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Britain's Unmanned Taranis Aircraft Enables Remote Combat

While the debate over using unmanned aircrafts in military combat continues, Britain's Ministry of Defence recently unveiled its latest unmanned aircraft prototype. Named after the Celtic god of thunder, and just as ready to bring it, the Taranis is a long-range strike plane that's designed to invade enemy airspace. According to the BBC News, the plane, which took more than 3 million man-hours to...

Sun-Powered 'Solar Impulse' Plane Survives the Night Sky

The Solar Impulse is one of the most ambitious projects we've ever seen. The ultimate goal is to fly a solar-powered plane around the world, relying for power solely on the rays of the sun. That might still be a ways off, but the Impulse took to the sky Wednesday morning with an intermediary goal: to survive 24 hours aloft in the night sky (read: often with no sun) without plummeting to the...

Flying Cars Rapidly Approaching Commercial Takeoff

After decades of failed promises, flying cars may soon crowd the nation's streets and airspaces -- as long as shoppers can afford those $200,000 price tags. The FAA recently approved the Terrifugia Transition two-seater for takeoff, but another company's design may allow even unlicensed consumers to drive and fly, without the federal agency's stringent pilot requirements. Logi AeroSpace's...

iCub Plane Distracts Pilots With an iPad-Equipped Cockpit

At first glance this seems like a terrible idea: putting an iPad front and center in an airplane cockpit. You wouldn't put one at the fingertips of a driver, so it would make sense to keep the app-running, Web-browsing device out of view when careening several thousand feet above ground. But, surprise, that's one of the key features of the Zlin iCub, a new recreational aircraft being shown off at...

NASA Sets Final Launch Dates for Space Shuttles Discovery, Endeavour

After about 30 years of sending U.S. astronauts into space, NASA announced Thursday that space shuttles Discovery and Endeavour will make their last flights, respectively, on November 1st, 2010 and February 26th, 2011. According to Network World, Discovery's 10-day mission will be to deliver logistics carriers, which are basically cargo holds, and other spare parts to the International Space...

FAA Approves Flying Car, Ignoring Its Own Safety Requirements

The day we've all dreamed of is finally here. A new flying car has just received approval from the FAA, officially bringing the world one step closer to Jetsonian utopia. The Terrafugia Transition is a two-seat, "light sport" aircraft that can fly for up to 460 miles at 115 mph, and carry up to 450 pounds. It only needs a 1,700-foot runway to take off, and, with electrically powered folding...

World's First Solar Blimp to Attempt English Channel Crossing

We've already told you that the world's largest airship, called the Bullet 580, will depart on its maiden voyage later this year. Now, according to Inhabitat, the world's first solar-powered blimp is set to take flight over the English Channel as early as next week. The helium-filled Nephelios, which measures 72-feet long and 18-feet wide, is covered with a strip of semi-flexible solar cells....

Gliding Robot Stabs Walls to Autonomously Land and Take Off

A Swiss researcher has developed a mechanism for glider robots that allows them to land on any surface and then take flight again without human assistance. According to Popular Science, Mirko Kovac attached two needles to the front of the lightweight glider. The bot extends these needles as it's flying toward a surface, like a wood or concrete wall, and stabs them into it. It can safely hang...

Virgin America Offers Free Flights to People With Twitter 'Influence'

If you happen to be looking for a cheap flight on Virgin America this summer, you might want to spend a bit more time on Twitter. The airline, in collaboration with Twitter analytics service Klout, is now offering a free flight to anyone who has serious influence on the micro-blogging site. Klout determines a user's influence by analyzing several variables -- including an individual's followers,...

Army Drops $517M on Football Field-Sized LEMV Surveillance Airships

In an effort to assist U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the Army has commissioned a company to develop a surveillance airship that's longer than a football field. According to Space.com, Northrop Grumman Corp. recently received a $517 million contract from the Army to build as many as three Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicles (LEMV), which can carry 2,500-pounds while hovering 20,000-feet above...

Helium-Filled Airfish 'Swims' Through the Air Like Our Finned Friends

For their new airship design, Swiss researchers looked underwater for inspiration. According to New Scientist, researchers at the EMPA, which is the Swiss federal laboratory for materials testing and research, developed a 26-foot-long Airfish that's filled with helium and mimics the movements of a rainbow trout to "swim" across the sky. Rather than engines, Christa Jordi and her team used...

Concorde Jet Could Fly Again, Thanks to $22 Million Project

Share When the Concorde luxury jet was retired seven years ago, after 27 years of dutiful service to the world's elite, it seemed like the end of an era. Now, however, efforts are underway to get the supersonic craft back in the air -- in time for the 2012 Olympic Games. As the BBC reports, engineers from the Save Concorde Group (SCG) and the French company Olympus 593 have already begun the...

FAA Mandates All Aircraft Must Use GPS by 2020

A new set of requirements handed down by the Federal Aviation Administration will overhaul the nation's air traffic control system within the next decade. According to an Associated Press report on CBS News, the FAA mandated that all aircraft and ground control must install and use GPS-tracking systems by 2020. It will cost $4 billion for the estimated 7,000 airliners and cargo planes plus more...

MIT's 'Double Bubble' and 'Hybrid Wing' Airplanes Offer Green Alternative

In the near future, commercial airplanes could see a total design overhaul. It's a necessity since air travel, as Boing Boing points out, should double in frequency by 2035. As part of a $2.1 million research contract with NASA, MIT recently unveiled two new commercial airplane designs that could lead to more efficient and cheaper travel. The 180-passenger D ("double bubble") series and the...

Boeing Debuts Its 'Phantom Ray' Unmanned Spy Plane

Share On Monday, Boeing revealed its newest unmanned spy plane, a boomerang-shaped, drool-inducing object that looks straight out of a Michael Bay film. The sleek Phantom Ray is 36-feet long with a 50-foot wingspan, and takes off this December. This bad boy can hit 614 mph while hovering around 40,000 feet, but its purpose seems a bit obscure. Fast Company reports that, aside from being...