Category Archives: Flight

NASA turns Boeing 747 into the world’s biggest flying telescope

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It’s amazing what you can make in your shed!

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Plane-tracking app explores airspace in 3D

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Will circular runways ever take off?

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Dubai Is Set to Launch the World’s First Hover-Taxis Within Months

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AI fighter pilot wins in combat simulation

An artificially intelligent fighter pilot system has defeated two attacking jets in a combat simulation. The AI, known as Alpha, used four virtual jets to successfully defend a coastline against two attacking aircraft – and did not suffer any losses. … Continue reading

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Human ‘drone taxi’ to be tested in Nevada

EHang drone

A human-carrying drone has been given approval for test flights in Nevada, the first of its kind in the United States. The autonomous drone – dubbed 184 – can carry one passenger and was developed by Chinese company EHang. A prototype … Continue reading

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The UK has just invested in a super plane that could fly anywhere in four hours

It almost sounds like a dream: a new kind of hypersonic space-kissing jet that can take you anywhere in the world in just four hours. But the Skylon super plane being developed by UK aerospace firm Reaction Engines is very … Continue reading

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Unique drone unveiled by Sony is half-copter, half-plane

There’s no shortage of crazy, inspiring and even downright scary drones out there right now, but we don’t think we’ve ever seen one quite like this. Sony and Japanese robots company ZMP announced last month that they were joining forces … Continue reading

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Meet Sprite

Meet Sprite, the most portable, most durable small unmanned aerial vehicle in the world. Powerful, yet simple to fly.

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Solar Impulse faces ‘moment of truth’

It will be a test of man and machine. The Solar Impulse project is about to undertake its greatest challenge yet – to fly non-stop from Nanjing in China to Hawaii in the Central Pacific. For a passenger airliner, the … Continue reading

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Solar plane lands in east China ahead of most ambitious leg

Solar Impulse 2 landed late Tuesday in the Chinese city of Nanjing, finishing the sixth stage of its landmark 12-leg quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun. With pilot Bertrand Piccard at the controls, the pioneering single-seater … Continue reading

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In-flight refuelling for airliners will see non-stop services shrink the globe

There’s real pressure on the aviation industry to introduce faster, cheaper and greener aircraft, while maintaining the high safety standards demanded of airlines worldwide. Airlines carry more than three billion passengers each year, which presents an enormous challenge not only … Continue reading

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Inside Nasa’s amazing airport simulator

The skies are getting crowded. Every year more and more commercial aircraft join the world’s fleets. In the last 40 years the number of passengers flown on the world’s airlines has multiplied 10-fold to three billion a year. By 2030, … Continue reading

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The Personal Jet Pack has Arrived

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Daily air traffic in UK skies

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At Last, a Flying Car

The current flying car prototype AeroMobil 3.0 incorporates significant improvements and upgrades. It is now being tested in real flight conditions since October 2014. Initially certified by the Slovak Federation of Ultra-Light Flying, it now entered a regular flight-testing program. … Continue reading

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Personal helicopter will be as easy to drive as a car

Volocopter: easy to fly <i>(Image: E-Volo)</i>

Within two years, an 18-rotor battery-powered helicopter will be on sale to rich commuters who dream of open skies instead of gridlocked highways. After slipping into the pilot’s seat, I am handed a sick bag – “just in case” – and … Continue reading

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Top-secret space plane lands on California coast

The plane spent nearly two years circling Earth on a classified mission. Known as the X-37B, it resembles a mini space shuttle. It safely touched down at 9:24 a.m. Friday, officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base said. Just what the … Continue reading

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European air traffic data visualization

This data visualization was created from real flight data taken from a day in July 2013. It highlights the intensity of the operation in Europe – an operation which runs 24 x 7 x 365. NATS and the UK are … Continue reading

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