Category Archives: AIRCRAFT

Aircraft is basically all things that flies, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Toys & Hobbies not included.

Suborbital Passenger Jet Will Make London To New York In Two Hours

Back in the 1940s, Hitler’s Nazi had explored the possibility of sub-orbital flight to achieve tremendous range that would afford Germany to “bomb anywhere in the world.” Fast forward to 2017, or rather 2016, mankind is again exploring the possibility of cruising along the lower reaches of space, but this time, it is for a peaceful mission: air travel. Unlike the technology of the 40s, this space-going passenger jet of near future won’t look like an intercontinental ballistic missile; instead it will look more like a flying wing, like the iconic B-2 stealth bomber, with a bulge in the center where a “theater-like cabin,” complete with galleys and baggage area, can be found – well, at least that was what Juan Garcia Manislla’s concept supersonic jet, The Paradoxal, proposed. Continue reading Suborbital Passenger Jet Will Make London To New York In Two Hours

Unusual VTOL, Cormorant, Is What Future Helicopters May Look Like

Just when we thought mankind has reached the apex of aircraft design with respect to vertical takeoff aircraft like the helicopter, Israel firm Tactical Robotics came around and introduce a whole new concept of VTOL, or vertical takeoff and landing, vehicle. Formerly known as AirMule (which is exactly what it is designed to do, btw), Cormorant UAV is Israel take of VTOL that employs internal rotor blades for lift and horizontally-mounted ducted fans for thrust, and it is designed to transport troops, civilians, or cargos, in locations where even helicopters can’t go. Continue reading Unusual VTOL, Cormorant, Is What Future Helicopters May Look Like

We Bet You Didn’t Expect Lexus To Designed A Spacecraft But It Did

Honda may have jet aircrafts now, but competing automaker Lexus just up the ante by dishing out a spacecraft. Ok, we exaggerated. It is not quite a real spacecraft per se, but a fictional one that will appear in Luc Besson upcoming sci-fi blockbuster Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. In fact, this spacecraft has a couple of fleeting moments in the teaser trailer released earlier in November. At 0:39 mark, a pair of the Lexus-branded spacecraft can be seen in the background and at 1:17 mark, one of the pursuit craft can be seen zipping through the space. Continue reading We Bet You Didn’t Expect Lexus To Designed A Spacecraft But It Did

Huge-ass RC Drone With Suspending Hammock Has The Internet Debating

A video of a man chilling out on a hammock suspended under a huge-ass drone posted on YouTube has the Internet debating whether it is real or a hoax. Well, you don’t need to be CGI genius to know that it isn’t real because it is, after all, a commercial for the Dutch insurance company Centraal Beheer. Of course, we won’t dismiss the possibility that it could be a real thing, perhaps executed progressively and edited in such a way that it appears that the drone is actually hoisting a full grown person. Then again, a few, including our favorite mad garage inventor Colin Furze, have proven that a multirotor rig like such is capable of hauling a person. Continue reading Huge-ass RC Drone With Suspending Hammock Has The Internet Debating

This Is Intel Falcon 8+, The First Intel-branded Commercial Drone

Chip maker Intel has been extending its reach into the drone market by offering drone makers and enthusiasts with the ‘brain’ for drones, providing computing, sensor, communications and cloud integration for the drone ecosystem and in October, it takes that involvement a step further with the introduction of the company’s first Intel-branded commercial drone, the Intel Falcon 8+. Destined for the North American markets and building on the European AscTec Falcon 8 system, the Intel Falcon 8+ is armed with eight rotors and boasts a forward camera mount, full electronic system redundancy, automated aerial-sensing solutions “with best-in-class” onboard sensors and a triple-redundant AscTec Trinity autopilot to take the piloting chore off your back. Continue reading This Is Intel Falcon 8+, The First Intel-branded Commercial Drone

Surface-clinging Drone Aims To Change Structure Inspection Forever

Drone is probably one of the most important invention in this century. With drones, many impossibilities into possibilities, such as affordable aerial imaging, cargo/parcel delivery, and even saving lives – just to name a few, and now, this invention can add another critical use to its name: structure inspection – thanks to Japan drone specialist, ProDrone’s PD6-CI-L Self-Propelling Surface-Clinging Drone. The idea of building inspection using drone is not new and so is the issue with winds when carrying out such operations. Inspection of tall buildings and road bridges often subjects the drone to powerful gust of winds which makes stable hovering extremely difficult and hence, inspectors will not be able to get an accurate picture. Continue reading Surface-clinging Drone Aims To Change Structure Inspection Forever

Neiman Marcus’s Fantasy Gifts Offer Cobalt Private Plane In Rose Gold

These days, anything that your hands can hold can comes in luxurious rose gold treatment. Wrist watches, smartphones, tablets – you name it – can all be coated with that shiny, opulent coating. This luxury coating can also be found on some cars and even yachts, which makes you wonder why not a private plane? Well, if you have been thinking about that, then Neiman Marcus must have read your thought cos’ it is offering a Cobalt Valkyrie-X private plane coated in, you guessed it, rose gold, as part of this year’s Fantasy Gifts collection. Continue reading Neiman Marcus’s Fantasy Gifts Offer Cobalt Private Plane In Rose Gold

Japanese Drone With Dual Robotic Arm Looks Like Stuff Of Science Fiction

In a desolated future, drones of the ruling government (which could be our robot overlord, btw) patrol the skies, seeking out dissidents, rebels and criminals. It is a grim picture of the future, but you can imagine this is a possibility if sophisticated computer that connects us and the many things in life was given superior AI. Of course, not everything is this grim. There would be drones that deliver cargo, save lives and there would also drones with robotic arms that can grab things. Well, Japanese drone maker, ProDrone, is probably not the company to be responsible for this grim future, but it does have the aforementioned robotic arms-equipped drone and it, the PD6B-AW-ARM, as it is called, looks totally like a thing pulled from a sci-fi movie. Continue reading Japanese Drone With Dual Robotic Arm Looks Like Stuff Of Science Fiction

Airspace Offers To Take Errand Drones Out With Net-equipped Drone

Remember the Tokyo Metropolitan police demo on netting a rogue drone with a net-equipped drone? Yea, that one. An outfit called Airspace is offering to remove pesky, errand drones from the sky with similar methodology – except Airspace’s solution seems a little more sophisticated. For starter, it drone hunter, a multicopter, does not have the obvious giant-ass net dangle beneath it as it approaches its target. The net appears to be hidden under the aircraft and only ejecting out the tethered net when it is above the target. However, the end result is pretty much the same as what the Tokyo police’s net-equipped drone hunter. Continue reading Airspace Offers To Take Errand Drones Out With Net-equipped Drone

Russia’s New Commercial Jet Sets To Go Head To Head With Airbus And Boeing

Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut Corporation, under the wing of parent company United Aircraft Corporation, will soon have a new commercial jet that’s going to give existing big players’ medium range aircrafts a run for their money. The aircraft, dubbed MC-21, was officially unveiled back in June and marks a milestone in Russia’s aviation industry as the first medium-range passenger jet developed in Russian in this century. It has been a while indeed. Since the dissolution of Soviet Union, the country’s de facto flag carrier, Aeroflot, is mostly fleeted with western models. As of June 2016, Russian-made jets account for not more than 17 percent of Aeroflot’s fleet. But then again, that’s just Aeroflot and not accounting for other Russian airlines. Continue reading Russia’s New Commercial Jet Sets To Go Head To Head With Airbus And Boeing