Category Archives: AIRCRAFT

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

This Is How You Get Rid Of Trash On Power Lines: Burn’em Up With A Drone

Like the Internet, drone is the best and worst thing to happen in modern history. We have fun with it. We took awesome images with it and we also use it to inspect out-of-reach places, et cetera, but on the flip side, this brilliant invention of modern history has some more sinister applications too – to which, the U.S. government knows best. And it just the government that sees the deathly potential of drones. Some amateurs, like a couple of Finnish farmers and the controversial Austin Haughwout, also managed to explore the dark side of drone technology. Continue reading This Is How You Get Rid Of Trash On Power Lines: Burn’em Up With A Drone

World’s First Commercial Flying Car Is Ready, Can Be Yours For $599K

Gosh. We have been so out-of-touch with the flying car, Pal-V! The last we written about it, it was still going through testing, but today, the Dutch company has announced that it is selling its first commercial models, the Pal-V Liberty Pioneer and Liberty Sport. So, ladies and gentlemen, we give you the world’s first commercially available flying cars. Granted, it does not look anything like today’s road-going cars, but it will do for now. At least, it got off the ground, didn’t it? For $599,000 and $399,000 for the Liberty Pioneer Edition and Liberty Sport, respectively, this breakthrough in personal transportation can be yours and let you kiss gridlock frustration goodbye for good. All you need is a 165 m runaway for taking off and just 30 meters for landing. Continue reading World’s First Commercial Flying Car Is Ready, Can Be Yours For $599K

Ehang’s Human-carrying Drone Is Set To Ply Dubai’s Sky This Summer

Ehang 184, the ambitious oversized eight-rotor drone from China introduced at last year’s CES, is reportedly kicking off “regular operations” around Dubai’s sky in July 2017. In fact, according to a report by AP, Ehang 184 has been taking to the skies around Dubai’s Burj Al-Arab skyscraper which, of course, has a helipad for it to land. However, the report did not mention if those flights where with or without people in the craft. I don’t know whether this autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) will be reserved for the elites, or is it part of the grand plan by UAE’s government for a futuristic city. Whatever it is, Ehang’s milestone is a giant stride for short-range city transportation which, to be honest, has been stagnant for many decades now. Continue reading Ehang’s Human-carrying Drone Is Set To Ply Dubai’s Sky This Summer

2014 Patent Reveals Amazon’s Intention For Warehouse In The Sky

Remember some aliens invasion movies where one or a few alien motherships hovering in Earth’s airspace dispatches smaller alien drones to attack Earth? Well, something that sinister probably won’t happen, but a similar, less sinister scenario probably would and you can thanks online retail giant Amazon for that. It has come to light that Amazon had, in 2014, filed a patent for an autonomous airborne fulfilment center that will shake up the ecommerce industry. Continue reading 2014 Patent Reveals Amazon’s Intention For Warehouse In The Sky

Airbus’ Vision Of Flying Car Is Not Quite A Car. It Is More Like An Aircraft

If you have grown tired of constant traffic jams, giving up driving and hoping on taxis and ride sharing cars won’t help you get out of the gridlock. Trains like subways sound like a good idea, except that you have to rub shoulders with many. Not exactly the ideal solution, is it? What you need is a transport that zips overhead, up in the sky, you know, a flying taxi of sort. But the flying taxi of the future won’t be Korben Dallas’ kind of flying yellow cab; it would be more of an aircraft-ish transportation like the Airbus Group Project Vahana Flying Car Concept. Continue reading Airbus’ Vision Of Flying Car Is Not Quite A Car. It Is More Like An Aircraft

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