British inventor Richard Browning’s Gravity Industries may not be the only company working on a real-life Iron Man suit, but his Daedalus Mark 1, a jet pack that uses several miniature jet engines to achieve vertical flight is definitely one of the coolest. In a test flight, he achieved a top speed of 32.02 miles per hour and managed to set a Guinness World Records attempt for ‘Fastest speed in a body controlled jet engine powered suit’. Read more to see a soldier using this jet pack to fly around an aircraft carrier.
FusionFlight’s AB5 JetQuad is touted as the world’s first jet-powered VTOL drone. This means the team replaced the traditional four electric motors and propellers with four diesel-powered micro-turbine jet engines that produce a combined 200 horsepower at full throttle. It uses a proprietary vectoring system, called the H-Configuration, to direct thrust from these engines for vertical movement when taking off / landing or horizontally while in flight. Read more for two videos and additional information.
United Airlines has just launched a Star Wars-themed Boeing 737-800 to celebrate the release of “The Rise of Skywalker.” It has been styled with dueling Resistance and First Order livery, with flights set for the US, Canada, Central America, as well as the Caribbean. Want to book a flight? Passengers can do so by simply looking up the aircraft’s tail number, N36272. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The F-15 Eagle is an American twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) that first flew in July 1972, and entered service in 1976. It is among the most successful modern fighters, with over 100 victories and zero losses in aerial combat. Even after all these decades in service, it’s still a marvel to see in person, especially flying the UK’s Mach Loop. Read more for some amazing footage and additional information.
Microsoft released a new gameplay trailer today at its annual X019 presentation, showcasing various new aircraft coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator, including Boeing’s 747 commercial jetliner, Cessna’s Citation twin-engine jet, and a small aerobatics airplane. For those who don’t know, it will use developer Asobo’s in-house game engine, and use Bing Maps data, accessing over two petabytes of data from the cloud on demand. Read more for two videos and additional information.
NASA’s X-57 Maxwell is essentially an experimental aircraft designed to demonstrate technology to reduce fuel use, emissions, and noise. It’s based on a twin-engined Tecnam P2006T (conventional light aircraft with four-seats), but with distributed electric propulsion (DEP) wings, each containing electrically driven propellers. Read more for a video and additional information.
Love traveling or just want to experience a 6-hour flight across the Atlantic in economy class? Airplane Mode, published by AMC and developed by Hosni Auji, should do the trick. It launches some time in 2020 and features include a chance of inclement weather / turbulence, possibility of bad/no WiFi access, an overhead reading light and complementary aircraft information card. Read more for a teaser trailer and additional information.
Photo credit: U.S. Air Force
The U.S. Air Force’s unmanned X-37B spaceplane just landed today (Oct. 27) after a record 780-days in orbit, making the fifth top secret mission for the military’s mini-shuttle. The Orbital Test Vehicle 5 (OTV-5) mission officially ended with a perfect autonomous touchdown at the Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 3:51 a.m. EDT (0751 GMT). Read more for a video and additional information.
Powered by Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines, the ultra luxurious Gulfstream G700 private jet can achieve a maximum speed of Mach 0.925 and can fly 7,500 nautical miles at Mach 0.85. It can comfortably seat up to 19 passengers and boasts five living areas, a six-seat dining area / conference room, a 10-foot galley and a master bedroom suite, complete with a full shower. The high-tech circadian lighting system recreates sunrise and sunset to reduce jet lag on long haul flights. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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.