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First 3D-printed motorcycle built by Airbus

First 3D-printed motorcycle built by Airbus

We're seeing 3D-printed versions of just about everything these days, from shoes and robots to even working cars, and now it's the electric motorcycle's turn. APWorks, a subsidiary of airplane-maker Airbus, has produced what it says is the world's first 3D-printed motorcycle, complete with a total weight of just 35 kg (77 pounds). They've even come up with a fitting name for it: the Light Rider. How clever.

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Airbus modular airplane cabins detailed in new patent

Airbus modular airplane cabins detailed in new patent

A new Airbus patent has cropped up showing a new type of modular aircraft with cabins that are detachable and that essentially slot into the plane via a docking module of some sort. Each of these modular aircraft could then serve multiple purposes rather than one, and airlines could reduce down time by loading and unloading passengers in these modular cabins rather than directly in the aircraft itself.

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Airbus patents jet that could fly from NYC to London in an Hour

Airbus patents jet that could fly from NYC to London in an Hour

Years ago if you wanted to get from the US to the UK as fast as possible you climbed on the Concorde supersonic passenger jet and got underway. That aircraft has been retired now leaving standard aircraft to handle taking people quickly across the pond. Airbus has filed for a patent that talks a bit about a new jet that claims to be able to travel from NYC to London in only an hour.

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Airbus E-Fan plane makes history, crosses English Channel

Airbus E-Fan plane makes history, crosses English Channel

Electric cars were once the hottest topic in technology but now almost everyone is trying to make one, or half of one anyway. Now that land has been more or less conquered, our attention is turned to the skies. After the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 made its historic Pacific crossing early this month, another electric plane is making some noise. This time, it's French aviation giant Airbus that is beaming proud, after its all-electric E-Fan plane prototype successfully made a historic Channel crossing without incident.

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Airbus patents even more massive double-decker airplane

Airbus patents even more massive double-decker airplane

A new patent shows the Airbus company may be making an aircraft larger than its already largest air-ready vehicle. This patent application suggests that a double-decker airplane is once again in order, making way for more fuel economy as it carries just as many passengers, luggage, and otherwise "profitable cargo" across the planet. This airplane aims to improve upon the A380, the most talked-about Airbus airplane in the world today. Foldable seats that slide together and possible requirements for still-oversized jetways remain included.

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Airbus intros new all-electric aircraft prototype

Airbus intros new all-electric aircraft prototype

Airbus is known for its huge passenger jets, but it has just debuted something out of the ordinary at the Paris Air Show. Airbus unveiled the E-Fan 2.0 prototype aircraft. It's an all-electric aircraft that claims to be the first "plug-in plane". It's a small, two-seater plane with a 31-foot wingspan. The plane is crafted from carbon fiber composite materials, keeping the aircraft light, weight only 1100lbs when empty.

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Airbus’ Adeline jumps on the reusability rocket

Airbus’ Adeline jumps on the reusability rocket

Claimed to be already five years in the making, Airbus just revealed its own take on the idea of a reusable rocket that its chief rival in the space, SpaceX, has been preaching for years. Called Adeline, which is a more memorable form of its "Advanced Expendable Launcher with Innovative engine Economy" name, the rocket aims to address the weaknesses in SpaceX's implementation. In particular, instead of focusing on returning the full first stage of the rocket like SpaceX does, Adeline prioritizes the most important and most valuable part of that stage: the engine and avionics.

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Qatar Airlines plans real-time blackbox streaming

Qatar Airlines plans real-time blackbox streaming

As we’ve seen with two airplane disappearances over the past year, the black box on an airplane might record data, but flight data isn’t necessarily streamed. Qatar Airways wants to change that, and is announcing plans to stream flight info in real-time to sources on the ground. The streaming wouldn’t prevent a plane’s issues, but could allow help to arrive faster, possibly saving lives in the process. The news came as the airline unveiled their new Airbus A350 XWB.

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Concorde replacement could travel from London to NYC in 3 hours

Concorde replacement could travel from London to NYC in 3 hours

Lockheed Martin is working on a new jet that will be the future of international travel for passengers who need to get overseas quickly. The jet is called the N+2 and it was designed by Lockheed Martin as a sort of successor to the Concorde. The N+2 jet is aimed at private business jet owners and at commercial flight.

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Virtual reality helmets on planes: Airbus patent filing reveals details

Virtual reality helmets on planes: Airbus patent filing reveals details

This past summer, we saw a patent filing surface from Airbus for standing seats in planes. Though many expressed less-than-enthusiastic opinions about that prospect, the latest patent filing by the aircraft maker is likely to have a more positive response: virtual reality helmets for passengers.

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Airbus plans to pack customers in, patents standing seats

Airbus plans to pack customers in, patents standing seats

Do you already feel uncomfortable (read: claustrophobic and grumpy) when flying? Even first class can feel a bit cramped, depending on the aircraft, and it looks like that issue will only be getting worse. A patent filing has surfaced showing a design for standing airplane "seats".

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Airbus A330neo brings 3D movies to in-flight entertainment

Airbus A330neo brings 3D movies to in-flight entertainment

I am not much of a sky dweller, but when I am in a flight, a little entertainment would help with the boredom – and Airbus understand that very well. It recently launched the new A330neo, a wide body aircraft from A330 family but with upgraded in-flight entertainment system.

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