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Emirates new Boeing 777 cabins raise the inflight experience bar higher

Emirates new Boeing 777 cabins raise the inflight experience bar higher

While the fastest way to traverse countries and the world, traveling by air is hardly the most comfortable. Offering the best experiences in both comfort and entertainment in such a cramped space has always been both an engineering and design challenge for airlines. Emirates , the largest operator of Boeing 777 planes, just unveiled in Dubai its new cabins for the aircraft line, redefining quality experience across all classes. Curiously enough, Emirates’ new designs take inspiration from land vehicles. Specifically Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars.

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FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

It's no secret that lithium-ion batteries can be dangerous if they overheat, and now the FAA is warning that they pose a serious risk for airplanes if checked into baggage. Aircraft cargo sections are equipped with a system designed to put out any fires that start. However, a series of 10 tests conducted by the FAA determined that if a fire happens next to an aerosol can, it could ignite an explosion that happens before the system puts out the fire.

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Dubai Police take delivery of hoverbike flying patrol vehicle

Dubai Police take delivery of hoverbike flying patrol vehicle

The police officers in Dubai have some of the coolest patrol cars in the entire world. Among the fleet of patrol cars is a Lamborghini Aventador and a Nissan GT-R. Those cars will make it hard for speeders in the country to get away from a ticket when speeding. Dubai is now taking delivery of a patrol vehicle that flies.

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BAE drone concept can switch between fixed-wing and rotary mode for vertical landings

BAE drone concept can switch between fixed-wing and rotary mode for vertical landings

The military has seen the need for aircraft that can take off and land vertically while having higher top speeds associated with fixed wing aircraft. This is the thought process behind the Osprey and some aircraft like the Harrier jet. There are also drones that are able to do this.

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Russian military contractor unveils flying personal transport

Russian military contractor unveils flying personal transport

The world has been taken with the idea of a flying car for decades now. The thought of taking to the air to avoid traffic and go where roads can't take you is undeniably appealing to most. A Russian defense manufacturer called the Kalashnikov Concern has unveiled a new prototype transportation vehicle that has no name.

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DeLorean Aerospace DR-7 VTOL makes good on Doc Brown’s promise

DeLorean Aerospace DR-7 VTOL makes good on Doc Brown’s promise

One of the most iconic movies from the '80s was "Back to the Future" and in that original film, just when we think all is well with McFly and his hottie, Doc Brown comes back in a much more futuristic DeLorean time machine and famously tells Marty that where they are going, they don't need roads. DeLorean Aerospace has now made good on Doc's promise and had unveiled the DR-7 VTOL (DR-7? I see what you did there) and it is a flying machine.

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Airbus ‘Racer’ helicopter concept has wings and 250MPH cruise speed

Airbus ‘Racer’ helicopter concept has wings and 250MPH cruise speed

Airbus has introduced a new helicopter concept that adds a pair of futuristic wings, enabling it to travel at fast speeds while also providing excellent efficiency and cost. The company calls this new helicopter 'Racer' and says it features an aerodynamic configuration capable of cruise speeds up to 400kmh / 250mph. The concept design was showcased as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research program yesterday, with Airbus explaining that its concept offers the best mixture of sustainability, speed, cost-efficiency, and performance.

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Microsoft co-founder’s Stratolaunch low orbit plane revealed

Microsoft co-founder’s Stratolaunch low orbit plane revealed

While SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic are scrambling to corner the still non-existent low orbit commercial transportation market, a new player has just rolled out its race horse out of the hangar for the public to gawk at. And like those other companies, Stratolaunch also has a Silicon Valley luminary behind it, the oft forgotten Microsoft co-found Paul G. Allen. And just like those companies, Stratolaunch has an ambition whose size is rivaled only by the aircraft it just revealed.

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British Airways suffers major system failure, cancels numerous flights

British Airways suffers major system failure, cancels numerous flights

British Airways is having a bad start to this holiday weekend. The airline has announced that its computer systems are having problems around the globe due to a "major IT system failure," and as a result it's had to cancel a number of flights departing from the UK, as well as hundreds more being delayed.

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Airbus autonomous flying car prototype may enter testing this year

Airbus autonomous flying car prototype may enter testing this year

Traveling by car can be incredibly frustrating and time consuming in the world’s largest cities, a problem that’ll only get worse if suitable mass transportation options aren’t developed. While trains are one great option, the future may hold a better solution: autonomous (“self-piloting”) aircraft dubbed flying cars that transport groups of people via the air rather than the ground.

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Facebook Aquila drone crash under investigation by NTSB

Facebook Aquila drone crash under investigation by NTSB

Facebook has been flying a drone aircraft in testing that it hopes to be able to use to beam internet access to unserved parts of the world. The first test flight of the massive unmanned drone occurred on June 28 of this year. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the test flight in June was a success. However, there was a significant issue with that test flight as the aircraft came in for a landing.

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MIT morphing wing changes shape for more efficient flight

MIT morphing wing changes shape for more efficient flight

A new project at MIT for a wing that is able to change shape during flight is a bit of a throwback to the aircraft that the Wright Brothers first flew over a hundred years ago. The Wright Brothers used a system of pulleys and cables that twisted the wings of their aircraft to control flight. A new wing that is being developed by MIT uses a similar approach to allow the wing to morph and change shape for more efficient flight and manufacturing.

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