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The Blackbird set for a hypersonic overhaul

Daily Mail

Lockheed Martin has revealed its secretive Skunk Works unit is beginning to build the first flight demonstrator of a radical hypersonic update of the long-retired Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. Lockheed Martin posted an artist's impression of the craft to its website, with the caption'The Skunk Works hypersonic design – an aircraft developed to execute Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and strike missions at speeds up to Mach 6.' The plane will also have a'warm structure' that will heat up during flight Lockheed Martin posted an artist's impression of the craft to its website, with the caption'The Skunk Works hypersonic design – an aircraft developed to execute Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and strike missions at speeds up to Mach 6.' NASA is backing plans to return to supersonic flight, with its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) low-boom flight demonstrator aims to produce a much lower'boom' than other supersonic aircraft, and NASA is hoping to see the first flight tests take place in 2021 The XS-1 program envisions a fully reusable unmanned vehicle, roughly the size of a business jet, which would take off vertically like a rocket and fly to hypersonic speeds.


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Facebook plans to develop a fleet of drone s powered by sunlight that will fly for months at a time, communicating with each other through lasers and extending internet connectivity to the ground below. The company called the first test, in June 2016, a success after it flew above the Arizona desert for 1 hour and 36 minutes, three times longer than planned. The second test occurred on May 22, Martin Luis Gomez, Facebook's director of aeronautical platforms, said in a blog post. The aircraft flew for an hour and 46 minutes before landing near Yuma, Arizona, with only "a few minor, easily-repairable dings," he said.


Facebook's internet drone takes to the skies again

Daily Mail

The revolutionary craft has completed its second test flight as Facebook works on its plan to use to beam the internet to people in remote areas with no mobile network coverage. NASA explains the strange phenomenon known as'solar minimum' Teen's final'scary stunt' video the day she shot her boyfriend Trump says Schumer'doesn't seem like a serious person' Facebook added hundreds of sensors to the aircraft to understand how Aquila's shape responds to flight in real-time for the flight, including hundreds of strain gauges and three-axis inertial measurement units (IMUs.) The revolutionary craft has completed its second test flight as Facebook works on its plan to use to beam the internet to people in remote areas with no mobile network coverage. NASA explains the strange phenomenon known as'solar minimum' Teen's final'scary stunt' video the day she shot her boyfriend Trump says Schumer'doesn't seem like a serious person' 'To prove out the full capacity of the design, we will push Aquila to the limits in a lengthy series of tests in the coming months and years.


AI Just "Landed" a Boeing 737 for the First Time By Itself

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It's going to take us a healthy dollop of faith in technology to accept autonomous vehicles at some point on our roadways. The U.S. military believe automated aircraft may improve mission safety and success rates, and their Defense Advanced Research Agency, or DARPA, has just announced the successful simulated flight and landing of a Boeing 737 by an AI-driven robot co-pilot named ALIAS. "ALIAS" is an acronym for "Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System." DARPA hopes ALIAS can eventually be trusted with the "execution of an entire mission from takeoff to landing, even in the face of contingency events such as aircraft system failures."


Kalashnikov reveals first ever drone to go with its AK-47s

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The Kalashnikov Group's state-of-the-art drone which is said to be completely noiseless The drone weighs 7.5 kilograms and also boasts vertical takeoff capability. A study by the World Bank revealed between 20,000 and 100,000 people are killed every year by handheld guns in conflicts around the world. It has since been adopted as the weapon of choice by the world's barbaric terror groups including Islamic State, who used AK-47s to spray bullets into the crowd at the Bataclan in Paris in the November 2015 atrocities. In the same year, Tunisian Seifeddine Rezgui waged a campaign of terror in the popular resort of Sousse as he fired Kalashnikovs killing 38 holiday makers.


All that's cool and quirky at the Paris Air Show

Daily Mail

There are flying cars and Concorde's would-be supersonic successor, a company offering to deliver cargo to the Moon - for a mere $1.2 million per kilogram - and the latest in funky futuristic aviation ideas, both big and small. Visitors looks at the flying car Pegasus 1, built by French entrepreneur Jerome Dauffy at Paris Air Show, in Le Bourget, east of Paris, France, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Paris. Boom's goal is for a supersonic airliner that would fly 2.6 times faster than other commercial aircraft and could half the seven-hour flight between New York and London, flying at 1,450 miles (2,300 kilometers) per hour and carrying 55 passengers. David Romero, of Boise, Idaho-based firm Black Sage, showcases a drone-zapping gun that is part of an anti-drone system his firm is displaying at the Paris Air Show, Tuesday June 20, 2017 in Le Bourget, north of Paris.


Boeing promises hypersonic passenger planes in a DECADE

Daily Mail

'I think in the next decade or two you're going to see them become a reality,' Boeing Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg told CNBC at the Paris Air Show. 'I think in the next decade or two you're going to see them become a reality,' Boeing Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg told CNBC at the Paris Air Show. The Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) low-boom flight demonstrator aims to produce a much lower'boom' than other supersonic aircraft, and NASA is hoping to see the first flight tests take place in 2021, according to Aviation Week. NASA is backing plans to return to supersonic flight, with its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) low-boom flight demonstrator aims to produce a much lower'boom' than other supersonic aircraft, and NASA is hoping to see the first flight tests take place in 2021 The XS-1 program envisions a fully reusable unmanned vehicle, roughly the size of a business jet, which would take off vertically like a rocket and fly to hypersonic speeds.


AirQuadOne: The quadbike that doubles as a flying car

Daily Mail

Its applications include extreme sports and leisure, parcel transportation, robotic maintenance, active defense and heavy lifting. According to Neva Aerospace, the drone's unmanned version will be able to lift payloads of up to 100 kg (220 pounds) and replace craned and helicopters or emergency cars. The'flying quad' could we used as a personal means for transportation, as well as a replacement for cranes and helicopters or emergency cars The Neva Aerospace co-founder and chairman F.M. The drone's applications include extreme sports and leisure, parcel transportation, robotic maintenance, active defense and heavy lifting'The only limitation we have today is the current limitation of the battery technology available.


US Navy's MQ-4C Triton drone prepares for deployment in 2018

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Northrop Grumman announced this week that it has completed formal lab testing, and also successfully flew for the first time with a software upgrade adding "Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), multi-aircraft control and additional Multi-Function Active Sensor (MFAS) radar modes." Once it's ready, this autonomous vehicle is intended for providing intelligence and recon during flights that can last up to 24 hours at a time, allowing it to monitor 1 million square miles of the ocean. The plan now is for the MQ-4C to enter "Early Operational Capability (EOC)" deployment next year.


The FAA's commercial UAV rules are now in effect

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Look alive, stateside drone pilots: the Federal Aviation Administration's initial set of operational rules for commercial UAV flights officially goes into effect today. Commercial drone pilots are also required to be at least 16 years old and will need to pass an Aeronautical Knowledge Test at a certified testing center before they can get their remote pilot certificate. Fully automated flights like the Amazon's planned delivery service or automated surveying devices are still not allowed. Drones are also now subject to strict height limits and prohibited from flying over people, but the FAA will allow for exceptions to any of these rules if the pilot has been granted an official waiver.