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First ever plane with no moving parts takes flight

The first ever “solid state” plane, with no moving parts in its propulsion system, has successfully flown for a distance of 60 metres, proving that heavier-than-air flight is possible without jets or propellers. The flight represents a breakthrough in “ionic wind” technology, which uses a powerful electric field to generate charged nitrogen ions, which are […]

Larry Page’s Flying Taxis, Now Exiting Stealth Mode – The New York Times

Since October, a mysterious flying object has been seen moving through the skies over the South Island of New Zealand. It looks like a cross between a small plane and a drone, with a series of small rotor blades along each wing that allow it to take off like a helicopter and then fly like […]

BAE Magma aircraft controls aircraft orientation without moving parts but blown air

Together with The University of Manchester, we have successfully completed the first phase of flight trials with MAGMA – a small scale unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which will use a unique blown-air system to manoeuvre the aircraft – paving the way for future stealthier aircraft designs. The new concept for aircraft control removes the conventional […]

Simulated Traffic flow measured on 30 different 4-way junctions – YouTube

BMWs from between 2006-2011 at fire risk, recalled in the US

One recall covers 670,000 2006-2011 U.S. 3-Series vehicles to address a wiring issue for heating and air conditioning systems that may overheat and could increase the risk of a fire. The second recall covers 740,000 U.S. 2007-2011 vehicles with a valve heater that could rust and lead to a fire in rare cases. The recall […]

Vanilla aircraft completes five day flight with diesel powered UAV

  After five days, one hour twenty-four minutes, and traversing over 7000 miles, Vanilla Aircraft’s VA001 touched down at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, successfully completing the longest unmanned internal combustion powered flight in history. The 36-foot wingspan, diesel-powered aircraft landed with three days of fuel remaining on board, successfully meeting its goal of […]

Kalashnikov Unveils Flying ‘Hovercycle’

A Russian defense manufacturer named after the inventor of the AK-47 showed off its “flying car” to company officials and the Internet. The “car,” which has sixteen sets of rotors, could have military applications down the road including scouting, communications, and other tasks. The unnamed vehicle was demonstrated Monday by officials at Kalashnikov Concern, part […]

Boeing draws a plane in the sky with flight path

In a test flight, Boeing took the thing where you draw using your GPS path to a whole different level. They drew the outline of a plane that spanned the latitude of the conterminous United States. Source: Boeing draws a plane in the sky with flight path | FlowingData

NASA QueSST goes supersonic quietly

NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real possibility by completing the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport or QueSST aircraft design. QueSST is the initial design stage of NASA’s planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane, otherwise known as […]

Chinese e-tailer beats Amazon to the skies with one-ton delivery drones as FAA sleeps through everything, China’s largest online retailer, has announced it is beginning trials of a new delivery drone capable of carrying a ton of cargo to rural Chinese customers. Just like Amazon, (also known as “Jingdong”) has a vast network of warehouses and delivery networks crisscrossing the Middle Kingdom and, like Amazon, it sees drones as […]

Paul Allen Shows Off the World’s Largest Airplane For the First Time

The Stratolaunch has a wingspan of 385 feet (wider than the Spruce Goose), it uses six 747 jet engines, sits on 26 wheels, can carry 250,000 pounds of fuel and weighs half a million pounds without fuel. In order to take off, it needs about 12,000 feet of runway. Source: Paul Allen Shows Off the […]

First test flight of stratospheric solar plane

A group of Swiss adventurers say they have completed the first test flight of a new solar-powered airplane they hope will eventually reach the edge of space. The team says pilot Damian Hirschier performed a seven-minute flight at low altitude with the SolarStratos plane in “ideal” conditions early Friday. The maiden flight took place at […]

This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air

You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity. The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day for every kilogram of spongelike absorber it contains, […]

Jetfoiler: kiteboard on an electric foil

Source: About — Jetfoiler

How To Make Your Car’s Face Pretty Again

It’s nearly impossible to keep your car’s paint looking perfect when you use it every day. It seems no matter what you do, highway debris, parking lot mayhem, and the sun’s UV rays do their fair share of damage to your pride and joy. Nothing short of a trip to a professional’s paint booth seems […]

Iron Man IRL: Gravity and Red Bull unveil personal jetpack

British aeronautic engineering startup Gravity unveiled a new human flying suit today. It’s a six-engine jet-propelled personal flying apparatus that the company says will take regular humans to superhero heights at several hundred miles per hour. Source: Iron Man IRL: Gravity and Red Bull unveil personal jetpack

20 Ways Drones will Shape your Future (infographic)

Drones are getting more and more important in everyday’s life. Here’s everything you need to know about them, their benefits and how they will influence your future. Source: 20 Ways Drones will Shape your Future They also cover military UAVs

The state of flying cars

Source: A commuter’s dream: Entrepreneurs race to develop flying car This article has a fairly good roundup of the flying car projects out there, even if they did leave out the Dutch Aeromobil Roadable project.

Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

At a Colorado aircraft hangar, the two firms unveiled the triple-engined XB-1 prototype, a one-third sized prototype of the airliner they hope will be able to blast from London to New York in three hours and 15 minutes – air traffic control allowing. “60 years after the dawn of the jet age, we’re still flying […]

Consumer Reports Now Ranks Tesla Among the Least Reliable Carmakers

When it gave the Tesla Model S an unprecedented 103 out of 100 score last August, Consumer Reports looked like it might try to marry Elon Musk’s company and have its little electric car babies. But after a year of disappointments, trust violations and janky-ass door handles, it seems the magazine can no longer advocate […]

Real life hoverboard

This weekend, after much doubt as to whether his latest creation was real or not, jet ski champion Franky Zapata set a new Guinness World Record for the farthest hoverboard flight. I was there when it happened, and I’m here to tell you that this thing is real, and it’s spooky how it just hangs […]

Mad Scientist Builds Fully Functional Hoverbike

Because a thermite-blasting cannon isn’t crazy enough, Colin Furze used a pair of motors and propellers designed for parasailing to build himself a fully functional flying hoverbike. It’s easily one of the mad scientist’s most dangerous builds to date, but seeing how maneuverable it is almost makes us want to build one too. Source: Mad […]

Here Are Ten Cheap Mods That Will Transform The Way Your Car Drives

Unless you went dumpster-diving outside SEMA or your uncle is Stacey David, you probably don’t have unlimited resources to throw at car modification. Thankfully, you friendly neighborhood Tavarish is here to help you frugal modders make your cars into something truly deserving of a voided warranty. Source: Here Are Ten Cheap Mods That Will Transform […]

Local Motors 3D printed car

Analyse 24 hours of global air traffic any way you like in 3D

Luciad puts you in the seat of the Air Traffic Analyst.Review 24 hours of the entire world’s air traffic.Change between 2D and 3D. Zoom, pan, and tilt the 3D view.Pause, play and change the speed of the air traffic.Filter and focus on the flights, airports or airlines of your choice. Source: LuciadRIA 3D Demo

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