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  • A powerful new battery could give us electric planes that don’t pollute

    11/03/2018 12:15:15 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 109 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | October 30, 2018 | James Temple
    Brightly colored molecular models line two walls of Yet-Ming Chiang’s office at MIT. Chiang, a materials science professor and serial battery entrepreneur, has spent much of his career studying how slightly different arrangements of those sticks and spheres add up to radically different outcomes in energy storage. But he and his colleague, Venkat Viswanathan, are taking a different approach to reach their next goal, altering not the composition of the batteries but the alignment of the compounds within them. By applying magnetic forces to straighten the tortuous path that lithium ions navigate through the electrodes, the scientists believe, they could...
  • Totally new jetliner unveiled for US fliers

    11/02/2018 11:42:34 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/2/18 | Thom Patterson
    ...the first newly designed large single-aisle airliner in nearly three decades. Delta Air Lines unveiled its new Airbus A220-100 Monday at its headquarters at Atlanta International Airport....employees lined up to tour Ship 8101, the first of 75 A220s that Delta is expected to bring into its fleet over the next two to three years. SWISS, Korean Air and airBaltic already fly these jets, but Delta will be the first carrier in the US. Taking the stage at the celebration, Delta CEO Ed Bastian welcomed the A220 as "a beautiful new member of the family." This $81-million jet has racked up...
  • 'Moon Race' Backed by Blue Origin, Airbus Aims for 2024 Lunar Flight

    10/04/2018 3:58:39 PM PDT · by ETL · 5 replies
    Space.com ^ | October 3, 2018 | Elizabeth Howell, Space.com Contributor
    There's a new private moon race gearing up to fly new lunar technologies by 2024, but aside from the fact that it has support from Blue Origin, Airbus and other spaceflight companies and agencies, there are few details on how the new space competition will work. The contest, called "The Moon Race," was unveiled Monday (Oct. 1) by Airbus Space at the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany, promising to develop technologies for a trip to the moon in 2024. Participating entities include the European Space Agency, the Mexican Space Agency, Airbus, Blue Origin and Vinci Construction. In the months...
  • Singapore Air Takes Delivery of Jet for World's Longest Flight

    09/23/2018 12:16:37 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 26 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | 09/23/18 | Anand Krishnamoorthy
    Singapore Airlines Ltd. took delivery of the Airbus SE A350-900 ultra long range aircraft to start a non-stop service to New York, a journey of about 19 hours that will become the world’s longest. The first commercial flight between Singapore and Newark Liberty International Airport will be on Oct. 11, Singapore Air said in a statement yesterday. This is the first of the seven A350-900ULRs the carrier has on firm order with Airbus. Reviving the route that the Singapore flag carrier scrapped more than four years ago will help the airline fill a gap in its U.S. network that has...
  • Airbus Beluga XL Whale Takes Flight for the First Time

    07/20/2018 11:53:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    CNBC ^ | Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 | Dylan Thursday, Jul 19, 2018
    The super-transporter is one of the largest aircraft in existence, six meters longer and one meter wider than its predecessor, the BelugaST transporter. The flight, which took-off from Blagnac in Toulouse, signified the start of a 10-month testing period before the plane can start flying commercially. Typically, the Beluga series has been used by Airbus to transport aircraft wings from factories to its assembly lines in Europe. One wing factory is sited at Hawarden airport in North Wales. To allow the supersized plane to land, Hawarden is erecting new blast fences and resurfacing its runway.
  • Singapore Airlines to launch world's longest commercial flight in October

    05/30/2018 10:32:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 30, 2018 | Staff
    Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIAL.SI) said it would launch the world’s longest commercial flight in October, a near-19 hour non-stop journey from Singapore to the New York area. The 8,277 nautical mile (15,329 kilometer) flight from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey with 161 business class and premium economy seats will eclipse the 7,843 nautical mile Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Auckland as the world’s longest, according to airline data provider OAG.
  • Army wonders if Tigers do change stripe (Australian helicopter)

    05/27/2018 8:23:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 26, 2018 | KYM BERGMANN
    The army’s fleet of 22 Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters (ARHs) appears to face an uncertain future with the Department of Defence confirming that they will be replaced in the mid-2020s and that they will not be upgraded in the meantime. Until then they will continue to receive a number of apparently minor improvements through a capability assurance program. Enthusiasm for the Tigers has waxed and waned over recent years and now, following another lengthy grounding, a Defence Department spokesperson was prepared only to say: “The capability assurance program is limited and designed to ensure Tiger remains effective until a replacement...
  • Bill Gates Backs Plan to Surveil the Entire Planet From Space

    04/19/2018 6:41:30 PM PDT · by bitt · 41 replies
    gizmodo.com ^ | 4/19/2018 | rhett jones
    EarthNow is a new company looking to provide satellite imagery and live video in virtually real-time. Its unsettling pitch describes a network of satellites that can see any corner of the globe and provide live video with a latency of about a second. And a look at the startup’s top investors gives a lot of confidence that this thing is happening. On Wednesday, EarthNow announced that it will emerge from the Intellectual Ventures ISF Incubator to become a full-scale commercial business. Its first round of investors is comprised of a small group of complimentary powerhouses: AirBus, the SoftBank Group, Bill...
  • Iranian ex-spy to Al Jazeera: Khomeini ordered downing of Pan Am flight 103

    03/11/2014 10:33:31 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/11/2014 | JPost.com staff
    Former Iranian intelligence officer says Tehran ordered downing of plane over Lockerbie in retaliation for US attack on Iranian airliner. Who was responsible for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland? While the Libyan government was thought to have masterminded the terrorist attack, a bombshell documentary by Al Jazeera quotes a former Iranian intelligence officer as saying that it was Iran that ordered the atrocity. The former agent, Abolghassem Mesbahi, who defected to Germany from Iran, is quoted by the Telegraph as saying that flight 103 was downed in retaliation for a US Navy strike on...
  • Airbus wants to bring down a defunct space station with a giant harpoon

    03/18/2018 11:16:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    digitaltrends.com ^ | March 18, 2018 - 10:11AM | Mark Austin
    One of the most intriguing efforts is spearheaded by Airbus, and its target is the biggest hunk of junk in orbit — Envisat, the largest Earth observation satellite ever launched, weighing more than eight tons. The company wants to corral the floating behemoth with a giant space harpoon, and then drag it down into the atmosphere, where it will burn up on reentry. According to the BBC, the harpoon is currently being developed in England, and a small prototype will be tested during next month’s RemoveDebris mission. “If we can design a harpoon that can cope with Envisat, then it...
  • Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal: sources

    12/27/2017 7:12:25 AM PST · by mandaladon · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | 27 Dec 2017 | Tim Hepher
    PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus is drawing up contingency plans to phase out production of the world’s largest jetliner, the A380 superjumbo, if it fails to win a key order from Dubai’s Emirates, three people familiar with the matter said. The moment of truth for the slow-selling airliner looms after just 10 years in service and leaves one of Europe’s most visible international symbols hanging by a thread, despite a major airline investment in new cabins unveiled this month. “If there is no Emirates deal, Airbus will start the process of ending A380 production,” a person briefed on the plans said....
  • Boeing Execs Head to Iran as Congress Cracks Down on Tehran’s Use of Planes For Terror

    12/15/2017 5:43:20 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 13, 2017 | Adam Kredo
    Executives from major airplane manufacturers Boeing and AirBus will reportedly head to Iran next week to hammer down multi-billion dollar deals to sell the Islamic Republic a new fleet of commercial planes amid a congressional crackdown on Tehran's continued use of commercial aircraft to transport weapons and terrorist fighters across the region. As controversy continues to swirl around Boeing's and AirBus's efforts to sell Iran a fleet of new jets, Congress has taken steps to mandate the U.S. government release public reports outlining Tehran's continued use of commercial aircraft for illicit terrorism purposes.
  • Germany favors Eurofighter as it seeks to replace Tornado

    12/11/2017 8:14:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 12, 2017 | Sabine Siebold
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The German Defence Ministry said on Monday that the European fighter jet was the leading candidate to replace its Tornado jets, which it wants to start phasing out in 2025. The ministry’s position appears to contradict that of the German air force, whose chief indicated last month that he preferred Lockheed Martin’s F-35, which meets the military’s requirements of stealth and long-distance operational capabilities. In a letter to a Greens lawmaker who had inquired about the deliberations, the ministry said the F-35 and Boeing’s F-15 and F-18 fighters were secondary options. “The indicated view of the inspector...
  • Delta details Boeing 747 farewell tour that ends in Minneapolis

    11/14/2017 6:45:00 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Delta Air Lines will fly a Boeing 747 on an farewell tour that wraps up in Minneapolis with a hangar party in December. Atlanta-based Delta (NYSE: DAL) is retiring its jumbo jets by the end of the year as it brings new Airbus A350 jets into service.
  • Dubai Air Show opens with Emirates' $15.1B Boeing buy

    11/12/2017 8:22:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 11, 2017 | Jon Gambrell and Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press |
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Long-haul carrier Emirates purchased 40 American-made Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners on Sunday at the start of the biennial Dubai Air Show, a $15.1 billion deal certain to please U.S. President Donald Trump who has touted the plane's sales as a job creator in America. The deal appeared to surprise Boeing's archrival Airbus, whose staff had attended a long-delayed news conference and left the room just moments before the announcement. Airbus has pinned hopes of continuing production of its double-decker jumbo jet on Emirates, the world's largest operator of the aircraft which took delivery of its...
  • That scary-looking crosswind A 380 landing

    10/08/2017 8:04:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 10/8/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Millions of people have been viewing and forwarding or posting an alarming-looking video (embedded below) of a giant A 380 airliner landing in heavy crosswinds at Dusseldorf. It’s scary-fun, but actually nothing unique to the Airbus or all that unusual. There is an entire genre of crosswind landings on YouTube. But owing to size, it is impressive.
  • UFO in near miss with airbus plane over Glasgow with 200 passengers onboard

    09/02/2017 12:05:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    The Scottish Sun ^ | Mike Merrit
    “The light passed about 100-200ft above their aircraft. They assumed it to be a drone and reported it to air traffic control. There was no time to take avoiding action,” said the report on the incident, which happened on May 26. ... In 2013 another A320 also had a narrow miss with an unidentified object over Glasgow. The A320 was flying with its landing lights on, in clear conditions and at an altitude of about 4,000ft above the Baillieston area of Glasgow, when the pilot and non-flying pilot saw an object “loom ahead” at a range of about 100m. The...
  • Plane nearly ran out of fuel after pilots forgot to bring up landing gear

    07/28/2017 10:57:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 108 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 28 July 2017 • 12:31pm | Hugh Morris
    Two pilots have been suspended from duty after their aircraft, carrying 99 passengers, nearly ran out of fuel because they forgot to retract the landing gear after take-off. Air India Flight AI676 was en route to Mumbai from Kolkata on July 22 but was forced to divert to Nagpur when the crew became alarmed by the speed at which the aircraft was losing fuel thanks to the additional drag created by the extended wheels. An unidentified source told the Times of India that the “brand new Airbus A320”, one of the most fuel efficient aircraft in existence, had struggled to...
  • France and Germany Want to Build Their Own 5th Generation Fighter Jet

    07/13/2017 8:11:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Drive ^ | JULY 13, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    France and Germany have announced their intention to work together to develop a new advanced "European" fighter jet. Though the final plan is still in the works, the decision appears to be wrapped up in a number of political and economic considerations and could potentially see the end the German military’s interest in the controversial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The deal emerged in a larger document the two countries published following a joint cabinet meeting on July 13, 2017. In addition to the new fighter jet, the white paper outlined Franco-German cooperation on an upgraded Tiger attack helicopter, air-to-ground missiles,...
  • Airbus’ Big Bet to Save Its Dying A380 Super Jumbo: Winglets

    06/21/2017 9:01:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    WIRED ^ | 06/21/2017 | Eric Adams
    Airlines, it turns out, prefer the fuel efficiency of smaller planes like the Boeing 777 to the pack-em-in capacity of the Airbus A380. As a result, Airbus hasn’t scored any new orders for an A380 in more than a year. Its big plan to turn things around? Launch a new version, make it cheaper to fly, and slap on some winglets. This week at the Paris Air Show, Airbus announced the revamped “A380plus,” a refresh that packs even more passengers into the super-jumbo and tweaks the wing design. The upswept winglets found on most modern airliners boost fuel efficiency by...