aircraft

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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Simplistic Lockheed drone flies like a maple seed

Simplistic Lockheed drone flies like a maple seed

If you have ever set and watched the seeds drop from maple trees in the fall you know the inspiration for the new drone that Lockheed Martin has developed. The maple seeds have a strange single wing design and when they fall from the tree, they twirl their way to the ground in a slow fall not that unlike a helicopter.

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Siemens shows off hybrid electric airplane at 2011 Paris Air Show

Siemens shows off hybrid electric airplane at 2011 Paris Air Show

When we talk about green technology for transportation, we generally think about green cars powered by biofuel, electricity, or hybrids. There is a lot more in the transportation world working towards being greener and the aircraft industry is one of those places. At the 2011 Paris Air Show Siemens unveiled the world's first series hybrid electric aircraft. The airplane is called the DA36 E-Star.

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