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Stratolaunch, the world’s largest plane, completes its first flight

So… what if we take the launchpad closer to the actual orbit? That’s what the guys over at Stratolaunch is trying to accomplish by building (and flying) the biggest aeroplane in the world.

Aquila, Facebook’s solar-powered internet plane, has taken its first full flight

Facebook has long been experimenting with the idea of using solar-powered drones to deliver internet access to locations on the ground. Because internet access means new Facebook users (and you can’t tell us any different). The culmination of this experimentation is Aquila, a solar-powered plane of sorts. Aquila has had its first full-sized flight and Facebook, as well as the engineers and r...[Read More]

Light Start – DARPA drones, iPad launch, FBI gaming, and plane-landing skills

DARPA’s quadcopter tops 72km/h in autonomous flight Flying a drone at over 70km/h isn’t much of an achievement, even for commercially-available gear. Not all of it, mind you, but some of the hardware is impressive. Convincing a drone to fly at that speed without a pilot intervening though, that’s a trick worth seeing. And you can see it, above, in DARPA’s progress video for...[Read More]

Ride of the (Cobalt) Valkyries – the world’s fastest private plane

Are you a pilot? How much money do you have on hand? Do you want one of the world’s fastest private planes (for its class)? For R8.52 million ($595,000) you can pre-order yourself one of Cobalt’s Valkyrie-X planes, an experimental version of their Co50 Valkyrie planes. But there’s a catch. In order to get your hands on the Valkyrie-X you’ll need to live in the States. But y...[Read More]

R2-D2 airplane takes flight over Japan

And now, just because they can, Japanese airline ANA has painted one of its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to look like a flying R2-D2. Yes, Luke Skywalker’s sidekick is being immortalised not as part of an X Wing fighter, but as an entire plane. As you may know, I’m a big Star Wars fan; and am especially enamoured of R2-D2, the lttle droid who you were looking for. So here it is, the world&#...[Read More]

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