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DARPAs Gremlins are air-recoverable drones

DARPAs Gremlins are air-recoverable drones

Say the word Gremlins to any child of the '80s and we automatically assume you can't feed them after midnight. DARPA is working on a new program that it calls Gremlins, but rather than adorable little animals that turn murderous after late night snacks, the DARPA Gremlins are flying drone aircraft that are capable of being launched and recovered in the air. DARAP has awarded phase 1 contracts to four different companies to begin looking at ways to make the air-recoverable drone aircraft possible.

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UN aviation agency unveils new rules to prevent future aircraft disappearances

UN aviation agency unveils new rules to prevent future aircraft disappearances

New rules have been made public on the anniversary of the loss of MH370 that are intended to prevent any future aircraft disappearances from happening. The ICAO Council adopted new rules to prevent the loss of aircraft that run into distress in very remote locations. These new rules will be amendments to Annex 6 of the Chicago Convention covering the operation of aircraft.

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Boeing’s self-sanitizing lavatory makes germs ‘literally explode’

Boeing’s self-sanitizing lavatory makes germs ‘literally explode’

Boeing has a new prototype aircraft lavatory that, among other things, uses UV light to kill germs after each use. Many people travel on any given commercial flight and they bring their germs with them. The lavatory is arguably the epicenter of these germs and, given their cramped nature, it can be hard to avoid touching potentially unsanitary surfaces. Boeing has addressed these issues with its new prototype bathroom, enabling it to nuke germs instantly.

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DARPA VTOL X-Plane moves into phase 2 design with Aurora Flight Sciences

DARPA VTOL X-Plane moves into phase 2 design with Aurora Flight Sciences

DARPA wants a new unmanned aircraft that combined the best aspects of a helicopter with the best aspects of fixed wing aircraft. The program to create this new aircraft is called the VTOL X-Plane and DARPA has now announced that the project is moving into phase 2 design. The contact for this phase of the program was awarded to Aurora Flight Sciences.

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Virgin Galactic officially debuts SpaceShip Two, the VSS Unity

Virgin Galactic officially debuts SpaceShip Two, the VSS Unity

It's been some time in the making, but Virgin Galactic, the commercial space flight division of Sir Richard Branson's company, has officially taken the wraps off the new SpaceShip Two. As the first new craft from Virgin Galactic since the tragic crash during a 2014 test flight, killing one of two crew members, the ship will bear the name VSS Unity, which was given by none other than Stephen Hawking.

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Elon Musk shares idea for vertical take-off electric plane

Elon Musk shares idea for vertical take-off electric plane

As the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk is responsible for groundbreaking changes in both the auto and space markets, but he may now be turning his eye towards aviation. When speaking at the Hyperloop Pod competition held over the weekend at Texas A&M University, Musk commented that the idea of an electric plane capable of taking off vertically is something he's been focusing on recently.

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Dutch Police use an eagle to down drones

Dutch Police use an eagle to down drones

Back in December, we talked about the Tokyo police and their new drone catching drone. The Japanese drone used a net to fly up and capture rogue drones. The Dutch police have upped the cool factor for catching rogue drones by training an eagle to capture drones from the sky.

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Windspeed’s SkyDeck puts luxury seats on top of a plane

Windspeed’s SkyDeck puts luxury seats on top of a plane

First class won’t be the same once a new luxury option goes into effect: seats in a clear dome on top of an airplane. Called SkyDeck, this new seating arrangement concept has been designed by Windspeed Technologies, an aerospace engineering firm; it features a clear glass dome with a pair of seats inside, giving passengers a 360-degree view of the open sky around them.

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Virgin Galactic adds “Cosmic girl” 747-400 jet to fleet

Virgin Galactic adds “Cosmic girl” 747-400 jet to fleet

Virgin Galactic has announced that it has added a new aircraft to its fleet of space access vehicle. The new aircraft is a 747-400 and it is dubbed "Cosmic Girl" by Virgin. The aircraft will be used as a dedicated launch platform for the LauncherOne orbital vehicle.

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Joby Aviation unveils 16-rotor VTOL electric aircraft

Joby Aviation unveils 16-rotor VTOL electric aircraft

Anyone who has ever sat in traffic for hours each day has looked to the skies and dreamed of being able to just fly to their destination. Joby Aviation has a new concept design that it thinks just might be the future of VTOL communing by air. The vehicle is a personal electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that uses electricity for power.

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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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Amazon Prime video, music available for streaming on JetBlue flights

Amazon Prime video, music available for streaming on JetBlue flights

The war between streaming video services is no longer bound to our terrestrial ethernet cables. Not to be outdone by Netflix and Virgin America's partnership to bring streaming to the skies, Amazon has announced its Prime Video and Music service are now available to subscribers aboard select JetBlue flights. Even better, those travelers don't need pay for the in-flight WiFi they use. The partnership was first announced earlier this year, and is now launching on the airline's Fly-Fi equipped planes.

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