You’d think it would take a lot of high-tech equipment to get a flying machine into the air, but engineers at the University of Southampton have disproved that logic. They have created a capable, flying aircraft almost completely out of 3D custom printed paper, which uses only a small electrical motor to power it. It’s called the SULSA, an abbreviation for Southampton University Laser Sintered Aircraft, because it’s created using a laser sintering machine.
Lockheed Martin is a respected name in the field of Aeronautics, electronics, information and space systems. The company has recently made yet another breakthrough airship and has named it HALE-D. The word HALE-D is an acronym and stands for high altitude long endurance demonstrator. The blimp is actually a big robot airship and is designed to operate at the altitude of 60,000 feet. The airship is powered by a series of photovoltaic cells.
The former SoloTrek XFV engineering team is up to work on another outstanding aircraft innovation. Aircraft innovators Michael Moshier and Robert Bulaga, who designed the Exo-skeletal Flying Vehicle, are looking for funds to develop a groundbreaking fuel electronic hybrid air car for day-to-day transportation purposes. The aircraft exponents call the new project as a ‘history-making one,’ but they are yet to spot enough financial sources. According to Moshier, the multi-passenger hybrid car will also be designed based on the ducted-fan technology of their previous flight.
A thought might have struck many of us when we are caught up in heavy traffic that when the space above us is completely free why are we not utilizing it and making it useful for personal transportation. This thought gave rise to a project which aims at ending road congestion and making flying as easy as one drives a car. Many factors are needed to be considered if this project has to take its actual shape; one of the factors is energy consumption.
Traveling can be quite a pain, especially if it consumes a lot of time. But, how about traveling from New York to Sydney in just 5 hours? HyperMach, a UK based aerospace company, is about to bring such a revolution in air travel. The company recently revealed its SonicStar supersonic business concept at the Paris Air Show.