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United and Continental Airlines to get in-flight WiFi starting mid-2012

United and Continental Airlines to get in-flight WiFi starting mid-2012

If you do much traveling, you'll be glad to know that there will soon be more airlines offering in-flight WiFi, allowing you to enjoy your wireless gadgets in the skies. United Continental Holdings announced today that more than 300 of its United Airlines and Continental Airlines mainline jets will be getting equipped with WiFi starting in mid-2012 with the complete fleet being equipped by 2015.

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University of Minnesota scientists create brain-controlled virtual flight

University of Minnesota scientists create brain-controlled virtual flight

In a move that can only be described by Punjab-esque, your Annie (1982) hero's ability to make aircraft fly with his mind is one step closer to reality now that researchers, led by Dr. Bin He of the University of Minnesota, have created an EEG-based interface that allows users to navigate a virtual helicopter with their mind. The interface is a completely noninvasive brain-computer hookup that allows the user to tell the helicopter where to go by willing it to do so.

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Nuclear-powered aircraft so large other aircraft can land on them in our future?

Nuclear-powered aircraft so large other aircraft can land on them in our future?

This is a very wild idea to me and I don’t think that many people would get behind the idea of an aircraft powered by a conventional nuclear reactor. However, if it were a new kind of nuclear energy that produces little radiation the support for a massive aircraft powered by a reactor using low energy nuclear reaction or LENR technology might make such an aircraft possible. LENR has been researched for decades and according to NASA Langley energy expert Joe Zawodny experimental evidence has proven LENR might be an extremely clean energy source.

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NASA awards green aviation contest prize to Pipistrel

NASA awards green aviation contest prize to Pipistrel

Google sponsored a green challenge in aviation called the CAFE (Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) Green Flight Challenge. There were a number of aircraft entered in the competition for a chance to win some significant money. The first place prize was $1.35 million and the second place prize was $120,000. The competition was very specific in how the aircraft must perform.

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Boeing sends first 787 Dreamliner aircraft to ANA in Japan

Boeing sends first 787 Dreamliner aircraft to ANA in Japan

Boeing has just signed and hand delivered the first ever 787 "Dreamliner" aircraft to All Nippon Airways in Japan. We can't really say hand delivered because this aircraft is simply massive. It's so big in fact, that they've even announced it twice. Bringing years of aircraft technology from Boeing into one of the biggest, and most technology filled planes to date.

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Chinese man builds full size AR.Drone to fly around

Chinese man builds full size AR.Drone to fly around

This has to be the bravest dude on the planet, or perhaps the dumbest I can’t really decide. A Chinese farmer named Shu Mansheng has designed his own flying contraption that has no wings and used eight motorcycle engines fitted with propellers inside a big metal circle that holds a basket. The design of the craft reminds me more than a little of the AR.Drone.

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Japan Airlines adding in-flight WiFi to North America/Europe routes

Japan Airlines adding in-flight WiFi to North America/Europe routes

The likelihood of you getting online while in the air has increased, with news that Japan Airlines will begin adding WiFi internet access to international flights between Japan, North America and Europe from summer 2012. Based on Panasonic's eXConnect system, the in-flight access will be a paid service available to all classes of passenger, though Japan Airlines is yet to confirm exactly how much it will cost.

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Virgin America announces in-flight entertainment revamp for 2012

Virgin America announces in-flight entertainment revamp for 2012

Virgin America has announced a new partnership with Lufthansa today to bring a major upgrade to their already tech-forward in-flight entertainment system called RED. The revamp to the in-flight entertainment system will include larger touchscreen HD monitors that are internet-capable and also allow passengers to connect their own devices via WiFi.

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Video of DARPA’s failed second HTV-2 flight surfaces

Video of DARPA’s failed second HTV-2 flight surfaces

We have talked about the DARPA HTV-2 hypersonic glider that has been in testing before. The goal of the program is to be able to create a weapon that can strike anywhere on the planet within a few hours. The first test flight resulted in the loss of the HTV-2 about nine minutes into the flight and the aircraft was never found. The second test flight failed in the same phase of the flight. The second failure was further into the flight and was caused by different issues than the first flight failure according to DARPA.

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