While Russia’s aerospace industry has been plagued by corruption, poor design, and a number of costly (and occasionally fatal) failures, the government has committed billions of dollars to revamping it in an effort to take a larger chunk of the global market for commercial aircraft. Continue reading
The end of a military designation for UAVs could begin to open up all new areas of development for the unmanned craft. Mobile devices could receive real-time updates from UAVs monitoring everything from traffic to weather, and Google Maps could gain a whole new perspective.
Titan Aerospace has a different plan for UAVs. The company has recently unveiled designs for solar-powered vehicles that skim across the skies at 65,000 feet. Named the Solara 50 and 60, these new UAVs could stay aloft for years at a time and take over some of the jobs typically performed by satellites. Continue reading
Who wouldn’t want their own jetpack? Not only could one help you clean your gutters, you could soar above the crowds, and zoom past rush hour traffic. Along with the flying car, the jetpack is one piece of science fiction technology that has yet to make it into the real world in any meaningful way.
New Zealand’s Martin Aircraft Company is on schedule to bring what they call a “practical” jetpack to market by 2015. The company intends for the flying system to appeal to emergency services, search and rescue, and defense, along with other organizations that could find a use for a single man flyer. Continue reading