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Terrafugia’s flying car prototype makes first flight

Terrafugia’s flying car prototype makes first flight

Terrafugia announced today that its production prototype flying car, the Transition, has successfully completed its first test flight. The company has been promising to deliver the a mass-market street-legal vehicle capable both on the road and in the air since they flew an earlier proof-of-concept version back in 2009.

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MIT, Yale create gesture-controlled drones

MIT, Yale create gesture-controlled drones

When it comes to automating aircraft controls, there has been a significant amount of progress in the fields of science and military. It's possible for an unmanned aircraft to take off, to fly, and to touch down. But when it comes to actually moving on the ground, humans still need to have direct control. That may not be the case for much longer.

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Chicago’s $171K airport GPS system was a waste of money

Chicago’s $171K airport GPS system was a waste of money

Chicago's Inspector General Joe Ferguson has concluded that a massive GPS technology contract that was supposed to make airport operations smoother and less prone to mistakes has essentially been a huge waste of money. Even though the infrastructure was sophisticated and capable of doing its job, the Inspector General said, people didn't bother to use it.

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Terrafugia flying car to be shown at New York Auto Show

Terrafugia flying car to be shown at New York Auto Show

There are people all around the world that have dreamed of a car that they can drive on the streets and park in the garage at home, which can turn into an airplane and fly. A company called Terrafuiga created the first practical flying cars that could turn that dream into reality. The company calls the flying car the Transition.

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NASA 911 Boeing 747 space shuttle hauler flies for the last time

NASA 911 Boeing 747 space shuttle hauler flies for the last time

I'm still more than a little sad that NASA retired the space shuttle fleet. The space shuttles were a source of endless wonder for millions of space geeks around the world for decades. One of the coolest things that NASA had to do with the space shuttle was to ferry the spacecraft from the landing site back to the launch site attached to the back of the Boeing 747 jumbo jet.

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Congressional bill aims to speed FAA switch to GPS

Congressional bill aims to speed FAA switch to GPS

It might not be that much longer until you can fly the friendly skies with the comfort of knowing the pilot isn't relying on technology that's several decades old. The US Senate has just passed a bill that will incite the Federal Aviation Administration to swith from antiquated raday systems to advanced GPS infrastructure within four years. The bill authorizes the spending of $63.4 billion to get this done.

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Stop Whining and Turn Off Your Phone

Stop Whining and Turn Off Your Phone

I learned when I was a camp counselor that you should always support the person up front. When they say something wrong, let it slide and fix it later. When they suggest something unpopular, go with it, and if it proves unsuccessful, it's no big deal. I never had a camp director suggest we run naked through a poison ivy patch, or show up to Hershey Park at 4AM so we can get a good parking spot. Usually, things worked out in the end.

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