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NASA’s Waze-for-planes software could save airlines millions

NASA’s Waze-for-planes software could save airlines millions

NASA has just announced an app its developed that aims to help the pilots here on earth, rather than those heading into space. Dubbed Traffic Aware Planner (TAP), the app runs on a standard tablet and can be added to a plane's cockpit without the need for changes. TAP works by trying to determine a route that will shorten travel times, in turn reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

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NASA says new wing design proves successful in wind tunnel

NASA says new wing design proves successful in wind tunnel

Researchers from two different NASA aeronautics centers teamed up to study and confirm that an old, unused wing design could help future aircrafts be much more efficient. The wing configuration, based on designs from the 1930s, were put through a series of wind tunnel tests recently. The wing has been playing a part in the design of a boomerang-shaped aircraft that NASA hopes could one day fly over Mars.

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P-51 Mustang Replica plies the skies with Honda Odyssey V6 power

P-51 Mustang Replica plies the skies with Honda Odyssey V6 power

One of the most potent and sexy warbirds from the WWII era was the infamous P-51 Mustang. The real deal had a massive Merlin V12 under the cowl and was festooned with cannons to destroy the enemy. What you see here looks a lot like a P-51, but it is actually a replica aircraft called the Titan T-51. The idea here is to get propeller aircraft fans into the skies in an affordable military-style aircraft.

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Boeing’s R2-D2 themed 787 Dreamliner hits the skies next month

Boeing’s R2-D2 themed 787 Dreamliner hits the skies next month

Get ready to book some airline tickets, Star Wars fans, as Boeing's new R2-D2 themed 787 Dreamliner will begin service next month. The droid-designed aircraft represents one of the first big international marketing pushes for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film. The plane will be operated by Japanese airline ANA, which has also revealed several other Star Wars themed aircrafts that will take to the skies soon.

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DARPA’s robo-chopper legs sneer at your helipad

DARPA’s robo-chopper legs sneer at your helipad

DARPA has revealed a new prototype landing gear for helicopters that could drastically improve the already maneuverable aerial vehicles. One of the main handicaps with helicopters is that require a stable, flat surface to land on, something that can be rare to come by in environments where helicopters need to operate most. DARPA's solution is essentially four robotic legs with multiple joints that can easily adapt to landing on angled or even moving surfaces.

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Japan ANA airline begins featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Japan ANA airline begins featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Japan All Nippon Airways begin rolling out Star Wars: The Force Awakens airliners complete with BB-8 droid action. This is the first major-scale branding effort from Lucasfilm and Disney, hitting the largest of all the busses in the most Japan-centric way possible. This is the same airliner that rolls with Pokemon-themed coverings as well as R2-D2-themed jets. Have a peek below to see a collection of flight-ready planes run by this airline over the past couple of years. First you're going to see the ball-droid, BB-8, our new hero.

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Airbus patents jet that could fly from NYC to London in an Hour

Airbus patents jet that could fly from NYC to London in an Hour

Years ago if you wanted to get from the US to the UK as fast as possible you climbed on the Concorde supersonic passenger jet and got underway. That aircraft has been retired now leaving standard aircraft to handle taking people quickly across the pond. Airbus has filed for a patent that talks a bit about a new jet that claims to be able to travel from NYC to London in only an hour.

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Stratolaunch aircraft will have a 385-foot wingspan

Stratolaunch aircraft will have a 385-foot wingspan

Paul Allen, Elon Musk and several other partners are teaming up to build an aircraft that will be the largest aircraft in the entire world when finished. The aircraft is dubbed Stratolaunch and if all goes well the partners plan to begin testing the aircraft in 2016. Stratolaunch is already under construction at the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California.

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Amazon outlines nationwide drone exclusive airspace aspirations

Amazon outlines nationwide drone exclusive airspace aspirations

Many of us thought Amazon had gone crazy when it started to talk up its plans to deliver packages to Amazon Prime users via drones. Not too long after the first announcement of its drone aspirations, Amazon actually began preparing for drone deliveries. It eventually ran into problems with FAA regulations that put a damper on plans. However, in March of this year the FAA approved drone testing for Amazon clearing the way for more work.

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Terrafugia shows off Outer Mold Line for TF-X hybrid electric aircraft

Terrafugia shows off Outer Mold Line for TF-X hybrid electric aircraft

Terrafugia first showed off its TF-X hybrid electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft back in 2013. The aircraft is designed to be able to cruise on the streets as a plug-in hybrid vehicle, and then take off, and land vertically when the driver wants to take to the skies. Terrafugia has announced that it is showing off the new Outer Mold Line (OML) for the TF-X.

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Solar Impulse battery problems ground plan until 2016

Solar Impulse battery problems ground plan until 2016

The Solar Impulse team, the people behind the solar-powered aircraft of the same name that's attempting to complete a journey around the globe, has revealed that the plane has suffered significant battery problems after its latest leg and will not be able to resume its journey until 2016. The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft landed in Hawaii on July 3rd after successfully completing a non-stop, 5-day flight from Japan, setting a world record in the process. Unfortunately the flight caused "irreversible damage" to the plane's batteries.

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Airbus E-Fan plane makes history, crosses English Channel

Airbus E-Fan plane makes history, crosses English Channel

Electric cars were once the hottest topic in technology but now almost everyone is trying to make one, or half of one anyway. Now that land has been more or less conquered, our attention is turned to the skies. After the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 made its historic Pacific crossing early this month, another electric plane is making some noise. This time, it's French aviation giant Airbus that is beaming proud, after its all-electric E-Fan plane prototype successfully made a historic Channel crossing without incident.

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