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.
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.
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.
The thing that normally limits how long a drone can stay in the air for surveillance or any other type of work is how long the batteries can last. Since most of the unmanned drones are like helicopters they don't glide when the power stops, they fall to the ground. A new drone from CyPhy called the Parc is in the works and this drone could stay in the air indefinitely.
World View is a company that plans to carry passengers to the edge of space and it plans to start manned flights by 2017. The company has announced that it has completed a major flight test that clears the way for it to move onto the next stage of testing. The flight test carried a scaled down replica of the spacecraft to an altitude of 100,475 feet.
AIG is one of the largest insurance companies in the world that writes polices to insure all manner of things for individuals and business. The company has announced that it has a new insurance product aimed directly at people who operate drones. The new product is insurance that will protect you from the financial loss associated with a damaged drone or damaging persons or property while operating your drone.
When it comes to recharging gadgets, sometimes your only option is spare pre-charged batteries. That’s all fine and well, only now the FAA doesn’t want you checking them into your checked baggage, citing concerns about security and safety. According to a new report, the FAA has advised airlines to ban lithium bags from checked luggage, something that will force passengers to put them in carry-ons instead.
If you are going on a trip that requires a long flight, you know how tedious it can be. The tedium has been broken up over the years with in-flight entertainment with movies and some planes offer WiFi. The catch is that WiFi is often expensive, but JetBlue is making strides to save passengers money while keeping them occupied on flights.
Aircraft carry huge amounts of fuel to get to their destination and that fuel is highly flammable in the event of some sort of air catastrophe that forces the aircraft to crash. Anyone who has ever seen footage of an air crash knows that the ball of flame created can be massive and sometimes the fire and explosion resulting are more lethal than the crash itself. Scientists at Caltech have invented a polymer that could help significantly reduce the fireball associated with an air crash.
Streaming media giant Netflix and airline Virgin America have just announced they're partnering for a new promotion that brings high-speed WiFi, and the subsequent binge-watching, to the skies. Starting this week and until March 2nd, 2016, Netflix subscribers will have access to free WiFi on Virgin America flights with ViaSat WiFi-equipped aircrafts, allowing them to watch the video service's entire catalog from 35,000 feet.
NASA captured the amazing photos shown here using the schlieren technique. Never heard of it? It's a way of photographing air density gradients, like shockwaves in the air, by using something like the sun or a speckled desert as a background. This technique has been use in air-to-air situations, but now NASA is experimenting with capturing similar photos from the ground. Scientists achieved these images by using the sun or moon as backgrounds while an aircraft flew by at supersonic speeds.