Not sure if anyone here remembers Pierpaolo Lazzarini of Lazzarini Design, the man behind the adorable Water Jet Capsule from 2013 and “the Shinkansen of the water” SeaJet from last year.
Chinese electric car maker Xiaopeng Motors, better known as Xpeng outside of China, shared its vision of flying cars through HT Aero last year. Fast forward to 2022, the company offers some updates on the development at Xiaopeng Tech Day.
There is a new development from Boom Technology. The Colorado-based supersonic aircraft maker has taken to Farnborough International Airshow (July 18-22, 2022) to reveal the s0-called “production refined” Boom Supersonic Overture.
The so-called hotel above the clouds, Sky Cruise, is highly improbable given our technology today. But if there is going to be an air-equivalent of a cruise ship, that role is no doubt more suited for airship-style flying contraptions like the Airlander 10.
Have you wondered why there isn’t an aircraft equivalent to a cruise ship? Oh, right. The aircraft would have to be ridiculously enormous which would be physically impossible. It would have to accommodate thousands of people and have space for a host of entertainment venues and facilities, and stay aloft for days or even weeks …
Shows like M.A.S.K. and Back to the Future II set an unrealistic expectation for flying cars. I mean, when we talked about flying cars, most people would imagine a regular-looking car that, you know, just flies. Gullwing doors are a bonus, of course, but shouldn’t open like Matt Trakker’s Thunder Hawk in order to fly …
You are probably half-expecting the Fraundorfer Aeronautics Tensor 600X STOL Gyroplane to be an all-electric aircraft. Well, it is not, which is a surprise given how electric drive is all the rage in recent years. The Tensor 600X is a good’ol fossil fuel burner.
When aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce introduced the project plane ACCEL, it has a vision of becoming the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft. Fast forward to November 2021, the project plane, now dubbed “Spirit of Innovation”, is not only the world’s fastest electric aircraft but is also the world’s fastest electric vehicle of any kind.
Wing-in-Ground-Effect Vehicle (GEV) – an aircraft that sails or, if you like, a boat that flies – was never widely adopted because of various concerns (like, keeping it at an effective altitude of max efficiency, for example). However, now that the technology has advanced way more than when the concept of GEV was first developed …
Honda is no stranger to making things that fly. After setting its foot firmly in the private jet’s arena, the automobile company has revealed its plan for a “new mobility ecosystem”.