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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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Fantastic Flights

Here is a treat for anyone with a love of flight. Both videos really worth watching on full screen. Enjoy – Deskarati Credit to Yannick Barthe a swiss filmmaker specialised in aviation film and aerial discipline videos.

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These Two Planes Really Are Flying Like This

It’s called a Calypso Pass. That’s when two jets fly in a mirror image pattern like this, often only inches apart. A few weeks ago, two U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16 Fighting Falcons did just that. The Thunderbirds performed for … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse global flight plane unveiled

The team behind the Solar Impulse project – a mission to fly around the world in a plane powered only by the sun – has revealed the plane in which the pilots will make their attempt. Its predecessor, Solar Impulse … Continue reading

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Supersonic Jet To Have Windowless Cabin

Spike Aerospace, designers of the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet, has just announced another innovation in aircraft design they plan to incorporate into the jet. The new supersonic jet will feature a revolutionary windowless passenger cabin so no more glaring sun … Continue reading

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Should Quadrotors All Look Like This?

Quadrotors are everywhere nowadays. Researchers have them, hobbyists have them, the military has them, and they’re being used commercially to do lots of stuff, from shooting movies to gathering aerial imagery to performing in shows and commercials. You’d think that … Continue reading

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Has the Flying Car Arrived at Last?

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Aeromobil is a “flying car” that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, and opens doors to real door-to-door travel. In terms of automobile configuration, it fits to a standard parking space, its engine enables it … Continue reading

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Personal jetpack gets flight permit for manned test

The New Zealand developers of a personalised jetpack said Tuesday that aviation regulators have issued the device with a flying permit, allowing for manned test flights. Martin Aircraft chief executive Peter Coker said the certification was a significant milestone in the … Continue reading

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“Project Zero” All-Electric Tilt Rotor Unveiled

Officially unveiled on March 4th, just prior to the Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, USA, the revolutionary AgustaWestland “Project Zero” all-electric tiltrotor technology demonstrator is the result of close collaborations with Finmeccanica companies – Selex ES, Ansaldo Breda, and Ansaldo … Continue reading

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A350: The aircraft that Airbus did not want to build

After many years on the drawing board and $15bn (£9.5bn) of investment the latest potential blockbuster from Airbus made its long-awaited first flight on Friday. The A350XWB (extra wide body) is an aircraft which Airbus says will set new standards in … Continue reading

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Landing a Plane on a Moving Motorhome

 

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Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Has Wings

Maybe I’ve just watched “Back to the Future” too many times but the latest design from Ma.-based Terrafugia, the maker of flying aircrafts that also work as cars, looks like all that’s missing is Doc and some plutonium. The next-gen TF-X … Continue reading

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Swiss Spaceplane Set to SOAR

In the wake of the Space Shuttle’s demise, new spacecraft are being developed in droves. While all existing craft are space capsules, not unlike those used back in the Apollo era, several of the next generation of spacecraft may be … Continue reading

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High-tech cargo airship being built in California

The massive blimp-like aircraft flies but just barely, hovering only a dozen feet off a military hangar floor during flight testing south of Los Angeles. Still, the fact that the hulking Aeroscraft could fly for just a few minutes represents … Continue reading

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Hypersonic ‘SpaceLiner’ to Fly Passengers in 2050

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A hypersonic “SpaceLiner” would whisk up to 50 passengers from Europe to Australia in 90 minutes. The futuristic vehicle would do so by riding a rocket into Earth’s upper atmosphere, reaching 24 times the speed of sound before gliding in … Continue reading

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SUGAR Volt: Boeing’s hybrid electric aircraft

Boeing has been working on a project that signifies the future of commercial air transportation. As the story goes, about five years ago at a conference on advanced aircraft technologies, posing questions on what the future of aircraft would look … Continue reading

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When the Dyna-Soar Went Extinct

We all know that 65.5 million years ago an asteroid slammed into the Earth off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula and wiped out the dinosaurs. But there’s another dinosaur (of sorts) that died a little more recently. The U.S. … Continue reading

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Aeroscraft dirigible airship prototype approaches completion

The dirigible airship, the oddball aircraft of another era, is making a comeback. California-based Aeros Corporation has created a prototype of its new breed of variable buoyancy aircraft and expects the vehicle to be finished before the end of 2012. … Continue reading

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You Can Crash This RC Helicopter as Many Times as You Want

The only thing that differentiates this remote control safety cage RC helicopter from the one designed by robot researchers at the EPFL is an $80 price tag. Because you can actually buy this one from Kyosho, and don’t need a … Continue reading

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