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Pentagon greenlights radical new aircraft

Pentagon greenlights radical new aircraft

The US Pentagon has announced a $US89 million contract for a prototype Vertical Takeoff and Landing Experimental aircraft which is part helicopter, part plane. Dubbed LightningStr ...

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Solar helium airship could be airfreighter

Solar helium airship could be airfreighter

Airfreight could be transported in a helium airship powered by solar energy, if the concept developed by a UK scientist becomes reality. Sir David King, who a climate change repre ...

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Electric aircraft – the future of aviation or just wishful thinking?

Electric aircraft – the future of aviation or just wishful thinking?

Peter Wilson, University of Bath Since the dawn of aviation, planes have primarily been powered by carbon-based fuels such as gasoline or kerosene. These contain a lot of energy f ...

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Fuel cell drone makes successful flight

Fuel cell drone makes successful flight

Fuel cell technology may also have applications in aviation following the successful completion of a 10-minute unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight in the United Arab Emirates. Th ...

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French teams bicker over cross-Channel e-flights

French teams bicker over cross-Channel e-flights

Two French built electric powered planes have crossed the English Channel, sparking a slanging match between the two teams. Hugues Duval flew his one seater Cricri plane from the ...

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Solar Impulse smashes records over Pacific

Solar Impulse smashes records over Pacific

Revolutionary aeroplane Solar Impulse 2 has completed its epic crossing of the Pacific Ocean, with pilot André Borschberg also smashing the record the longest solo flight in aviat ...

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Chinese e-plane gets airworthiness certificate

Chinese e-plane gets airworthiness certificate

China’s first electric plane, RX1E Ruixiang, has become the world’s first electric passenger airplane to receive an airworthiness certificate. RX1E Ruixiang, designed by Shenyang ...

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Solar Impulse 2 halfway to Hawaii

Solar Impulse 2 halfway to Hawaii

Solar powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 is more than half way across the Pacific Ocean on the longest leg of its round world attempt. The aircraft is into the third day of the jour ...

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E-Fan aircraft “on sale” from 2017

E-Fan aircraft “on sale” from 2017

Aircraft powered by revolutionary E-Fan technology are set to go into production and will reportedly be commercially available from late 2017. European manufacturer Airbus is behi ...

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Solar Impulse 2 cops minor damage in Japan

Solar Impulse 2 cops minor damage in Japan

A solar-powered plane attempting a record-breaking flight around the world has been damaged after making an unscheduled stop in Japan. Solar Impulse 2 was attempting its biggest c ...

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