The US Navy has announced the award of a construction contract for the Austal designed General Dynamics Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) project. The US $223 million contract for the first of two planned “Flight 0” vessels follows a similar order for the single-hulled Lockheed Martin LCS last December. The two LCS ships will be evaluated and the contracts allow for up to two of each of the two designs to be constructed prior to a decision on how many of each will be ordered, with a fleet of between 50 and 100 LCSs expected to be required over the next 30 years. The General Dynamics LCS is a far different ship to the Lockheed Martin LCS with the secret to its remarkable speed and agility being the aluminium trimaran hull. The LCSs will be the most advanced high speed military craft in the world and are intended to operate in coastal areas globally. As a key part of the US Navy fleet, they will be highly manoeuvrable and configurable to support mine detection / elimination, anti-submarine and surface warfare. The trimaran hull form permits the ship to carry a large capacity of weapons packages with space to land two helicopters.
R.A.P.P.A (Rapid Area Petrol & Pursuit Avant-Guard) is a concept highway patrol vehicle that is specially designed for the future petrol police. It features an amazing gesture control mechanism that has made it possible to turn the vehicle by leaning the driver to the required direction. To accommodate this movement, the rear part would swivel, while the front would stay put. The front lights and the front glass of the cockpit include the police lights that stick out like the front ram bar. There is another mode when the petrol car has apprehended the target, keeping certain lights on and other more energy consuming lights off. The entry and exit of the driver is designed through the front side of the cockpit, which also approaches the warning sign as a police vehicle.
UAV helicopter powered by an electric hybrid engine.
In a bid to green aviation, Falx Air has unveiled the final design overview of its hybrid electric coaxial helicopter UAV. The UAV is intended to be powered by an advanced fast charging battery systems that are being developed in the U.S. Keeping the weight of the aircraft under control had to be a priority, which the company hopes to implement by developing the airframe from aerospace certified composite materials.
OK, I know that going electric is like the coolest thing you can do these days after perhaps getting a tattoo, but there are times when I really wish people would use their creative energies in making electric vehicles that could actually be used sometime in the future. This electric solar powered sailplane/glider for 2 passengers was a part of a designer’s Master’s thesis project and though I thought the dude was really onto something initially, the design started to look more and more unsafe the more I thought about it. With all the wings and the main lower fin folding up for easy storage or ground transportation, one wonders if the mechanisms propping them up while in the air will hold when the craft encounters strong gushes of wind mid-flight. The propeller turns about the fuselage and the retractable landing gear also doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in me either. But I’m really glad this concept was put out there for other designers and innovators to improve upon and I really hope we could see aircrafts running on solar fuel one day!
This looks more like a high-end war machine that is supposed to destroy all targets from the sky, but on the contrary it is a design that could save lives and make for a better future and help out those in need of urgent medical aid. Like in the case of all modern technology it can be developed and used for both the good and the ugly and hopefully this will be used to save lives rather than take them. The Hybrid Transport Aircraft design from Falx Air is a wonder on wings that can be used for more than a single task.