There are autonomous cars, drones, and now, Boeing's MQ-25, an unmanned aircraft system designed for the U.S. Navy that provides the needed robust refueling capability thereby extending the combat range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters. This aircraft brings the right combination of refueling, autonomy, and seamless carrier deck integration to deliver a solution that meets the U.S. Navy's goals: put a low-cost unmanned aerial refueling aircraft on the flight deck as soon as possible. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one about the coldest thing in the world.
Located in the Scottish Highlands by the Isle of Mull, AirShip 002 may look like a metallic space vehicle from afar, but once you get closer? You'll realize it's a modern home, designed by Roderick James Architects, that boasts a classic airship-inspired shape, clad in aluminum, and with plenty of windows to let the natural light bathe the modern interior. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
SolarStratos, a manned two-person aerial vehicle, may not be able to circumnavigate the globe on a single charge, but it is a 100% solar-powered aircraft. It currently holds the record for being the first solar-powered airplane to reach a height of 25,000 meters, with power stored on an Austrian-made 20 kWh battery, while the solar panels are sourced from California-based SunPower. When you reach the edge of space, a specially designed pressurized spacesuit, made by Russian company Zvezda, protects its passenger(s). Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.
Boeing's Hypersonic Passenger Jet Concept can achieve speeds of Mach 5 (3800 mph), which is approximately five times the speed of sound. This means it could cross the Atlantic Ocean in a mere 2-hours, and the Pacific, in 3-hours. "We settled on Mach 5 version. This aircraft would allow you to fly across the ocean and back in one day, which is all most people would want. So why go past those boundaries and complicate it? The world's just not big enough to go much faster than Mach 5," said Kevin Bowcutt, Boeing's senior technical chief scientist of hypersonic aircraft. Continue reading for two videos on its predecessor, the legendary Concorde, including one of a real on-board flight.
Several U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles were captured flying through the Mach Loop in north Wales this week, training in an area where pilots are permitted to fly as low as 250-feet while maneuvering through the mountains, training to avoid enemy radar. Like clockwork, the local plane spotters know exactly when to show up, and managed to capture this stunning footage. The Strike Eagles can be distinguished from other U.S. Eagle variants by darker aircraft camouflage and conformal fuel tanks mounted along the engine intake ramps. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a lemon-powered supercar.
The U-2 is a single-jet engine, ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), used to provides high-altitude (70,000 feet), all-weather intelligence gathering. WSJ journalist Michael Phillips was fortunate enough to tour both the U-2 as well as the film processing lab at Beale Air Force Base in California. Any photos, which are shot on 250-pound rolls containing 10,500 feet of 6-inch-wide film, captured with the wet-plate camera onboard is transported by FedEx back to the base in California to be developed. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Kitty Hawk, a company backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, has made its "Flyer" a reality. This single passenger, all-electric flying vehicle is not only ultralight, but enables pilots to lift 10-feet off the ground whiling sailing through the air at 20mph. Best of all, you won't need a pilot's license to get going. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
LEGO fans rejoice! Here's one set you won't be able to find in stores, but may be able to recreate if you're skilled enough. This stunning example was created by aviation fan Jonah T Padberg, also known as Plane Bricks on Flickr, and it's a doozy. Jonah T Padberg, AKA Plane Bricks. Though it may not have as many parts as the NASA Space Shuttle kit, this will definitely turn some heads in your showcase. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
We have seen the future of Uber, and it includes at least a few of these skyports / airports. UberAir unveiled its electric flying taxi earlier this year, and so far Dallas as well as Los Angeles have signed on to utilizes this aircraft. Some of the world's most famous architectural firms give us a sneak peak at some possible designs, which look to be straight from Bladerunner. Continue reading for more videos, pictures and information.
The Tesla Model X P100D towed a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner down a taxiway at Melbourne airport on Monday morning almost 300 meters. According to Qantas, it was the first time in history an electric passenger vehicle has towed a passenger plane, and Tesla even received a Guinness World Record for heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle. The long-term goal of this test is the eventual widespread use of electric vehicles to help airlines cut down on their emissions on the runway. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.