The Volocopter series model 2X

The volocopter 2X is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft powered purely by electricity, meaning the vehicle is emission free and makes very little noise in comparison to other VTOL aircraft. The ultralight aircraft is easy to manuoever, and following the granting of ‘multicopter’ certification, will be able to be flown by anyone with a sport pilot license. However, the those without a licence need not miss out, since volocopter plan to use the aircrafts as flying taxis come 2018.

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The Volocopter series model 2X

Wasteland Express Delivery Service AKA Mad Max the Board Game

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Wasteland Express Delivery Service is the depraved brain child of mega designer Jon Gilmour (Dead of Winter), Matt Riddle (Fleet, Back to the Future) and Ben Pinchback (Fleet, Back to the Future), brought to technicolor life by award winning comic artist, Riccardo Burchielli (DMZ, Batman Black and White).

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Via BoardGameGeek.com:

In Wasteland Express Delivery Service, you take on the role of drivers inhabiting a post-apocalyptic wasteland riddled with outrageous, unhinged, and otherworldly characters set on unleashing mayhem at every turn.

To survive in this deranged universe, drivers must deliver food, water and guns between the handful of settlements pockmarked through the Wasteland. You must battle through insane raiders who occupy the void between cities, taking on missions from the three factions that have divided up the last of civilization to gain favor with them: the fascist New Republic Army which is hellbent on bringing the world to heel for its own good; the heretical Oracles of Ceres who have turned their attention to the worship of the land; and the technologically obsessed Archivists who cling to the old ways and the hope of restoring our lost civilization.

But what do you care? You’re here to get paid and live another day free. Outfit your truck, hire some insane riders to help fend off raiders, add some storage, and just keep truckin’.

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Wasteland Express Delivery Service AKA Mad Max the Board Game

Lockheed hails progress on hypersonic military aircraft

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Via the Financial Times:

Lockheed Martin revealed on Tuesday it is on the brink of a technological breakthrough that could lead to the US developing military aircraft that can fly six times the speed of sound.
Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed’s chief executive, outlined the proposed hypersonic aircraft as she also disclosed the company was working on a laser weapon that could be used on the battlefield.

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Lockheed hails progress on hypersonic military aircraft

Airlander 10 Hybrid Aircraft Test Flight in March

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Via the Independent:

A groundbreaking aircraft, thought to be one of the biggest ever made, will be taking off for its first test-flight in the UK in March.

The Airlander 10, a hybrid aeroplane and helicopter invention, measures 92m in length, 43.5m in width and 26m in height.

Developed by Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), the aircraft has the ability to fly at 20,000 feet. But for its maiden voyage, it will be restricted to gliding within 15 nautical-miles of its hanger in Cardington, Bedfordshire, flying no higher than 4,000ft, no faster than 45mph and for no longer than two hours.

But if all goes well in the gentle test-drive, it could mark the start of a new era of passenger-flying, said Chris Daniels, head of partnerships at HAV.

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Airlander 10 Hybrid Aircraft Test Flight in March

The Next Thing for Musk? Maybe a VTOL Electric Jet

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Via International Business Times:

Speaking at the Hyperloop event, Musk answered the question of what his next “great idea” will be, by saying: “I’ve been thinking about the vertical-take off and landing electric jet a bit more. I think I have something that might close. I’m quite tempted to do something about it.” Musk’s comments were initially met with quiet laughter, then cheers and applause as the audience realised he was being serious.

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The Next Thing for Musk? Maybe a VTOL Electric Jet