Helicopters are versatile machines capable of all manner of maneuvers in the air, but when it comes to takeoffs and landings they are very fussy creatures, preferring flat, level pads, which are scarce in combat and rescue missions. DARPA recently demonstrated a new robotic landing gear system in an unmanned flight near Atlanta, Georgia, that's designed to overcome these limitations by enabling landings on broken or uneven terrain with a high degree of safety.
When British Airways' (BA) new 787-9 Dreamliner begins flying, it will be among the most technologically advanced planes in the company's fleet. For passengers in first class, it will also be among the most exclusive. There will be just eight seats compared to 14 on BA's other long-haul aircraft.
There are few quadcopters that can match the aerial finesse of the palm-sized Snowflake Stealth. It features six-axis stabilization and precise controls, and it now has 70% off at Gizmag Store as part of the Summer Blowout Sale OMG.
The United States boasts some of the most advanced multi-mission combat aircraft in the world, but this can be a liability as well as an asset. True, each aircraft can outperform an entire squadron of a few decades ago, but they're also very expensive, incredibly complex, and not exactly expendable. For these reasons DARPA has launched the Gremlins program, which aims to develop swarms of cheaper, smarter aircraft that can be deployed and collected in midair.
Crowdfunding is usually associated with consumer goods like smartwatches and drones, but XTI Aircraft Company of Denver, Colorado is hoping to score a double first with its TriFan 600. Pitched as the first commercially certified high-speed, long-range Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) airplane that combines the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed of an airplane, it's also the first major aviation project to launch an equity crowdfunding campaign in the wake of new rules approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
This July, we heard about how a group of aviation enthusiasts were building a flying replica of the radical Bugatti 100P racing aircraft. Named Reve Bleu (Blue Dream), it was undergoing taxi and engine testing at the time. This Wednesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, however, it made its first flight – and did a nose-plant at the end.
This July, PC Aero’s single-seater solar-electric Elektra One Solar airplane got some media attention by flying across the Alps in both directions within one trip. Starting in 2009, however, Solar Flight president Eric Raymond took his solar-electric Sunseeker II over the mountain range a number of times. This August, he did his own over-and-back trip … although this time he flew his two-seater Sunseeker Duo, which allowed him to bring his wife Irena along as a second pilot.
Dubai-based airline Emirates has announced a new service between Dubai, UAE, and Panama City, Panama. The firm says Panama City will be its first gateway into Central America and that the service will be the world’s longest non-stop flight. It will cover 8,588 mi (13,821 km).
You would expect any big drone to offer auto-stabilization and a built-in HD camera, but the SKEYE Mini fits both inside a palm-sized package. Gizmag Store is currently taking pre-orders at 34% off the regular price.
Felix Baumgartner rose to fame in 2012 by setting a new record for high-altitude skydiving. The Austrian jumped from an altitude of 128,100 ft (39,045 m) over Roswell, New Mexico, US. His latest stunt saw him at the controls of a Bolkov BO105 aerobatic helicopter, seeing how closely he could track a drift car.