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airplaneChina Completing More Copies of the World Largest Cargo Plane

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Ukraine Antonov and Aerospace Industry Corporation of China (AICC) set up a joint venture for series assembly of the AN-225 plane (world’s largest cargo plane) in China. It also includes completing the second An-225 prototype. the second AN-225 prototype should …

airplaneWill the Rotating Detonation Engines Enable Hypersonic Planes?

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Disk rotating detonation engines could provide engines that are 10% more efficient, which could enable hypersonic planes. The USA, China, and Russia will be ramping up hypersonic weapon and hypersonic plane spending over ten billions per year each. Combustion can …

airplaneHybrid Blimp Plane Has Reliable Speed, Greater Safety and Lower Operating Cost

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A hybrid airship combines a blimp with plane for reliable speed and performance and greater safety. It can carry up to 8 passengers or 2000 lbs in its spacious cabin, which can easily be reconfigured to enable any number of …

airplane100 Special Planes and $2.5 Billion per year for Sulphate Geoengineering

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Researchers reviewed all lofting technologies that seem plausible as methods to put 100,000 tons per year of sulphur to an altitude of up to ~20 km in 2033. The program then scales to 5 million tons per year. Their main …

airplaneDemonstration supersonic plane will fly at mach 2.2 by the end of 2019

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XB-1 is the first independently developed supersonic jet. It is a one-third scale version of 55 passenger jet. If all goes well $6 billion will be raised to build commercial supersonic passenger jets. Boom Aerospace wants the 55 passenger versions …

air pollutionPlans for Regional Hydrogen-Electric Passenger Aircraft

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HES Energy Systems revealed its plans for Element One, the world’s first regional hydrogen-electric passenger aircraft. They have been developing hydrogen propulsion systems for drones for the last 12 years. Element One merges HES’ ultra-light hydrogen fuel cell technologies with …

airplaneNine-passenger all electric regional passenger aircraft by 2021

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Israeli startup Eviation is making a nine-passenger all-electric regional passenger aircraft by 2021. It will take 9 passengers up to 650 miles at a cruise speed of 240 knots. Alice uses distributed propulsion with one main pusher propeller at the …

airplaneElon has four year old idea for supersonic electric plane and Hypermach continues in stealth mode

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On 2014, Nextbigfuture covered Elon Musk describing his belief that an electric supersonic vertical take-off passenger jet could be built. Elon Musk talked about the supersonic electric passenger VTOL plane in an interview with Joe Rogan. Other have patented VTOL …

airplaneCommercial wing in ground effect plane

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The Wiget Works AirFish 8 (AF8) is an 8-10 seater WIG (Wing in Ground effect) seaplane with a 17 meter x 15 meter footprint. It is designed to be operated by 2 crew and carrying capacity for 6-8 passengers in …

air forceChina receiving the remainder of an order of twenty-four SU-35 Russian jets in 2018

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China paid US$2.5 billion for twenty-four SU-35 fighter jets which have thrust-vectoring engines for super-maneuverability. The Su-35 is powered by two AL-117S turbofan engines and fitted with thrust-vectoring nozzles enabling it to perform post-stall maneuvers at low speeds. The Su-35 …