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Visualizing Personal Flight Data With OpenFlights.org

January 5th, 2013 01:20 admin View Comments

Transportation

An anonymous reader points out this “series of personal flight data visualizations, created from data collected through OpenFlights.org. The visualizations show key transport hubs (airports and countries) and the routes between them, for all flights taken by a friend of mind over the past 10+ years.” What I wish this included: Indiana Jones-style red-dot animation showing the travel path over a spinning globe.

Source: Visualizing Personal Flight Data With OpenFlights.org

Solar Impulse Announces Flight Across America For 2013

December 15th, 2012 12:02 admin View Comments

Transportation

cylonlover writes “Flush with success from their 6,000-km (3,728-mile) Europe-to-Africa round-trip flight earlier this year, the duo behind the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft are now planning on flying it across America next spring. It will mark the first time that a solar-powered plane has traversed the country. Solar Impulse partners Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg made the official announcement this Tuesday, although the logistics of the flight have yet to be finalized. They have stated that the trip will be broken into 20-hour legs, starting at San Francisco and proceeding to New York City. As with their previous multi-leg flights, the two pilots will take turns flying the aircraft.” You can read about it straight from the doers, too.

Source: Solar Impulse Announces Flight Across America For 2013

Air Force Sends Mystery Mini-Shuttle Back To Space

December 11th, 2012 12:32 admin View Comments

Space

dsinc sends this quote from an AP report about the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B spaceplane: “The Air Force launched the unmanned spacecraft Tuesday hidden on top of an Atlas V rocket. It’s the second flight for this original X-37B spaceplane. It circled the planet for seven months in 2010. A second X-37B spacecraft spent more than a year in orbit. These high-tech mystery machines — 29 feet long — are about one-quarter the size of NASA’s old space shuttles and can land automatically on a runway. The two previous touchdowns occurred in Southern California; this one might end on NASA’s three-mile-long runway once reserved for the space agency’s shuttles. The military isn’t saying much, if anything, about this new secret mission. In fact, launch commentary ended 17 minutes into the flight. But one scientific observer, Harvard University’s Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, speculates the spaceplane is carrying sensors designed for spying and likely is serving as a testbed for future satellites.”

Source: Air Force Sends Mystery Mini-Shuttle Back To Space

Dirigible Airship Prototype Approaches Completion

December 5th, 2012 12:28 admin View Comments

Transportation

cylonlover writes “The dirigible airship, the oddball aircraft of another era, is making a comeback. California-based Aeros Corporation has created a prototype of its new breed of variable buoyancy aircraft and expects the vehicle to be finished before the end of 2012. With its new cargo handling technology, minimum fuel consumption, vertical take-off and landing features and point to point delivery, the Aeroscraft platform promises to revolutionize airship technology. The Aeroscraft ship uses a suite of new mechanical and aerospace technologies. It operates off a buoyancy management system which controls and adjusts the buoyancy of the vehicle, making it light or heavy for any stages of ground and flight operation. Automatic flight control systems give it equilibrium in all flight modes and allow it to adjust helium pressurized envelopes depending on the buoyancy requirements. It just needs one pilot and has an internal ballast control system, which allows it to offload cargo, without using ballast. Built with a rigid structure, the Aeroscraft can control lift at all stages with its Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) capabilities and carry maximum payload while in hover. What makes it different from other cargo vehicles is that it does not need a runway or ground infrastructure.”

Source: Dirigible Airship Prototype Approaches Completion

Army Tests Autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter

December 5th, 2012 12:10 admin View Comments

The Military

An anonymous reader writes “A specially equipped Black Hawk was recently used to demonstrate the helicopter’s ability to operate on its own. In the first such test of its type, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research’s Development and Engineering Center, based at Redstone Arsenal, flew the Black Hawk over Diablo Mountain Range in San Jose, Calif. Pilots were aboard the aircraft for the tests, but all flight maneuvers were conducted autonomously: obstacle field navigation, safe landing area determination, terrain sensing, statistical processing, risk assessment, threat avoidance, trajectory generation and autonomous flight control were performed in real-time. ‘This was the first time terrain-aware autonomy has been achieved on a Black Hawk,’ said Lt. Col. Carl Ott, chief of the Flight Projects Office at AMRDEC’s Aeroflightdynamics Directorate and one of the tests pilots.”

Source: Army Tests Autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter

Pakastani Politician Detained By US Customs Over Opposition To Drone Strikes

October 28th, 2012 10:40 admin View Comments

The Military

First time accepted submitter Serious Callers Only writes “According to reports, Imran Khan was detained yesterday by US officials for questioning on his views on United States drone strikes in Pakistan. Glenn Greenwald writing for the guardian: ‘On Saturday, Khan boarded a flight from Canada to New York in order to appear at a fundraising lunch and other events. But before the flight could take off, US immigration officials removed him from the plane and detained him for two hours, causing him to miss the flight. On Twitter, Khan reported that he was “interrogated on [his] views on drones” and then added: “My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop.” He then defiantly noted: “Missed flight and sad to miss the Fundraising lunch in NY but nothing will change my stance.”‘”

Source: Pakastani Politician Detained By US Customs Over Opposition To Drone Strikes

Pakastani Politician Detained By US Customs Over Opposition To Drone Strikes

October 28th, 2012 10:40 admin View Comments

Censorship

First time accepted submitter Serious Callers Only writes “According to reports, Imran Khan was detained yesterday by US officials for questioning on his views on United States drone strikes in Pakistan. Glenn Greenwald writing for the guardian: ‘On Saturday, Khan boarded a flight from Canada to New York in order to appear at a fundraising lunch and other events. But before the flight could take off, U.S. immigration officials removed him from the plane and detained him for two hours, causing him to miss the flight. On Twitter, Khan reported that he was “interrogated on [his] views on drones” and then added: “My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop.” He then defiantly noted: “Missed flight and sad to miss the Fundraising lunch in NY but nothing will change my stance.”‘”

Source: Pakastani Politician Detained By US Customs Over Opposition To Drone Strikes

Chuck Yeager Re-Enacts the Historic Flight That Broke the Sound Barrier

October 15th, 2012 10:49 admin View Comments

The Military

Hugh Pickens writes writes “The Seattle Times reports that exactly 65 years to the minute after becoming the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager flew in the back seat of an F-15 Eagle as it broke the sound barrier at more than 30,000 feet above California’s Mojave Desert — the same area where he first achieved the feat in 1947 while flying an experimental rocket plane. Asked by a young girl if he was scared during Sunday’s flight, Yeager joked, ‘Yeah, I was scared to death.’ Yeager made the first supersonic flight in a rocket-powered, Bell X-1, known as the XS-1 for ‘experimental, supersonic,’ attached to the belly of a B-29 aircraft. Hiding the pain of broken ribs from a midnight horse race after a night of drinking at Pancho Barnes’ Happy Bottom Riding Club, Yeager squeezed into the aircraft with no safe way to bail out. Soon after the rocket plane was released, Yeager powered it upward to about 42,000 feet altitude, then leveled off and sped to 650 mph, or Mach 1.07. Some aviation historians contend that American pilot George Welch broke the sound barrier before Yeager, while diving an XP-86 Sabre on October 1, 1947 and there is also a disputed claim by German pilot Hans Guido Mutke that he was the first person to break the sound barrier, on April 9, 1945, in a Messerschmitt Me 262. Yeager’s flight was portrayed in the opening scenes of “The Right Stuff,” the 1983 movie, based on the book by Tom Wolfe that chronicles America’s space race. For his part Yeager said nothing special was going through his mind at the time of the re-enactment. ‘Flying is flying. You can’t add a lot to it.‘”

Source: Chuck Yeager Re-Enacts the Historic Flight That Broke the Sound Barrier

Space Shuttle Endeavor Lands In Los Angeles After Final Flight

September 21st, 2012 09:31 admin View Comments

NASA

Today the space shuttle Endeavor completed its final ferry flight, landing in Los Angeles, California after leaving Edwards Air Force Base earlier today. The shuttle will now undergo preparations for its journey through the streets of L.A. (at a cost of 400+ trees) to its final resting place at the California Science Center. It’ll go on public display October 30. Endeavor spent over 296 days in space throughout 25 missions, comprising 4,671 orbits that added up to over 197 million kilometers of travel. Slashdot’s own Kaushik Acharya was at the Griffith Observatory in L.A. for the flyover, and he provided some great pictures of Endeavor’s passing.

Source: Space Shuttle Endeavor Lands In Los Angeles After Final Flight

SpaceShip Two, XCOR Lynx Prepare For Powered Flights

September 20th, 2012 09:04 admin View Comments

Space

RocketAcademy writes “Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two is in the final stages of preparation for powered flight. The suborbital spacecraft, built by Scaled Composites, has successfully completed airspeed, angle-of-attack, center-of-gravity, and structural tests during unpowered glide flights. It is now on track for powered glide flights by the end of this year. Meanwhile, in the hangar next door, XCOR Aerospace continues to work on the Lynx spacecraft, expected to begin powered flight tests early next year. Some exclusive photos provide a sneak peak at things to come.” Also to watch for in the world of private space launches, next month (possibly as early as the 8th), SpaceX has another launch scheduled to reach the ISS.

Source: SpaceShip Two, XCOR Lynx Prepare For Powered Flights

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