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World View completes major flight test for manned flight

World View completes major flight test for manned flight

World View is a company that plans to carry passengers to the edge of space and it plans to start manned flights by 2017. The company has announced that it has completed a major flight test that clears the way for it to move onto the next stage of testing. The flight test carried a scaled down replica of the spacecraft to an altitude of 100,475 feet.

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AIG will insure your drone against damage and liability

AIG will insure your drone against damage and liability

AIG is one of the largest insurance companies in the world that writes polices to insure all manner of things for individuals and business. The company has announced that it has a new insurance product aimed directly at people who operate drones. The new product is insurance that will protect you from the financial loss associated with a damaged drone or damaging persons or property while operating your drone.

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FAA to airlines: ban lithium batteries in checked bags

FAA to airlines: ban lithium batteries in checked bags

When it comes to recharging gadgets, sometimes your only option is spare pre-charged batteries. That’s all fine and well, only now the FAA doesn’t want you checking them into your checked baggage, citing concerns about security and safety. According to a new report, the FAA has advised airlines to ban lithium bags from checked luggage, something that will force passengers to put them in carry-ons instead.

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JetBlue moves forward with plans for free WiFi on all flights

JetBlue moves forward with plans for free WiFi on all flights

If you are going on a trip that requires a long flight, you know how tedious it can be. The tedium has been broken up over the years with in-flight entertainment with movies and some planes offer WiFi. The catch is that WiFi is often expensive, but JetBlue is making strides to save passengers money while keeping them occupied on flights.

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New polymer jet fuel additive could save lives in a catastrophe

New polymer jet fuel additive could save lives in a catastrophe

Aircraft carry huge amounts of fuel to get to their destination and that fuel is highly flammable in the event of some sort of air catastrophe that forces the aircraft to crash. Anyone who has ever seen footage of an air crash knows that the ball of flame created can be massive and sometimes the fire and explosion resulting are more lethal than the crash itself. Scientists at Caltech have invented a polymer that could help significantly reduce the fireball associated with an air crash.

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Netflix, Virgin America partner to bring quality WiFi, streaming to the skies

Netflix, Virgin America partner to bring quality WiFi, streaming to the skies

Streaming media giant Netflix and airline Virgin America have just announced they're partnering for a new promotion that brings high-speed WiFi, and the subsequent binge-watching, to the skies. Starting this week and until March 2nd, 2016, Netflix subscribers will have access to free WiFi on Virgin America flights with ViaSat WiFi-equipped aircrafts, allowing them to watch the video service's entire catalog from 35,000 feet.

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NASA captures beautiful shockwave photos using the Sun and Moon

NASA captures beautiful shockwave photos using the Sun and Moon

NASA captured the amazing photos shown here using the schlieren technique. Never heard of it? It's a way of photographing air density gradients, like shockwaves in the air, by using something like the sun or a speckled desert as a background. This technique has been use in air-to-air situations, but now NASA is experimenting with capturing similar photos from the ground. Scientists achieved these images by using the sun or moon as backgrounds while an aircraft flew by at supersonic speeds.

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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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NASA says new wing design proves successful in wind tunnel

NASA says new wing design proves successful in wind tunnel

Researchers from two different NASA aeronautics centers teamed up to study and confirm that an old, unused wing design could help future aircrafts be much more efficient. The wing configuration, based on designs from the 1930s, were put through a series of wind tunnel tests recently. The wing has been playing a part in the design of a boomerang-shaped aircraft that NASA hopes could one day fly over Mars.

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P-51 Mustang Replica plies the skies with Honda Odyssey V6 power

P-51 Mustang Replica plies the skies with Honda Odyssey V6 power

One of the most potent and sexy warbirds from the WWII era was the infamous P-51 Mustang. The real deal had a massive Merlin V12 under the cowl and was festooned with cannons to destroy the enemy. What you see here looks a lot like a P-51, but it is actually a replica aircraft called the Titan T-51. The idea here is to get propeller aircraft fans into the skies in an affordable military-style aircraft.

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Boeing’s R2-D2 themed 787 Dreamliner hits the skies next month

Boeing’s R2-D2 themed 787 Dreamliner hits the skies next month

Get ready to book some airline tickets, Star Wars fans, as Boeing's new R2-D2 themed 787 Dreamliner will begin service next month. The droid-designed aircraft represents one of the first big international marketing pushes for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film. The plane will be operated by Japanese airline ANA, which has also revealed several other Star Wars themed aircrafts that will take to the skies soon.

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DARPA’s robo-chopper legs sneer at your helipad

DARPA’s robo-chopper legs sneer at your helipad

DARPA has revealed a new prototype landing gear for helicopters that could drastically improve the already maneuverable aerial vehicles. One of the main handicaps with helicopters is that require a stable, flat surface to land on, something that can be rare to come by in environments where helicopters need to operate most. DARPA's solution is essentially four robotic legs with multiple joints that can easily adapt to landing on angled or even moving surfaces.

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