Engineer Charles Bombardier has unveiled his latest concept jet, called the "Antipode", which is capable of achieving the breakneck speed of Mach 24 - more than 12 times faster than Concorde. It can carry 10 passengers at speeds up to 12,430 miles per hour, enabling one way trips from London to New York in just 11-minutes. This aircraft would be able to take off directly from any airfield by using reusable rocket boosters attached to its wings, and provide enough thrust to lift off, climb to 40,000 feet, before accelerating to Mach 5. The boosters would then separate and fly back to the airbase. Once Mach 5 is reached, the aircraft's onboard computer would ignite its supersonic combustion ramjet engine and accelerate up to Mach 24 at 40,000 feet. Continue reading for a video and more information.
If you love international traveling, but hate long flights, look no further than Skreemr. It can achieve Mach 10 (8,000 miles per hour), and take up to 75 passengers from London to New York in just 30-minutes. "The Skreemr is an aircraft concept that would be launched at very high speed with the help of a magnetic railgun launching system...[making use of rockets to] ignite its main scramjet engine. The magnetic railgun could use clean electricity to launch the aircraft, and the rockets and scramjets could burn hydrogen manufactured with hydro-electricity," said creator Charles Bombardier. 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 physicist who performed extreme stunts to prove the laws of physics.
The Concorde is a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet that was operated until 2003. It had a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04 (1,354mph at cruising altitude), with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued flying for the next 27 years. One thing you may not know is that it flew to an altitude of 68,000 ft (20,700 m) during a test flight in June 1973. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.
This F-117A Nighthawk isn't inside a remote Arctic hangar, but rather the McKinley Climatic Laboratory. This facility is both an active laboratory and a historic site located in Building 440 on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The main chamber was constructed to hold aircraft as large as a C-5A, and under hot conditions, it can achieve 165 °F. The All-Weather Room has a temperature range from −80 °F to 170 °F. Rainfall can be as high as 15 inches per hour, and wind, as fast as 60 knots. Snow can also be made in the chamber. Last, but not least, the Temperature-Altitude Chamber can simulate altitudes up to 80,000-feet, with temperatures ranging from −80 °F to 140 °F. Continue reading for two more test videos. Click here to view more pictures.
In case of mid-flight emergency, this is the plane you want to be on. Engineers have designed an aircraft with a detachable cabin that can be released at the push of a button in emergencies, safely landing on the ground or water, saving everyone on board. There are parachutes attached to the roof of the cabin that are instantly released when the cabin is detached, along with inflatable rubber tubes to cushion the impact on ground or water. Since a storage compartment is located directly beneath the cabin, no luggage will be lost during the detachment process. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Software support team manager Nick O'Donoghue snapped a perplexing image at 30,000-feet, which shows a figure that resembles the robot from the animated movie The Iron Giant. "I was flying back from a work ski trip in Austria, I was on the window seat with two work colleges beside me. They were talking like crazy and I was gazing out the window, as you do. I could see this figure in the distance in front of us and then as we flew closer this shape appeared. I asked the ladies beside me to look at it too in case I was seeing things. They too were amazed! I then took some pictures and then the aircraft slowly passed it. It was in view for about two minutes as it was a good bit away in the distance. To me it looked like the Michelin man but to be honest I have no idea what it was," said O'Donoghue. Continue reading for two enhanced images of the object.
Forget watching movies on long international flights, soon passengers will be able to stare at the ceilings and walls of jumbo jets for a mesmerizing light show. Boeing has unveiled innovative projection systems that show celestial displays, clouds, mood lighting to entertain passengers (or help them fall asleep), and possibly even live streaming news, stock tickers, etc. For those who prefer personalized entertainment, the smaller displays will still be available, and loaded with movies, TV shows and more. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a video of the crazy omni-directional Infinadeck for gamers.
The US Air Force has successfully tested a precision-guided B61 Model 12 nuclear gravity bomb, the first of five new atomic warheads planned as part of a new U.S. arsenal which is said to cost up to $1-trillion dollars over the next 30 years. Each warhead is guided by a radar and steered using four maneuverable fins, specifically to destroy weapons bunker and test sites with extreme accuracy.
The bomb's explosive strength can be increased or decreased, depending on the target and the risk of collateral damage. Click here to view more images.
The Rockwell XFV-12 was basically a prototype supersonic United States Navy fighter which was built in 1977. It attempted to combine the Mach 2 speed and AIM-7 Sparrow armament of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II in a VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) fighter for the small Sea Control Ship which was under study at the time. Continue reading for more cool facts.
Unlike other private jets, the Skyacht One boasts a design that draws inspiration from a custom 1930s-era yacht, and is based on the Embraer Flagship Lineage 1000E. This luxurious penthouse in the sky has a flying range of 4,600 nautical miles and over 4,000 cubic feet of cabin space. Inside, there is a main cabin, a private conference room, cocktail bar, as well as a master suite, complete with a king-sized bed and bathroom + shower. Continue reading for a "Making Of" video and more information. Click here to view more images of Skyacht One.