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airplanesSolid State Ionic Wind Planes With No Moving Parts

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MIT engineers have built and flown the first-ever plane with no moving parts. Instead of propellers or turbines, the light aircraft is powered by an “ionic wind”. Ion wind propulsion systems could be used to fly less noisy drones. Eventually …

air forceChina adds thrust vectoring for better aerial movement on J-10 fighters

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China’s J-10 fighter has been upgraded with thrust vectoring controls. This allows for better aerial movement. The J-10 is a copy of the American F-16. The Chinese J-10 was built with Israeli assistance from Israel’s F-16-based Lavi fighter. It is …

airplanesChina and Russia spending $20 billion to compete with Boeing 787 by mid-2020s

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China and Russia had a life-size model of a proposed wide-body long-haul jet at the opening of China’s largest airshow. The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China and Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) showed off the model of the CR929’s cockpit …

airplanesRapid discharging batteries enable electric passenger planes

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Mixing magnetic nanoparticles into battery electrode materials and applying a light magnetic field doubles the discharge rate of batteries. 24M is making prototype batteries using this magnetic approach. Zunum will use the batteries for electric planes. The batteries must be …

air forceUSA, China and Russia Military Jet Production and estimates for 2030

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The US got about fifty F-35s in 2017 and 26 F-18 Superhornets. In 2018 there will be seventy F-35s for the USA and about fourteen F-18s. The US is getting about 75 to 85 fighter jets every year. In 2017 …

airplanes1000 mph Supersonic business jet on track for 2023 first flight

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Aerion Supersonic is still on track to its first supersonic flight in 2023. Complete certification is targeted for 2025. Supersonic business jet developer Aerion has launched preliminary design of its 12-seater, Mach 1.4-capable AS2 and revealed ambitions to develop bigger …

airplanesChina’s two aircraft carriers photographed together

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There some online pictures of both of China’s aircraft carriers at the port in Dalian. China has two aircraft carriers: the refurbished carrier Liaoning and a second ship the Type 002 is currently undergoing sea trials. Liaoning is expected to …

airplanesEasyJet and Wright Electric 180 seat electric airline will start flying around 2027

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In 2017, Los Angeles startup Wright Electric partnered with budget airline EasyJet to build a 180-seat electric airliner to fly routes of up to 300 miles starting around 2027. It will feature high aspect ratio wings for energy efficient flight, …

air pollutionFlying between small airports will be faster, cleaner and cheaper with hybrid electric planes

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Zunum Aero is a startup backed by Boeing and Jet Blue who is developing hybrid electric and all-electric aircraft of varying sizes. The planes would fly between the thousands of small airports around the USA. Southern California-based charter air services, …

airplanesAirbus has solar powered stratosphere drone that has flown for nearly 26 days

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An unmanned Airbus drone aircraft, a 75 kilogram Zephyr, flew for almost 26 days. It will offer local satellite-like services and runs on solar power. It flies in the stratosphere at an average altitude of 70,000 feet and has a …