The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM), Army Research Laboratory researchers, University of Texas at Austin and Uber partnered to research the acoustic properties of electric vertical takeoff / landing aircraft that use distributed electric propulsion to power flight. These eVTOL aircraft could be used in future aerial surveillance and cargo transport missions using smaller rotors than traditional helicopters. Read more for a video and additional information.
There are private business jets, and then Pegasus VBJ. This VTOL business jet sports a cranked dihedral wing and an X-tail design, powered by two 2,300hp General Electric CT7 engines to drive in-wing lift fans / rear thrust fans through integrated gearboxes, all managed by multiple redundant computer systems. This eight-passenger aircraft has a claimed range of around 2,380 nautical miles from a standard runway take-off, or 1,150 nautical miles when using vertical take-off / landing mode. Read more for a concept video, additional pictures and information.
Porsche partnered with Embraer to offer ten limited edition “Duet” packages that include the Phenom 300E business jet and a 911 Turbo S. Priced at nearly $11-million USD, both aircraft and car have a special badge with 10 lines, representing the number of units that will be delivered. The matching pair come finished in Jet Grey Metallic and Platinum Silver Metallic, with Brilliant Chrome and Speed Blue trim. Every customer who purchases this package also gets a Porsche Design luggage set, which includes a pilot’s case and two weekend bags. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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The Boeing Loyal Wingman drone aircraft, which is being developed with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), moved under its own power for the first time. It reached a maximum speed of 16mph on the ground and demonstrated several activities while maneuvering as well as stopping on command. A total of three Loyal Wingman prototypes will form the Airpower Teaming System that Boeing will offer customers worldwide. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Team Tempest, a UK-based technology and defense partnership formed by BAE Systems, Leonardo, MBDA, Rolls-Royce and the RAF, is currently working with hundreds of high-tech companies, SMEs as well as academia across the UK to develop a next-generation combat air system. Leonardo UK is working on new radar technology for the sixth-generation Tempest fighter jet capable of providing over 10,000 times more data than existing systems. It’s officially called the ‘Multi-Function Radio Frequency System’ and not only collects, but also processes unprecedented amounts of data on the battlespace. Read more for a video and additional information.
Some may have heard about the first report a month or so ago of someone flying in a jetpack around Los Angeles International Airport, but now a second sighting has been reported. The incident allegedly occurred this past Wednesday (Oct. 14) when a China Airlines crew spotted the figure at an altitude of approximately 6,000 feet at around 1:45 p.m. PST. There are jetpacks currently being developed that can achieve this altitude, but none have been certified for public use. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Singapore Airlines had to ground most of its fleet due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they came up with a clever idea to use at least two of their A380 aircraft. Turn them into restaurants of sorts. If you demand nothing but the most luxurious meal, you’ll have to pay a hefty price tag, up to $441 a person. Fortunately, every single available seat was fully booked within half an hour of sales going live earlier today. Read more for a video and additional information.
Boom Supersonic unveiled its demonstrator aircraft, the XB-1, earlier today, and it’s scheduled to begin flight testing next year. The aircraft is touted as the world’s first independently developed supersonic jet, complete with a 71 foot-long fuselage, carbon-composite airframe and three GE-designed J85-15 engines. Its first flight is set for late 2021 in Mojave California, with entry-into-service beginning by the end of the decade. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 developer Asobo announced this week that sign-ups for its forthcoming VR closed beta have opened, and is set to begin later this month or early November. In addition to the game, participants are also required to have a compatible Windows Mixed Reality headset. Should you pass those steps, you’ll then have to submit your DxDiag to help Asobo pick the players most suited to each wave of its closed beta, and then agree to Microsoft’s NDA. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Rolls-Royce has successfully completed testing of its innovative technology that will power the world’s fastest all-electric plane. The company built a full-scale replica of the plane’s core, called an ‘ionBird’, including a 500hp electric powertrain powerful enough to set world speed records and a battery with enough energy to supply 250 homes. One of the tests included running the propeller up to full speed (approximately 2,400 rpm) using the most power-dense battery pack ever assembled for aircraft propulsion. Read more for two videos and additional information.