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Bell FCX-001


Inspired by the futuristic concept cars, the Bell FCX-001 looks like an aesthetic work of art, thanks to a fan-driven anti-torque system, hybridized propulsion, transforming main rotor blade tips, and gull-wing doors. Inside, it's a technological marvel as well, incorporating augmented reality in the cockpit to control the aircraft, which consists of drop-down control modules that lets passengers adjust things such as their lighting, temperature, or infotainment experience. "We'd like to cue up a future vision here that through computer assistance [and] artificial intelligence, you want to place the pilot in the situation where their higher brain function is doing your mission control and your important safety functions, and let the computers [and] sensors you have on board do the dumb, dirty, dangerous and dull," said Scott Drennan, Bell's Director of Innovation. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing what happens when you put 20,000 volts inside a watermelon.

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Airbus Flying Car


Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the Airbus Pop.Up is essentially a transforming car-drone that consists of a capsule measuring 2.5 meters (8-feet) long and 1.4 meters (4.6-feet) high for passengers. It attaches to a battery-powered chassis to become an electric car with a 62-mile range, and when undocked from its chassis, the vehicle can be airlifted by a smartphone-controlled drone. The drone can be summoned using a smartphone app, which provides users with several of the most efficient transport solutions. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of 1200° C molten copper being filmed in super slow motion.

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Mercedes-Benz Private Jet

Mercedes-Benz is known for their luxury automobiles and supercars, but now, they teamed up with Lufthansa Technik - the aviation engineer group of parent Lufthansa - to create a luxurious private jet. Simply put, the design seamlessly blends the boundaries between ceiling, wall, and floor using a "spiral layout," which melds the three design elements into a continuous, flowing feature. The interior uses "black panels" that float in front of the window to evoke the screen-design of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan, while "Magic Sky Technology" turns the "black panels" from dark to transparent in an instant. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Airlander 10

At 92m long and 43.5m wide, the Airlander 10 is currently the world's largest aircraft, dwarfing superjumbo aircraft such as the Airbus A380. It can also carry a 10-tonne payload, comparable with military transport helicopters such as the Boeing CH-47 Chinook, at altitudes up to 6,000-feet and at a top speed of 100mph. Filled with helium, the aircraft can stay in the skies for more than two weeks unmanned, and up to five-days with a crew. Continue reading for another video of its crash, more pictures and information.

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Airbus Zelator-28 Drone

The Airbus Zelator-28 is a dual purpose drone that is not only super-streamlined, but highly functional as well. It's designed for both deliveries and reconnaissance, while featuring a large cargo compartment as well as a nose-mounted camera. This machine can hovers like a copter, and fly fast in an efficient manner, similar to an airplane. Simply put, it's adapted for speed, and not just vertical climbing. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Airbus Flying Car

Gallery Photo Credit: Amos Chapple

Airbus is planning to unveil a self-piloted personal aircraft by the end of the year to reduce traffic on inner-city roads. "One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground. Now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground," he said, adding that he believed the company would be testing flying single-person transport by the end of the year. We are in an experimentation phase. We take this development very seriously. If we ignore these developments, we will be pushed out of important segments of the business," said the aerospace group's CEO, Tom Enders. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images of photos that were all taken with a drone.

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Marine One

Marine One is essentially the call sign of any United States Marine Corps aircraft carrying the President of the United States. It usually refers to a helicopter operated by Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1 "Nighthawks"), either the large Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King or the newer, smaller VH-60N "White Hawk". Marine One is sometimes the preferred alternative to motorcades, which can be expensive and logistically difficult. The controlled environment of a helicopter is also felt to add a safety factor. Marine One is also used to transport senior Cabinet staff and foreign dignitaries. HMX-1 operates a total of 35 helicopters of four different types as of 2009. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Tesla Autopilot predicting and avoiding a crash.

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Airbus H160 Helicopter

Airbus may not be known for their helicopters, but the H160 is about to change that. Not only does it use up to 20 percent less fuel than the current generation of similar-sized helicopters, it's powered by two new fuel-efficient Turbomeca Arrano turboshaft engines, and can carry up to 12 passengers at a cruising speed of about 185 mph for distances beyond 500 miles. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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SolarStratos

SolarStratos, set for an official launch in 2018, is essentially a solar-powered airplane that will take humans to the edge of space and back, achieving an altitude of more than 75,000 feet. This 5-hour mission will subject both the plane and passengers to frigid temperatures and extremely low pressures. At 8.5 meters long, it's powered by a 32-kW electric engine and 20 kWh lithium-ion battery, charged by 22-square-meters of solar cells, which cover the wings. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the vision of Nintendo at Universal theme parks.

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HondaJet

The HondaJet is now the fastest aircraft in its class, setting record times for two recognized routes: Teterboro, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2-hours and 51-minutes; and Boston, Massachusetts to Palm Beach, Florida in 2-hours and 58-minutes. It boasts a maximum cruise speed of 422 knots (486 mph) while soaring to a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet, with an NBAA IFR range of 1,223 nautical miles (1,408 miles). "We chose several of the busiest business aviation airports with extremely popular routes to demonstrate that the HondaJet will get customers where they need to be faster than any other light jet. These missions prove just how dramatically HondaJet design innovations like the over-the-wing engine mount increase performance and fuel efficiency over other light jets," said says Honda Aircraft President and CEO, Michimasa Fujino. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a helicopter pilot's POV landing on a carrier ship in rough seas.

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