Until this artificial Moon is completed right here on Earth, we’ll have to settle for zero-gravity football in a plane. Football Luis Figo and a team of heroes from across the globe set a new record by doing just that at an altitude of 20,230 ft (6,166.1 m) in zero-gravity conditions.
It’s official, the Eviation Alice electric plane has completed its first flight. The aircraft lifted off at 7:10 a.m. from Grant County International Airport (MWH) and flew for 8 minutes at an altitude of 3,500 feet. This demonstrator provided the company with valuable data to further optimize the aircraft for commercial production.
Far more compact than this flying hovercraft, the $777,000 USD XTURISMO flying hoverbike by Delware-based AERWINS Technologies made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show yesterday in a big way. How so? Company representatives provided the media with a live demonstration at the Coleman A. Young International Airport showing off some of its capabilities.
You can already buy a Jetson ONE, but the DARPA ANCILLARY is an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that could be used by the military in the future. The AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY (ANCILLARY) X-Plane program aims to develop and flight demonstrate critical technologies necessary to advance vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), low-weight, high-payload, and long-endurance capabilities.
Hyundai’s Air-One may be where future air taxis land, including United Airlines’ new order of 200 four-seat electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from Eve Air Mobility. This eVTOL boasts a conventional fixed wings with rotors and pushers, which gives it an intuitive lift-plus-cruise design for safety, efficiency, as well as reliability.
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was far ahead of its time when the strategic reconnaissance aircraft debuted in 1966 to the public. It was capable of achieving speeds of Mach 3.2 at 85,000-feet, thanks to two Pratt & Whitney J58 axial-flow turbojet engines capable of generating a static thrust of 32,500 lbf.
First, there was the UFO-shaped N901ZX, now there’s the Zeva Aero Z2. This all-electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle is set to be revealed in the coming months with a blended-wing design that resembles that of its predecessors. On a full charge, you can expect to 50-miles of range.
Flying cars may be years away, but the SkyFly Axe can already be pre-ordered, with delivers set to begin in 2024. Priced from $180,000 USD, it features four coaxially mounted propellers driven by two 35-kW motors. For added safety, the Axe sports a flight control system with quadruple redundancy, including two separate battery packs.
There’s the Virgin Hyperloop pod system, and then the TransPod FluxJet. Think of the latter as a hybrid between an aircraft and a train that utilizes contactless power transmission as well as a new field of physics called veillance flux. In other words, it travels in a protected guideway at over 621mph.
Hammacher Schlemmer is no stranger to unexpected gifts, and this $190,000 USD Flying Hovercraft is definitely no exception. You won’t be making any cross-country trips with this, but it is capable of gliding over land as well as water before taking off and soaring in the air at speeds of up to 70 mph using its integrated wings.