Terrafugia's flying car designs have been in development for quite some time (2006), but their latest model, the TF-X, has just received FAA approval. Featuring fold-out wings and helicopter-like rotor blades, the semi-autonomous TF-X has a cruising speed of around 200mph, powered by a 300-horsepower engine. The company is hoping that its full-sized unmanned prototype, with a 4-person capacity and 500-mile range, will be ready to hit the skies by 2018. "The TF-X operator will have final say over whether an approved landing zone is actually a safe place in which to land, and they may abort the landing attempt at any time," said a representative. 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 five simple science experiments you can try at home today.
Oscar Vinals unveils Flash Falcon, a double-decker supersonic aircraft that would reach a top speed of Mach 3 (approximately 2,300mph), enabling you to travel from London to New York in just 2.5-hours. It has capacity for 250 passengers, and is powered by carbon-free energy, with a portable fusion reactor-based supersonic engine, as well as six electric-combustion engines that would tilt 10 to 20 degrees and allow the plane to take off or land vertically. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
The K-36 Ejection seat provides emergency escape for a crew member in a wide range of speeds and altitudes of aircraft flight, from zero altitude, zero speed (zero-zero) upwards, and can be used in conjunction with protective equipment, such as pressure suits and anti-g garments. The seat consists of the ejection rocket firing mechanism, gear box, headrest rescue system with a dome stowed in the headrest, and other operating systems all of which are aimed at providing a safe bail-out. Continue reading for two videos on how ejection seats work, and more information.
Finally, the Ehang 184 passenger drone, first unveiled at CES 2016 back in January, is headed for mass production. Crafted from aviation-grade aluminum, composite carbon fiber and epoxy resin panels, this drone is strong enough to withstand whatever mother nature throws at it, given you don't fly directly into a tornado. It's equipped with eight rotors, two stacked motors - one in each corner delivering thrust and precise directional control, and tablet flight controls. The motors combine for a 142-horsepower output, while topping out at 62mph at up to 1,640-feet. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video proving that astronauts really don't get dizzy.
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has created a Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) helicopter for DARPA, based on the S-76, that can fly itself. That's right, the 30-mile flight was planned, monitored, and executed by an operator using only a tablet device. It took off at a Stratford, Connecticut airfield and landed in Plainville, Connecticut. The copter uses MATRIX technology, the same system that used in the Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator. This flight marks the successful completion of Phase 1 of DARPA's ALIAS program, which aims to create and deploy greater levels of automation into existing military and commercial aircrafts. 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 a Drone Pinata.
The problem with most private planes is they require storage at an airfield, but ICON Aircraft's A5, aims to change that. At $190,000, less than half the cost of a new Lamborghini Aventador, this 2-seat aircraft is powered by a Rotax 912 engine that generates 100-horsepower to a single propeller located behind the cockpit, good for a top speed of 109 miles per hour and maximum altitude of 15,000. It's versatile enough to dock and take off from the water, with a 400-mile flight range. You'll only need a sport pilot license, and 20 hours of training to start enjoying your new toy. 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 place a light bulb in liquid nitrogen.
The ultra wealthy will soon have yet another toy to add to their stable, and it's the Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie personal aircraft. Cobalt's inaugural model has a top speed of 299mph, making it the fastest production-model single-engine piston plane yet. Thanks to the aircraft's canard design, you won't have to worry about it stalling in the air, while the engine placement at the rear reduces cabin noise. Each plane will be certified individually after it is built, and the introductory price is about $700,000. 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 an invisible driver prank in a Tesla Model S.
Unlike other private jets, the Embraer Kyoto Airship - based on the Embraer Lineage 1000E aircraft - includes ubiquitous body-length windows that arch 180° around the fuselage, providing plenty of natural light, as well as a lounge-style layout. You'll also find a spa-inspired bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, master bedroom suite, and a cutting edge entertainment system. Continue reading for more private jets that take luxury to the next level.
Billionaires of the world have a new toy they can add to their stable: the Airbus H160 VIP. At $22-million, it's the world's first all-composite civil helicopter with a range of 500 miles. It's powered by two Turbomeca Arrano turboshaft engines that generate 1,300 shaft horsepower, enabling the aircraft to cruise at speeds of up to 185mph. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Forget electric cars, and say hello to Lilium's electric creation. This two-seater vehicle is designed for personal use, and is the "world's first ultralight vertical takeoff and landing aircraft created for personal use." It's made to launch vertically, so runways aren't required, enabling owners to lift off from just about anywhere, like rooftops, or even a backyard. The personal aircraft can travel at nearly 250mph, with a range of 310-miles. Click here to view the first picture in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the most dangerous stretch of water in the world.