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Airlander 10 helium-filled airship makes first flight

Airlander 10 helium-filled airship makes first flight

The Airlander 10 is a massive flying airship said to be the world's largest aircraft. The giant airship took to the skies for the first time this week with a short flight over an airfield in the UK. Airlander 10 is massive at 302-feet long and its maiden flight happened at Cardington airfield about 45 miles north of London.

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Solar Impulse plane lands in New York, completing US leg of global flight

Solar Impulse plane lands in New York, completing US leg of global flight

Solar Impulse 2, which we've written about several times before, is a small, single pilot, solar-powered aircraft making a slow-but-steady flight around the world in order to prove the potential of renewable energy. The plane arrived in New York City in the early hours of Saturday morning, seeing the project complete the US leg of its journey, and celebrating with an iconic flyby of the Statue of Liberty.

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World Record for farthest hoverboard flight measures 7,388-feet

World Record for farthest hoverboard flight measures 7,388-feet

Franky Zapata has grabbed a new Guinness World Record title for the farthest hoverboard flight ever recorded. Zapata went 7,388-feet absolutely destroying the previous record held by Catalin Alexandru Duru of 905-feet, 2-inches set last year. These records are for actual hoverboards that fly, not for the small two-wheeled contraptions that burst into flames frequently.

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Solar Impulse plane lands in California after successfully crossing Pacific

Solar Impulse plane lands in California after successfully crossing Pacific

Following a long 9-month delay in Hawaii, the Solar Impulse 2, a small solar-powered aircraft, finally departed on Thursday to continue its trip across the Pacific Ocean, just a single leg in its flight around the world. The project's team has revealed that the plane successfully completed its flight to California, landing south of San Francisco in Mountain View at around 11:45 PM on April 23rd.

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Solar Impulse plane ready to continue solar-powered flight around the world

Solar Impulse plane ready to continue solar-powered flight around the world

The last news you may remember hearing about the Solar Impulse 2 project, which aims to fly a small solar-powered aircraft around the world, was last summer when the plane arrived in Hawaii with "irreversible damage" to the batteries. The aircraft and its pilot had just spent over 4 days and 21 hours flying across the Pacific from Japan to Hawaii, setting a world record for the longest solo flight in the process, only to be grounded due to severe overheating damage.

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Imagine flying with 21-inch touchscreen seatback displays

Imagine flying with 21-inch touchscreen seatback displays

The state of in-flight entertainment has been steadily improving over the last few years, with WiFi increasingly being offered by more airlines, and a wide range of movies and TV shows available from the built-in seatback displays. But what if airlines went all out and provided flyers with luxurious-sized touchscreens to help distract them from the miserable amount of legroom? Well, it might look like these 21.3-inch screens in a prototype from Thales, a French aerospace company.

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Personal jetpack successfully flies around Statue of Liberty

Personal jetpack successfully flies around Statue of Liberty

It's still not the Iron Man that Australian entrepreneur David Mayman may have dreamed of. In fact, it is closer to Rocketman. But last week, the dreams and hopes of may technologists and geeks have made one huge step forward when Mayman became the first to pilot a personal jetpack, fly around the Statue of Liberty in New York, and live to tell the tale. A dream come true for many, it opens up the possibility of a new form of personal transportation, though probably still a few years into the future.

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“Jetmen” fly beside A380 superjumbo in heart-stopping stunt

“Jetmen” fly beside A380 superjumbo in heart-stopping stunt

The name "Jetman" might conjure up images of a death-defying hero with special abilities. In this case, it might be warranted, sans any superpower or mutation. Also known as Yves Rossy, an inventor and, obviously, a daredevil, Jetman has taken to the skies numerous times to tempt fate and entertain as well. Together with Jetman #2, his new protege Vince Reffet, himself a skydiving champion, the two take on their biggest and most dangerous challenge yet: flying over Dubai beside an Emirates A380 superjumbo plane.

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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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This ambitious plan aims to bring Concorde back to life

This ambitious plan aims to bring Concorde back to life

A well-funded plan to get the supersonic Concorde back into the skies after being grounded for more than a decade plans a relaunch before the 2020. The much-missed jet, one of only two commercial services to break the speed of sound, ended service in 2003, but a £160m ($248m) investment might see the remaining aircraft once again take flight.

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iOS 9, OS X El Capitan to feature native flight tracking

iOS 9, OS X El Capitan to feature native flight tracking

A previously unmentioned feature has just been discovered in the latest betas for both iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan: native tracking of flight statuses. In its current form, the feature is only available in the default apps Mail, Messages, and Notes. It relies on data detectors, the same thing that automatically converts text like dates, addresses, and phone numbers into actionable links. Once tapped/clicked on, a screen appears showing the flight's status, departure and arrival times, and a projected flight path.

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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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