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The newly opened TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, United States is housed in the former TWA Flight Center airline terminal that originally opened in 1962, designed by architect Eero Saarinen. This hotel added two buildings on either side of the existing headhouse and contain a total of 512 rooms between them. Read more for a video tour, additional pictures and information.
Would you rather spend $5-million on a mansion, or the world’s first and only Learjet limo? If it’s the latter, you’ll be glad to know that this limousine not only looks like a private jet, but seats up to eight people, complete with illuminated plexiglass panels on the roof, a large television, lots of speakers, an LED infinity floor and of course, plenty of mood lighting. Read more for a video tour and additional information.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection computer systems for processing arriving travelers’ passports were reportedly crashed on Friday afternoon, leading to massive delays and lines at airport arrivals halls throughout the country. JFK Airport had Customs agents use backup systems to process passengers manually, but even then, many are waiting hours to just exit the arrival hall. Read more for videos of the madness and additional information.
The ADIFO (All-DIrectional Flying Object) may look like a UFO when in-flight, but this aircraft, developed by Romanian engineer Razvan Sabie and aerodynamicist Iosif Taposu, aims “to change the actual paradigm of flight.” the prototype measures 1.2-meter (3.9-ft) in diameter and features four ducted fans for take-off / landing, as well as two jets in the back for horizontal propulsion. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Officially unveiled at this week’s Royal International Air Tattoo air show in the UK, the Airbus “Bird of Prey” is essentially a hybrid-electric, turbo-propeller aircraft for regional air transportation. The aircraft is inspired by efficient mechanics of eagles, with wing and tail structures that mimic those of a bird of prey, while featuring individually controlled feathers that provide active flight control. This futuristic concept is backed by the GREAT Britain campaign, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Air League, the Institution of Engineering and the Technology and Aerospace Technology Institute. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Just when you thought airport hotels were all the same, Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu decides to change everything with their latest offering. One of the hotel’s rooms has a full-sized Boeing 737-800 flight simulator. How much will it cost you to stay in this room? How about a cool 25,300 yen ($233.07 USD) and / or you can even book a 90-minute flight lesson with a certified instructor for 30,000 yen (around $276.40 USD). Read more for additional pictures and information.
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The last thing you’d want is to be stuck in a security line when you’re running late for a flight, and designers Charles Bombardier and Ashish Thulkar have an interesting solution. Called the Aerochk, this airport escalator is also a security checkpoint. Simply place your passport before getting on and you’ll be run through an X-ray machine while riding, along with your carry-on luggage. It’s equipped with multiple sensors to scan your body weight, composition, and facial recognition to match you to your passport. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have successfully tested a plane that can land fully autonomously, without input from the airport. The project is called “C2Land” and to make this possible, the TU Braunschweig team designed an optical reference system, or in other words, a camera in the normal visible range and an infrared camera that can also provide data under conditions with poor visibility. Then custom-tailored image processing software was developed to let the system determine where the aircraft is relative to the runway based on the camera data it receives. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Many know Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian skydiver, daredevil, and BASE jumper, for his death-defying jump to Earth from a helium balloon from the stratosphere back in 2012, but what if there was an easier way to practice skydiving? The Ascent Pod is designed just for that task, as it’s basically a miniature one-person rocket. “The base of the rocket pod houses turbine jets which provide extremely high power to weight ratio and allow the appropriate thrust required to propel the Ascent over 150 km/h up to altitudes of 15,000 feet”, said Charles Bombardier, its creator. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Morgan Stanley stated that the global value of the eVTOL (electric-powered vertical take-off and landing) vehicle market could valued at $1.5 trillion by 2040, and what better way to kick start that industry than with an all-new racing series. Meet the Airspeeder MK4. It’s basically a classic single-seat race car and drone combined into one, powered by a 500kW lithium-polymer battery. The vehicle itself weighs in at just 500-pounds without a pilot, enabling the battery to produce enough power to hit a top speed of 120mph, while racing for 15 minutes on a single charge. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.