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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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Kitty Hawk Cora autonomous flying taxi backed by Larry Page

Kitty Hawk Cora autonomous flying taxi backed by Larry Page

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of autonomous flying vehicles, especially ones that will be used for transportation. But Kitty Hawk’s newest flying machine is different. No, not because of its technology, which is pretty much a proprietary secret. No, it’s different because of the narrative around its birth, which includes both the influence and deep pockets of Google’s, now Alphabet’s Larry Page, and its distinction as the soon to be first commercial autonomous flying taxi service in New Zealand and the rest of the world for that matter.

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PAL-V flying car to be on display in Geneva

PAL-V flying car to be on display in Geneva

We've seen the PAL-V Liberty flying car before, it was up for pre-order back in February 2017 with a $10,000 down payment. The company behind the flying car has announced that it will be on display at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show starting in March. Pal is teasing an event it is calling "Journey to Geneva."

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London City Airport to get a digital control tower 80 miles from the airport

London City Airport to get a digital control tower 80 miles from the airport

Normally when you fly on an aircraft, you see the tower sitting right there in the middle of the airport with all the traffic controllers doing whatever it is they do to keep the aircraft and passengers safe. Some smaller airports have been using something called a digital tower for a long time now. This removes the traffic controllers from the airport and puts them in a remote location.

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Vahana single passenger autonomous aircraft takes first flight

Vahana single passenger autonomous aircraft takes first flight

One of the coolest things that Airbus and its partners have been working on in a long time is a single passenger flying vehicle that can take off and land vertically. The very first flight of this vehicle has taken place. Vahana announced that on January 31, 2018, in Pendleton, Oregon the first full-scale vehicle, called Alpha One, reached a height of 16-feet before landing safely.

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Lockheed Martin, Aerion will build the first ever supersonic business jet

Lockheed Martin, Aerion will build the first ever supersonic business jet

Lockheed Martin and Aerion have teamed up to build the world's first supersonic business jet. The two companies announced a Memorandum of Understanding late last week, explaining that they will go on to "define a formal and gated process to explore the feasibility" of creating a supersonic business jet dubbed the Aerion AS2. Kicking off that process will be a 12-month period during which the duo will create a framework for the overall project.

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