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Whereas quadcopter drones simply have four rigid propeller-bearing arms, flying insects are able to adjust the angle of their wings according to the situation. Inspired by that fact, scientists have created a drone that can fold its arms while in flight, allowing for better performance... Continue Reading Insect-inspired drone folds its arms for improved flight Category: Drones Tags:
the double-bodied airplane is designed to launch rockets into space from the air. The post the world’s biggest plane: watch the first test flight of stratolaunch appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
The world's largest aircraft by wingspan and largest all-composite aircraft took to the air for the first time on Saturday as the Stratolaunch completed its maiden flight. At 6:58 am PDT, the twin-hulled space-launcher platform took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California for a two and a half hour flight over the Mojave Desert. .. Continue Reading World’s largest plane complet
Boeing's first manned flight of its CST-100 Starliner is going to last a little longer and lift off months later than originally planned. After an in-depth technical assessment, NASA and Boeing have reached an agreement that the duration of the Crew Flight Test will be extended to allow for more microgravity research, maintenance, and other tasks while the capsule is docked with the Intern
ESA's CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite (CHEOPS) has been declared flight ready and is being stored at the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Madrid before being shipped to Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be installed atop a Soyuz-Fregat rocket. The unmanned probe, which is tasked with studying planets outside the solar system, is scheduled to launch between October 15 and Novembe
The first helicopter designed to operate on Mars has completed its first series of certification test flights. Beginning in January of this year, the 4-lb (1.8-kg) flight model of the Mars Helicopter that will be included on NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission was put through its paces in a simulated Martian environment at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California... Continue
Boeing's race to achieve safe, quiet, compact VTOL personal flight devices has narrowed its list down to five competitors, each of which get US$50,000 to help develop their prototypes. Meet the Phase II GoFly winners going on to compete for a US$1.6 million final round prize pool... Continue Reading Boeing announces its five GoFly personal flight device finalists Category: Aircraft Tags:
A huge moment of truth for NASA's Mars 2020 rover, just as it was for the InSight lander back in November, will be the so-called "seven minutes of terror," the period between entry into the atmosphere and touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet. Here the spacecraft's computers will need to perform thousands of calculations to bring it down safely to the surface through a string of high-
The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant helicopter has taken to the air for the first time at the Sikorsky facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. Designed to have twice the speed and range of conventional rotorcraft, the demonstrator aircraft is part of the US Army's Future Vertical Lift program and will be used to develop the next generation of assault and transport helicopters for the US Army an
Nature macro photographer Ghislain Simard has been photographing insects since he was 10 years old. As an accomplished photographer, his childhood love of photographing agile flying insects has remained. Simard has become well-known for high-speed photography and has even designed his own tools to freeze bugs such as dragonflies in flight, including a homemade laser system to trigger his flash.


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