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Solar Impulse 2 completes first solar transatlantic flight

Solar Impulse 2 has flown into the history books again as it completed the first solar-powered flight across the Atlantic. With Bertrand Piccard at the controls, the single-seater aircraft touched down in Seville, Spain, at 7:38 am local time – over 71 hours after it left JFK airport in New York. Covering a distance of 6,765 km (4,203 mi), this completes the 15th leg of the experimental aircraft's bid to be the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the world.Read More

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Dezso Molnar interview Part 5: Introducing the world's first flying car race series

In the final part of our five-part interview with serial inventor and flying car advocate Dezso Molnar, he introduces his newest venture: a race series. With more than 100 flying cars on the road and in the air worldwide, Molnar believes the fastest way to take this technology to the next level is to get a community of inventors and aviators together and put their vehicles to the test in a competition out on the West Coast of the United States. There'll be categories for radio controlled, electric and unlimited flying cars, so there's room for the full spectrum of innovators.Read More

Solar Impulse 2 takes flight for Europe

Solar Impulse 2 has taken off from New York on the next leg of its around the world journey, which will take the zero fuel aircraft across the Atlantic to Europe. The mission has already claimed 8 world records in an attempt to highlight the potential of green technologies that could help protect the environment from mankind's ever-increasing footprint.Read More

Production e-Go aircraft lands with first buyer

When you think of aircraft, the words compact and accessible don't necessarily spring to mind. The team at e-Go aeroplanes is trying to change that with their new microlight, the first of which recently rolled off the production line into the hands of the first customer. Made of lightweight carbon fiber, the e-Go is powered by a compact Wankel rotary engine and sports a removable canard and wings so it can be parked in your garage.Read More

Beyond first class: United adding fold-out beds and other luxuries to select flights

The next time you're on a flight, packed like a sardine in a long metal tube, you may find yourself fantasizing about this. Business class passengers flying with United Airlines will soon be able to enjoy a newly spruced-up experience in not just the aircraft cabin, but the airport lounge too. The United Polaris premium lounge and cabin are aimed at providing serene environments to leave passengers feeling well rested. Put another way, it sounds like a dream come true.Read More

Autonomous 30-mile flight for Sikorsky S-76 commercial helicopter

Using technology developed for DARPA's Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program, a Sikorsky S-76 commercial helicopter has taken off and flown autonomously from Stratford, Connecticut to Robertson Airport in Plainville, Connecticut, covering a distance of around 30 miles (48 km), before safely landing autonomously. The entire flight was planned, monitored, and executed by an operator using only a tablet device.Read More

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