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ever thought of what you will be flying come 2025?

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(image credit: NASA/Lockhead Martin)

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?

Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter aircraft tops 180 knots

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(image credit: Eurocopter)

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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(image credit: DARPA)

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

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

Martin Jetpack takes personal flight to the next level

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ok, this isn’t exactly the newest news but i’m still awe by the reality of human flight – that is with a human jetpack. with the Martin jetpack, you can make your james bond dream come true. capable of ceiling of 8000 feet (2438 meters) and a range of 31.5 miles (approximately 50 kilometers) at a top speed of 63 miles an hour (101 km/h), it will get you to work minus the traffic jam. this provides a new meaning to taking short-cuts. that is if you can find a place to land & park this thing, securely. make sure you get your crease-free shirt to go with it. now, where do i store my brief case… Continue reading Martin Jetpack takes personal flight to the next level