Germany’s e-volo launched the maiden flight of its two-man electric multicopter, the VC200 Volocopter, last week. The original version of the craft weighed 80kg and could fly for 20 minutes. The two-seater version was developed as a hybrid vehicle with a range extending combustion motor. Continue reading
Spy plane technology is poised to take a massive leap forward in speed. Lockheed Skunk Works is developing a new hypersonic spy plane to replace the SR-71 Blackbird. The proposed SR-72 will fly at twice the speed of the SR-71, reaching Mach 6. It could potentially even fly unmanned. Continue reading
The U.S. Army is evaluating new stealth helicopter designs in a quest to update the capabilities of its choppers. Military helicopter design has been fairly consistent for decades; the proposed aircraft represent a departure (in some cases, a dramatic departure) from traditional models.