Category Archives: AIRCRAFT

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

modern turboprop turns into surveillance aircraft

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(image credit: Hawker Beechcraft)

sometimes, for the sake of efficiency we have to take a step back in terms of technology. not everything that’s sleek, mean and shiny can be as efficient. this is exactly what the U.S. Air Force has realized with the operations in Afghanistan. USAF uses the A10 to provide battlefield surveillance and close air support to friendly troops which means expending valuable flying hours in an airspace that’s predominantly uncontested. so the idea is to use an aircraft that has the same capability but with a lower cost of operation. the answer is a modern day turboprop trainer aircraft that has an uncanny resemblance to a World War II fighter aircraft. Continue reading modern turboprop turns into surveillance aircraft

Space Debris Collector is the zero-gravity garbage collector

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(image credit: Vaughan Ling)

100 years ago, when human glanced up the night sky, what we saw are purely stars (unless you count the possibility of UFOs lingering around). fast forward to 2011, when glance up at the gorgeous night sky, what we see might not be just stars. they could be reflection of garbages in space. no joke. it might just be very real and these ‘garbages’ could be the results of decommissioned or abandoned satellites, rocket parts jettison off from some mission and among many other sources. we are not excluding the possibility of some litter bug aliens too… nah, we are just kidding. anyway, over the years, we have accumulated much junks in the space and one day our spaceships might be dodging junks more than meteorites. in short, it could threaten Richard Branson’s dream space tourism, assuming we could get that far. Continue reading Space Debris Collector is the zero-gravity garbage collector

Michael Schratt talked about US govt’s black budget aircrafts

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(credit: screenshot by mike)

this is actually second installment of Project Camelot Productions‘ interview with Michael Schratt (click here to catch Part One of the interview), entitled Code Blue. Michael Schratt, self-professed aerospace historian talked about UFO, above top secret and so-called US government’s black budget aircraft. in this lengthy interview by Kerry Cassidy, Michael stressed that most of the so-called UFO sightings might have been some top secret government aircrafts and if this is so, he hopes that these future tech that the government possessed could be be declassified and the technologies shared to improve humanity’s life. wow. running through the video, Michael picked up a few examples of the probable black project aircrafts, some seems to be really technologically mind-boggling, while some were just plain weird or alien-like. go ahead and catch the video after the break, but be warned, this video interview will take an hour and eleven minutes of your life away. Continue reading Michael Schratt talked about US govt’s black budget aircrafts

unmanned aircraft in the guise of a hummingbird [video]

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meet Nano Hummingbird, the world’s first unmanned aircraft in guise of a hummingbird. developed by AeroVironment, the Nano Hummingbird is part of the Phase II contract awarded by DARPA to design and build a flying prototype “Hummingbird-like” aircraft for the Nano Air Vehicle or NAV program. Continue reading unmanned aircraft in the guise of a hummingbird

ever thought of what you will be flying come 2025?

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apparently, NASA wants to decide for you. sometime last year, NASA awarded contracts to three teams over at Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing to conceptualize a plane for 2025. of course, as you would have expected, NASA has some requirements for the teams to work on includes achieving air speed of 85 percent of the speed of sound, has a range of approximately 7,000 miles and carry between 50,000 to 100,000 pounds of payload. other goals include lesser noise, cleaner emission and lower fuel consumption than the current aircraft. Continue reading ever thought of what you will be flying come 2025?

Skyblade III mini-UAV from ST Aerospace to go into service

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(credit: screenshot by mike from CyberPioneer TV)

the Skyblade III mini UAV (unmanned air vehicle) developed Singapore’s firm ST Aerospace will go into service in the Singapore’s Army by end 2010, with plans of further six army units to be equipped with this eye in the sky. development of the Skyblade mini UAV started since 2002 and was operational since June 2010. Continue reading Skyblade III mini-UAV from ST Aerospace to go into service

Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter aircraft tops 180 knots

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it takes a while to get use to the sight of the Eurocopter X3 airplane/helicopter hybrid. anyway, that’s besides the point. in a recent test flight program, this rather odd looking bird achieved a true airspeed of 180 knots (or 333 km/h) in a level flight at a reduced engine power level. Continue reading Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter aircraft tops 180 knots

futuristic DARPA Transformer is a flying car, literally

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remember the cartoon M.A.S.K.? all the heroes and villains vehicle are dual-role vehicle. meaning they can transform into another mode of transport or transform itself from a family-friendly SUV into a weapon-loaded battle-ready transport. well, looks like the DARPA‘s Transformer is the real life M.A.S.K. vehicle – its a Humvee and a helicopter rolled into one. Continue reading futuristic DARPA Transformer is a flying car, literally

its a plane, its a helicopter, its boat… no it’s Halo Intersceptor!

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i am not exclaiming when superman flew past. and it is not transformers from the blockbuster sci-fi movie either. so what on earth can transform from an automobile to a plane, a helicopter or a double hulled boat? in comes the Halo Interseptor, a concept dreamt up by UK designer, Phil Pauley. essentially, Halo Interseptor is a car and by docking the car into its different platforms, transform it into a different form of transport. think of it as a docking station for a car. kind of. Continue reading its a plane, its a helicopter, its boat… no it’s Halo Intersceptor!

Spaceport America opens its door for business

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First flight of whiteknight2 and spaceship2 to America's first spaceport, Spaceport America
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the name Spaceport signified that the future is here. well… almost. if you haven’t heard… as oppose to a ‘port in the Space’, Spaceport is actually a hub where future Spacecrafts will gather and take off into the Space. Virgin Galactic has completed the runway to its first commercial spaceport. named “Spaceport America”. located in New Mexico, the 2-mile long runway is built to support any form of spacecraft currently in existence–a short compatibility list. seriously, there aren’t many spacecraft to date. Continue reading Spaceport America opens its door for business