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MIT engineers create silent, futuristic aircraft powered by ionic wind

MIT engineers create silent, futuristic aircraft powered by ionic wind

MIT engineers have created the first aircraft that is capable of flying despite not having any moving parts. Rather than using fossil fuels, the new aircraft is powered by ionic wind, according to the institute, which says the vehicle is completely silent and lightweight. Unlike planes and drones, this aircraft doesn't produce any emissions.

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Lockheed Martin is hard at work on the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft

Lockheed Martin is hard at work on the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft

NASA awarded the contract to build its experimental X-59 supersonic aircraft to Lockheed Martin and the company's famous Skunk Works. Some of the coolest aircraft of all time have been made at the Skunk Works. Lockheed has announced that the building of the aircraft has commenced with the manufacturing of the first part for the X-59 recently completed.

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BlackFly electric personal VTOL ultralight aircraft is USA-qualified

BlackFly electric personal VTOL ultralight aircraft is USA-qualified

OPENER has announced that its BlackFly ultralight VTOL aircraft has been qualified for use in the US. The company says that BlackFly is simple to operate and master with no formal licensing needed in the US. BlackFly is fully amphibious and is designed to operate from small grassy areas for distances of up to 25 miles.

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NASA’s quiet supersonic X-plane name revealed ahead of noise tests

NASA’s quiet supersonic X-plane name revealed ahead of noise tests

NASA is gearing up for its supersonic jet tests over Galveston, Texas, that will test the public perception of noise generated by the flights. As we previously reported, the space agency has recruited hundreds of people in the Texan community as volunteers who will report their perception of noise generated by NASA's tests. They'll be joined by audio sensors placed throughout the city.

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Boeing hypersonic plane concept teases 2-hour flights from NY to London

Boeing hypersonic plane concept teases 2-hour flights from NY to London

Seattle-based Boeing has unveiled a hypersonic airliner concept that could travel at five times the speed of sound. This would be a Mach 5 aircraft, one offering unprecedented air travel speeds for industries and travelers. The company doesn't have a name for the airliner at this time, but revealed that it could one day be used for both commercial and military purposes.

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Uber Elevate aims for the future of urban air transportation

Uber Elevate aims for the future of urban air transportation

Say the name Uber and most think of the fleet of cars and drivers that will come and take you wherever you need to go. Uber is working on an autonomous future that will eliminate the need for those drivers. Autonomous autos isn't all Uber has up its sleeves.

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Volocopter debuts air taxi infrastructure for cities

Volocopter debuts air taxi infrastructure for cities

Volocopter has been working to bring air taxi services to the masses for a while now. It has now unveiled its air taxi infrastructure for cities that is meant to integrate air taxis into existing transportation systems. Volocopter says that its infrastructure could support mobility for up to another 10,000 passengers daily with a single point to point connection.

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Those terrifyingly cramped SkyRider airplane seats are back

Those terrifyingly cramped SkyRider airplane seats are back

Just when you thought flying in economy couldn't get any worse, airplane seat makers are here to remind you that even being able to sit normally is apparently a privilege not a right. SkyRider, the well-ridiculed, saddle-inspired seat design from 2010 clearly didn't take the hate to heart, as the manufacturers are back with a new - and even more ominous - version.

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Airbus is turning airplane cargo holds into red-eye dormitories

Airbus is turning airplane cargo holds into red-eye dormitories

Airbus has announced a partnership with Zodiac Aerospace, a company that develops equipment and systems for aircraft cabins. Under the new deal, the duo will develop sleeping berths for passengers that enable them to comfortably nap during long flights. The sleeping berths will be designed as modules that can be swapped in the place of regular cargo containers, enabling an aircraft to be tailored to each flight's needs.

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NASA’s new X-plane: The next sonic boom

NASA’s new X-plane: The next sonic boom

This week we're getting an idea of what it'll be like to travel at supersonic speeds thanks to NASA's newest initiative. They've awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin Skunk Works to create the next X-plane. This experimental craft is aimed at 55,000 feet above the earth at a speed of about 940 mph - but without the big boom. Their aim is to make this X-plane fly at supersonic speeds without so much of the big boom of sound that's always come with said speeds.

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AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL concept is an urban travel flying car

AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL concept is an urban travel flying car

Way back in 2014 we talked about AeroMobil when it rolled out the AeroMobil 3.0 prototype flying car. That vehicle was a mix of car and airplane that took off like a conventional aircraft. It is back with a new concept called the AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL.

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Watch GE’s huge GE9X jet engine ace its first flight test

Watch GE’s huge GE9X jet engine ace its first flight test

The world's biggest jet engine aced its first test flight, with GE Aviation's huge GE9X looking seriously out of place on the wing of a Boeing 747. Set to power Boeing's upcoming 777X aircraft, the engine had completed numerous ground trials, but this was the first of many tests which took it airborne.

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