There's jumbo jets, super jumbo jets, and then the HSP Magnavem. Unlike other planes, this one comes equipped with a Compact Fusion Reactor (CFR-Portable) that powers the hybrid engines. Thanks to a combination of several technologies, including graphene, superconductors, magnetic monopole devices, and new plasma accelerators systems, it's capable of taking off and landing on an 800m runway. Inside, you'll find a 2 deck layout with a 500 passenger capacity, complete with a Super Tourist Class that can accommodate up to 360 people. As for speed, it can reach a top speed of Mach 1.5, and with zero emissions Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how to power a house using a ShakeWeight.
NASA successfully tested a new technology in flight that enables aircraft to fold their wings to different angles while in the air. The recent flight series took place at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California and was part of the Spanwise Adaptive Wing project (SAW), a project that aims to validate the use of a cutting-edge, lightweight material to be able to fold the outer portions of aircraft wings and their control surfaces to optimal angles in flight. Continue reading for another video and more information.
There's nothing new or special about airports, but once in a while, you'll come across something that catches your eye, like this "Short Story Dispenser". Simply put, the top of this dispenser sports three shiny metallic buttons labeled "1 min.," "3 min." and "5 min," and after pressing the button for the length of story you want, an original short story is printed on a receipt-like piece of paper within moments. Continue reading for more unusual things spotted at airports.
Boeing has developed a hypersonic plane that could theoretically circle the globe in just 3-hours, as it's designed to use its own shockwaves to increase its speed, and could herald a new era of flight. More specifically, this "waverider" style aircraft uses the shockwaves to hit speeds of Mach 5 or higher. The development of this hypersonic plane could also change the way we engage in warfare since it would only take minutes to identify targets and prepare a defense. As a passenger plane you would be able to travel across the Atlantic in 1-hour, and anywhere across the Pacific in two hours at twice the speed of the Concorde. 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 ten hidden tricks that every iPhone user should know.
The Ehang 184 has gone through a multitude of tests these past few months, 1,000 test flights with human passengers to be more specific, and they included a 984-foot vertical climb while carrying over 500-pounds. Their most recent test flight covered 9.3-miles that saw the manned drone reach a top speed of 80.7 mph. For added safety, the team also tested it under high heat, heavy fog, night tests, and even a Category 7 typhoon with gale-force winds. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Here's an incredible look inside the Emirates new first class suite aboard the B777-300ER. With a design inspired by Mercedes-Benz, it's the world's first fully enclosed suite, and spans 40 square feet. Each suite features zero-gravity seats, virtual windows (middle suites), Safari binoculars, an entertainment system with 2,500 channels as well as a wireless remote, a super-wide 32-inch full HD LCD TV, and active noise cancelling E1 headphones from Bowers and Wilkins developed for exclusively for the airline. The fun doesn't end there, passengers also get custom-controlled mood lighting and climate control that enables you to adjust the cabin's temperature to 18 to 26 degrees Celsius. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Boeing has officially unveiled "Son of Blackbird," and it could be the SR-71's successor. This Mach 5 hypersonic future high-speed strike and reconnaissance aircraft boasts a TBCC propulsion system, which combines conventional turbine engines with dual-mode ramjets/scramjets (DMRJ). The company is planning a two-step development process for the new war plane. The first would involve flight tests of an "F16-sized, single-engine" precursor vehicle that acts as a "proof of concept," while the second, a "twin-engine, full-scale operational vehicle" that with similar dimensions to the 107-foot-long SR-71. 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 the Star Wars Cantina Theme played by a Rubik's Cube while it's being solved.
You've probably seen plenty of flying cars over the years, but the Switchblade is a three-wheeled, street legal vehicle that you can drive from your garage to a nearby local airport. Once there, the wings deploy and the tail extends outwards in under 3-minutes. You can then fly your registered aircraft directly to the destination - at up to 200 mph and 13,000 feet. To land, simply transform your flying sports car back to driving mode - the wings safely stowed and protected - and continue to your final destination. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Lockheed Martin has partnered with Reno-based aircraft company Aerion Corporation to build AS2, the world's first supersonic business jet. This aircraft is designed to be a 12-passenger, three-engine business jet capable of cruising at Mach 1.4, which means an operational range of 4,200 nautical miles. However, at subsonic speeds, the jet could extend it 5,400 nautical miles. "This relationship is absolutely key to creating a supersonic renaissance. When it comes to supersonic know-how, Lockheed Martin's capabilities are well known, and, in fact, legendary. We share with Lockheed Martin a commitment to the long-term development of efficient civil supersonic aircraft," said Aerion Chairman Robert M. Bass. Continue reading for a video interview, more pictures and information.
Aurora Flight Sciences has developed a fully autonomous helicopter for the U.S. Marines that can be controlled with just a tablet from a remote location. The prototype was recently tested at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, using an old UH-1H Huey helicopter as the base aircraft. It flew three missions to deliver cargo without a pilot on the controls, with two infantrymen on the ground controlling the helicopter with a tablet and laptop. Integrated LIDAR and camera sensors are used to avoid obstacles and evaluate the landing zone. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.