Space X Falcon 1 Rocket Finally Makes It To Orbit

Space X Falcon 1 Rocket Finally Makes It To Orbit

 Space X Falcon 1

After three failed attempts, one scattering of Scotty’s ashes over the Pacific Ocean, and a few mid-air explosions, the SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket has finally reached orbit. The achievement marks a major milestone for Elon Musk, whose visions of a privately-funded rocket program appeared just out of reach until today’s success.

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Remote Control Flying Saucer

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 Still waiting for the one we can ride in

If you’re looking for the smallest most sophisticated R/C flying vehicle around then your wait is over. The Micro R/C 4-Channel Flying Saucer incorporates amazing technology in a package not much larger than your outstretched palm. With 4-propellers you’d assume the Micro Flying Saucer would be hard to keep balanced in the air, however this problem is solved by the built in solid-state accelerometer.

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RC Helicopters With Intelligent System

RC Helicopters With Intelligent System 

Experts from Stanford University created an intelligent system which was installed on some RC helicopters. A mixture of these two devices now allows them to fly alone… with out human help. The software is capable of learning. Data comes from a few sources such as other RC helicopters that it is surrounded by and also it grabs data from the ground too.

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Satellite Propelled By Solar Sails

Satellite Propelled By Solar Sails

 NanoSail-D

For the first time, NASA is preparing to send into orbit a small satellite that can be propelled by solar sails. When light particles from the sun strike the surface of the sail, the energy is transferred to it, providing a propulsive force that moves the satellite through space.

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New Generation Airships To Float You From City To City

New Generation Airships To Float You From City To City 

The view inside the cabin of a Zeppelin NT during a flight over southern Germany. The dirigible can carry 12 sightseers. 

 Imagine gliding in a floating hotel over the Serengeti, gazing down at herds of zebra or elephants; or floating over Paris as the sun sets and lights blink on across the city as you pass the Eiffel Tower.

Such flights of fancy may one day be possible, if the dream of Jean-Marie Massaud, a French architect, comes true.

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Roboclarinet Plays “Flight of the Bumblebee”

This robotic clarinet player created by Australian research group took first prize at the Artemis Orchestra Competition, a contest in which engineers were challenged to create embedded systems capable of playing human instruments. It handles Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Flight of the Bumble Bee with the breathless disgorgement of rapid-fire notes you’d expect from an ADHD clarinet protegee dizzy on lemonade: it just spews the notes out without any soul or force. Clarinetists do not have to worry about their cybernetic peers just yet. Still, what’s really impressive about the automated clarinet is the articulated mouthpiece capable of generating the plosive breath necessary to play the instrument, as well as the intricate fingering of the valves.

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Boeing Tests First Fuel Cell, Zero-Emissions Aircraft

Boeing Test First Fuel Cell, Zero-Emissions Aircraft

Finally, all of the fuel cell hype is starting to pay off

The Dimona Fuel Cell Plane is a joint venture test craft modified by Boeing Research and Intelligent Energy. The first test flight took place in Spain recently and seemed to go well in that no-one died and the thing flew for a while without mishap. We’re talking 62 mph at 3,300 feet for 20 minutes, so it’s not going to break any records, but don’t forget that this is zero-emission stuff. Gotta be a good sign. Video.

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Futurist Thomas Frey on Flying Cars

Futurist Thomas Frey on Flying Cars 

Redefining the flying car

What exactly is a flying car?

My life is a bit unusual in that I often have conversations with people about the topic of flying cars. Since I was a child I dreamed about the day that we would have flying cars. But, other than the vague notion of the flying car that George Jetson drove each day to Spacely Sprockets, we have no real definition of the flying car, until now.

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