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.
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.
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.
Paperclips shaped as animals from stationary accessories maker Midori of Japan on Amazon (via BoingBoing).
Via Altaeros Energies:
Effective, economic power generation for rural communities and remote locations remains a significant challenge. Current solutions focus on diesel power generation or renewable energy, such as wind or solar. Diesel power is expensive, requiring regular refueling and renewable energy is erratic with fluctuations in the wind and guaranteed periods with no sunlight. The mandates of many governments across the globe to provide universal access to electric power mean that global utility companies are striving to deliver economic solutions to remote and rural populations.
Altaeros’ autonomous tethered airborne platforms are designed to lift a lightweight wind turbine up to 600m above ground, where winds are strong and consistent.
Via Aero-News Network:
The FAA has authorized Terrafugia to operate small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in the TF-X configuration for research and development (R&D) purposes.
The TF-X, Terrafugia’s vision for the future of personal transportation, is a four-seat, hybrid electric, semi-autonomous, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) flying car. As the TF-X program is currently in the early stages of development, extensive sub-scale flight testing of sUAS, along with wind tunnel testing and aerodynamic simulation, are key to refining the vehicle’s design.
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