Vertical Aerospace reveals flight footage of a sleek electric vertical take off and landing aircraft (eVTOL), called Seraph, that completed its maiden flight at Llanbedr Airfield in Wales. This prototype was built to test new technologies and systems for integration into Vertical Aerospace’s upcoming passenger model, which is slated to be unveiled next year, and it’s capable of carrying loads of up to 250kg while reaching speeds of up to 80km per hour. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has just introduced RAIDER X, a lightweight survivable compound coaxial helicopter, specifically designed for near-peer threats on the future battlefield. This aircraft enables the reach, protection and lethality required to remain victorious in future conflicts. It can achieve Sspeeds in excess of 250 knots while operating at high altitudes in excess of 9,000 feet, low-speed / high-speed maneuver envelopes out to 60+ degrees angle of bank, and flight controls optimization / vibration mitigation. Read more for a video and additional information.
Sikorsky, now owned by Lockheed Martin, is set to reveal a remote-controlled Black Hawk helicopter next year that makes use of both autonomy software and high-tech sensors. So far, the prototype has managed to hit 172 miles per hour after 54.5-hours of flight time and will make its first fully autonomous flight in 2020. This helicopter will also offer pilots multiple autonomy modes so they can commit more time toward their mission. Read more for a video of some of the autonomous aircraft Lockheed Martin is working on and additional information.
Boeing announced today that it has teamed up with Porsche to develop a flying electric car. They are researching the market for “premium urban air mobility” and plan to design a vehicle using technology from Boeing’s Aurora Flight Sciences division capable of operating from helipad-type ports. There’s no timeline for a possible production vehicle launch, but Porsche Consulting said that this type of transportation is expected to “pick up speed” as soon as 2025. Read more for another picture and information.
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What is a Doomsday Plane? It’s a class of aircraft the United States uses as an Airborne Command Post in an event of nuclear war, disaster or other large scale conflict that threatens key military and government infrastructure. In other words, these are flying war rooms staffed by dozens of military analysts, strategists and communication aides who would guide the president through the first days of a nuclear war. Read more for an inside look at the E-4B “Nightwatch”.
Kitty Hawk, a Palo Alto-based startup backed by Alphabet Inc. co-founder Larry Page, has unveiled Project Heaviside (HVSD), named after British physics and mathematics pioneer Oliver Heaviside. This all-electric aircraft is claimed to be 100-times quieter and faster than a traditional helicopter. When fully charged, it has a range of 100-miles and is 1/3 the weight of a Cessna. The aircraft can be flown manually or autonomously, with the ultimate goal being the ability to fly as well as land anywhere. Read more for a video and additional information.
Jorge Manalang went to work at O’Hare International Airport on Monday and ended up “saving the day in Chicago.” How so? He managed to ram an out-of-control beverage cart on a tarmac with another vehicle before it could harm any of the numerous employees on the ground or the airplane right behind it. Someone managed to capture this event on camera and promptly uploaded it to social media. Read more to watch.
UPS’ Flight Forward drone subsidiary was granted a Part 135 Standard certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which allows the company to expand its delivery service in campus settings, like hospitals and universities. In other words, UPS pilots are now able to fly drones beyond their line of sight, which opens the door for the delivery company to expand Flight Forward. To start, they are doubling the number of drone flights it does for its flagship customer, Raleigh, North Carolina-based WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Read more for a video and additional information.
The McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II is a single-engine ground-attack aircraft capable of vertical or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL). It’s primarily employed on light attack or multi-role missions, and used by the United States Marine Corps (USMC), the Spanish Navy, and the Italian Navy. This second-generation Harrier Jump Jet are expected to be replaced by the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II some time during 2025. Read more to see what the vertical landing looks like from the cockpit of another aircraft.
Beijing Daxing International Airport was officially opened to the public on September 26, 2019, with the first commercial flight landing there at 10:12 (UTC+8) that same day. It will serve as a hub for SkyTeam alliance airlines and some Oneworld members, and after nearly five years of construction, the $63 billion structure features a 7.5 million square foot terminal sitting on 18 square miles of land, making it the world’s largest airport. Read more for a video and additional information.