join their Expedition July 16, 2013 – NASA HS3 Team Deploying UAVs to Track Hurricane Intensity. command to receive the stealth fighter. experiences a similar issue. March 28, 2014 – Facebook Announces Internet Connectivity Project – Through the use of drones, lasers and satellites, Facebook wants to connect those who currently do not have access to the Internet, some of whom live in remote parts As a result, China may have an edge in spreading such technology around the world due to fewer technology export controls. October 29, 2014 – F–35C Jet Lands at Naval Air Station Oceana for First Time – For the first time, an operational F–35C jet lands at Naval Air Station Oceana, “the Navy’s master jet base on the East Coast.” This clear analysis—the clearest possible statement of the problem of heavier-than-air flight—became the basis for the Wright brothers’ work over the next half decade. August 23, 2019 – NASA Activates Deep Space Atomic Clock – NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC) mission team confirms that the clock has been activated successfully. Despite the end of almost all other cooperative efforts, NASA said in a statement that it would continue to work together July 15-24, 1975 - Apollo-Soyuz Test Project: First joint U.S.-Soviet human flight (Tom Stafford, Vance Brand, "Deke" Slayton; Alexei Leonov, Valeri Kubasov). Bombs dropped from 6,000 ft. sink the New Jersey in 7.5 minutes. April 13, 2019 – World’s Largest Plane Makes First Flight Over California – The world’s largest aircraft takes off over the Mojave Desert in California, the first flight for the carbon-composite plane built by Stratolaunch March 7, 2015 – Dawn Becomes First Spacecraft to Visit a Dwarf Planet –The Dawn spacecraft enters Ceres’ orbit, making it the first spacecraft ever to visit a dwarf planet. are using the system, with all 230 expected to be connected and operating by 2019. June 20, 1913 - Ens. The deliveries are one of the first federally approved deliveries by drone. Looking ahead into the coming year, hangar set up as a warehouse at Otis Air National Guard Base. December 12, 2018 – China’s Chang’e-4 Spacecraft Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit – China’s Chang’e-4 lander and rover spacecraft successfully enters lunar orbit following a four-and-half-day flight to the moon. 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