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Harvard HAMR-E micro climbing robot is designed for jet engines

Harvard HAMR-E micro climbing robot is designed for jet engines

Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the SEAS have created a new insect-like miniature robot designed with sticky feet to climb around surfaces. Called the Harvard Ambulatory Micro-Robot with Electroadhesion (HAMR-E), the mini-robot was made to climb inside of jet engines for inspection purposes.

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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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Alaska Airlines wants you to wear a VR headset while you fly

Alaska Airlines wants you to wear a VR headset while you fly

Generally speaking, air travel is a pretty dull affair that is nonetheless a reality of life for a lot of people. Alaska Airlines announced today that is has a new way for some flyers to pass the time while they're in the air, as it has outfitted some of cross-country routes with VR headsets. More specifically, Allosky headsets from SkyLights will allow Alaska Airlines passengers to watch some immersive VR movies and short films as they fly.

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Terrafugia’s flying car sets 2019 debut with tech upgrade

Terrafugia’s flying car sets 2019 debut with tech upgrade

Flying car company Terrafugia insists it'll launch its first production vehicles in 2019, revealing the latest version of the Transition two-seater this week. Able to convert between a road-going vehicle and a plane, the Transition is getting a cabin upgrade along with a tweaked powertrain, Terrafugia says.

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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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Aston Martin just revealed a self-flying hybrid plane

Aston Martin just revealed a self-flying hybrid plane

Aston Martin wants to build a flying car, with the Volante Vision Concept looking ahead to how a personal plane capable of vertical take-off and landing could cut urban congestion. Designed in collaboration with Rolls-Royce, Cranfield University, and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, the three-seater aircraft would allow commuters with deep pockets to avoid traffic jams back on the ground.

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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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Virgin Galactic VSS Unity survives second supersonic flight

Virgin Galactic VSS Unity survives second supersonic flight

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos aren't the only head honchos with their heads in the skies, so to speak. Virgin Group's somehwat eccentric Richard Branson is also eyeing the space travel trade. Today, his Virgin Galactic company took one step closer to that dream after the VSS Unity flew its second, rocket-powered supersonic flight. And, of course, the "spaceplane" and its pilots landed on a runway safely and in one piece, paving the way for supersonic travel in the near future.

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Boeing 777X jetliner folding wing design gets FAA approval

Boeing 777X jetliner folding wing design gets FAA approval

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved Boeing's futuristic folding wing design intended for future 777X jetliners. Once launched, these will be the first commercial jets to feature hinged wings, which will rotate and point skyward after the plane touches down.

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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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