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Japan ANA airline begins featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Japan ANA airline begins featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Japan All Nippon Airways begin rolling out Star Wars: The Force Awakens airliners complete with BB-8 droid action. This is the first major-scale branding effort from Lucasfilm and Disney, hitting the largest of all the busses in the most Japan-centric way possible. This is the same airliner that rolls with Pokemon-themed coverings as well as R2-D2-themed jets. Have a peek below to see a collection of flight-ready planes run by this airline over the past couple of years. First you're going to see the ball-droid, BB-8, our new hero.

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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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Stratolaunch aircraft will have a 385-foot wingspan

Stratolaunch aircraft will have a 385-foot wingspan

Paul Allen, Elon Musk and several other partners are teaming up to build an aircraft that will be the largest aircraft in the entire world when finished. The aircraft is dubbed Stratolaunch and if all goes well the partners plan to begin testing the aircraft in 2016. Stratolaunch is already under construction at the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California.

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Amazon outlines nationwide drone exclusive airspace aspirations

Amazon outlines nationwide drone exclusive airspace aspirations

Many of us thought Amazon had gone crazy when it started to talk up its plans to deliver packages to Amazon Prime users via drones. Not too long after the first announcement of its drone aspirations, Amazon actually began preparing for drone deliveries. It eventually ran into problems with FAA regulations that put a damper on plans. However, in March of this year the FAA approved drone testing for Amazon clearing the way for more work.

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Solar Impulse battery problems ground plan until 2016

Solar Impulse battery problems ground plan until 2016

The Solar Impulse team, the people behind the solar-powered aircraft of the same name that's attempting to complete a journey around the globe, has revealed that the plane has suffered significant battery problems after its latest leg and will not be able to resume its journey until 2016. The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft landed in Hawaii on July 3rd after successfully completing a non-stop, 5-day flight from Japan, setting a world record in the process. Unfortunately the flight caused "irreversible damage" to the plane's batteries.

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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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Solar Impulse 2 has flown above the Pacific for 80 hours non-stop

Solar Impulse 2 has flown above the Pacific for 80 hours non-stop

Earlier this week we talked a bit about the record setting aircraft called Solar Impulse 2. The plane had become grounded in Japan after weather over the Pacific wasn’t favorable for the flight to Hawaii to continue. After sitting grounded for a while, the aircraft was finally able to take off again on its record setting journey. Currently Solar Impulse 2 has been flying above the Pacific for 80 hours on its way to Hawaii.

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NASA begins prototyping first airplane to fly over Mars

NASA begins prototyping first airplane to fly over Mars

NASA has revealed a new prototype design for an aircraft that will eventually be the first to fly on Mars in the 2020's. Dubbed the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or "Prandtl-m" for short, features a flying-wing design and is said to be ready for testing later this year via launching from a balloon at an altitude of 100,000 feet to simulate Mars' atmosphere.

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Latest Martin jetpack wants to send you sky high in 2016

Latest Martin jetpack wants to send you sky high in 2016

If you've ever wanted to soar in the sky like The Rocketeer, you'll soon have your chance. The New Zealand based company, Martin, created its Martin Jetpack which it claims to be the world's first commercially available jetpack. So, just about anyone will be able to buy it--if they have and extra $150,000 USD to blow on the whimsical transportation method. Despite its appeal to James Bond wannabes, the jetpack's main purpose is to aid emergency response teams in hard to reach areas.

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NASA tests new avoidance systems for UAVs

NASA tests new avoidance systems for UAVs

NASA is has developed a new sense-and-avoid system that will let unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) fly routine operations. The technology is currently undergoing its third round of testing. The researchers will use live data to validate the aircraft's trajectory, sensor, and other simulation models. The real-time data collection is designed to help the UAV move out of the path of incoming hazards like other aircraft.

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